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Living with chronic health conditions or brain injury

The sudden or gradual onset of a chronic illness or injury can have a major impact on how you live your life. There is often shock and stress associated with the process of diagnosis and treatment whether it is happens quickly or is more drawn out. The widespread impact of the illness or injury can make everyday living more difficult. It makes it harder to feel like yourself and find joy in life when the illness or injury makes it harder to do the things you used to enjoy. It is no surprise that you are more likely to experience depression with many health conditions including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, auto-immune conditions, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and HIV/AIDS. Injury to the brain brings particular challenges for people and their families as it can bring massive changes to the person's personality, cognitive ability, general functioning and identity. A psychologist can provide you with information to better understand the impact that an illness or injury has had on you and support you to improve your ability to cope with the challenges you face.

Carers Australia - provide advocacy and support, particularly through the Carer's Gateway: Carers Australia | The voice for carers across Australia

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