Health and Wellness

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope

JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Struggling with Chronic illness

Welcome to ACT taking hurt to hope

Today we are starting a series of how ACT is used for health issues. Remember that ACT has three components, opening up to the reality of the moment, becoming aware of the difference between the actual reality felt by your 5 senses in contrast to what your mind is telling you about this reality and third taking steps in your valued directions in this reality you find yourself in.

Today we are going to talk about the general topic of chronic illness and how ACT can be applied.

In the early 1900s in the United States, many major health threats were infectious diseases associated with poor hygiene and poor sanitation (e.g., typhoid), diseases associated with poor nutrition (e.g., pellagra and goiter), poor maternal and infant health, and diseases or injuries associated with unsafe workplaces or hazardous occupations (4,5,7,8). (e.g., vaccinations and antibiotics) However, as the incidence of these diseases decreased, chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease and cancer) increased (6,10). In the last half of the century, public health identified the risk factors for many chronic diseases and intervened to reduce mortality. Public efforts also led to reduced deaths attributed to a new technology, the motor vehicle (3). These successes demonstrated the value of community action to address public health issues and have fostered public support for the growth of institutions that are components of the public health infrastructure*.

The focus of public health research and programs shifted to respond to the effects of chronic diseases on the public’s health (12-17). While continuing to develop and refine interventions, enhanced morbidity and mortality surveillance helped to maintain these earlier successes. The shift in focus led to improved capacity of epidemiology and to changes in public health training and programs. Today you will get the chance to meet an expert Dr Abbie Beacham. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training at the department of Psychology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OHIO