Create a 12 page essay paper that discusses The Impact of Chronic Illness on Children and Recovery From These Illnesses.
Children afflicted with a chronic illness would find learning quite difficult because their concentration would be emphasized on their trauma and disease rather than on learning. These children form their own generalizations in their mind which again has an adverse impact on their studies. For example, a teacher in their eyes would be a bully and any small event would be looked at in the most extreme terms. Due to their weak and emotional state of mind, they mislabel themselves using words such as “wimp” or ‘weakling.” Children suffering from chronic illnesses have a bad habit of discounting themselves even when the outcomes are quite positive. For example, they may say, “Yeah I achieved this – so what”? Another regular habit of such children is ‘Magnification and Minimization’ of their own self-worth. The usual pattern of such behaviour is that they magnify their shortcomings or mistakes and minimize their strengths or make light of them. Another very common habit of children who are affected by a chronic disease is jumping quickly to conclusions. For example, in case they feel a bit left out of a group for some reason or the other, they are quick to conclude that everyone else thinks they are weak and should get over their illness soon. Over – personalization of a situation in case they are remotely involved and something went wrong is quite common to this group of children. They try to take on the blame themselves and feel guilt pangs. It is even more traumatic for them in case the person dies because they think they were the cause of it and tell everyone that if they had not made a mistake the person would not have died.