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Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2004;6(1):47-48

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In 1976, journalist Gail Sheehy1 wrote a popular book detailing a series of “passages” in the life of an adult. I have written about retirement, stressing the need for an individual to craft a new adaptation to a major change in life circumstances.2 Moving forward3 may entail similar adaptational work. When an incapacitating illness puts a clamp on one’s usual pleasures, blocks mobility, and restricts activity, it can be said that passage into a new life stage is the patient’s task.​​