Mental Health Effects of Chronic Illnesses
Chronic illnesses (such as diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and osteoarthritis) are not curable. If not treated promptly, they may worsen over time.
To be considered chronic, an illness must:
- Last longer than a year
- Require continuing medical treatment
- Restrict your physical capabilities and reduce your quality of life.
The longer patients deal with a chronic illness, the more likely they will suffer from mental health issues and possibly even addiction.
Depression and Hopelessness
Depression and feelings of hopelessness are not uncommon when patients have a condition for which there is no known cure. Even when the symptoms can be treated, the knowledge that constant care is needed can make you feel as if they have lost control, that there is little hope for a normal life.
Your doctor can help you reduce this emotional distress by working with you to develop a treatment plan. Active participation will give you back some control and allow you to choose treatment plans with which you feel most comfortable.
Making simple lifestyle adjustments can assist with this process.
Irritability and Frustration
Anger, frustration, and irritability are common side effects when you realize how a chronic illness may limit your activities or restrict your choices. You may have to give up some of the things you love.
Chronic illnesses may prevent you from:
- Traveling long distances
- Strenuous exercise.
- Eating unhealthy foods (high sugar, fat, or sodium).
Find ways to face these challenges without allowing yourself to be overcome with anger.
Adjusting your lifestyle can be difficult, but once changes are made, you can begin to rebuild your confidence and improve your quality of life. It could even open up doors to other activities that are just as enjoyable.
Inability to Concentrate or Focus
Chronic illnesses in adults and children can disrupt how someone works or learns. If you or your child suffer from a chronic illness, you’ll need to understand how your condition affects your ability to concentrate or focus on tasks you need to perform.
Mind fog is real and can affect how you look at life and the opportunities you may get to experience.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety often co-occur with chronic disease because:
- Learning your limitations can leave you unsure of yourself and cause stress.
- Learning to adapt or adjust to a new normal can leave you fearful for your future, causing anxiety.
If you are also dealing with a health condition that will progressively worsen over time, look for positive ways to reduce and minimize your stress and anxiety. It could make your new life just as enjoyable as your past.
Seeking treatment will help you regain control of your life. Even small changes in your lifestyle can enhance your treatment and strengthen your resiliency.
Mental health problems can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse. Continued use of alcohol or illicit drugs, or the misuse of prescription drugs, can turn into a substance use disorder (SUD) such as addiction.
When mental health issues and substance abuse co-occur, it’s called dual diagnosis. Both then need treatment, not just the original physical health condition.
If you get a dual diagnosis, you have the information you need to get back to as normal a life as possible. With proper treatment, you will have the resources you need to enjoy as full and active a lifestyle as possible
ABOUT POSEIDONIA HEALTHCARE
We have been effectively treating Chronic Illnesses at Poseidonia Healthcare for years with a very simple approach. We allow the body to recover its own Immune system while providing different treatments to repair the damage that has been done over the years.
Poseidonia Healthcare has the ability to use standalone or a combination of therapies whether it’s HBOT, Ozone or Stem Cell Therapies or even a combination of the three modalities. The fact that we can cover all aspects of healing Chronic Illness places Poseidonia Healthcare in the enviable position of being the only medical centre in Europe that offer these amazing therapies in the same place. This allows our Medical Team to combine a package based on your particular condition.
The fact we can administer you with IV Ozone and then moved you straight into our Hyperbaric Chamber allows the Ozone to penetrate deeply into all of the tissues of the body. This combined with high levels of Oxygen allows healing to take place at a molecular level as well as inside the blood.
Half time of IV Ozone is around 30-minute which means that every 30 minutes it becomes 50% less effective as when administered so by allowing patients to go straight into the chamber after the administration of IV Ozone this allows greater overall repair and healing.
Additionally, we can offer unique Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic illness. This has the ability to also repair the eminence damage that has been done to the body by Chronic Illnesses. This also allows patients to get their life back to normal.
Our Medical team will look at all of your signs and symptoms and create the best package designed for your specific conditions.