Long-term health conditions (such as diabetes, chronic pain, or heart conditions) affect your physical health, but they can also significantly impact your mental health and wellbeing.
Some conditions can cause pain or tiredness, which make it feel difficult to do things that you enjoy. But if you are not doing the things that are important to you, where do you get enjoyment and satisfaction from?
Getting diagnosed with a long-term condition can change your life. It can change who you think you are and make you adapt your life in many ways. This can be difficult to accept and can make you feel depressed, frustrated, upset, or angry.
Although we may not be able to reduce the physical impacts of your health condition, we can support you to develop ways to cope and manage your feelings.
If you would like to know more about how long-term health conditions can affect your mental health and wellbeing, please see the booklet and video on this page.