Having a long-term, or chronic, illness can disrupt your
life in many ways. You may often be tired and in pain.
Your illness might affect your appearance or your physical
abilities and independence. You may not be able to work,
causing financial problems. For children, chronic illnesses
can be frightening, because they may not understand why
this is happening to them.
These changes can cause stress, anxiety and anger. If they
do, it is important to seek help. A trained counselor can
help you develop strategies to regain a feeling of control.
Support groups might help, too. You will find that you are
not alone, and you may learn some new tips on how to cope.
Steps After Your Diagnosis: Finding Information and Support(Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality) Also available
Taking Charge of Your Health(American Academy of
Family Physicians) Also available in Spanish
with Chronic Illness(National Institutes of Health,
Clinical Center) - Links to PDF
with Chronic Illness(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)