Ignoring patient emotions makes people sicker



    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Dr. Bruce Barrett of the University of Wisconsin
at Madison has examined the effect of adding empathy to standard medical
visits. Cold symptoms were shortened by almost a full day for patients, who
had rated their doctor highly using a standard questionnaire (The Medical
Post, Dec. 19, 2008).
    Despite the well recognized mind-body connection, the depression and
anxiety suffered by the millions of Canadians with a chronic physical
illness/disability, is almost entirely neglected. Why? Patients hide their
emotional distress under their 'stiff upper lip', especially from their
doctors, because they fear the stigma of mental illness.
    Because of the prevailing conspiracy of silence, few know that drug-free
psychotherapy could greatly improve their quality of life. Tragically, many
waste huge sums on useless 'alternative' treatments. Their loved ones are also
heavily impacted, many relationships succumb to the years of strain.





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For further information: For interviews on the stigmas surrounding
emotional distress and chronic physical illness/disability, contact Dr. Julie
Righter, (416) 782-5030, email julie.righter@utoronto.ca,
www.chronic.illness.ca

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