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Gaston Molina

Clinical Psychologist & Therapist

speaks:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
12+ years: Experience
400+ Happy Clients
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
Julieta Carrasco (Not Accepting New Clients)

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
  • Spanish
  • French
  • English
19+ years: Experience
100+ Happy Clients
  • Business Coach
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Life Coach
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Christina Patitsa

Counselling & Clinical Psychologist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
16+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Solution-oriented Brief Therapy
José Luis Tavela

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
  • English
  • Spanish
16+ years: Experience
150+ Happy Clients
  • ABA Therapy
  • ACT Practitioner
  • Business Coach
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Compassionate Therapy
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • DBT Practitioner
  • Expressive Art Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • NLP Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Enas Mashal (Not Accepting New Clients)

Clinical Psychologist

speaks:
  • Arabic
  • English
21+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Chryssa Charizani

Counselling Psychologist & And Life Coach

speaks:
  • English
  • Greek
6+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Life Coach
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Psychoanalysis
Thomas Theodosiou

Clinical Neuropsychologist & Clinical Therapist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
12+ years: Experience
200+ Happy Clients
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychological Assessments
Anna Paralousi ( Not Accepting New Clients )

Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
11+ years: Experience
300+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Family Constellation Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
Daniela Nemirovsky

Clinical Therapist

speaks:
  • Spanish
  • English
12+ years: Experience
300+ Happy Clients
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
Dr. Siva Rajan

Counselling Psychotherapist & Life Coach

speaks:
  • English
  • Tamil
  • Malayalam
12+ years: Experience
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Solution-oriented Brief Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Transpersonal Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy

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Chronic Diseases are also termed “Long Term Illness”. It’s a bodily disease that can stay for at least 1 year or more, requires consistent medical treatment, and limits your daily activities. The most prominent chronic diseases are cardiac, cancer and diabetes.

The chronic illness usually causes unstable mental health, and you’ll get hit by anxiety most of the time. According to the experience of a Fitcy certified counsellor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for long-term illness, and experienced psychologist widely uses it worldwide.

Chronic diseases are long-term illnesses that can be controlled but cannot get completely cured. Some chronic diseases are very common in UAE: cancer, cardiac diseases, diabetes and arthritis.

Chronic diseases or long-term illnesses cannot be cured completely. Still, they can be controlled or stabilize your mental health condition, which helps you recover from any chronic disease. Fitcy certified counsellor helped chronic disease patients increase their immunity and confidence to openly fight the illness and make it controllable for them in the long run.

What is a Chronic Illness?

Chronic illness is defined as a medical health condition that lasts more than one year or needs continued medical attention and can directly affect your daily activities.

Some common chronic conditions are arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Chronic diseases are any disease or mental condition that affects your life and is long-lasting.

Chronic diseases do not go away on their own or quickly. It needs complete treatment with the specialist depending on the severity of symptoms, the impacts, and how it needs to be managed.

How Does Chronic Illness Affect Mental Health?

The Mind-Body Connection

 

Mind and body always work simultaneously; we often think they are two separate things, but this couldn’t be true.

There is a very close and practical relationship between mind and body, and the same as mental or physical health; both significantly impact each other.

For instance, if you’re facing trouble while sleeping and your brain is continuously thinking about something and getting puzzled, then at the same time, you feel tired, maybe having difficulty concentrating and being out of focus. 

Having a chronic illness for life will affect your brain and mental health, and it will play a part in demotivating you to deal with it.

Strong mental health undoubtedly dominates physical health. A motivated and optimistic mind helps you deal with your illness and provide the belief to fight your chronic condition.  

Mental health needs to be treated the same as physical health. Your brain needs attention, therapy, and a plan to heal when it feels worn down.

Stressors and Risk Factors

As we know, mental and physical health is a powerful connection. People with long-term or chronic illnesses are at very high risk of having stress symptoms, anxiety, and severe depression. It is more problematic for people who have already faced depression.

This is because of the complex biochemical changes in our brain, impairment of mobility, and a profound change in social relationships. 

 These risk factors increase the possibility of depression, anxiety, and stress in chronic illness patients.

Depression and Anxiety

It is common to feel depression and anxiety after being diagnosed with a chronic health condition and it directly affects your personal and professional life.

You may worry about the future, health, family, friends, and relationship. Treatment comes with a cost, and you get hit by the stress of the affordability of doctor fees, treatment, and medication.

The sadness of a chronic condition and the medical problem will be turned into severe depression after some days, directly impacting your life. 

Chronic depression and anxiety impact your mood, the way you feel, the way you think and how you function. But chronic depression and anxiety are treatable by having therapy sessions. 

Depression always feels like a never-ending thing. You always feel heavy and overwhelmed. At some point, severe depression could turn into suicidal thoughts.

What Chronic Illnesses Are More Likely to Cause Mental Health Concerns?

Physical and mental health are constantly interconnected; a change in one will surely affect the other.

These are some prevalent chronic illnesses that put you in depression and anxiety.

Cancer 

People who are diagnosed with cancer have a high risk of clinical depression. One of the four cancer patients triggered by clinical depression & anxiety. There are many types and stages of cancer, and mental health can fluctuate with the severity of the physical condition. Depression influences the quality of life, social function, and sense of hope.

Diabetes 

Most likely, diabetes patients are triggered by severe depression and anxiety, and even the CDC reports state that diabetes patients are more likely to be hit by depression. Many factors, including the inherent burden of disease management and diabetes, can cause it.

COPD

People diagnosed with COPD (Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) are more likely hit by depression and anxiety. The main symptom of COPD is shortness of breath that trigger anxiety and panic attacks.

Heart Disease

Having a heart disease will be very depressive and fearful. You are always in a panic, and every chest pain looks like a heart attack. Heart disease will affect your quality of life and diet, and it is more likely to hit you with depression and anxiety. 

What Kind of Help is Available for Someone with a Chronic Illness?

Many types of help and supporting hands are viable for chronic illness patients. It includes support groups, chronic illness individual counseling and family or couples counseling.

Support Groups

 

Support groups are more likely helpful because, in this group, everybody is experiencing some chronic illness, and you can learn the coping strategy from everybody and also have a chance to voice your approach. It would be best if you felt that you’re not the only one facing this hardship alone.

Individual Counseling

Some problems are never eligible to discuss openly; they come with private conversation and must be addressed in a one-on-one setting. Individual counseling helps you effectively share your private feelings, the illness, and its impact on your lifestyle and relationships.

Family and Couples Counseling

Chronic illnesses also affect family members. Getting the family or couple therapist to stress out the family trauma is very necessary.

Fitcy Health

Chronic illness affects a large number of people in Dubai and worldwide. Every chronic illness has its system and way of being diagnosed. You may trigger depression and anxiety while having a chronic illness.

Fitcy Health has dedicated psychologists who are experts in chronic illness therapy in Dubai. A consistent therapy session will provide significant stress relief and an optimistic approach to your chronic illness.

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Gaston molina

Clinical psychologist
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