What is Chronic Illness Therapy?
Professional medical doctors, prescribed medication and treatments, and physical therapy help to treat the corporeal aspects of chronic illnesses and disabilities. Often times, those recently diagnosed with chronic diseases face emotional and mental distress caused by new lifestyle changes and realities.
Such psychological issues caused by chronic illnesses and disabilities, may include, but are not limited to:
- Feelings of Seclusion or Isolation
- Feelings of Social Inaptitude
- Low Self-Esteem
- Coping with Grief
- Difficulties Relating to Family/Friends
- Increase in Stress
- Pressure on Personal Relationships
- Behavioral Issues
Stressors brought on by chronic illnesses, such as side effects of prescription medications, drastic lifestyle changes, or an increase in financial burden caused by medical expenses mentally exhaust patients. Disabilities and illnesses, such as diabetes and cancer, force patients to adopt new lifestyles focused on well-being and health.
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How does Chronic Illness Therapy Help?
Turning to family and friends as an external support system may help to deal with some emotional aspects of medical conditions. But therapy offers a solution to discussing deep fears on an individual basis or in a group setting. Chronic Illness Counseling and Therapy allow patients to express their depression, concerns, and anxieties while learning to live with new medical conditions. Behavior and familial relationships may strain under the weight of support, but therapy sessions allow open communication under the watchful care of a professional psychologist. Counseling and therapy sessions work to address issues and create new methods of dealing with daily life while living with a chronic illness.