Coping with physical illness

Many of us will, at some time, have a serious physical illness. Both the illness, and the treatment for it, can affect the way we think and feel.

This information is for anyone who has a serious physical illness and for their friends or relatives.


This resource provides information, not advice.  

The content in this resource is provided for general information only. It is not intended to, and does not, amount to advice which you should rely on. It is not in any way an alternative to specific advice.  You must therefore obtain the relevant professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action based on the information in this guidance. 

If you have questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider without delay.  

If you think you are experiencing any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from a doctor or other professional healthcare provider.  

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This information reflects the best available evidence at the time of writing. We aim to review our mental health information every three years, and update critical changes more regularly.

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Coping with physical illness

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