The Broader Impact of Asbestos Exposure

by | May 29, 2018 | Asbestos-Related Illness |

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Any exposure to asbestos enhances the risk of succumbing to mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses. There is no such thing as a safe exposure level. While no one disputes the physical danger associated with asbestos, the emotional aspect of exposure is less well-understood. Recent research has begun to shine a light on just what people exposed to asbestos experience. This will help determine what they need to cope with the psychological aftereffects of coming into contact with a potentially deadly substance.

Handling Fear

Unsurprisingly, numerous studies have shown that asbestos exposure is a significant stressor. When people are under a great deal of stress, they tend to lash out at the nearest target, meaning that asbestos exposure can affect whole families.

Stress can lead to physical symptoms, as well. Sleeplessness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and other side effects are common.

Experience Matters in Treatment and Response

No individual is equipped to deal with asbestos-related illness alone. It takes a team of physicians and medical providers to give the right care. It often takes one or more attorneys to hold the right parties accountable for the asbestos exposure. It takes family, friends or other loved ones to emotionally support the victim through a difficult time. Getting the right treatment and strategy in place requires the help of people who are experienced in asbestos-related problems.

Moving Forward Helps

Serious illness leads to many of the same responses as the loss of a loved one. The stages of grief may apply, even though the situation is different. One of the best ways to combat the denial or listlessness often seen in people with mesothelioma and other serious illnesses is to have a plan. If you understand the physical and legal reality of the situation, you can create a strategy to address it. Having a plan can make the emotional struggle much easier to bear.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is often unexpected and always painful. It is not something you should attempt to deal with on your own. Turn to loved ones, and to professionals who understand the illness to help you through this difficult time.