Being diagnosed with a chronic illness, having a disability or suffering relentless pain can affect the way we live our lives.
These conditions may affect physical or mental abilities, may change the way we interact with others socially, may reduce our employment and financial earning capacity and may change the way we see ourselves and our role in the community.
Many people who live with disabilities, illness and/or chronic pain can feel less independent as they may need to rely on others for transport or care, more isolated as they may be limited as to the activities they can participate in, and have feelings of despair and sadness.
There are ways you can cope with these conditions and how they can make you feel. By knowing more about your condition and its treatment you can learn how to live with it. Ensure there is good communication with your health carers, join social and/or support groups to help reduce feelings of isolation and try to maintain a bright outlook.
If you provide support to a person with a mental or physical health problem, whether it is to a parent, child or other family member, you are considered to be a carer. The support a carer provides and the role they have in achieving successful treatment are extremely important.
Some of the issues faced by carers may include gaining the recognition, support and understanding from health and other related services for the role you play. This can be frustrating and disheartening for the carer, impacting on your own mental health.
There are limitations to what carers can do, and it is essential you look after yourself.
For further information contact:
Carers Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 90 43 9843
Tel: 028 90 65 0650
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