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Medical Coping

Chronic illness

There are few experiences in life more overwhelming than when you or one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as cancer, metabolic conditions, rare genetic disorders, inflammatory conditions, among too many others. The path toward wellness or adjustment to prognosis is rarely straightforward. The ups and downs can take a toll on your whole family.

 

We're with you

Many families find that it is helpful to have behavioral health support from a provider who is in the medical field and can support your family's resilience to face anything that comes your way. We will help you: 

  • Create new meaning and new ways of enjoying life following diagnosis

  • Process the impact of illness, treatment, disease relapse and/or prognosis on quality of life for you and your loved ones

  • Support and plan for the transition back to daily activities, such as school and work

  • Medical anxiety and medical trauma: learn strategies to overcome worries and fears surrounding surgeries, scans, and common medical procedures (e.g., pill swallowing, IV, needlesticks, port access)

  • Provide education to schools and advocate for accommodations relevant to medical and/or mental health needs

  • Support children and teens' motivation to be actively involved in caring for their health

  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary medical providers to ensure continuity of care

We Can Help

Medical Coping

Individuals of all ages facing chronic illness or emergent medical concerns

 

Other Physical Symptoms

Somatic symptom disorder ⁘ cyclical vomiting ⁘ avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) secondary to chronic abdominal pain ⁘ fatigue ⁘ functional neurological symptom disorder (FNSD, also referred to as conversion disorder) ⁘ enuresis (bedwetting)

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