Living with a chronic illness can be incredibly debilitating and put an added stress or strain on normal day-to-day functioning, both mental and physical. Chronic illness leads to an increased risk of anxiety and depression.
In addition, it can affect our relationships with those around us who may not understand the pressure that these conditions add to our social and emotional lives. At Armchair Psychology, we understand that chronic illness can have a multitude of implications on mental health and relationships.
The goal is to sort out what is due to the illness and how other stresses are actually making your experience of illness and pain worse. We help you deal with all that is affecting you, to reduce the burden of illness, to control your pain as much as possible – looking at the parts of your life that are working well, your strengths and the obstacles to joy.