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4 Essential Limitations To Set When You’re Chronically Ill


By Tony Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today? For many years after I became chronically ill, I was in denial about the need to set limitations in order to keep my symptoms as manageable as possible. I refused to believe that I might not recover my health. I thought: “You get sick; you get better. It’s as […]

How To Stop Taking Everything Personally


    By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today.   In September of 2014, I wrote an article titled “How Distorted Thinking Increases Stress and Anxiety.” It covered the ten most common cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are errors in thinking. Although they’re easy to define and often easy to recognize in ourselves, they can be hard to overcome. They’re […]

5 Mistaken Assumptions About The Chronically Ill


  By  Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today.   The chronically ill carry the extra burden of frequently being misunderstood. I hope the day will come when chronic illness (which includes chronic pain) is recognized as a normal—and inevitable—part of the human life cycle. I also hope the day will come when people understand that chronic illness can […]

17 Tips From 17 Years Sick


  By Toni Bernhard Psychology Today.   When I began to write for Psychology Today over seven years ago, one of the first articles I posted was called “10 Tips from 10 Years Sick.” It’s seven years later. A lot has happened in my life, but there’s been one constant: chronic illness, including chronic pain. Since 10 + […]

The Burdens Posed By Invisible Physical And Mental Illnesses


    By Toni Bernhard J.D. in .   I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental illness: depression. The similarity is that both of our conditions are invisible to others. Despite the different source of our illnesses, our […]

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