Medical Family Therapy Case Studies
These are some of my actual case studies for Medical Family Therapy.
All the cases are factual but names have been omitted for confidentiality reasons
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Even MD's Turn To Medical Family Therapy
Dr and Mrs K attended therapy due to his recent diagnosis of MS. While his symptoms were mild, his feelings of losing his independence and being a burden to his family felt overwhelming.
His wife was supportive of the many therapies he required, but also held some beliefs that caused her distress: guilt for being healthy, resentment for having to take on extra duties at home while she continued to work full time and wanting to protect their children from his diagnosis.
Mrs. K was unable to share her feelings with her husband because she didn’t want him to feel guilty, but this resulted in continuous and increased tension between them. At the point they presented to therapy, they were turned away from one another and had little emotional connection.
Therapy focused on the very difficult and personal feelings each member of the couple held. In his case, his experience of illness was based on his father’s rapidly declining health when he was a young man. His fears about becoming dependent did not enable him to accept help and he
experienced increasing anger at home.
In illness, people take the context of their own life experience with illness and generalize it to the present situation. Medical Family Therapy helps each family member acknowledge and accept the illness while joining together to provide support to one another, instead of turning away.
Diabetes And Medical Family Therapy
James was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after going into shock a month prior.
He wasn’t surprised because both his father and his grandfather had it. His grandfather died from complications related to the disease and his father had a leg amputated as a result of long term neglect of his blood sugar.
James was highly anxious that his path would resemble theirs, and presented to therapy with insomnia, lack of interest in doing much and anxiety nearly every day. The focus of therapy was dissecting the story James had created in his mind about managing such a complex, life changing illness.
Differentiating between factual and fear-based stories led James to commit to a healthy lifestyle and become proactive in managing his illness, to lead a normal life.