Coming to terms with a chronic condition
There’s no doubting it, a diagnosis of IBD, like other chronic (long-term) diseases can affect people emotionally too.
What is ‘normal’?
What do other people go through?
How do you pull yourself through this?
Here are some places to start finding some answers.
IBD Clinic has online assessment and treatment programs for people with IBD and anxiety or depression.
Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, the peak patient body representing people with IBD, have a Helpline with a trained counsellor on hand and a range of support options.
Helpline: 1800 138 029
Overseas, Crohn’s & Colitis Canada has put together a page on coping and depression in IBD. Please note, some medications may not be available in Australia and there are differences in treatments between Australia and Canada.