Chronic Illness


In 2018, the CDC found that 60% of American live with at least one chronic illness.


The CDC defines a chronic illness as a disease that lasts longer than a year.

Some chronic illness examples include:

  • Autoimmune diseases

    • Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1/juvenile diabetes

  • Metabolic disorders

    • Diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Chronic pain conditions

    • Osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia

  • Progressive disorders

    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

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Mental Health & Chronic Illness

Chronic illness directly affect mental health. Some mental health effects of life with chronic illness include:

  • Stress and anxiety about access barriers

  • Exposure to discrimination

  • Relationship challenges

  • Medical stress

  • Fear about the future

  • Self-esteem issues


If you are experiencing mental health effects as a result of chronic illness, let us pair you with a therapist who can help.