When the patient doesn’t want to be cured

Individuals’ positivity about aspects of long-term conditions such as bipolar can be hard for nurses to understand

Individuals’ positivity about aspects of long-term conditions such as bipolar can be hard for nurses to understand

Living with any long-term diagnosis brings with it many challenges. As it becomes more certain that the condition will be a permanent situation, then changes will have to be made.

In physical illness we often hear of living space being ‘adapted’, but what if the condition is a mental one? How do people adapt their internal living space?

We know in physical illnesses that the identity of a person soon becomes entangled with the demands of their condition. It’s common to hear people referred to by their diagnostic label. So you may refer to someone (or indeed yourself) as a diabetic rather than someone who has diabetes.

This seems more acceptable in some situations than others. We would probably cringe if someone was


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