Cystic Fibrosis and Emotional Wellness


Emotional Wellness of Adult Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

“Increasing numbers of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are surviving into adulthood. An understanding of the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of CF in adults and adolescents is, therefore, more important than ever. There is a large body of evidence indicating that the psychological and psychosocial functioning of people with CF is similar to that of well people until the disease becomes severe. However, there is also evidence that patients do suffer an increased likelihood of psychiatric problems, such as depression, and of scoring poorly on physical functioning measures of quality of life,” note the authors of the study “The psychosocial and psychiatric side of cystic fibrosis in adolescents and adults.”

As patients turn into adulthood or in cases where the disease is only diagnosed as adults, it is demanding to balance a normal adult life and manage a chronic disease. There are symptoms, treatments, work, family, emotions and social experiences to cope with. Sometimes, patients may face barriers or challenges that may lead to anxiety or even depression. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, anxiety is one of the most common emotional issues faced by these patients, which is related to daily treatments, remembering to take medications, missing out on things they want to do and being hospitalized for periods of time. In addition, it is known that CF patients and caregivers are more likely to suffer depression, a state of sadness that can last for weeks, months or years, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and lack of interest in the world around them.

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