Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. This means that they are able to assist not only those people who have mental health problems, but also people who need help in adjusting to a chronic or complex illness.
Often chronic or complex illnesses require a number of lifestyle changes such as changes to diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol intake, changes in time management strategies to help with scheduling regular appointments, changes to medication, as well as changes to work, family and living arrangements.
Psychologists can often assist with making some of these changes and adapting to the challenges of having a chronic or complex illness. Being confronted with a long-term or complex illness can also be a very emotional time, and people may feel anxious or depressed, angry, helpless or confused.
Psychologists can provide support and assistance at these times to help with the emotional adjustment that occurs when confronted with an illness.