Diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can be very difficult for children and teenagers, not only do they have to cope with the actual disease, they also have to cope with the stigma that often accompanies the conditions. Most children are very self-conscious growing up, so having a disease that they may feel embarrassed about makes life more difficult for young IBD patients and can increase stress and anxiety.
In this video from the New York Presbyterian Hospital shared in October 2015, doctors and healthcare workers talk about what it’s like growing up with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and discuss some of the ways that the healthcare system can work in conjunction with schools to make life easier for patients and offer them emotional as well as practical support.
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