Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: 12 Ways to Cope With the Chronic Illness by Samantha Bowick
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a rare genetic illness that occurs when normal levels of the alpha-1 antitrypsin protein aren’t produced by the liver, which affects lung function. It can be extremely stressful and difficult to cope with being diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, as well as everything else that comes with having the illness. Coping mechanisms that may be helpful while battling alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency include:
- Praying or reading the bible.
- Writing in a gratitude journal every day.
- Going to counseling or seeing a psychiatrist.
- Taking time for yourself when you feel run down.
- Eating healthier when able to.
- Trying not to isolate yourself from others.
- Talking to others who have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
- Asking for help when you need it.
- Painting rocks, reading, writing, coloring, arts and crafts, sewing (things that do not require a lot of physical exertion).
- Taking baths to relax.
- Connecting with people who have always been there for you.
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