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How can a long-term physical illness affect my child's mental health?

Children with a long-lasting physical illness are twice as likely to suffer from emotional problems or disturbed behavior. This is especially true of physical illnesses that involve the brain, such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Children who are ill have many more stressful experiences than children without an illness. Most children will, at some time, get upset by this. Sometimes, the upset feelings and behavior can go on and on. If they do, this can add to the child's health problems by making their life even more difficult.

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