LIVING WITH A LONG-TERM CONDITION

What is a long term condition?
A long-term condition is an illness that cannot be cured but can usually be controlled with medicines or other treatments.

Examples of long-term conditions include arthritis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, angina, heart failure, high blood pressure, Mental Health problems, Migraines, PMT,Allergies, , Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, Depression, Dementia, Chronic kidney disease and Chronic pain etc.

There is a strong link between physical long term conditions and psychological distress/disorder. Mental health problems are much more common in those with physical illnesses. Compared with the general population, People with two or more long term conditions are seven times more likely to have depression.

Living with a long term condition
Having a health condition, you might become sad and discouraged. Perhaps you are thinking about activities youíre no longer able to do Ė and your mood drops. Perhaps you have reduced activities in order to avoid pain.
You might have difficulty keeping a sense of connection to family, friends or others. This can happen in a few ways. Maybe youíve been withdrawing from others because of low mood or anxiety Ė you feel so discouraged and worried that itís hard to be with other people. Or, maybe you think others donít want to be around you. If you avoid social contact because of low mood or discouragement,

you may find yourself cut off from others. This kind of isolation has been shown to worsen mood, which can lead to a vicious cycle:
Sometimes itís hard to reach out to people because youíve always been independent, and you find it hard to depend on others.

But if you donít reach out to others, they may not realize that you need their support.