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When should I get help for feeling sad or worried about my chronic illness?

You should get help for feeling sad or worried about your chronic illness if you think you are experiencing anxiety or depression. Having a chronic illness can make you feel sad, angry, worried and scared, and these feelings are totally normal.

But what’s not normal is if you have so many worries that you feel overwhelmed and are unable to cope with everyday life. This is called anxiety. Also, if you feel so sad that you can’t do the things you want to do, or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, you might have depression. You can get help for anxiety and depression. If you think it’s anxiety or depression, tell someone you trust, like your healthcare team.

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