We offer coaching, counseling and training on family constellations,
managing difficult emotions and solving relationship problems.
What are Genetic Disorders?
Genetic disorders refer to physical conditions caused by mutations
in a gene or a set of genes. Mutations are changes in the DNA sequence
of a gene, and can happen at any time. This risk is increased
by some chemicals and radiations. Mutations cause genes to
become defective, and defective genes are connected to genetic disorders.
- Chromosome Abnormalities
Segments of chromosomes are altered or missing. E.g. Down's
Syndrome and Turner's Syndrome.
- Single-Gene Disorders
The protein product of a gene is altered or missing. E.g. cystic
fibrosis and sickle cell anemia.
- Mitochondrial Disorders
Mutations in non-chromosomal DNA located in cellular mitochondria
cause multiple copies of a single cell's cytoplasm to be
transmitted by the mother.
- Multifactor Disorders
Mutations in multiple genes, often from environmental causes. E.g. some
heart disorders, diabetes and some cancers.
Example: Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective gene that
allows organs to fill with mucus. This blocks the lungs and impedes
natural infection-fighting, eventually turning the bodyís immune system
against its own tissue (see autoimmune).
It also impairs the ability to break down foods.
A child with cystic fibrosis must inherit defective genes from
both parents. About 1 in 30 people carry a single cystic fibrosis
gene. The disease only occurs when both parents are carriers.
The parents have a 25% risk with every pregnancy
of passing two copies of the defective gene to a child.
Emotions can affect the treatment. Negative emotions may contribute
to poor metabolic control - which can cause further problems. Our
coaching can manage many emotional factors:
- Objections to a prescribed treatment
- Managing moods, emotions, beliefs and stress
- Relationships with family, friends and professionals
Relationships with families, friends and professionals
Relationships include differences and conflicts - conflicts
between people are not only common but usually a sign of health, if the
conflicts can be safely expressed. Conflicts and conflict management
are part of all relationships.
If you have a genetic disorder, metabolic imbalances can manifest
as mood swings. You may in each moment act as if your current emotion
is a basis for long-term decisions. You may seem normal, yet say
horrible things. You may announce spontaneous ideas as facts, or you
may respond to family, friends or partner as if to strangers.
We can coach and support people to deal with strong emotions
associated with drugs and medications; and can improve the quality
of relationships even in difficult times.
Please consult your physician about any
opinions about medical symptoms, medical diagnosis,
medical treatment or medical conditions.
Managing Emotions, Beliefs and Stress
1. Anger, fear and sadness
Anger, sadness and fear are parts of life. If
people express these emotions as adults ... they can move on. If
people express these emotions childishly - they can create chaos
within important relationships. If people feel but do not express
these emotions, they may experience unpleasant body tensions which
appear to damage health. We help people express emotions appropriately.
2. Relationship Diagnosis (Suffering, Loneliness & Depression)
Our systemic coaching provides a space in which we can coach people to
change beliefs which prevent or sabotage change. Examples are:
- I want nothing to change (I am entangled)
- Nothing can change anyway (I lack motivation)
- I cannot make a decision (I cannot resolve conflicts)
- I sabotage myself (I limit my opportunities for happiness)
- I feel bad if I succeed (My family or friends do not succeed)
- I must stay in unpleasant states (I am traumatized)
- I follow toxic role models (I am inspired to fail)
3. Beliefs about Cause, Seriousness and Treatment Effectiveness
Beliefs about genetic disorders, their seriousness and the
effectiveness or prescribed treatment can assist or detract from
medical treatment. We can coach people to analyze their beliefs
and replace limiting or self-fulfilling beliefs.
4. Depression, Anxiety, Guilt & Shame
People with genetic disorders, and their parents, may suffer
from depression. We perceive depression as a
healthy response to an unhealthy environment or to chaotic relationships.
Often, the underlying issues include immaturity, guilt and shame. If a person feels guilt or
shame, life may not make sense, which leads to depression. Most depressive
guilt and shame seem to result from:
5. Fear of complications or shortened life
Fear can be appropriate motivation to improve one's lifestyle to support
health. Fear can also paralyze you into acting as though death is inevitable and
nothing can be done. We offer emotional coaching for negative emotions.
6. Stress, Anxiety &
Emotional stress can disrupt metabolic control. Psychological trauma
can accompany or follow treatment, for example after surgery. The resulting
emotions can disrupt a personís relationships, eating habits, exercise and
routines, and disturb treatment. Emotional needs are important components of
good health management. We coach people to deal with the emotions
associated with early death or medical treatment.
7. Death and Dying
Some people diagnosed with genetic disorders die prematurely. The
family, helping professionals and friends may prepare a person for this
possibility - or they may avoid informing the patient. We can assist and support people to prepare for the fundamental relationship between life and death.
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