How I feel

Diagnosis can bring with it huge emotional upheaval. After feeling denial, anger, relief, guilt, and fear, you might be left feeling that life simply won’t be as good as it used to be – or as good as it would have been without the diagnosis.

It’s important not to ignore these feelings – it won’t make them go away. They’re normal reactions to a diagnosis of a long-term condition. For many people, the emotional impact of their condition can hit them just as hard as the physical impact. The pages in this section are here to help you through this.

Finding things tough?

Diagnosis can bring with it huge emotional upheaval. After feeling denial, anger, relief, guilt, and fear, you might be left feeling that life simply won’t be as good as it used to be – or as good as it would have been without the diagnosis.

It’s important not to ignore these feelings – it won’t make them go away. They’re normal reactions to a diagnosis of a long-term condition. For many people, the emotional impact of their condition can hit them just as hard as the physical impact. The pages in this section are here to help you through this.

Finding someone to talk to

This page looks at the benefits of having someone to talk to, who to talk to, and the barriers that might make a conversation with someone difficult.

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Tackling isolation

Living with a long-term condition can be isolating. This page looks at what you can do to tackle isolation and feeling lonely.

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Spotting the signs of depression

Everyone can feel down from time to time, but it’s different if these feelings aren’t going away. This page helps you spot the signs of depression.

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Spotting the signs of stress

This page covers what can make you feel stressed, what stress looks like, and what to do if you’re worried about your stress levels.

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Managing stress

This page is packed full of tips on managing stress and making yourself more resistant to stress in the future.

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Looking after yourself

Taking care of yourself is something lots of us forget to do, and the benefits are underestimated.

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Coping with bereavement

This page will provide you with tips on how to cope with bereavement and where to turn if you feel you cannot cope on your own.

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