23 Dec '14, 4pm

How to cope with a chronic illness during the holidays:

Coping with chronic illness on any day can be quite challenging, but add a holiday into the mix and adds to the challenge. Although the holidays are meant to be a time of joy and happiness, this is not always the case. They can be stressful for the average person, and for those living with chronic illness, holidays can add more stress and strain, pushing your coping skills to the limit. The holidays can be a time of pervasive feelings of dread, depression, sadness, loneliness, and anxiety. Having a chronic illness can accentuate these unpleasant feelings. You may be reminded of holidays in the past before you were ill and long for those past times. Television, books and movies can create unrealistic expectations of the way the holidays are supposed to play out, and when it doesn't unfold like this in our own lives, this leaves us disappointed and yearning for something dif...

Full article: http://aamds.org/facts-for-life/facts-life-coping-chronic...

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