The link between physical and mental health is well known. Having a longer term condition like diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or chronic pain can sometimes lead to emotional difficulties like depression and anxiety. Living with diabetes, for example, can mean you are twice as likely to experience depression.
Overall, two thirds of people living with long term conditions, and up to 70% of people with medically unexplained physical symptoms, also have depression or anxiety.
Feeling low or anxious can, in turn, make it harder to manage your condition, as you may find that attending appointment, managing medication and generally looking after yourself becomes more challenging. Healthy Minds will explore any long term conditions that you may be experiencing and aim to adapt support to take this into account. This may help you feel more able to take control over your physical health whilst also supporting your emotional wellbeing.
What support is available for long term conditions?
At Healthy Minds we offer a range of options that are adapted to the needs of each person living with a long term condition. Examples of support available include:
‘Wellbeing and Diabetes’ Courses.
Practical support to access community resources (e.g. seated exercise classes, carers groups etc).
Telephone and face-to-face therapy options that have been adapted to suit the needs of the individual with a long term condition.