Mental and Emotional Well-being
Living with a chronic, and often painful, illness can take a toll on your mental health and emotional well-being. You are not alone. We understand how challenging and frustrating it can be to manage not only the physical symptoms of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, but also the stress, worry, depression, and anxiety that you may feel along the way.
In addition to depression and anxiety, emotional responses to living with a chronic illness can include denial of your disease, the need for dependence or dependent behaviors, feeling overwhelmed, and having a poor self-image. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can also emotionally affect your family and friends.
If you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please do not hesitate to reach out for help by calling 911, going to the closest emergency room, or calling the suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE.
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