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Answers from a Psychiatrist

Question: My doctors say that I am cured from Cushing’s, but I have so many continuing problems such as fatigue and pain. My doctors feel that they have done all they can to help me. Do you have any suggestions as to how to emotionally cope with these continuing problems? Answer: In many illnesses there isContinue Reading

Coping Strategies have a Strong Impact on Quality of Life, Depression, and Embitterment in Patients with Cushing’s Disease

A chronic illness such as Cushing’s is likely to change your life in many ways. You may have had symptoms from excessive cortisol levels for quite a long time before Cushing’s was suspected and finally confirmed. Diagnosis is oftentimes followed by surgery and may also involve being on medication or receiving radiotherapy. Your illness isContinue Reading

Coping with Embitterment to Improve Quality of Life

What is embitterment and how does it affect our quality of life? Merriam-Webster defines “embitter” as to “make sad or angry.” The Bible warns that embitterment may cause discouragement (Colossians 3:21). I would add to that definition that, in time, old anger becomes resentment and may be not readily recognizable, much like food forgotten inContinue Reading

Coping: How to Talk with Others about Cushing’s

We are going to cover three main areas in this article: explaining Cushing’s, asking for what we need and managing others reactions.Many have said that it has come as a relief to finally KNOW what is going on, to have a diagnosis and a course of treatment outlined. No, we are not crazy or lazy.Continue Reading

Cushing’s and Children

The unrelenting struggle of Cushing’s is an enormous challenge to face. Daily lives become filled with tests, appointments, fatigue, pain, waiting, etc… The stakes of coping with these challenges become even higher when children are involved. How do we help them cope with the complexities of living with a parent that is ill? As parents, weContinue Reading