Counseling for Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The doctor’s diagnosis detonated a bomb in your life.
No one told you what to expect when they handed you the stack of prescriptions and treatment instructions. There was no mention of how difficult it would be to do simple things you’d taken for granted. Or all the time you’d spend in and out of medical appointments. How insensitive people would be because you don’t look sick. Or the frustration, isolation, and worry you’d feel.
Now you’re anxious and depressed on top of having a chronic illness, chronic pain, and/or chronic fatigue.
Your family tells you to stay positive. Your friends say you should stop thinking about it and just push through. Your doctor just hands you another prescription when you explain how you’re feeling, emotionally. But another pill and “snapping out of it” aren’t going to help you deal with:
- The mental fog
- Feeling like a burden to others
- Fear of things you enjoyed because they might trigger your symptoms
- Mourning the loss of your health
- Feeling isolated because making and keeping plans is hard
- Worrying about your next episode will happen
- Worrying you’re worrying too much
- Feeling useless and unproductive while you sit at home