3.1 Research the roles of professionals who may provide support to individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities in own local area
Interactions with individuals with chronic illness and disability are often stressful, and people typically avoid them. [ The scripts we learn in life to manage interpersonal situations may no longer be useful in interpersonal situations that are ambiguous and uncertain. We don't know how to approach people with chronic health problems and feel insecure about interpreting their responses. From
the perspective of the person with the illness, relationship tensions stem from the need to disclose the health problem, educating others about their condition and its impact on functioning, and articulating their support needs. Communication issues surround whom to tell, how to tell, how much to tell about symptoms, prognoses, or changes in performance, and, in particular, to explain how it feels. This process is particularly salient in circumstances where there are few visual cues to the disability. read more: ]
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