Explain how the emotional effects of illness

Explain how the emotional effects of illness (as described in chapter 13) may have influenced the mother’s behavior.

As an allied health care provider, explain how you would respond to the mother if she made those comments to you, rather than to her son.

Explain how you would respond to the son while keeping in mind his emotional and esteem needs.

Understandably you may be very upset by many aspects of the illness. This distress may lead to you feeling angry and irritable. You may feel resentful that you or someone you care for is seriously ill while other people are well.

How does illness affect emotional development?
Increased physical symptoms can have a negative effect on a child’s emotional health. Chronic illnesses can interfere with children’s happiness and how they feel about themselves. When children are distressed and unhappy, their illness may be harder to control.
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