Adult Chronic Illness

Coping with the stress of illness; “Sick of feeling sick and tired;” Identifying triggers that increase pain or discomfort, as well as behaviors that improve symptoms; Honing in on the mind-body connection through visual imagery, progressive muscle relaxation techniques, and exercise.

Much empirical research supports the efficacy of group psychotherapy for coping with chronic illness, especially with respect to improved mood, self-efficacy and social support, as well as reduced levels of depression, pain, distress, and hopelessness (Ciccolo, Jowers, & Bartholomew, 2004; Frantsve, Sledge, Kerns, & Desan, 2008; Fulk, Kane, Phillips, Bopp, & Hand, 2004; Sellick, & Crooks, 1999).