I waited too long before seeking therapy. I was depressed during the last 2 years with UC and chalked it up to being on prednisone. Six months after surgery, and having my health restored, I still couldn't get out of depression and sought help with a psychologist who had experience in chronic illness. Between sessions with her and an Rx of an antidepressant I regained my emotional health. I highly recommend therapy but I also recommend you interview prospective psychologists and try to find one who has worked with the chronically ill.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free