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Neglected needs: Sexuality, intimacy, anger 

Neglected needs: Sexuality, intimacy, anger
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Neglected needs: Sexuality, intimacy, anger
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Anna Marconi

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10.1093/med/9780198757726.003.0010
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date: 22 February 2020

ALS diagnosis and progression causes a series of major physical losses and emotional responses. Each patient reacts in a personal way, but the most common emotions during the initial stages are initiated by feelings of loss and by sentiments linked to grief. The first part of the chapter shows how emotions may follow one another during each stage of the disease. It subsequently provides an analysis of the sexuality construct and offers two case reports that show a representation of intimacy, especially tenderness, as an essential dimension for couples dealing with this disease. A good conjugal intimacy, intended as a physical and communicative relationship with no quarrelling, could guarantee the strength necessary to confront difficulties arising from ALS and to maintain quality of life in general. Finally, because health care professionals may find intimacy a difficult topic to discuss with a patient, it suggests four main points to consider.

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