I often talk with clients about their loneliness, their challenges in meeting people and building a support network. It has been my recent experience that the COVID-19 isolation has intensified the feelings of loneliness for many people, whether or not they are living with a chronic condition. Take a look at my article on building a support network. https://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/i-dont-have-a-great-support-system-how-can-i-make-friends/
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Dr. Gary McClain
Chronic Communication ℠
Counseling and Workshops
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...