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Families Coping with Autoimmune Disease

key information

source: The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

year: 2016

summary/abstract:

An autoimmune disease can certainly have an impact on the family. It not only affects the individual with the condition; it also can affect every member of the family. The way the family feels about how it affects a loved one, and the cohesiveness of the family, is very important. If family members get along well, and they, like the person with the autoimmune disease, cope successfully with the disease, this will provide an important, solid springboard for progress.

Family members may experience many of the emotional reactions that the person with an autoimmune disease does — ranging from anger and depression to fear of the future or fear of complications. Sometimes family members react more strongly and possibly even more irrationally than the person who’s been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease.