Illness & disability
Dealing with a health issue every day can get to you. Sometimes you just need a shoulder to cry on. Talking with family members or friends can help. It can also help to talk with others who share your illness or disability. Ask your doctor to recommend a local support group to meet others who share your condition.
If you’re having a hard time, you might want to ask your doctor if there is a therapist or counselor you can talk to. These professionals can really help you feel stronger and less worried.
Don’t forget: If you are in the hospital, your best support just might be right down the hall. Your new friends and neighbors in the hospital know exactly what you are going through. You can cheer one another up and find fun things to do while you are getting care. Having a friend right there can also make the hospital seem less scary.
Online support groups also can help. Ask your parents for help in finding one, and make sure to get permission before chatting online.
Check out some online options:
- Starbright World provides an online chat community for teens who are sick, as well as helpful information.
- Check out Brave Kids’ message board on all kinds of conditions, from ADHD to cerebral palsy.
- Join an online community for young people with disabilities, their caregivers, and their friends .
- Click here for more online options. For more links and organizations, visit our information section.
Content last updated February 16, 2011