December 20, 2014
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Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Head check: dealing with your emotions

Living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be frustrating and emotional. The challenges and changes you face in your daily activities can be stressful. People with AS may experience self-esteem issues, depression, sleep disturbances, and anxiety disorders. AS can have a large impact on a person's quality of life and psychological well-being.

The impact of AS on your life can be enormous, but you don't have to let it get in the way of living the life you want. Recognizing how AS affects your emotional health is one of the first steps you can take towards taking control of your condition. You can learn to effectively cope with these emotions so that you can live your life to your full potential.

Consider doing the following:

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Accept the fact that you have AS so that you can start learning how to cope with AS. This is an important step in taking control over AS and your life.
  • Stay informed. Educate yourself about AS so that you have a better sense of control over AS.
  • Find ways to continue to do the activities you enjoy.
  • Talk to your family and friends.
  • Learn effective ways to deal with stress. For example, exercise and meditation can reduce stress.
  • Counselling and support groups can help you to keep a positive outlook and learn from others how to best cope with the condition. Find a support group in your area by clicking on "Support Groups" in the Resource centre on this site.
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