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Tips on Overcoming Shame Around a Chronic Illness

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Do you find yourself feeling uncomfortable with having to go out with an assistive device?

Perhaps you have a tightness in your throat or in your chest when an old friend asks about your symptoms?

Or perhaps you find yourself feeling defensive at the doctor’s office?

Underneath these responses and emotions could be shame. Shame is a toxic feeling that makes you feel as if your being is wrong. This is not just something that you did, but rather that your whole being is wrong.

Shame might lead you to change the way you are, to not ask for the accommodations you need, to not stand up for yourself, or to not ask for help around the house when you need it. It leads you to hide a part of yourself.

But shame doesn’t always have to stick around with the same intensity. There are things that you can do to help lessen its hold on you and on your life.

In today’s video, I explore the topic of shame a bit more and answer questions such as: how did shame come to be? What role does it play when you’re battling an illness? What are its roots?

Then, I’ll lead you through a 4-step exercise that helps dampen its effects, so that you can begin showing more of your true self, stop hiding and start asking for what you need.

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0:00 – Introduction
1:01 – Shame vs guilt
1:42 – Getting blamed for being sick
2:28 – Hiding your differences
4:07 – Identify
4:58 – Dig deep
5:41 – Fact or fiction?
6:51 – Speak shame

Reminder: The information provided by Ioana Vintila is solely intended for informational purposes and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment regarding medical or mental health conditions. The views expressed on this site or any related content should not be taken for medical advice. Always consult your physician and do your own further research before making any decisions related to your health.

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