Depression and anxiety

The impact of having PSC can affect your quality of life, future plans and life goals 35,123. The uncertainty associated with the unpredictable nature of PSC can understandably lead to feelings of anxiety and low mood.

Do I need formal psychological support?

Many people manage perfectly well without formal psychological support but there may be times when you may need to speak to a professional.

When to get help

Psychological support for patients and carers can be helpful at all stages of the illness journey. Seek help if:

  • you are finding it difficult to cope with your thoughts and feelings
  • your thoughts and feelings are having a negative impact on your day to day life e.g. you are so anxious you can’t concentrate
  • your thoughts and feelings are stopping you from engaging with the management of your PSC

How to get help

GP

Speak to your GP about accessing psychological support for dealing with PSC (which is a long-term condition). There may be a wait, but they will be able to refer you for this service.

Liver Unit

Your liver unit: your liver unit may have access to a psychology/counselling team, although at the moment this tends to be restricted to liver transplant patients only.

Voluntary Organisations

Mental health charities: Time to Change, Mind, Anxiety UK

PSC Support Helpline: 01235 25 35 45

Private Sector - Seeking help privately can be expensive and it is important to see someone who is appropriately qualified. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) website has information on how to find a therapist and a therapist directory. You can also find  register of Accredited BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapists on the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) website, has a register of accredited CBT therapists.

 

How to live positively with PSC

It is possible to live positively with PSC! Check out our tips and strategies for living a happy and healthy life with PSC.

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