Chronic Illness & Pain

Chronic Illness Pain

Chronic Illness and pain are conditions that last more than 3 months. It cannot be treated or cured but it can be managed to increase quality of life. Theses chronic conditions typically cause restrictions in daily activities which decreases an individual’s quality of life. A chronic illness or pain can cause many emotional symptoms which can also cause more physical symptoms. This could create an ongoing cycle of physical flares if the emotional symptoms are never treated. 

Emotional Symptoms due to Chronic Illness and Pain

  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Worry and anxiety about health and doctors
  • Medical trauma due to previous experiences within treatment
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in body weight
  • Low motivation
  • Difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Somatic symptoms
  • Suicidal ideation

Reference: National Institute of Mental Health

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