Living with a chronic condition can be the cause of lots of frustration, that’s for sure. But here’s a question: Are you taking out your frustration on your partner? Don’t forget, your partner is dealing with a lot too. If you find yourself being hard on your partner during those times of frustration, here’s help: http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/chronic-communication-home-taking-frustration-partner/
Dr. Gary McClain
Chronic Communication ℠
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Questions? Ask Dr. Gary
Q: I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am really trying to face up to this condition and maintain my independence. But there are days when I know I need help. My family is telling me that I am being stubborn when all I am trying to do is be a Fighter. When is it time to ask for help?
A: Fighters may have a reputation as the ideal role models but they aren’t always good at seeking out support unless someone shows them how much worse things will be if they don’t.
Fighters often view themselves as so in control of their situation that they can handle every...