Well-Being & Good Mental Health

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How you choose to process these experiences is up to you.

The diagnosis of a long-term disease can cause patients to feel alone, isolated, and rejected from their much-needed social support system.

Being diagnosed with a long-term disease raises many questions and concerns. With the diagnosis comes information about a chronic and often progressive disease that may lead to significant complications. Treatment may be possible and even successful, but it can be cumbersome and may lead to significant side effects. Yet, concerns about log-term disease go beyond medical questions about the disease and its treatment. Such a diagnosis can cause patients to feel alone, isolated, and rejected from their much-needed social support system. Long-term illnesses are frequently associated with mental health issues.

Because mental health affects every part of life, it is important to understand the many ways mind and body work together in people with long-term disease.

We know that mental health conditions such as depression may occur along with physical symptoms and difficulties in daily functioning, ability to follow treatment directions, and quality of life. Furthermore, until recently, people with mental illness were often discouraged from seeking treatment for their disease for fear of making their mental health problems worse.

These issues, and many others, fall under the broad category of well-being. It’s important to recognize that such issues can have a very real effect on your health. Acknowledging the mental aspects of your illness and taking control of them can be a significant step in your journey.

No one wants or deserves to be sick. What matters is what you do with your diagnosis.

You can choose to become a victim of that diagnosis or you can choose to empower yourself with knowledge and to live the best you can with the hand you have been dealt. Accepting that you are on a journey is the first part to healing the mental virus that comes with those frightening words echoing in your head.

Any life changing event can bring on depression. You may have never experienced it before and suddenly you find yourself completely overwhelmed. We encourage you to address depression immediately; help is available. Treatment for depression is not always just taking a pill. Exercise, meditation, and acupuncture have been shown to help with depression in many long term diseases. Explore what works for you and add it to your plan.

One step that you might consider is finding a qualified therapist to accompany you on your journey. Prior to your diagnosis you may never have spoken with anyone about your mental health. Getting through therapy may require you to reach out to a support group or a psychiatrist. Remember your life has changed overnight. Change is not easy for anyone; we encourage you to use every tool possible to help you be successful in whatever therapy you are undergoing.

If you are like most people, you do not like to ask for help and may not even know how. Ask for help. You are not alone.