July 23

Mental Health & Chronic Illness

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There are many things which naturally and commonly go hand in hand, and an example of that is mental health and physical illness. If you have either mental health problems or a chronic illness of some kind, you can probably imagine how it would be to have both at once. When this happens, it can be very difficult to deal with, but as long as you approach it in the right way you should find you can get through it easily enough. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the things you can do to keep your mental health together when you have a chronic illness.

The Relationship

It’s useful to understand as much as possible about the relationship between mental health and chronic illness, so that you know how best you can approach the whole situation. In fact, you are significantly more likely to have mental health problems if you have a chronic illness, and vice versa, so they are two things that very often go together. With both in place in an individual, however, there is a good chance that each will be compounded or exacerbated, so that is a uniquely difficult situation for anyone to find themselves in.

Isolation & Loneliness

There are certain things that make both mental health and chronic illness a lot more difficult, and one of the main ones of these is a feeling of isolation or being lonely. If you are feeling lonely, it can be helpful to try and work around that and improve the situation by spending time with others, even if that can seem difficult to do at times. Socialising a little more should allow you to ensure that you are taking better care of your mental health and even your physical illness too. Even if it is difficult, it is something to aim for.

Having Your Illness Managed

Whatever kind of chronic illness you might have, you are going to find that its impact on your mental health is far reduced if you simply make a point of trying to manage the illness as best as you can. How this can be achieved will vary from illness to illness, so you might be getting cancer treatment as required or you might simply need to have some form of pain management for a chronic pain condition. In any case, make use of whatever help there is and manage it as it needs to be managed.

Stay Connected

There are two kinds of connections which are always going to be a help here. One is to have a connection with your appropriate healthcare advisors and other healthcare experts. The other is to have connections to people in your life. As long as you can do all you can to keep these connections alive, and to make the most of them too, you are going to find that you feel a lot better mentally and that your chronic condition is being managed much better as well, so it’s vital for both.


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