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We Need to Talk About Mental Health and People With Chronic Illness

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When living with a chronic health condition, mental health isn’t usually a priority. We are the regular patients that doctors always see.

For most of my life, my chronic illnesses were my doctor’s number one priority. I never had a doctor ask me or even refer me to a therapist even when I developed medical PTSD, depression, OCD, and an eating disorder in my teens.

For years, I felt I had to prioritize my chronic illness over my mental health just so I wouldn’t die. But the truth is I was barely surviving.

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