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In medicine, a chronic disease is a disease that is long-lasting or recurrent. The term chronic describes the course of the disease, or its rate of onset and development. A chronic course is distinguished from a recurrent course; recurrent diseases relapse repeatedly, with periods of remission in between. As an adjective, chronic can refer to a persistent and lasting medical condition. Chronicity is usually applied to a condition that lasts more than three months.

In clinical psychology there are conditions that we are involved in treating that may be regarded as chronic - for example:

Chronic mental disorders[]

Chronic physical disorders[]

The definition of a disease or causative condition may depend on the disease being chronic, and the term chronic will often, but not always appear in the description:

Many chronic diseases require chronic care management for effective long-term treatment and psychologists have been active in researching many of them.


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UK leaflet on self care for people with long term conditions

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