The terminal stage of disease in teenagers is extremely complex to manage. In this study, we share some stories of terminally ill adolescent patients who made use of illusion as a way to overcome their anguish in their final stages of illness. These experiences show how young patients can cope better with terminal illness by resorting to a nonrational and fictional dimension that can serve them as a psychological compromise, helping them tolerate their real everyday life by suspending their critical senses for a while. Illusions can serve as a resource for young patients and a potentially useful tool for medical professionals.

Adolescents with Terminal Cancer: Making Good Use of Illusions / C.A. Clerici, E. Pagani Bagliacca, L. Veneroni, M. Podda, M. Silva, P. Gasparini, R. Luksch, M. Terenziani, M. Casanova, F. Spreafico, C. Meazza, V. Biassoni, E. Schiavello, S. Chiaravalli, T. Proserpio, M. Massimino, A. Ferrari. - In: JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT ONCOLOGY. - ISSN 2156-5333. - 9:6(2020), pp. 683-686. [10.1089/jayao.2020.0069]

Adolescents with Terminal Cancer: Making Good Use of Illusions

Clerici, Carlo Alfredo;Veneroni, Laura;Terenziani, Monica;Biassoni, Veronica;Schiavello, Elisabetta;
2020

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The terminal stage of disease in teenagers is extremely complex to manage. In this study, we share some stories of terminally ill adolescent patients who made use of illusion as a way to overcome their anguish in their final stages of illness. These experiences show how young patients can cope better with terminal illness by resorting to a nonrational and fictional dimension that can serve them as a psychological compromise, helping them tolerate their real everyday life by suspending their critical senses for a while. Illusions can serve as a resource for young patients and a potentially useful tool for medical professionals.
psychological support; terminal ill; illusion; suspension of disbelief
Settore M-PSI/01 - Psicologia Generale
Settore M-PSI/08 - Psicologia Clinica
JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT ONCOLOGY
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