chapter  59
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Normalize Challenges

Validate That Treatment Is Difficult for Many Patients
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell

It is frustrating when treatment does not go as patients hope it will. The clinician can validate the patient’s perspective and normalize the challenges of treatment. This chapter introduces the importance of validating the course of treatment and how to normalize challenges for the patient. This validating technique serves to re-connect the patient to the treatment alliance and a broader community of patients. Nuances and pitfalls in applying this technique are reviewed, and peer resources for patients are introduced.