Do you have emotional difficulty adjusting to physical limitations and disabilities, anxiety about recovery and pain management, or the worries associated with being unable to work? Rehabilitation psychology may be able to help you.
Many people experience emotional stress related to ongoing medical problems. Emotional distress can make coping with an illness difficult. Health psychologists treat individuals with a wide range of medical problems. Almost all medical problems affect or are affected by our emotions, attitude, mood and behavior.
Reasons to see a health psychologist
If you have any of the following health conditions, you could benefit by seeing a health psychologist:
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Tension headaches
- Injuries caused by a work or vehicle accident
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Fear and uncertainty about a surgery/procedure
- Head injury
Health psychologists can also help you change health-influencing behaviors, such as smoking, over-eating or stress.
A health psychologist can diagnose and create a care plan to help you improve your coping and functioning as you live with your illness or injury. If you are having difficulty coping with an ongoing or new diagnosis, consider making an appointment with a Mercyhealth clinical health and rehabilitation psychologist.