The psychological impact of chronic pain or illness and the impact on coping can be serious, but this does not preclude effective coping and even the possibility of happiness.
Chronic pain is often associated with depression and anxiety. This can include not enjoying the usual pleasures of life, crying spells, a lack of drive or motivation, decreased ability to cope with even minor stress and frustrations, irritability, a diminished sexual drive, social withdrawal from others, and a loss of self-esteem.
There is often an adverse impact on family functioning, effective coping, as well as happiness and one must begin with overall acceptance. This means accepting yourself and the current conditions which include chronic pain or illness. Accepting yourself also requires accurate self-appraisal and recognizing not just your weaknesses, but more importantly, your strengths.
Counseling can help you to cope with the issues that often arise when you are dealing with chronic pain or you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness.
Caregivers are also prone to anxiety and depression. Being a caregiver takes a toll on you physically and emotionally. It can also create enormous financial pressures that add to your stress.