Persons with chronic physical or medical problems face stressors that others may not understand or sympathize with. Everyday activities such as taking a walk or washing dishes may be difficult if not impossible for someone with a chronic physical illness. Along with any physical limitations, there are emotional trials to cope with, and depression, anxiety, anger or guilt may be present.
These feelings can then translate into destructive behaviors. If a person with a chronic medical illness loses hope, he/she will be less likely to follow medical recommendations that may help in the long run. Therapy can help build hope, increase positive thinking, and help a person manage their illness in a way that allows for the most independence possible.