How do other illnesses affect emotional health?

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Sheri Van Dijk
Psychiatry
Some physical illnesses can actually make you more emotional, making it harder for you to manage your emotions and making it less likely that you'll be able to act from your wise self. For example, people with diabetes or hypoglycemia might notice mood fluctuations depending on their blood sugar level; people with blood pressure problems might notice feelings of anxiety that are actually related to their physical health.

Having chronic pain can make managing your emotions difficult. Pain makes us grumpy; if you're experiencing pain regularly, you will be more emotionally reactive unless you pay mindful attention to the pain and practice skills to help you manage your emotions.
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