Coping with Pain, Physical Disability
and Chronic Illness

After being injured or receiving a disturbing diagnosis, many adults are flooded with negative emotions: shock, denial, despair, anger, self-pity, uncertainty, worthlessness, uselessness, helplessness, loneliness, loss, guilt, vulnerability, and fear. Without psychological help, these emotions may persist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, with its emphasis on teaching positive, flexible thinking and motivating healthy behaviors, is uniquely well-suited to examining the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of these adults and transforming their emotional suffering into psychological growth.

If you’re a recently diagnosed adult, you may be overwhelmed with your many tasks:

· Understanding your diagnosis and prognosis

· Adjusting to treatment routines

· Acquiring adaptive equipment

· Modifying or changing your residence

· Adjusting family and work roles to your new capabilities, or to accommodate fatigue or a personal attendant

Even if you’ve been coping with the same physical challenges for many years, you might never have achieved a positive outlook, with a sense of optimism; hope for medical advances, cure, or remission; and valuing of remaining assets. Self-acceptance, serenity, and a sense of personal control are often attainable.

If your life expectancy is short, you may wish to focus on grieving losses, accepting death, healing conflicted relationships, leaving a positive legacy, and preparing others for their loss.

Counseling at Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center can help you achieve psychological goals such as to:
· Accept your new body and capabilities

· Maintain or enhance your sense of self-worth, basing it on unchanged qualities

· Replace shame with pride in your resilience, emotional courage, effort, and creativity

· Find positive new meaning, purpose, and goals

· Live fully despite uncertainty

· Manage stigma and overcome stereotypes

· Enhance assertiveness and activism

· Improve family connections

· Enlarge your social network to include those with similar challenges

· Resolve conflicts over dependency

· Revise the gifts you give to/get from others

· Minimize negative emotions

· Generate the energy, perseverance, and determination to persevere

· Find the flexibility and creativity to accomplish tasks in innovative ways

Thus, you’ll be empowered to live
your best possible life!


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