A chronic illness is a condition that lasts for a very long time and usually cannot be cured completely, although some illnesses can be controlled or managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Examples of chronic illnesses include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, arthritis and kidney disease.
Despite the initial shock of diagnosis, most people are resilient and generally manage their medical condition well. There are times where this becomes more difficult and lead to stress, anxiety or depression. In some cases, the physical effects of the condition itself or the side effects of medication lead to depression. Chronic medical condition counselling helps you deal with the emotional aspects of the disease such as
- Accepting the new diagnosis of the medical condition
- Deciding when and how to tell others
- When the condition is causing difficulties and tensions in your relationships
- When you struggle to cope on a daily basis
- When you find it hard to cope with medication and feel like stopping
- Providing care and support to a family member diagnosed with chronic medical condition.