Being diagnosed with an illness or physical condition can affect you (and your family) in a number of ways.
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- Having worries about the illness or condition
- Maybe feeling frightened or scared about what may happen next
- Having feelings of anger or sadness or frustration
- Feeling confused about things
- Maybe being in pain
- There may be feelings of being different and not the same as your friends
There are a lot of different thoughts and feelings that someone may feel and also find difficult to cope with – and sometimes, asking for help, but not knowing what help you may need, or what help is available can be a bit scary. Hopefully, some of this information will help to explain some of these thoughts and feelings which may also help with understanding. It may also then help to show what to do next if more help is needed.
One of the most important things to remember when you are thinking and feeling all of these thoughts and emotions is this:-
‘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 anxious thoughts.
If you need help coping, here are some ideas that may help you cope:
Who can I talk to?
- Someone you trust at school