Has a chronic illness diagnosis left you feeling hopeless?

Has a chronic illness diagnosis left you feeling hopeless?

| Apr 10, 2018 | Blog |

Suffering from a health issue typically affects everyone at some point in their lives. Of course, some problems may prove more severe than others, and you may have found yourself recently diagnosed with a chronic condition.

No matter what the issue may be, you may still feel as if you have come to a crossroads in life. You may need to come to terms with the fact that you will not have the ability to participate in certain activities, that you will have a shortened life expectancy or that you will likely need long-term care in the future. Of course, accepting these possibilities may not come easy.

Depression

In many cases, when individuals face serious diagnoses, they can find themselves facing a downhill spiral when it comes to their mental health as well as their physical health. Individuals who face a considerable amount of stress in their lives may have a greater likelihood of becoming depressed after the diagnosis of a chronic condition. This feeling may result in a sense of hopelessness or lack of fulfillment in life.

Grief

If your chronic condition is also considered terminal or life-threatening, you may also experience feelings of fear and grief. It can certainly prove frightening to face your own demise, and you may grieve for the activities and experiences will you not have due to your condition. Fortunately, you may lessen these feelings and feelings of depression by seeking support and socialization. You may find setting small goals for yourself, such as going to a museum or having another experience, allows you to still make the most of your time.

Coping

Attempting to cope with such a diagnosis can prove understandably difficult. The manner in which you choose to cope may be different from someone else in a similar situation, and that does not have to be a negative choice. Of course, active coping strategies may prove more beneficial than attempting to ignore or disregard your diagnosis.

Some individuals may also find planning helpful as they come to terms and cope with their chronic conditions. If you believe that you will need long-term care in the future — as many people do — it may help you feel more in control of your situation to create a long-term care plan. Fortunately, various options exist for this type of plan, and you may benefit from gaining information from local Connecticut legal resources.