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Strategies to Improve Coping and Manage Maladaptive Behaviors in the General Medical Setting 

Strategies to Improve Coping and Manage Maladaptive Behaviors in the General Medical Setting
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Strategies to Improve Coping and Manage Maladaptive Behaviors in the General Medical Setting
Author(s):

Christopher R. Dobbelstein

and Mary G. Fitzgerald

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329311.003.0008
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date: 22 September 2020

Consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrists are often asked to help patients whose behavior is maladaptive or who are having difficulty coping with the stress of being hospitalized. This chapter explains why individual patients may respond to their stressors in maladaptive ways, and it provides practical strategies for helping these patients. These strategies include optimizing the initial interview, understanding the patient’s perspective, managing needy or demanding patients, helping patients to adhere to medical recommendations, using motivational interviewing to facilitate behavior change, and helping patients to cope with the stress of the medical hospitalization by using existential, psychodynamic, cognitive, and grief therapies.

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