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Article Provided by CrohnResource.com 

Crohn's disease is certainly a chronic disease with very physical implications. Subtler perhaps, are the mental and emotional aspects of this illness. Evidence shows that while stress and emotional upset does not cause Crohn's disease, it can have an impact on the severity of its symptoms. As a matter of fact, it appears that a physical illness such as Crohn's disease can actually be the cause of emotional difficulties.
What can I do to feel better about having Crohn's disease?
Since having a positive mental attitude is so important in maintaining a sense of well-being, you really have to strive to achieve this goal. The following are some tips that may help in your endeavor to live your life to its fullest:


Be able to accept your disease without feeling self-pity, guilt, or blaming others for your condition — if you can accept your disease, it will make it easier for other people to accept it as well.
Continue your daily routine as much as possible.
Follow your doctor's instructions and suggestions.
Try to have an optimistic outlook in your life.
If needed, see a therapist trained in treating people who have a chronic illness.
Become an active participant in your own life
Even though Crohn's disease is a physically taxing disease, it's important to continue trying to live your life in a positive and healthy way by socializing, going out, and being as active as possible. The following are some ideas that may help:
Join a Crohn's disease support group and interact with other people who are going through the same thing. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America has a chapter in every state and can be reached at 1-800-932-2423 or online at http://www.ccfa.org.
Stay physically active: join a yoga class or go for walks with a friend.
Take a class: Find the time to learn something new and keep your mind stimulated.
Volunteer your services at your church or local hospital.

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