Being diagnosed with an illness or physical condition can affect your child (and your family) in a number of ways.
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If you are looking at this page, it could be because your child or a child you know, has been diagnosed with some type of illness or physical condition.
Being diagnosed with an illness or physical condition can affect young people (and families) in a number of ways. Some of these are listed here:
- They may be having worries about the illness or condition
- Maybe they feel frightened or scared about what may happen next
- Perhaps they feel angry, sad or frustrated
- They could feel confused about things
- They maybe in pain
- There may be feelings of being different from their friends
Young people may have a lot of thoughts and feeling that can be difficult to cope with. Also at times it can be scary to ask for help and information. Hopefully some of the information provided will help explain these difficult thoughts and feelings. It may explain what to do next if more help is needed.
One of the most important things to remember when they are thinking and feeling all of these thoughts and emotions is this:-
‘We believe that these thoughts and emotions are what ANYONE would feel if they were also going through the same thing.’
Everyone is different and everyone will have different things that they find helpful when they are struggling with their condition.
Even so, there are some ideas and strategies to help with coping that have been tried and tested and researched and found to be very effective to help with things such as :- pain, discomfort, negative thoughts and anxiety.
If young people need help coping, here are some ideas that may help
Who can they talk to?
- Someone they trust at school