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The emotional landscape of chronic illness
Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW
If you live with chronic illness, interactions with your doctor can make or break your quality of life. Learn how to evaluate and maximize this crucial relationship.
Pregnancy is a time of emotional challenge and growth. Chronic illness can affect this journey.
While chronic illness takes so much from those it affects, it also can present opportunities for growth.
Social pressure can drive people living with chronic illness to appear more well than they feel, negating their authenticity.
Is illness-related cognitive labor exhausting you? Learn how to work efficiently for more energy and better health.
Living with chronic illness means that personal energy is limited. Learn more about how protect that energy by saying "no" to others' demands.
Chronic illness changes everything, including one's spiritual identity. Working to understand these changes can improve well-being.
Perfectionism can cause many health problems, including maladjustment to chronic illness. Learn why it hurts and how to manage it.
If you live with chronic illness, you are at risk for developing PTSD. Learn to recognize the symptoms and how psychotherapy can help.
Living with chronic illness means living with heightened uncertainty. Learn more about what makes uncertainty so challenging and about strategic ways you can address it.
Shame associated with chronic illness is painful, debilitating, and bad for our health. Identifying, understanding and coping with this emotion can go a long way.
One in 10 Americans lives with chronic illness. These tips could keep love alive even in the face of illness challenges.
Parenting while living with chronic illness presents specific challenges. Flexibility, empathy and support are essential ingredients for thriving as a family.
In the quest for healthier living, playtime is serious business—for children and adults alike.
Gratitude is the buzz word for November. Giving thanks is a powerful tool for better health!
Speaking our truth in the face of blamers, shamers and disbelievers: How people living with chronic illness can learn from the ground-breaking #metoo movement.
Chronic illness creates challenges for students. Identifying and asking for what you need can ease your path.
Practice self-compassion for better living with chronic illness
Chronic illness can make exercise difficult. Emotional awareness can help us face - and even enjoy - working out.
Is your chronic illness stressing you out? Pick up a paintbrush!
"Acting like a baby" can be a good strategy for people living with chronic illness.
Is chronic illness fatigue limiting your ability to enjoy life? These tips can help.
Being honest with people about our illness experience is difficult. The first step is a big one.
What aren't we saying when we talk about chronic illness? It's time to break the silence.
Katie Willard Virant, MSW, JD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist practicing in St. Louis.