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Parkinson's Disease and Counseling

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What Types of Counseling Are Available? continued...

Family therapy. A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can affect the entire family. If you are the primary provider in the home, there can be financial strain. If you are the homemaker, there may need to be adjustments in the distribution of chores. These everyday strains combined with the emotional effects of dealing with a chronic illness have an enormous impact on the family dynamic.

Family therapy can help family members resolve issues among each other. It can also help them adopt ways to help another family member cope better. Family members can learn how actions and ways of communicating can worsen problems. With help, new and improved ways of communicating can be explored and practiced.

Group therapy. In group therapy, you join a group to discuss problems together. A counselor guides the session. Members in the group often share the same problem, but not always. The group session provides a place where people can confide with others who understand their struggles. They also can learn how they see themselves and how others see them. Members gain strength in knowing that they are not alone with their problems.

Residential treatment. With this type of therapy, you would live at a treatment center. The length of stay can vary, depending on the treatment program and progress of therapy. A program can last more than a year or just a week or two. Settings include hospitals, home-like structures, and clinics.

Focus is mainly on your problems and getting well. Other activities, such as work, family, and hobbies, take a backseat to treatment. In most programs, you receive counseling daily and participate in regular group therapy. Additional counseling after residential treatment has ended may be needed.

Self-help and support groups. These include a network of people with similar problems. These groups usually meet regularly without a therapist or counselor.

 

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Reviewed by Jon Glass on August 13, 2012
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