Ways to Cope With a Diagnosis of PD
Anyone who has had PD for a while will tell you that the of the best coping techniques are getting involved and staying active with a support or activity group. Everyone in the Women With Parkinson’s, Tremble Clefs, YOPD, Dance for Parkinson’s, and Parkinson’s support groups know first hand at least some of what you’re going through. And they’re more than happy to share their experiences of what works and what doesn’t work.
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Coping with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is difficult, but it is important that you remember that YOU have Parkinson’s – Parkinson’s does not have YOU. What kinds of coping strategies work best when you are ready to meet the problem head on? Here is a list of the tools you can use to cope with your disease. Click on each heading to go to that topic.
Religion: Even if you’re not religious, your spirituality can help you cope with your diagnosis. You can find some form of spirituality or a source of joy, strength and inspiration in your life.
Problem Solving: How do you generally solve a problem? Strategy and reasoning can help you cope with the problems that come along with Parkinson’s disease.
Seek Support: What are the first steps you should take when you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Seeking the support of friends, family, and professionals can help you cope.
Cognitive Restructuring: Cognitive restructuring means changing the way that you think about your Parkinson’s disease in order to maintain a positive attitude. This can greatly help your quality of life with PD.
What Not to Do: Avoid these negative coping strategies; rumination, helplessness, and social withdrawal will only make your Parkinson’s harder to deal with.