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Substance Misuse

Substance misuse is the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or over-the-counter or prescription medications in a way that they are not meant to be used. Over time, substance misuse can become an unhealthy way to respond to stress and anxiety, particularly when managing a chronic illness like cystic fibrosis.

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    Anxiety and CF

    Anxiety is a normal emotion that comes and goes in response to fears or worries about changes in health, work, relationships, or money. A person is said to have an anxiety disorder if the anxiety does not go away, gets worse over time, and prevents a person from participating in daily activities.

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    Depression and CF

    People with chronic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, are at greater risk for developing clinical depression. When left untreated, depression can interfere with your ability to manage your CF effectively and experience a better quality of life.

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    Coping While Caring for Someone With Cystic Fibrosis

    Caring for anyone with a long-term disease -- especially if that person is your child -- is stressful. Parents of children with cystic fibrosis are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, or both compared to parents in general.

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    Working With Your Care Team

    Watch the webcast, "Partnering for Care: Help Your Social Worker and Psychologist Help You Thrive," to learn how to work with your mental health professional.

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    Finding My Truth: Learning to Cope with CF

    My struggle to cope with my CF brought me to some dark places. The support of my care team helped me come to the light.

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    There Is No Health Without Mental Health

    In the third plenary of NACFC, three guidelines authors announced the publication of guidelines for screening and treating depression and anxiety, and explained how the guidelines were developed. Read on for my thoughts.

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    5 Ways Parents Can Foster Hope in CF Teens

    Parents of teens with CF often ask what they can do to help their child who is struggling to come to grips with their disease or is simply going through a rough patch. Here’s some of my best advice.

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    Redefining Success

    The time has come to redefine success and what it should look like in the CF community.

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    5 Questions for Parents of CF Teens

    As parents of kids with CF, we can make a life-transforming difference by focusing as much on their mental health as we do on their physical health. If you think your child’s CF is taking an emotional toll, asking yourself these questions may help.

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