Living well following a stroke

Strokes can affect people in many ways depending on what area of the brain has been affected. There can be physical, cognitive (thinking), communication and emotional issues that the stroke survivor and those close to them try to deal with. Common emotional issues following a stroke include, depression or low mood, anxiety, frustration and anger […]

Respiratory conditions

Living with a lung condition can be difficult and stressful. As well as having difficult physical symptoms that you must learn to cope with such as breathlessness and coughing, you may also experience more tiredness and may find that you are less active than before your diagnosis. Lung conditions can also affect you in ways […]

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSK)

There are many issues that people with MSK can be faced with. Once you have been diagnosed with a chronic lifelong condition you can experience many difficulties such as; • On-going physical problems and pain • Managing your medication • Having to attend regular medical appointments • Managing work and adjusting to an altered lifestyle […]

HIV

Having HIV not only has an impact on your physical health, but can also affect your emotional & mental health. People can experience a variety of emotional difficulties or mental health problems after being diagnosed with HIV, such as feeling angry, feeling scared or having suicidal thoughts. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental […]

Diabetes

There are many issues that people with diabetes have to deal with. People often worry about the self-care regime; resent the pain and monitoring of blood glucose and can feel angry, scared, guilty or anxious. People with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression as people without diabetes. Anxiety and eating disorders are also […]

Digestive conditions

There are many issues that people who have a chronic digestive condition have to deal with. You can experience many difficulties such as; On-going physical problems and pain such as bloating and discomfort Managing your medication Having to attend regular medical appointments Managing work and social activities, making time for regular breaks to the toilet […]

Chronic pain

There are many issues that people with chronic pain have to deal with. Chronic pain is physically and psychologically stressful and its constant discomfort can lead to anger and frustration with yourself and your loved ones. You may feel like you have no control over your pain, which can result in you feeling anxious and […]

CFS/ME

There are many issues that people with CFS/ME have to deal with. Constant feelings of exhaustion will impact on your everyday activities, which in turn can lead to feelings of low mood. Low mood often causes a person to feel tired and an unhelpful spiral of fatigue is common. Common symptoms of low mood and […]

Coronary heart disease (CHD)

There are many different factors that can contribute to the development of CHD such as smoking and high blood pressure but there is also evidence to suggest that mental health problems can play a part in it too. For some people stress and anxiety may contribute to CHD and one way that this could happen […]

Emotional health and cancer

Having cancer not only has an impact on your physical health, but can also affect your emotional and mental health. Many aspects of living with cancer can be very difficult to deal with and you may find you are experiencing more negative moods and thoughts. You may feel a variety of things including anger, anxiety, […]