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Psychotherapy Casebook

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In 1976, journalist Gail Sheehy1wrote 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.2Moving forward3may 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 anew life stage is the patient’s task.


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