Chronic depression and physical illness. I was diagnosed with Postural tachycardia syndrome or PoTS. This chronic condition shows cardiovascular disease – like symptoms as it affects blood flow due to an exaggerated heart rate increase in response to standing. But that’s not all I experienced with such medical illnesses like this.
It also impacts health issues such as depression. This chronic illness form usually shows lightheadedness, palpitation, an uncomfortable physical state, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, increased risk of heart disease, depression, tremor, and a rapid heartbeat. Not a lot of people know about this illness, but this health issue is directly related to cardiovascular response.
The initial diagnosis of my chronic illness was the devastating and depressing part of it. Since some of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases can be associated with other clinical conditions such as pregnancy, fatigue syndrome, dehydration, hyperthyroidism, anxiety disorders, and more. Aside from that, there are no large randomized controlled trials for this type of illness, making this illness merely impossible to get one specific treatment.
Things in my life changed along with this chronic illness. Since my illness wouldn’t support such intense activity, my doctor said I should forget about it. And honestly, that one is the most depressive thing that I felt ill-doing. Unfortunately, this illness put me in antidepressant medication. But to get back on track with my life despite enduring some of the worse illness symptoms, I understand the need for professional help – that’s where counseling came in.
The counseling process occurs when a client and counselor set aside time to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the depressed and chronically ill client. This can enable clients to focus on feelings, experiences, or behavior, with the goal of facilitating positive change despite the illness.
Distressing Chronic Feelings
I told my counselor that the moment the physician told me that I should quit sports due to my depression and chronic illness, it felt like the whole world fell upon me. The news created a strong feeling of emotional dilemma that I began to endure almost every day. It was an exhausting battle, and I couldn’t find reasons to continue with my life. But my counselor managed to help me get rid of some unwanted heartbreaking feelings by teaching me how to become more appreciative of life despite my depression and chronic illness.
Ability To Handle Stress With My Depression and Chronic Illness
Of course, I can’t manage to deal with my emotional and depressive state all the time, especially with my chronic illness at bay. That explains why I often encountered severe mental stress, putting me in a chronically ill situation. The ill part of dealing with a chronic illness is the depression that comes with the recovery process. Thankfully, counseling made me realize that I shouldn’t try and force myself to deal with depression and my chronic illness.
I admit that when I found out about my illness, I wanted to blame someone for this chronic illness. I became despondent and confused as to why this unfortunate chronic illness happened to me. Fortunately, counseling helped me realize that what I was doing was the worst thing ever. Counseling taught me to appreciate those willing to stick with me through this battle instead of making them feel depressed.
Chronic Losses/Gains From My Illness and Depressive Symptoms
Honestly, the one thing that made this whole PoTS battle so depressively and emotionally exhausting is the loss I will have to accept forever. Sports were my life, and it was the one thing that makes me completely happy and satisfied. With this, I will have to accept that everything about it should remain in the past. The process of accepting chronic illnesses is so overwhelming. But counseling ensures me that even if I lose something, I will gain another. Thankfully, I managed to see the beauty of life despite having this severe depression and chronic illness depression.
Insight On My Symptoms Of Depression And Chronic Illness
The chronic diseases, depression and anxiety that I held on to for too long are now becoming a part of the past. Yes, I may still feel bad about my physical health. But as long as I open my eyes to new opportunities and paths, chronic illness and chronic pain won’t be in the way.
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