Chronic Illness & Pain

Find a Psychologist forHelp with Chronic Illness

Chronic illness and chronic pain can be related, but can also be completely separate events. Both include long-lasting symptoms or diagnosis and can last from months to years to the rest of your life.


Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, COPD, arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and cancer are all types of chronic illnesses with varying symptoms. Chronic conditions are the leading cause for disability and death in the U.S. Aside from the physical complications of chronic illness, which may prevent you from participating in activities you once enjoyed, such a diagnosis can have a significant effect on your mental health. You might experience shock, fear, anxiety, or other emotions and you might need to adjust to new routines to manage your care. Having a chronic illness can put you at higher risk for depression.


You might feel that you need to talk to a psychologist in order to accept your diagnosis, manage your emotions and stress, and move forward with your life.


Chronic pain may exist on its own but may accompany a chronic illness. Either way, pain can result in ongoing stress, changes to your routine, and other responses similar to those experienced with a chronic illness. Chronic illness and pain affect the lives of millions, and psychotherapy can help you deal with the mental strain that accompanies these difficult conditions. Find a psychologist to HELP WITH PAIN.