Long Term Physical Health Problems
Do you have a chronic physical health condition that may never get better and needs on-going management with medication or some other treatment?
Or perhaps you have on-going and debilitating symptoms that just can't be explained by the doctors and they tell you that they just simply don't know what is wrong?
Just when you are at your most vulnerable you're having to advocate for yourself - interacting with a heathcare system which is itself in crisis and frustrating, along with confusing, to negotiate.
Does the following sound familiar...?
You’re living with the uncertainty of not knowing how your physical health condition may or may not progress, leading you to worry about what the future holds for you and your loved ones.
You’re experiencing unpleasant symptoms which may start limiting your ability to live your day to day life in the way you once did, and change how you and others see your place in the world.
You may be facing the fear of stressful and painful medical procedures or the prospect of needing to make significant lifestyle changes which seem overwhelming and unachievable.
Perhaps you feel that you are being pushed through a conveyor belt system and aren’t actually being heard by the medical professionals you’re interacting with, leaving you feeling helpless and disempowered.
Book a free 15 minute, no obligation, consultation so we can talk about how I can help you to regain a sense of hope and purpose in your life.
Although we may not immediately think about Mental Health when managing a chronic physical health condition, there is a well-accepted link with depression and anxiety.
According to the Department of Health, up to 30% of people living with long term physical health conditions experience a mental health challenge.
Our emotional wellbeing impacts all aspects of daily life, directly affecting how we handle stress and the choices that we make; so it makes sense that depression and anxiety could make it harder to stick to a physical health care plan.
An untreated mental health problem can contribute to a worsening in the physical health problem, and this in turn can exacerbate the mental health problem - a vicious cycle is formed!
Diabetes Distress is a very common and very natural reaction to managing diabetes over the long term; it occurs when you feel overwhelmed, and even frustrated, by daily management of the condition.
According to Diabetes UK, 1 in 4 people with Type I diabetes along with 1 in 5 people with Type II diabetes experience Diabetes Distress - left untreated this can lead to Diabetes Burnout. But the good news is that CBT can really help!
Other Long Term Health Conditions that I can support are:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
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How about having a read of some of my recent blog posts below - hopefully you will find something helpful there whilst getting a better sense of my style of working to help you decide if I will be a good fit for you as your therapist.
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