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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Coping with a Physical Illness

Price: £1.00


Help is at Hand: Physical Illness and mental health: order bulk copies of the paper leaflet


Coping with a Physical Illness

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This leaflet is for anyone who has a serious physical illness and for their friends and relatives. It describes:

  • The emotional effects of having a serious physical illness
  • What does it feels like to be anxious or depressed?
  • Why are depression and anxiety more likely to happen if we have a physical illness?
  • What might make you more likely to become anxious or depressed?
  • When should you seek help?
  • How can depression and anxiety be helped?
  • How can you help yourself?
  • How can family and friends help?

"When you are living with a mental health problem, you sometimes forget to think about your physical health and this in itself can make you feel worse. Thank you for this helpful leaflet."

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