Adjusting to a Chronic Illness
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You have just been diagnosed with an illness that will last your entire lifetime. You may have many different feelings, such as anger, resentment, or denial. These feelings are normal and expected, because you are experiencing the loss of what your life was like before you were diagnosed with medical problems.
You can help yourself adjust by:
Recognizing that you are experiencing a major loss and dealing with your grief will give you more control over your life and your ability to manage this disease.
If you find that you need help in dealing with your feelings, talk with your doctor about counseling.
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
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