Chronic illnesses and disabilities are different from other issues because they are known to be permanent: The patient must learn to accept them as permanent fixtures in their life. Children who have chronic illnesses and disabilities are three times more likely to experience psychiatric disorders and trouble adjusting socially.
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Loss of limbs
Young people with chronic illnesses or disabilities struggle to fit in and have development social adjustment problems. They may worry that they won’t be able to make friends and form relationships because of their health. Anxiety and depression are common responses. Older patients with chronic illnesses must grapple with death and identity later in life. They also fear that they will become a burden on their loved ones. Those who have recently become disabled must deal with particular issues as they learn to adjust to their new life.
Occupational and Physical Therapy are primary treatments for the chronically ill and disabled. However, deeper issues in the psyche require psychotherapy to alleviate stress. A therapist can offer the fundamental validation a patient needs without judging them for their impairment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a good option for challenging negative self-concepts revolving around a disability.
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Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists furnish a supportive environment, providing healthy outlooks and understanding.
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