Emotions And What To Do About Them
People with a serious health condition tend to experience a variety of strong emotions. Emotions can show up at any time, in no particular order, and in various depths of intensity. Sometimes more than one emotion shows up at a time.
Out of control emotions can interfere with medical care (including seeking medical help when advisable or adhering to drug regimens), good decision making, work and daily life.
There are time tested techniques to help soften the impact of the following emotions which are among the most common to appear. Techniques that have worked as a general matter for specific emotions are discussed in the linked articles. For general tips to help feel in control of your emotions, click here.
Please keep in mind that if you participate in a chat room, self help or support group, it is advisable to verify the facts you learn about before acting on them. What works (or seems to work) for one person is called "anecdotal information." Anecdotal information is not scientific and may not be correct as a general matter.
- Anxiety, including fear of the unknown
- Fear of pain: Common wisdom today is that there is no reason to continue to feel pain. There are even doctors who specialize in relieving pain. If one doctor doesn't make the pain livable, seek a second opinion. If a treatment is causing pain, perhaps there are alternative treatments to consider. Speak with your doctor. For information about pain and how to deal with it, click here.
- Fear of a recurrence
- Fear of a treatment
- Fear of an upcoming appointment with a doctor
- Numb (Feeling Numb)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Subjects That Help:
- Chat Rooms (What To Watch For)
- Deep Breathing
- Emotional Support Animals
- Gratitude Journal
- Healing Environment
- Holiday: How To Cope With Holiday Stress And Depression
- Humor (and how to get it in your life)
- Journal: How To Keep A Journal
- Meditation 101
- Mental Health Professionals
- Pets 101
- Positive Attitude And How To Keep It
- Self Help Groups
- Support Groups 101
- Waiting: How To Cope With Waiting For An Appointment Or Test Result
- If financial concerns are getting you down, consider looking at our information about finances and how to deal with them. For information, click here.
- It is advisable to postpone important decisions until unrelated strong emotions have passed or are at least under control.