Long-term health conditions
Being diagnosed and living with a long-term health condition can be difficult, emotionally as well as physically. If you have a long-term condition, you may benefit from the support of Healthy Minds.
What do we mean by 'long-term health conditions'?
A long-term condition is something that cannot necessarily be cured but can be managed and controlled by medication or therapy. Examples of long-term conditions are
- Persistant pain
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Heart disease/cardiac problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
And there are many more.
How can Healthy Minds help?
Looking after your emotional wellbeing:
Being diagnosed with a long-term condition can have a big impact on your life in many ways. You may struggle to carry out day-to-day tasks and worry about how your condition is affecting you. You could find yourself feeling panicky or anxious or experiencing a whole range of feelings, including anger, sadness and helplessness.
Sometimes these feelings can be long lasting and difficult to shake off. A common reaction to these feelings is to withdraw and to stop doings things such as leaving the house or socialising. This can have a further negative effect on your physical health.
Healthy Minds provides psychological and emotional support. The experienced and knowledgeable team can help you to come to terms with your condition and the impact if has on your everyday life, and improve your emotional wellbeing.
Did you know that feelings such as stress, anxiety and low mood can make some conditions worse?
For example, someone with COPD may experience breathlessness or coughing if they do anything physical, such as going out for a walk. These symptoms can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, fear or helplessness. Often, the feelings of anxiety or panic can make the symptoms of breathlessness worse. If the person is able to better control their emotional reactions, they may be able to manage their physical symptoms and be able to continue physical activities they enjoy.
Support from Healthy Minds can help people to recognise when feelings of stress or worry are starting to impact on their condition and equip them with tools and techniques to allow them to manage those feelings.
You can read about how Healthy Minds supported Lousie from Marple, who was experiencing chronic back pain, by clicking here.
Getting in touch
Therapy is delivered in a variety of ways including on a one-to-one basis, over the phone or in group sessions – visit the Healthy Minds page for more information and details of how to get in touch with the service.