Having a long-term, or chronic, illness can disrupt your life in many ways. You may often be tired and in pain. Your illness might affect your appearance or your physical abilities and independence. You may not be able to work, causing financial problems. For children, chronic illnesses can be frightening, because they may not understand why this is happening to them.
These changes can cause stress, anxiety and anger. If they do, it is important to seek help. A trained counselor can help you develop strategies to regain a feeling of control. Support groups might help, too. You will find that you are not alone, and you may learn some new tips on how to cope.
- Coping with a Diagnosis of Chronic Illness (American Psychological Association) Available in Spanish
- Next Steps After Your Diagnosis: Finding Information and Support (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Available in Spanish
- Self-Management: Taking Charge of Your Health (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life (06/04/2015, HealthDay)
- Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, but Death Rate Is Falling (05/06/2015, HealthDay)
- Anemia of Inflammation and Chronic Disease (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
- Chronic Illness: How It Can Affect Your Sex Life (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Depression and Chronic Illness (NAMI) - PDF
- How to Help a Friend or Loved One Suffering from a Chronic Illness (American Psychological Association) Available in Spanish
- Managing Care for Adults with Long-Term Medical Illness (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Available in Spanish
- Psychologists' Role in Treating Chronically Ill Persons (American Psychological Association)
- Request a Brown-Bag Check-Up (Institute for Safe Medication Practices)
Statistics and Research
- Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Chronic Disease (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Impact of mHealth chronic disease management on treatment adherence and...
- Article: Health, healthcare access, and use of traditional versus modern medicine...
- Article: Exploratory factor analysis of the 12-item Functional Assessment of Chronic...
- Coping with Chronic Illness -- see more articles
- Balancing Academics and Serious Illness (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)
- Caring for a Seriously Ill Child (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Coping with Chronic Illness (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Illness and Disability for Girls (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- Siblings of Children with Chronic Illnesses (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Students with Chronic Illnesses: Guidance for Families, Schools and Students (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) - PDF
- Living with Multiple Health Problems: What Older Adults Should Know (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)