If you have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition such as: Autoimmune, Neurological Disorders, Diabetes, Heart Conditions, Mood Disorders or other non-life threatening conditions you may be wondering how your life and future is going to be with this major change. There is a lot to experience both physically and emotionally when something this significant happens. This can feel overwhelming. There is the initial shock of being diagnosed, learning how the symptoms will impact you, the treatment regimen and it’s side effects to consider, the financial aspects involved and a new language you need to understand to have an ongoing relationship with medical providers.
Then, there’s the emotional aspect. You may be wondering if you’re still going to achieve you’re plans and life goals now that “this” is a factor. For many there is grief associated with the life that could have been without this factor. For others, there may be a focus of self-blame ‘what did I do to make this happen, why do I deserve this?’. You may also find yourself withdrawing socially or experience that others around you are. Sadness, guilt and anger are not uncommon reactions for someone to have.
We will focus on processing the emotional impact of a major life change, increased awareness and understanding of both depression and anxiety, implementing positive health behaviors via monitoring and practice, skills on how to communicate with your treatment providers most effectively and addressing grief.
Working towards accepting the new reality of living and coping with chronic illness using mindfulness, various coping skills, managing moods and thoughts, building on strengths and focusing on your goals. We will customize all this while working with you to clarify, maintain and create the life you value to be an entire balanced person because you’re more than just the diagnosis.