Anger and resentment

Understandably you may be very upset by many aspects of the illness. This distress may lead to you feeling angry and irritable.

You may feel resentful that you or someone you care for is seriously ill while other people are well. These feelings are a common reaction and there is no need to feel guilty about having such thoughts or feelings.

However, relatives and friends may not always realise that your anger is really directed at the illness and not against them. If you can, it may help to tell them this at a time when you are not feeling quite so angry and distressed.

Condition-specific information

Further information on conditions that may be affecting you or those around you:

Support Groups

Visit the NHS inform Support Services Directory to search for local organisations that may help with the issues you are facing:

Last updated: 29 March 2012

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