Supportive Counseling


Periods of feeling down about having a disabling disorder are normal and expected. Here are some every-day tips to help in coping with chronic illness:

  • Learn how to live with the physical effects of the illness (good symptom management)

  • Learn how to deal with the treatments

  • Make sure there is clear communication with your doctors

  • Try to maintain emotional balance to cope with negative feelings

  • Try to maintain confidence and a positive self-image

  • Get help as soon as symptoms of depression appear

It is normal to feel down about having a chronic condition and to feel depressed from time to time. However, if periods of depression becoming overwhelming, it is time to seek help. Please visit the National National Mental Health Association page on Depression.

Editor’s Note: One of our community members submitted a piece on caregiver stress. Please see Patient Forum – caregiver.

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