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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing.

I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number of related questions, I pick one that covers them all and I answer that one.

I post to this blog three times per week. Monday posts are relevant published articles. Wednesday posts are interviews—mostly video. Friday posts consist of questions about living better with chronic health challenges, and my answers to them.

Here is today’s question:

QUESTION:  If you were to single out the most important message in all of your writing, what would it be?

ANSWER:  It would be that regardless of the nature of our suffering, we are the ones who have the greatest power to improve own lives.  We may need help, such as from a psychotherapist, a life coach, a life partner, a close friend, a mentor, or some type of supportive community of which we are a part.

However, the most important message I could give, from all my writing is to recognize and accept that we are all in charge of our lives. Life is what what we make it. This does not mean figuring out the solutions to all our challenges in life on our own. It means learning to identify what is troubling us, and then figuring out a solution, which often involves asking for help from people we trust. Living this way leads to a deep trust in ourselves and to self-efficacy and life mastery.

This website is offered as a free public service, supplying information that has been found helpful to certain people living with chronic health challenges. No treatment is offered on this website. The advice is general, and may or may not apply to your individual situation, and is not a substitute for psychotherapy or medical treatment.

What questions do you have about how to live better with chronic health challenges that are related to the relationship between states of mind and health? 

Just scroll down and type your question in the comment box. I will post a reply to your comment, but your question may not appear in this column. 

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