Friday, May 4, 2007

Coping Skills

Coping Skills
The effects of chronic pancreatitis may persist for years. By avoiding alcohol and smoking tobacco, eating well and working closely with your doctor to find appropriate medications, you have a better chance of managing the condition and living a more active, productive lifestyle.
As is true with other chronic diseases, living with pancreatitis can cause emotional ups and downs. Here are tips for dealing with those swings:
  1. Maintain normal daily activities as best you can.
  2. Stay connected with friends and family.
  3. Continue to pursue hobbies that you enjoy and are able to do.
  4. Consider joining a support group, especially one for people with chronic pain.

Keep in mind that your physical health can impact directly on your mental health. Denial, anger and frustration are common with chronic illnesses. At times, you may need more tools to deal with your emotions. Professionals such as therapists or behavioral psychologists may be able to help you put things in perspective. They can also teach coping skills, including relaxation techniques, that may help you.
In addition, many chronic illnesses place you at an increased risk of depression. This isn't a failure to cope but may indicate a disruption in your body's neurochemistry that can be helped with appropriate medical treatment. Talk with your family, friends and doctor if you're feeling depressed.

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