None

6 Steps to Care for Your Mental Health After a New Diagnosis

By Carol Caffin
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
March 22, 2022

No matter how strong, resilient, or pragmatic you are, being diagnosed with a chronic condition can cause some emotional turmoil.

While there’s no one “normal” reaction to a new diagnosis, there is a range of common reactions, including shock, grief, anger, confusion, anxiety, and depression. “There is a lot of variability in how people adjust to a new diagnosis and live with chronic conditions,” says Abbey Hughes, Ph.D., a rehabilitation psychologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Baltimore.

Not all initial reactions are negative, however. “Sometimes,” Hughes says, “there’s a sense of relief or clarity for people who are diagnosed after years of not knowing what’s wrong.”

Want to Read the Rest?

Get the full article, and all of Kopa’s content and tools. Plus, connect with experts and people like you. Sign up or log in—it’s easy and free!