Prolonged chronic disease has many characteristics of personal loss, so the use of the Kübler - Ross model is very appropriate.
Internalizing the Kübler-Ross model will help chronic patients initiate the necessary lifestyle changes required for recovery.
Kübler Ross's psychological model for patients that do not face a life-threatening condition. (The majority of patients.)
The five stages are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, (Only applicable in life-threatening situations) Depression, Acceptance.
- Initially, the Kübler-Ross model was only concerned with the stages of death and dying. Kübler Ross's model was later expanded to include any form of personal loss. There is no doubt in my mind that long-term chronic disease has properties of grief and loss.
- From my experience what prevents making lifestyle changes are usually: Denial, Anger, and Depression.
- Reaching acceptance as fast as possible is essential for elevating the spirit and gaining needed energy.
- Real hope would give anyone the strength to undertake all the necessary treatments and endure the accompanying pain and suffering.