Do you live with chronic pain, or with a chronic condition such as Lyme Disease, fibromyalgia, MS, or Parkinson’s? Is somebody that you love struggling to cope with a chronic illness?
Symptoms can be debilitating, and, in some cases, can be invisible to friends, family, and co-workers, who may not understand what you are struggling with. Pain, fatigue, muscle aches, muscle weakness, vision loss and other symptoms are not always visible to the naked eye.
Regardless of the severity of your condition, Dr. Cynthia Hawver is here to help. As a survivor of Lyme Disease, Dr. Hawver combines her personal experience and her unique understanding to support you through the challenges you face while living with chronic pain.
Dr. Hawver’s goal is to help you live a full and meaningful life despite the challenges of your chronic illness.
Coping with chronic pain and illness can lead to depression
In some cases, the sense of loss, loneliness, and isolation that too often accompanies a chronic condition can lead to depression. In fact, depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness.
If you recognize any of the signs of clinical depression, you should reach out for help. These signs include difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, loss of interest in hobbies or activities, and overall lack of energy.
If you are depressed, consider treatment that includes therapy. In many cases, treatment for depression is most effective when medication and psychological therapy are combined.
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