Chronic Illness Counseling

Your chronic illness should not define you. You can adjust to it but it shouldn’t dictate your life.

Finding out that you have a chronic illness can be quite a blow. You start feeling a rush of emotions, you almost feel dizzy just as you heard it. Maybe you’ve seen it coming because it runs in your family or maybe not and you are at a total loss about how you got it because you live a healthy lifestyle. Then you start thinking of how it will affect you and the people around you and it starts making you anxious. You’re not sure how to take it.

Chronic Illness and your new normal

Chronic Illnesses are medical conditions that persists for at least over a year and may not have a cure. The most common chronic diseases include: autoimmune diseases such as lupus, polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. Osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease  or COPD and even mental health disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Knowing that your life is not going be the same anymore is a lot to take. You start feeling guilty about how you might and will become a burden. You will go through the five stages of grief too: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. You start questioning your beliefs, why you or why your loved one? What did you do to deserve your situation? What could you have done differently?

These are all normal reactions after being diagnosed with Chronic illness. Most people go through the changes and learn to live with the illness sooner than most. Others may not cope well with the news and may have difficulties adjusting to their new reality. If you are or you know anyone who might benefit from Chronic Illness counseling, help them get help or help yourself.

How can counseling help you and your loved ones?

Man is a complex being with multidimensional needs. When diagnosed with a chronic illness, it is also important to understand address the psychosocial. emotional, and mental needs of the patient.

The emotional rush and shock can sometimes exacerbate your diagnosis. It is important to catch yourself and learn how to deal with the emotional turmoil that usually comes with the diagnosis.

Most chronically ill patients struggle with anxiety and depression, brought about and triggered by stress of the physical effects of the illness, frequent hospital visits, financial concerns, maintaining a good self and body image, and medication side effects. Click here to learn more about how chronic illness can impact your mental health.

Psychotherapy is one way of helping people with chronic illness diagnosis and their families and friends navigate through all the emotional stress and whirlwind of feelings brought about by the illness. Our counselors at ThoughtWise can help you and your family adjust to your new reality, foresee possible challenges that may arise because of the illness and develop healthy ways of coping to the challenging situations.

Our counseling programs include individual and family talk therapies or psychotherapy. The goal of both is to give you and your family a safe and open space to verbalize and explore your feeling and shifting your negative thoughts to healthier thought processes. The family therapy is essential to assist those taking care of the ill patient how to support the patient emotionally, how to maintain a normal life within the family despite the illness, mitigate emotional stress,  and offer emotional support by helping them understand their own emotions towards the patient’s illness.

The diagnosis may be life-long, but it does not have to define you. You can learn how to better manage your feelings and emotional response towards your illness. Our team of expert therapists at ThoughtWise are here to help. Start feeling better today!

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Address

2840 Remington Green Circle,
Unit #3 Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone

1(888) 876-9784

Email

info@thoughtwise.com

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