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We need to recognize the reality that people are in pain despite the fact that it seems like it could be worse. By downplaying somebody’s illness (“it could be worse!”) the person becomes incredibly invalidated. Even though it’s your effort to try to make them feel better about their situation, it often makes them feel worse. It makes them feel guilty that they are upset about their pain, and pain shouldn’t be ignored. It shouldn’t be dwelt upon either. We don’t need long-lasting pity parties or permanently negative attitudes. But diagnosis of any type of medial problem can be incredibly devastating.