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How can you seek support if you have Crohn's disease?

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You can have some tough days with Crohn’s or any other long-term condition. So ask for help and support.

Family, friends, and neighbors are often willing to step up. Sometimes they’re not sure how to do that. So if someone says, “Let me know if I can do anything,” give them some ideas about what would be helpful.

You might like to talk to others with Crohn’s disease. Look into online and local support groups. Ask your doctor or nurse about resources in your area.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. , published online May 2013. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Kulick, D. , published online on January 15, 2011. American Family Physicians

Strong, S. , published online 2015. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. , published online May 2013. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Kulick, D. , published online on January 15, 2011. American Family Physicians

Strong, S. , published online 2015. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 15, 2018

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