Invisible illnesses

Most of those I see do not appear to be ill, however while some are not ill and come to me as a means of staying well, most of those who are ill, still do not appear to be so!

I have only seen one client since I started who needed to use a downstairs room at the clinic because of wheelchair use. Here in Cambridge I am fortunate in that the Salus Clinic is the only clinic that I know has practice rooms which can be accessed without resource to stairs.

This is important to me as there are all too many people who struggle with stairs but to see them walk on the level most would not know they had a problem.

However there are many other invisible illnesses that I work with. A significant number of my clients are on medication for depression. Anxiety too is something many of my clients suffer from. Again, seeing them walk down the street this would not be obvious – those with anxiety problems manage to hide panic attacks from the public the time and not all those with anxiety problems that severely affect their lives have panic attacks.

Similarly with depression, many years of working in mental health taught me that those with depression are often able to hide this. Many when they have said that they just can’t manage what another deems a simple task have been told to just pull themselves together.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia are all  physical illnesses that show no signs on the outside. Even conditions such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which make sufferers prone to painful dislocations show no signs to the casual observer that anything is wrong unless the disease has progressed to the point where a wheelchair is needed.

So, if someone tells you their illness makes something impossible and you can’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be able to do something, think, “Does this individual have an invisible illness?”


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