Terminal Illness / Health Psychology
The relationship between biology, behavior, and social factors has been found to have a great influence on health and illness. These three areas all need to be examined in order to treat the person as a whole. Therapy can help a person better understand their reactions to illness and teach them healthy coping strategies. For example, if a person who is diagnosed with cancer becomes depressed, they are less likely to be compliant with treatment. If they lack social support, this may compound their depression and even hinder them from seeking treatment. Also, family members may need counseling in order to deal with the effects of the treatment and prognosis of their loved one. Caregiver stress and fatigue can also be addressed in therapy.