Long Term Physical Health Conditions

The Mind & Body

Do you know that about one in three people who have a long-term  health condition or persistent physical health problems such as Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Coronary heart disease, Chronic back pain (muscular or skeletal), Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and many more, may also struggle with mental health problems like anxiety and depression.

Having a long-term health conditions and a mental health problem at the same time is quite common. Long-term health conditions are one of the major causes of poor quality of life in England. More than 50 per cent of people with a long-term condition see their health as a barrier to the amount of work or the type of work that they can do and this can increase to more than 80 per cent when someone has three or more long-term health conditions.

Living with long-term physical conditions can bring considerable emotional adjustment and burden to people, carers and families.

You may experience symptoms such as fatigue, pain, poor sleep uncertainty around treatment and diagnoses. You may also have difficulty with coping day by day, achieving a satisfying lifestyle, accepting the illness, managing symptoms, motivation, adjusting to changes to your usual routines such as work or relationships.

All these can contribute to mental health problems, which in turn can worsen physical symptoms.

if you have long term health conditions or persistent physical symptoms, IAPT can help you or your loved ones, such as:

  • Learn how mental and physical health interact.
  • Understand in-depth, the relationship between physical and mental illness
  • Improve your ability to recognise symptoms and find help.
  • Learn to manage and cope with your symptoms