Do you frequently experience feelings of sadness and hopelessness? Are you withdrawn and disconnected from your friends and family? Do you feel tired and find it difficult to summon up the enthusiasm to do what you need to do?
A chronic health condition can often lead to feelings of hopelessness and depression. You may feel that because there is no treatment, there is nothing you can do to improve your overall condition. This contributes to the sense of hopelessness and despair.
How do I know if I have depression?
If left untreated, the hopeless caused by chronic illness often leads to depression.
Common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling hopeless and always expecting the worst
- Lack of energy and fatigue
- Finding it hard to concentrate, focus, and make decisions
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Lack of interest, especially in things you used to enjoy
- Difficulty making decisions
- Feeling irritable and restless
If you have suffered from some of these symptoms for a period of weeks or more, then it is likely you have depression. If you are unsure, then contact me to find out more.
Building a happier life
In therapy with me, I will work with you to distinguish between the aspects of your condition that you cannot control and the actions you can be taking to improve your overall health. No matter what your condition is, there are things you can do to maximize your well-being. Together, we will examine various aspects of your life to see what can be done to maximize your health and empower you to make positive changes in your life.
Happiness need not correlate directly with your physical state.
Through our sessions, I can help you discover how you can live a happy, fulfilling life, despite having a physical illness.
Cope with hopelessness caused by chronic illness
I am here to help you cope with the hopelessness caused by chronic illness and support you in becoming the person you wish to be.
I am focused on helping you experience long-lasting, tangible results, in order to get relief from depression.
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If you haven’t already read the book, it’s a great place to start: Living With Chronic Illness Handbook.