Essay on Cognitive and Emotional Response

627 Words Apr 30th, 2015 3 Pages
Describe the emotional and cognitive responses an individual is likely to experience in response to a newly diagnosed condition with a poor prognosis (400 words)

Psychosocial reaction to a newly diagnosed illness refers to a set of cognitive and emotional responses that are induced into every ill person by the illness or related information that they receive (John, 2009) . While cognition refers to processes such memory, attention, language, problem solving and planning emotional responses are the reactions of the body to a situation primarily given by an outer influence such anger, frustration and disbelief(John, 2009). After being diagnosed with a condition a person is most likely to experience a series of mixed emotions such as
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Concetration difficulty is the decreased ability to focus your thoughts on something. The patients intrunsive thoughts and concerns, inattention and impulsiveness cause them to always feel exhausted leading to difficulties in staying awake. These difficulties may be long term or established conditions. However, depending upon the nature of the cause, these difficulties may be resolved with treatment(John, 2009).
To conclude, having these thoughts and feelings like shock and lack of concentration is a natural reaction to a difficult situation such as that discussed in this essay, knowing this can help the patients find ways to manage these feelings. Over time, they may find that their strong feelings about the condition fade. Although their life has changed in some ways, in other ways it goes back to a more regular pattern quite easily and they begin to feel more or less like their usual self. However, this may not happen, instead they may continue to feel worried and upset and these feelings can interfere with their lives.


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