Emotional Aspects of Medical Illness

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Medical illness affects your life in many ways, depending on the type and severity of the illness.  While medical illness is diagnosed and treated, often the emotional aspects of medical illness are overlooked.  Chronic illness, long-term treatments and terminal illness will most certainly affect you and your family.  Many of the emotional aspects associated with illness are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Fear
  • Grief/Sadness
  • Anger/Denial

Emotional problems can occur at any age during an illness and are often compounded by sleep disturbances or medication side effects related to the illness.

Talk therapy and hypnotherapy are effective treatments for these emotional issues and can help you and your family to work through the emotional issues and come to terms with the reality of the medical illness.  Learning how to cope with the emotional issues will also help in the long run, whether the medical illness is chronic or temporary.