Breaking the NewsCreated by:
As Clinical psychologist one of the biggest challenge we face is to inform parent about the diagnosis. I am sure fellow medical health professionals also face this kind of a difficulty, especially informing relatives about a chronic or fatal diseases.
Disclosing the news to parents especially about neurodevelopment disorders is a challenge as first reaction is denial, followed by an attempt to seek second and third opinion. Over and above all of this, the point is to explain them what is the disorder all about, and why is it that. Limitation lies as there are no medical test like blood test, MRI or CT scan through which can either confirm or refute of the diagnosis. As parents struggle to accept and absorb the problem, we have to take the conversation one step ahead and clarify of it being a disorder and not a disease hence not curable.
I do sometimes try to think from the other side by stepping in their shoes; it completely melts my heart and makes it indigestible. It feels like the world has collapsed as for any parent, kids of that age are their world. Every parent has plans and dreams which are now shattered and the future looks like a rocky road.
At such situations, we as mental health professionals believe that the news has to be broken very gently to the parents so that the emphasis is on the betterment of the child rather than making it seem like a disability.