Living with a chronic illness

Do you live with chronic pain, or with a chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, or heart disease? Does somebody that you love struggle with chronic pain or a rare or invisible illness?

When living with a chronic illness, your symptoms can be debilitating and, in some cases, can be invisible to friends, family and co-workers. Pain, fatigue, vision disturbances, cognitive or memory difficulties, and other symptoms are not always visible to the naked eye.

Regardless of the severity of your condition, having a therapist to support you can be a big help in enabling you to live a full and meaningful life.

Help is available

A therapist who specializes in coping with chronic illness can help you develop coping skills for the extra stress, exhaustion, and changed relationships that you may be experiencing.

Your therapist can work together with you to reduce factors such as stress that exacerbate your symptoms while helping you to pursue meaning in your life, even when life seems impossibly difficult.

The internet offers a unique solution for the mobility issues inherent in the experience of many individuals with chronic illness. If sticking to a schedule, or adding another appointment adds too much of a burden to your weekly schedule, online therapy offers you the opportunity to experience the benefits of therapy from the comfort and ease of your couch or bed.

Living with chronic illness and chronic pain can lead to depression

In some cases, the experiences of loss, isolation, and loneliness that too often accompany living with chronic illness or invisible illness can lead to depression. In fact, depression and anxiety are some of the most common complications of chronic illness.

If you are experiencing any of the signs of clinical depression, you should reach out for help. These signs include difficulty sleeping, loss of interest in hobbies or activities, overall lack of energy, a loss or increase in your appetite, and feelings of hopelessness. If you are depressed, consider treatment that includes therapy.

In many cases, treatment for depression is most effective when medication and psychological therapy are used.

Reach out for help

Your medical provider may be able to refer you to a therapist in your area. We are also happy to connect you to one of our licensed therapists and psychologists, many of whom provide online therapy for your convenience.

Click here to connect with a therapist that can help you cope with chronic illness or chronic pain.

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