When Chronic Illness Causes Depression

   At least one-third of people with chronic illness suffer from depression. Further, depression is one of the most common problems reported by chronically ill patients. When patients are faced with a life altering diagnosis, it can be easy for depression to set in. When I found myself depressed, I hid my symptoms from my…

Chronic Illness Tip: Change Expectations but Continue to Have Dreams

Self-esteem emerges from the very standards that you set for yourself. However, with a diagnosis of chronic illness, your standards have to change because if they don’t, you will be destined to fail. Often times, setting new standards for yourself can be quite tough especially if you were the kind of person who often took…

What I Really Mean to Say

Living with chronic illness and pain is something that isn’t easily understood by people who are not going through the same thing.  Moreover, the effects of illness are an emotional and personal daily battle. Most people have this notion that if you look fine, you are feeling good or having a good health day.  Many…

Could I Be Grateful For Chronic Illness?

  I was in awe as I read the article. How could the author be grateful for chronic illness? Why would he be when his chronic illness nearly killed him? It didn’t make sense to me. I could never show gratitude towards a disease that has done nothing but complicate my life. Here was this…

Happiness Improves Health (Guest Post)

Happiness Improves Health By Larry Berkelhammer, PhD. http://www.larryberkelhammer.com  Since the time of the ancient Greek metaphysicians, it has been known that happy people are healthier than depressed or anxious people.  An easy way to personally experience this is to notice that when you have a stressful thought, you don’t feel as well as when you…

The confusion surrounding disability (Guest Post)

Whilst most people accept that the UK government has had to make cuts over the last couple of years to combat the struggling economy, it’s fair to say that many didn’t expect the cuts to go quite so deep for the disabled. Asking people to tighten their purse strings may be reasonable, but when you…