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Dr. Abby Caplin
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Coping With Chronic Illness (Overview)

Having a chronic disease can affect many aspects of your life on a daily basis. It can be challenging adjusting to life with a chronic illness, and there are many resources to help people address the challenges and issues of having a chronic illness.


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Would you please cite some references of books etc on the subject of coping with chronic illness? I have lupus and it is hard to deal with.

Would you please cite some references of books etc on the subject of coping with chronic illness?  I have lupus and it is hard to deal with.

Books on Coping: There are many books on coping with chronic illness. I hope you have already found them! rather than simply coping, i also like to find books that give me perspective and insight. Dr. Remen's "kitchen table wisdom" is a classic, as is arthur frank's "at the will of the body." for couples, kivowitz and weisman's "in sickness as in health" is also packed with info and wisdom. ...Read more

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Dr. Abby Caplin
61 doctors shared insights

Coping With Chronic Illness (Overview)

Having a chronic disease can affect many aspects of your life on a daily basis. It can be challenging adjusting to life with a chronic illness, and there are many resources to help people address the challenges and issues of having a chronic illness.


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I'm on antidepressants because i find it hard coping with my sin's chronic illness. I find eating hard and live off cereals and soup. Is this ok ?

I'm on antidepressants because i find it hard coping with my sin's chronic illness. I find eating hard and live off cereals and soup. Is this ok  ?

See answer: Likely you have a "situational" depression, which means becoming depressed from an outside ongoing, stressful situation. Loss of appetite is common in depression. You should be eating a well-balanced diet. Talk to your doctor about why you're only eating soup and cereal. Also look for more support, join a parenting group See: http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/coping-with-situational-depression.aspx and http://www.mentalhealthwales.net/mhw/whole_caring.php I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

office evaluation
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What is chronic illness?

What is chronic illness?

Semantics: The adjective chronic is usually used to describe an illness of long onset and long duration as opposed to one of a relatively short time period of weeks or a month or two. ...Read more

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Dealing with having a chronic illness?

Dealing with having a chronic illness?

Seek and explore: Be open to meeting others, learning from them. Only you can decide what helps you feel better, and complementary treatments vary--from guided visualization, hypnotherapy, acupunture, chi gung, mind-body medicine, psychotherapy, support groups, etc. Be gentle with yourself and take it easy. Mostly, don't give up. While a cure may not be possible, feeling better is! ...Read more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
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Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
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Consider a natural alternative to meds like dipsacus
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Must I tell my child about a chronic illness?

Eventually: You don't say who has the illness or how old the child is, but irrespective, the conversation should take place. Children tend to be egocentric and will therefore blame themselves for the illness. Telling them and reassuring them is important. ...Read more

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How do I accept being diagnosed with a chronic illness?

What is the meaning?: It's important to look at what having a chronic illness means to you. What judgments do you, or others, hold about what it says about you? Is it really true? Chronic illness can actually be a way to look at your life and reassess where you are, how you are living and what's important. It can help you see what needs adjusting and can ultimately help you enhance your life. ...Read more

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How do a terminally illness and a chronic illness differ?

Progression: A chronic disease is something you will have for a long time, but you wont die from it necessarily. A terminal disease will result in the end of your life. (the disease will kill you). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chronic illness?

What is the definition or description of: chronic illness?

Chronic illness: Persistent or long-lasting illness, usually lasting more than 3 months. ...Read more

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Can someone with a chronic illness or disability still adopt a child?

Yes: According to the americans with disabilities act (ada), many with disabilities qualify to be considered as adoptive parents. It's the law. And it applies to both public and private adoption agencies. ...Read more

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What happens if I become a part time student due to my chronic illness?

Continue your study: Patients with chronic illness often becomes depressed. I encourage patients to try to live their life and try not to let their chronic illness interrupt their quality of life. Being a part time student and continuing your education pursuit is great and recommended. Depending on your type of illness, you may also be able to obtain accomadations from your school for your needs ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can people who have a chronic illness cope with it?

Get support!: Don't isolate yourself. Go to support groups and/or get individual counseling. Chronic illness is a life crisis, and you should treat it as you would any other crisis--by getting support. You can also look online for groups that are a good fit for you. I have a blog: permission to heal, that is full of ideas for coping: http://permissiontoheal.Wordpress.Com/. ...Read more

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How can chronic illness be different from acute illness, and what are some examples please?

Long and short of it: Chonic diseases last a long time and dont resolve well. Example - chonic back pain a patient will say "i have had back pain for the last 10 years" acute diseases are usually sudden onset and resolve. Example - acute back pain. "i lifted a weight an hurt my back" i hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to become more comfortable in social settings again in your early 30s after being withdrawn for so long after dealing w/ chronic illness?

How to become more comfortable in social settings again in your early 30s after being withdrawn for so long after dealing w/ chronic illness?

One step at a time: Try to choose the situations and people you connect to. Find things that you feel confident in that occur in these settings. Do things you find fun to do. If you feel down about yourself and lack confidence in a broad sense, consider going into counseling. This can be a great help. ...Read more

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Is arthrogryposis considered a chronic illness?

Yes: Chronic essentially means having for a longtime so all incurable genetic disease would qualify as chronic. ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

Fairly prevalent.: Fibromyalgia is the most common rheumatologic disorder in women under 40 and the second most common in all age groups to osteoarthritis. The current thought is that it is related to hyperexcitability of nerve endings leading to symptoms of generalized pain, fatigue, areas of trigger point tenderness and sleep disruption. ...Read more

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How to deal with school and having a chronic illness?

It depends: Would need more info here. It depends on your circumstances, and what you are dealing with. In general, it is best to be truthful with the administration about your challenges, what you can and can't do, and allow them to collaborate with you, to best help you continue (assuming that's a good thing, which it may not be). With classmates, each person is different. A therapist can help with a plan. ...Read more

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How to deal with the emotional impact of having a chronic illness?

Get Support!: Don't isolate yourself. Go to support groups and/or get individual counseling. Chronic illness is a life crisis, and you should treat it as you would any other crisis--by getting support. You can also look online for groups that are a good fit for you. I have a blog: permission to heal, that is full of ideas for dealing with the emotional impact of ci: http://permissiontoheal.Wordpress.Com/. ...Read more

Dr. Abby Caplin
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Chronic Illness (Definition)

Persistent or long-lasting illness, usually lasting ...Read more