Use Of Adaptive And Maladaptive Coping Mechanisms Essay

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Everyone encounters moments in life that can be challenging to manage. Many use adaptive or maladaptive coping mechanisms to handle the situation at hand. Although it is best when the person copes by using problem-solving techniques or an adaptive mechanism, using maladaptive ways is a concern. Moreover, this reflection depicts Mr. Ed 's story, a patient who has diabetes, on how he began to contemplate the changes needed in his lifestyle by experiencing motivational interviewing (MI). MI is the art of coaching a client to make changes using therapeutic communication (Dart, 2011). This paper will reveal the manner in which Mr. Ed moved from pre-contemplation to the contemplation stage of change to better control his recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). Mr. Ed was clinically diagnosed with type 2 DM on Monday. He mentioned, “another reason for me to hate Mondays.” He was distressed and sad to know that he will now have to deliver the news to his family. Mr. Ed is fifty-nine years old, two hundred thirty-five pounds, and five foot eight inches tall. After the diagnosis, Mr. Ed did not demonstrate any awareness related to the significance of his situation, the only thing that worried him at the time was being more of a burden to his son. The situation is clearly a shock for Mr. Ed. At this point, he is in the pre-contemplation stage of change, because he exhibited a lack of recognition of the situation at hand as wells as a lack of desire to change, which…

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