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My son had an anaphylactic reaction when he was three years old. He was hospitalised for three nights, and this was just the beginning of a round of prick tests, 'nut challenges' and extreme day-to-day vigilance.
It has been my biggest challenge, as a parent and person, and I'm sure it has been no picnic for him either.
In this issue, we look at the challenges facing children and their families in adapting to chronic and life-threatening conditions, and how psychologists work across psychological and physical health services to support them. The emotional labour involved in this kind of work must be phenomenal, and I am filled with admiration for those shouldering that burden for the benefit of children and their families. I was particularly struck by the coping techniques suggested in Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert and Hannah Connell's article, and I wonder if practitioners make use of these on themselves.
Elsewhere, as usual I would encourage you not to miss the articles at the back of the publication, including a fascinating 'Looking back' on George Kelly and the Garden of Eden.
Dr Jon Sutton
Bridging psychological and physical health care
Konrad Jacobs, Penny Titman and Melinda Edwards introduce a special feature
Adjusting to life with chronic illness
Deborah Christie and Hasina Khatun
Coping and acceptance in chronic childhood conditions
Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert and Hannah Connell
The 'late effects' of paediatric brain tumours
Helen Stocks, Kate Ablett and Matthew Morrall
Paediatric intensive care
Gillian Colville on stresses and strains for families
'Patients with the disorder deserve to be helped'
An interview with James Blair from the US National Institute of Mental Health
Speaking out on the NHS; praise and criticism; Jon Driver; and more
News and digest
Beautiful explanations; mushrooms in a brain scanner; Little Albert; reports from the Division of Occupational Psychology; nuggets from the Digest; and more
Coverage from the Division of Occupational Psychology conference with Kisane Prutton; the Guardian memory experiment; and the best of the web
The organisation of the mind; longitudinal data analysis; the psychology book; and more
Responding to the NHS listening exercise, in the President's column; book award; practitioner of the year; measuring national well-being; online voting; latest from BPS journals;
Careers and psychologist appointments
We talk to Angela Southall about her work for Midlands Psychology, and Robel Iyassu about working with challenging client groups; plus latest vacancies
The educational meets the evolutionary, with Rachel Ingram in the latest in our series for budding writers
An interesting recurring theme in the later work of a famous personality theorist: Trevor Butt on George Kelly and the Garden of Eden
One on one
...with Martin Conway