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Disability and Chronic illness

About 6 in 10 adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease and about 4 in 10 have two or more chronic illnesses, according to the CDC. There are many different kinds and definitions of chronic illness, but typically a condition is considered chronic if it lasts at least three months to a year. This can include:
 

  • Arthritis and other rheumatological conditions

  • Asthma and other respiratory conditions

  • Autoimmune disorders such as Graves Disease

  • Cancer

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia

  • Diabetes

  • Digestive disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Lyme disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy

  • Toxic mold illness
     

All of these conditions can greatly affect someone’s quality of life — not just physically but also mentally and emotionally.

We know coping with chronic illness can be overwhelming. At our practice, a chronic pain psychologist will listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan for your unique needs that helps you feel more in control and supported.

Some of the ways that therapy can help people with chronic illness include:

Developing coping mechanisms

A chronic illness counselor can help you develop coping mechanisms, including techniques for managing pain, stress reduction and mindfulness practices.

Addressing mental health concerns

Chronic illness and mental health are closely linked, and therapy can be an effective way to manage depression, anxiety and other mental health issues that come with the daily strain of chronic pain.

Building a support network

Living with chronic illness can be isolating, but therapy can help you build a support network that includes family, friends and other people living with chronic illness.

Improving communication

Chronic illness can be a source of tension in relationships, and therapy can help you learn how to communicate effectively with your loved ones about your needs and limitations.

Develop a treatment plan

A pain psychologist can work with your healthcare team to develop a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.
 

Living with chronic illness can be unpredictable and overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Please reach out if you want to find out more about therapy and resources to help you manage your condition and support you through emotional and physical challenges.

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