After the Diagnosis: How Patients React and How to Help Them Cope

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AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: HOW PATIENTS REACT AND HOW TO HELP THEM COPE provides readers with practical, realistic guidelines that help patients harness both emotional and rational strengths as they communicate with healthcare professionals, gather information, evaluate treatment options, make informed treatment decisions, and manage their condition. AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS is the first and only book to help healthcare professionals, nurses, physician's assistants, nursing assistants, and those from other allied professions understand how newly diagnosed patients react emotionally.

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Meet the Author

Gary McClain is a licensed counselor, research consultant, speaker, and author who specializes in the emotional impact of chronic and catastrophic illnesses. Gary McClain works with caregivers on ways to help their loved ones as well as deal with their own helplessness. He consults with community organizations on the needs of newly diagnosed patients, and often addresses local and national groups, including the American Counseling Association, the Association of Adult Development and Aging, the American Mental Health Counseling Association, and the National Hemophilia Foundation. Professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, the New York Mental Health Counselor's Association, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Dr. McClain is President-Elect of the Association for Adult Development and Aging. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. He has also received training in grief counseling and critical incident stress management. Dr. McClain completed graduate work in Clinical Psychology and Education, and was awarded a Master of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Michigan He contributes regularly to publications that include Body Positive Magazine, Caring for Cancer, Arthritis Self-Management, and Hep C Connection, and writes a regular column on mental health issues for HIV Plus Magazine. He maintains an award-winning Website,, with information for patients and caregivers facing chronic and catastrophic illness.

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Table of Contents

PART I: DEVELOPING AWARENESS OF EMOTIONS. 1. Starting the Conversation About a Medical Diagnosis. 2. Recognizing the Initial Coping Styles. 3. Acknowledging Emotional Reactions. 4. Acknowledging and Confronting the Fear Factor. 5. Emotions and Healthcare Decision-Making. PART II: Enhancing Coping Skills of Newly-Diagnosed Patients. 6. Helping Newly-Diagnosed Patients to Communicate with Healthcare Professionals. 7. Encouraging Patients to Gather Information. 8. Developing a Support Strategy with Patients. 9. Coping with Affects on Self Image. 10. Reconnecting with a Sense of Meaning. 11. Communicating with Family Members and Caregivers. 12. Creating a Vision for the Future. 13. When the Diagnosis Involves End-of-Life Issues. PART III: TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES AS HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. 14. Recognizing Our Own Emotions as Healthcare Professionals.

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