Thursday, August 26, 2004
The Unbearable Wait
Working with people who are dying is not nearly as depressing as it might sound. What I find more painful is working with patients who are waiting test results that may tell them that they are in fact terminally ill. Even the most sane and stable personalities will be concentrated down until they display signs that might under other circumstances suggest serious mental illness. The anxiety is that intolerable. I still haven't figured out how to help people cope with this level of anxiety. Anyone have any suggestions?