Just like its name suggests, invisible illnesses are not visible to the human eye.
Conditions like Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, as well as every mental disorder out there cannot be easily seen and therefore are sometimes harder to understand.
This can be isolating. Sometimes, even more so than visible illnesses.
Why is this?
Because our society is obsessed with the physical. We love to put things in arbitrary boxes to feel a false sense of control.
If we can’t see it, touch it, taste it, or hear it, then we have trouble making sense of it.
And we tend to fear or question what we can’t make sense of.
But, one thing that’s clear: we are living in a time where there are lots of shifts happening and conversations being had surrounding invisible illnesses.
And this is so important because the more we talk about invisible illnesses, the more we learn, accept, and embrace them.
Our trained invisible illness specialists are here to help you accept your condition and navigate the cards that you’ve been dealt.
There are many aspects of our lives that can change when we’re living with an invisible illness.
From a biological standpoint, our health comes into question, which affects daily abilities that most people take for granted.
Invisible illness can affect every aspect of your life, from talking and walking to running and getting dressed.
From a psychological view, the experience of a chronic or mental illness can require us to dramatically change your lifestyle.
Which understandably can take a real hit to our mental well-being and self-esteem.
Invisible illness can affect everything from the small stuff to the big stuff.
That means the complexities of having a chronic or invisible illness must be explored through many angles.
And that’s exactly what our therapists do.
THERAPY FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH INVISIBLE AND CHRONIC ILLNESS
Living with an invisible illness can negatively impact your sense of independence and self-control.
Especially if you’re a young adult, expected to be at the pinnacle of high activity, productivity, and growth.
From the ages of 18 to 30, people tend to launch their careers, get married, begin families of their own, and go through other important milestones.
When a chronic condition is thrown into the mix, it can complicate the process of how we can achieve our aspirations and get what we want out of life.
At a time when we might usually direct our energy towards accomplishing these life goals, a chronic or invisible illness may require us to allocate more of our inner resources to cope with our condition.
In society, it is generally uncommon to hear the words “young adult” and “chronic illness” used in the same sentence.
However, sadly, there are a lot more young adults suffering from chronic illnesses than ever before.
DELIVERING HEALING FOR INVISIBLE ILLNESS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY
When it comes to therapy, it’s important to uncover your personal experience and how you as an individual make sense of your condition.
The degree of your illness, and how it alters your lifestyle, may reflect more on your perceptions and beliefs about the disease than the disease itself.
Having a strong sense of identity can protect you and allow you to accept yourself and find greater resiliency and hope.
Having a positive belief system can be a protective factor when it comes to our health.
That’s where we come in.
We use a variety of research-proven techniques to help you develop greater resiliency, confidence, and hope.
Integrating somatic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches, we help you transform your limiting belief systems and harmful mental attitudes so that you can become empowered to create the life you want, regardless of your condition.
Developing greater resiliency and positive beliefs systems helps us achieve identity acceptance and protection in the face of stigmatizing conditions.
Through our work together, we can help you overcome self-consciousness, and develop meaningful connections with others.
We will help you outline a roadmap to healing and implement strategies to achieve your goals.
Invisible illness can have a substantial impact on your emotional life, lifestyle, education, self-esteem and social relationships, and physical well-being.
You might find yourself isolating from friends, or even overly depending on another person.
Research has indicated, however, that this can change based on establishing healthy coping strategies and changing your outlook on the future.
That’s where we step in.
Talking about your illness, especially about your fears and emotions, can help you deal with the diagnosis and move forward in life with a healthier perspective.
When young adults start to build a new life that incorporates their illness, they make physical and emotional adaptations and constantly revise their assumptions of the world.
The longer the time after diagnosis, the better your adjustment to ‘normal’ life.
But it’s important to remember, even when you come to accept your condition, it’s normal to experience times of grief for years post-diagnosis.
That’s why it’s beneficial to continue therapy to reframe your understanding of how to live with your invisible illness.
We are here to help you on your journey of acceptance so you can reclaim the fulfilling life you deserve.
OUR INVISIBLE ILLNESS THERAPY METHODS
Therapy can successfully improve your life by helping you minimize the anxiety in your life, identify and change underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and provide you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.
See the About Therapy page for a deeper look into this process.
Our evidence-based, scientifically proven interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in addressing mental health conditions associated with chronic and invisible illness such as depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Learn more about our empirically based therapy modalities by visiting our Methods page.
WANT TO TALK? SPEAK WITH AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS EXPERT NOW
If you have any questions, contact one of our specialists for a free consultation any time.