Therapeutic Potential in Blogging
Did you know there are therapeutic potentials of blogging by creating connections between the world of the sick and the world of the well?
Chronic pain and illness may have an isolating effect on individuals. Changing their perceived roles in society, and challenging their ability to find meaning in life and their disease is severe. Therapeutic potential in blogging creates connections between the world of the sick and the world of the well and can encourage the positive psychosocial functioning of individuals.
Individuals with chronic pain or illness may have various purposes for articulating illness narratives. Perceived benefits may be to acknowledge, and validate the experience of pain and disease as well as express beliefs and values. It creates a temporal nature of the knowledge of the disease and makes visible the often invisible kind of pain. Therefore, communicating the experience of pain and illness may facilitate sharing between the teller and listener. It allows for reflection on the background and also acknowledges the emotional and suffering component of pain. Bridging this chasm may be an essential part of finding a sense of wellness within illness (Ressler et al. 2012).
Communicating the Experience of Chronic Pain and Illness Through Blogging – A Study
Resseler & team conducted a study to study this further. They studied how communicating the experience of chronic pain and illness through blogging helps. They found out the following facts.
Respondents provided information about how blogging assisted them in sharing, responding, reflecting, as well as evolving their understanding. And also experience their health conditions and illness challenges. This evidence demonstrates how blogging may assist some patients in articulating and sharing their illness narratives. Health care providers only suggested blogging to 6% of respondents. But the bloggers who identified the positive elements suggested therapeutic potential in this social media tool.
The study report suggests it is possible that with further research, therapeutic potential in blogging is moderation of pain. It can also increase the self-management of chronic pain. Also, providers may be able to identify better safe and adequate conditions for a recommendation of illness blogging. Moreover, they may be able to understand methods to minimize the adverse effects of illness blogging, as well. They believe that continued research may find the development of therapeutic potential in blogging. As a health care tool, it could be a beneficial intervention for some patients with chronic pain or illness (Ressler et al. 2012).
Ressler, P. K., Bradshaw, Y. S., Gualtieri, L., & Chui, K. K. H. (2012). Communicating the experience of chronic pain and illness through blogging. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14(5), e143. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3510726/