Coping with GERD
It’s never easy to learn that you have an illness. Once you find out that you have acid reflux disease or GERD, you might feel afraid, sad, nervous, or just “different.” These feelings are completely normal. But let your doctor or parents know if you begin to experience any of these things:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Overwhelming sadness and/or frequent crying
- Lack of interest in your usual activities and hobbies
All of these can be signs of stress or depression, which can become serious. Be sure to talk to your parents and friends about your feelings, and don’t be afraid to ask for help dealing with your emotions.
- It’s normal to feel sad or anxious about GERD
- Most kids with GERD lead normal, active lives
- Talk about your feelings with a parent or a doctor
- Anything you share with a doctor is confidential and private—he or she can’t tell anyone else without your permission
- Kids are different for all kinds of reasons—you’re great the way you are!