If you are suffering from a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, or a traumatic incident, such as an automobile accident or stroke, you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, inadequacy and/or depression.
In fact, depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. It has been estimated that approximately one-third of people who have a chronic medical condition experience some symptoms of depression. Many of the tasks that most of us take for granted every day, can suddenly feel monumental and overwhelming. The illness or condition may limit your mobility and independence. It can even change the way you live and how you view yourself. It can also impact your interactions with others.
Because of your condition, you may be unable to see things objectively. In the therapeutic relationship, we will explore your feelings that accompany your condition and will look at your belief system. It can be very helpful to ‘step away’ from the condition long enough to see it more objectively. For example, you might believe that your condition will never get better and that you will not be able to function as you once did. Whether or not your condition will improve, in therapy you will learn new ways to re-frame the situation that will help you move forward with your dreams and your life’s goals. I hope that you will take the next step to take back control of your life and contact me.
Together we can make your current discomfort more manageable and find ways to help you be more productive once again. Contact Alan
To read about Alan’s own experience with a chronic medical condition and traumatic injury, please click here.