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How do chronic illnesses affect family relationships usually?

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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology
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Chronic illnesses can bring a family closer together or push a family further apart.
One of the key factors is how the person with the chronic illness behaves. The other factor is how other family members respond to the chronic illness. One of the most important skills is learning acceptance. A book by jon kabat-zinn titled "where ever you go, there you are" is a good resource for this area.

In brief: Two ways

Chronic illnesses can bring a family closer together or push a family further apart.
One of the key factors is how the person with the chronic illness behaves. The other factor is how other family members respond to the chronic illness. One of the most important skills is learning acceptance. A book by jon kabat-zinn titled "where ever you go, there you are" is a good resource for this area.
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