Chronic Pain and Mental Illness In Chicago, IL

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When you’re living with chronic pain and illness, small daily tasks can feel insurmountable. And life’s bigger problems are that much harder when you’re managing symptoms that can be physically and emotionally taxing. Our team of compassionate, understanding therapists is here to listen and help support you through both short-term and long-term challenges.

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WHAT CONDITIONS ARE CONSIDERED 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
  • 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
  • Psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

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

CHRONIC ILLNESS AND DISABILITY IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS

Adults aren’t the only ones who deal with chronic illness and disability. In the U.S., about 4 in 10 children have at least one chronic condition. Kids who are dealing with chronic illness can have a rough time making friends and participating in common childhood activities, which can cause isolation, anxiety and depression.

Therapy can help young folks learn to cope and manage their symptoms so they can spend more time being a kid. A therapist specializing in chronic illness can also help families understand the challenges their kid is facing and work together to develop strategies that support their overall well-being.

HOW BEST THERAPIES HELPS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS

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.

Manage pain more effectively

Chronic pain can be debilitating, but a pain psychologist can help you manage your pain more effectively through techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback and relaxation techniques.

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.

Spoonie REsources

Chronic Pain Association

A list of great resources for folks dealing with pain issues.

Crisis Text Line

Great text line for dealing with crisis and feeling overwhelmed.

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