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Reumatologia/Rheumatology
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5/2018
vol. 56
 
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Case report

Functioning in the emotional sphere and ways of coping with chronic connective tissue disease

Justyna Sołowiej-Chmiel
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Matylda Sierakowska

Reumatologia 2018; 56, 5: 321-327
Online publish date: 2018/10/31
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Chronic illness is a strong stressor, and its occurrence in human life forces the individual to make adaptive changes. The aim of the study was to evaluate the reactions, behaviors, and emotional states of a person in the face of systemic connective tissue disease and ways of coping with this difficult situation. The method of choice was an individual case study. The subject was a 41-year-old patient, diagnosed with diffuse systemic sclerosis (dSSc) 8 years previously. The patient was characterized by lowered self-esteem, the presence of depressive symptoms, low level of hope for success, a reduced sense of competence, a tendency to use stress coping strategies focused on emotions and dominance of anxiety and tension. Emotional stress coping strategies, low level of hope for success, and non-acceptance attitude predispose the person suffering from systemic sclerosis (SSc) to exhibit depressive symptoms.
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systemic sclerosis, self-esteem, acceptance of the disease, emotional functioning







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