One of the hardest aspects of dealing with any kind of serious diagnosis is coming to grips with the idea of mortality. No one wants to hear they have a condition that can shorten their life. The quality of life can still be very good even after a diagnosis such as mesothelioma. Patients who utilize therapy and support programs will have a much easier time with treatments, and the diagnosis itself.
Seeking a licensed psychotherapist will have many benefits for any cancer patient. Psychotherapy consists mostly of talk therapy, and the patient will be encouraged to share any and all feelings they are experiencing. The main benefit is the psychotherapist is able to help the mesothelioma patient deal with feelings of depression and anxiety. Many psychotherapists will also offer counseling services for the whole family. This helps bring the family closer together, and enjoy the time that is left without allowing depression to become overwhelming.
Art and Music Therapies
For those who are more creative, and wish to be able to work through the feelings of depression and despair with a more expressive form of therapy, art or music therapy may be the answer. Art therapy allows the patient to create art. For many people it is easier to express feelings that are ordinarily suppressed if it’s done through an artistic medium. An art therapist will combine art with traditional psychotherapy to best benefit the patient.
Music therapy uses the same concept, but has a few differences. Not only is the patient encouraged to express themselves through the use of music, but another line of thought is that certain types of music have different effects on the brain. The therapist will use the practice of listening to music as a form of meditation, while choosing pieces that can increase emotional bonds, cognitive functions, and alleviate anxiety and depression. Song writing is also used as a form of expression. Psychotherapy is used along with music therapy to help the patient cope.
Aromatherapy is also used often in more traditional psychotherapy sessions. The idea is that certain scents have different effects on our brain, and can actually change the chemistry slightly. A psychotherapist who uses aromatherapy may have a patient use an oil while discussing emotions to bring a sense of calm. Many patients can help control the symptoms of radiation and chemotherapy, such as nausea and fatigue by using certain oils. Much of aromatherapy is a personalized process, so trial and error isn’t uncommon. What works for one patient may not work for another.