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Prof. Sollad

Monday, October 29, 2012 | By arlene | No Comments

He was one of my favorite patients and was not afraid to speak out. He told me one time that it does not matter what your Religion is…but that all of us need to be the Good Samaritan. He truly was a remarkable man.
Robert N. Sollod, Ph.D.
Cleveland State University

Department of Psychology
Cleveland State University
1983 East 24th Street
Cleveland, OH 441115

Email Address: r.sollod@csuohio.edu
Telephone: 216-523-7266

Abstract
Based on a narrative account, this paper highlights and reviews the experiences of the author, a psychologist, experiencing a chronic illness. Areas covered include coping with doctors and medical personnel, adjusting to illness, complying, actively coping, and even, at times, resisting unwarranted medical procedures. Experiences such as loss of trust, a sense of isolation, re-working relationships, and generative reaching-out are also covered. Some positive consequences of chronic illness for personal growth are suggested. Suggestions for conducting psychotherapy with clients who are dealing with serious chronic illness are made.

I am a psychology professor and a clinical psychologist who has focused on the areas of personality theory, theories of psychotherapy, and the relation of psychology and religion. I worked in a variety of clinical situations including doing individual psychotherapy for many years. After dealing with the vicissitudes of chronic illness in the form of End State Renal Disease (ESRD) for almost a decade, I wrote a narrative of my experiences, mostly in the summers of 2000 and 2001. The narrative continues to be a work-in-progress.

The process of writing was emotionally difficult and, at times, exhausting. I would recall a memory and then focus on the details as they recurred to me. Naturally, emotions would surface as I put these memories on paper. Some of the memories involved strong emotion. I do not believe that I had symptoms associated with these memories. Even though some were upsetting and traumatic, they were not that hard to remember. In some cases, the recollection of a specific memory led to more anger, sadness, outrage and other emotions than I had originally allowed myself to experience. Continue reading “Prof. Sollad” »