Celiac: the importance of family support: For those who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, not only do they need to follow a gluten-free diet, but they also need to be able to count on support and very special family stability. That’s why family support plays such an important role in the life of Celiac.
An article by Dr. Monica Contreras, of Argentina, demonstrates a few pointers to keep in mind, that points out a few characteristics that signal the need for professional counseling.
Dr. Contreras mentions that situations of non-acceptance of the disease, overprotection, obsessed parents, changes in family relationships and more, would indicate that a professional help is needed.
So, in regards to parents and the degree of concern and confusion they experience, how can they tell if a particular situation requires that sort of professional support? Is it really justifiable in each case?
This is when a preliminary assistance environment comes into play, along with what family support means:
Family Guidance is a service provided to families in order to help them during difficulties in relationships among family members; for marriage or family problems, or when the family or any of its members face moments conflict, pain or illness.
This task includes supporting the full range of situations that may affect the family group and also includes parental involvement in the educating their children.
In fact, this is a prevention service for major problems and can also be referred by professionals if the detected causes merit it.
When difficulties are manageable, and the scope of dialogue, reflection and support provided by Family Guidance prepares the individuals to move forward to resolution.
Family Guidance places its focus on human families as the basic constituent of society, and the dignity in each of its members as individuals. Family counselors have received multi-disciplinary training, have an integral and important vision of the human person, and are also encouraged by a vocation of service to the community.
Seeing this disease as an opportunity
In the case of Celiac disease, Family Guidance outlines several lines of work, not only focusing on doubts or fears, but also on the development and strengthening of human virtues which may have greater influence on improving the observed situation.
Therefore, accepting this condition is not replaced by a mere resignation, but originates from, among other things, visualizing the presence of this disease as an opportunity for each family member to understand and develop virtues that enable them to grow as people through new circumstances.
Searching for making sense of what happens to a family, the unity of all its members, and the role that each member plays is an important object of reflection in Family Guidance.
The confusion that people can have about their feelings and emotions can be quite a disturbing understanding of concrete reality, especially when the onset of this disease impacts each family members’s emotions.
That’s why we promote the development of a Guidance activity that pays special attention to the affective phenomenon that those who are involved, could experience. One must keep in mind that well understood and harnessed human emotion creates positive cooperation with the intelligence and with the will.
The importance of good communication
Not all cities have active Counselors or Family Guidance Centers where people can attend preliminary interviews and have consultations. In these cases modern means of communication become very important, especially email. Obviously, these means in no way replace the high degree of understanding and personal knowledge shared between those who need help and the counselor. However, despite their limitations, e-mail exchanges can serve as a fruitful way of communication and can address some of the concerns raised.
Search your area for associations and websites on this subject; surely you can the help and guidance you need.
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