Dr. Alddo Molinar: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Patients with Chronic Illnesses

Patients with chronic illnesses often experience many challenges with their mental health. Studies show that people living with a chronic disease are more likely to develop anxiety and depression. Like chronic medical conditions, mental health issues are treatable. We talked to Dr. Alddo Molinar — an anesthesiologist at the East Ohio Regional Hospital — about what can help people diagnosed with chronic illnesses live happy and healthy lives.

Dr. Alddo Molinar on the Link between Chronic Diseases & Mental Health

It’s common to experience a range of feelings and emotions after such a diagnosis. Depending on the condition and its severity, a patient may experience significant lifestyle changes. You must also deal with the stress of managing your condition. For example, some people associate a diagnosis of diabetes with feelings of shame and guilt.

Grief is also a common reaction to a new medical diagnosis. Patients may experience different stages of grief, such as shock, denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. A chronic disease diagnosis may also take you on a rollercoaster of emotions-one day acceptance and the next day anger. It is important to remember that these emotions and feelings are normal and that you’re not alone!

Dr. Alddo Molinar on Chronic Illnesses and Covid-19 Considerations

Patients at greater risk for COVID-related complications because of chronic conditions should take similar measures to avoid colds and other diseases. These include washing hands, maintaining physical distance, and keeping their hands away from their mouth, nose, and eyes, Dr. Molinar advises. They must also avoid mass gatherings and stay home if they feel sick, he adds.

Tips from Dr. Alddo Molinar on Managing Your Mental Health If You Have a Chronic Illness

Acknowledge and Accept Your Situation

We are naturally inclined to try and control situations we cannot change. There’s one bitter truth that many people refuse to acknowledge-it’s impossible to control many of the things that happen in our lives. Fighting emotional suffering can lead to even more suffering. Accepting your situation doesn’t mean you stop treating it, but it allows you to focus on what you can control.

Take Charge of Your Wellness Journey

Get Informed

Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Surround Yourself With Support

Practice Physical, Mental, and Emotional Self-Care

Seek Professional Help

Originally published at https://healthtian.com on October 31, 2021.

Dr. Alddo Molinar is an anesthesiologist, based in Martins Ferry, OH, who received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Alddo Molinar is an anesthesiologist, based in Martins Ferry, OH, who received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.