“You are not alone: Your parents, doctors, and other caregivers are there to support you”
We are aware that there are a large amount of medical issues that can affect the mental health, this can be because the issue directly affects it with conditions such as bipolar, social anxiety or schizophrenia or it can be because the condition makes their life harder and this leads to poor mental health with conditions such as dyspraxia, physical disabilities or
The impacts Medical Issues can have on Mental Health:
- A person may be unable to attend school or work for an inconvenient length of time. This can cause stress related to academic performance, job security, or finances.
- A person used to an active lifestyle may find it difficult to adapt to enforced inactivity. They may have elevated anxiety or irritability, especially if they use exercise as a coping mechanism.
- An illness or injury may leave a person confined in bed or to one room. This confinement may cause boredom or loneliness, especially when mental processes are not affected by the health issue.
- A person may require intensive or long-term care to survive. Some people may feel shame or regret around losing their independence.
- If a health issue has permanently restricted their activities, an individual may struggle to adjust to their new lives. They may have to rebuild an identity outside of the jobs or hobbies that used to define them.