Depression and Psychological distress
Because chronic diseases often cause depression, it is not surprising that cystic fibrosis (CF) is associated with higher rates of depression in adolescents and young adults. Having to deal with uncertainty, various treatment regimens, fear of infections and restrictions on lifestyle can cause feelings of helplessness and possibly lead to depression. Evidence also shows that some people are more likely to suffer from depression if this is part of their family history.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Excess sleep or difficulty falling asleep
- Increased tension and anxiety
- Falling activity level
- Decreased self-esteem or feelings of guilt
- Disorders of thought or concentration
- Suicidal Ideas
Although depression is a common condition, some people consider it a blemish. Do not let this bias stop you from seeking the help you need. If you feel that you have signs and symptoms of depression, do not hesitate to talk to any member of the CF team or your family doctor; You can also contact the local public health unit.
Ask help you need until you get it!
Remember that your emotional well-being is essential to the optimal management of your condition.
Ask for help!
In order to offer people living with cystic fibrosis a situation of psychological distress fast and free access to psychological services, the Fondation l'air d'aller has developed with us a psychological assistance program specifically aimed at The CF community in Quebec.
This program allows you to meet the psychologist of your choice quickly. The Foundation pays up to $ 85 per session.
Just complete the form (in French), along with a letter from your social worker, your doctor or your CF nurse.