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Counseling and Psychological Resources for Mesothelioma Victims

September 30, 2011

Mesothelioma victims have access to numerous options for psychological counseling and support.

Mesothelioma, like all forms of cancer, is a loathsome disease.  With a single diagnosis, lives are thrown into chaos and confusion.  If you have mesothelioma, you probably experience an enormous range of emotions, from anger to sadness, on a daily basis.  After all, no one ever expects to be diagnosed with cancer, least of all one as rare as mesothelioma.  Cancer may be many things, but fair it is most certainly not.

The emotional and psychological turmoil created by a mesothelioma diagnosis can be overwhelming, for victims and their families alike.  You do not, however, have to face your disease alone.  There are people who can provide you with the compassionate, empathetic support you need.  Some are trained professionals; others are people who are going through the same challenges you now face.

At LawyerShop.com, our goal is to provide a bridge between you and the resources you need to cope with your disease.  For legal help, we urge you to contact a mesothelioma attorney today.  For counseling and psychological support, we encourage you to consider the following resources:

Psychologists/Cancer Psychologists

During this tumultuous period of your life, a professional psychologist can give you a safe, confidential environment in which to express your frustrations, fears, and anxieties.  He or she can help you give voice to your emotions and explore the issues underlying them.  The purpose of a psychologist is neither to judge nor to diagnose serious mental disorders, but rather to provide guidance as you navigate the complex, sometimes distressing emotions and thoughts with which you have suddenly found yourself confronted.

Many people are surprised to learn that there is a branch of psychology devoted entirely to helping those diagnosed with cancer.  A cancer psychologist applies the same principles that any other clinical psychologist would; however, he or she will have special training and experience in helping cancer sufferers cope with their disease.

Psychologists should not be confused with psychiatrists, who diagnose and treat more severe mental disorders and can prescribe medications.  While a cancer diagnosis will generally produce feelings of deep sadness and depression, the vast majority of cancer patients are not driven to mental illness.

Cancer Support Groups

Because mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer, local mesothelioma support groups are extremely uncommon.  However, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (www.curemeso.org) does offer monthly telephone support groups.

Wherever you live, however, there are almost certainly general cancer support groups within reasonable driving distance.  Even if you are the only person in the group to have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you will have the opportunity to speak with people who are going through similar emotional, psychological, and physical hardships.  You may have to try out a few different support groups to find the one best suited to you; however, once you find a group you feel comfortable with, you will likely find the support you receive invaluable.  You may even make some of the best friends you have ever had at a time when you need them the most.

Spiritual and Religious Support

Some people who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to turn to religion for support; some find themselves questioning their spiritual beliefs.  Whatever your religious beliefs, you may find comfort in turning to a spiritual leader within your community, such as a priest, a pastor, a rabbi, a monk, a nun, or an Imam.  If you are not inclined toward religion, you may still find some psychological and philosophical benefit in speaking to a spiritual authority.

Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney for Legal Support

A lawyer who is experienced in handling mesothelioma lawsuits will be able to guide you through the often confusing legal process, helping you to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled so that you can focus on your psychological and emotional health.  Contact a mesothelioma attorney today for further information on your legal rights and options.

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