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The emotional landscape of chronic illness
Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW
There are many misconceptions surrounding the concept of resilience. You might be more resilient than you think.
How we use social media to communicate our illness has personal and communal meaning.
Stigma hurts. Learn how to identify and manage it as part of your chronic illness care plan.
When illness doesn't kill you but cannot be cured, you're living with "ambiguous loss." Learn what this is and how to cope with it.
Chronic illness not only affects the person with the diagnosis, but also that person's romantic partner. Teamwork can improve physical and emotional well-being.
New Year's resolutions can actually be a vehicle for lasting change. Learn how to create—and sustain—new habits.
Living with chronic illness often requires increased rest. Can we accept this need as part of a new — and healthy — normal?
Envy can feel sharp for people living with illness. Learn what it might represent and how to work with it.
Chronic illness involves a calendar full of medical appointments and procedures. Learn why this can be stressful and how to cope.
Learning to live with chronic illness is an ongoing process.
Travel can be enriching, exciting, and expanding for everyone, including people who live with chronic illness.
Chronic illness presents unique challenges for adolescents. Parental understanding is key.
Racism is a public health emergency.
The world changed to accommodate COVID-19. Can we keep some of these accommodations to better integrate chronically ill people into society?
Living in a pandemic can cause painful states of being to emerge. Instead of running from them, welcome them in.
Welcome to a world the chronically ill have inhabited for a long time. Please don't forget us when the coronavirus pandemic recedes.
The needs of partners of people living with chronic illness often are under-recognized. Seeing, appreciating and deepening relationship with them can mean a lot.
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.
Why uncertainty is so challenging and strategic ways to 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.
Katie Willard Virant, MSW, JD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist practicing in St. Louis.