Recently my lovely, wise GP and I were having a chat about catastrophising. We are all capable of catastrophising. I see the tendency in many pain patients and those suffering with bladder urgency. It’s easy to do when you are anxious as to whether you are going to cope with a function or outing when you have pain or an extreme feeling of imminent incontinence! My GP was telling me about an acronym he uses with patients suffering with depression to help work out what may have exacerbated their deterioration with the depression. He uses HALT as a checklist and teaches the patients to assess their state using the same.
H stands for hungry – are they eating properly?
A stands for angry– what is affecting their mood, family, friends, work?
L for lonely – are they connecting with their friends or leaving themselves isolated?
T for tired
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