Using Social Media to Change the Narrative Around Chronic Illness

David J. Johnson, Makayla Levings-Gregory, Jaclyn Cravens Pickens, Lauren Andrews

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Chronic illness is a prevalent issue for many individuals. Various theoretical approaches have been employed in the psychotherapeutic treatment of chronic illness and the effects it has on the individual with the illness. These approaches frequently overlook the strengths of the person living with the illness as well as fail to address aspects of modern life such as social media use of the client and the influence it holds for those living with a chronic illness. This paper proposes the application of narrative therapy and social media use as a narrative therapeutic technique when treating those who suffer from chronic illness. A clinical vignette is used to illustrate possible applications of therapeutic techniques in conjunction with therapist-directed social media use. Implications for clinical practice and limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-79
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • chronic illness
  • multiple sclerosis
  • narrative therapy
  • social media use
  • technology


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