Whether newly diagnosed or living with a chronic illness, one’s life is likely to be disrupted. Often anxiety and depression can be difficult to cope with causing distress and worsening of the illness. These emotional problems and stress resulting from the chronic illness can lead to hopelessness and lack of adherence to your doctor’s recommendations. Even though the client intellectually knows what will lead to current improvement and prevention of long-term progression of the disease, adherence can be incredibly burdensome. Making and sustaining lifestyle changes is essential to living a long life in which one is physically and psychologically healthy.
The support and coping skills gained through counseling can make a substantial difference in longevity and long-term quality of life.