This isn’t a guide because honestly, I’m not a therapist and the only person you should be listening to regarding anxiety and depression is a trained professional or people you trust rather than random people on the internet.
As you would honestly expect with anyone who has a long term terminal illness, it comes with it’s fair share of mental turmoils as well. From a genetic point, I’ve had a predisposition for anxiety so having CF really didn’t help me there. My anxiety is mostly under control now-a-days but it still gets me sometimes and whenever I go into hospital I need anti-anxiety pills to sleep at night. It’s difficult and taxing but if you’re facing these issues, don’t suffer alone. My boyfriend is an amazing support system for me and he understands that my anxiety may not be caused by what it is coming out as (does that make sense? I mean like if I get anxious about something silly, it will just be the first thing my anxiety has latched onto). As anyone who has anxiety or knows anything about it will tell you, it is entirely irrational and your body physically cannot sustain that level of anxiety forever. Eventually, it reduces on its own and you feel better.
Depression is another thing us suffers have to deal with. This is a whole other thing which comes across in a fear of mortality (ironically), pessimism and a range of other fun additions to our lives. Depression, unfortunately, is just something that comes and goes. Like I said, the point of this post isn’t to provide advice, just to say that this is a thing that we all go through, no one is alone.
If you want a take home message after suffering with either of these mental health problems, talk to a trained professional or people who are close to you. No matter what happens, feelings come and go. The best thing is to find a way to deal with it when it happens and enjoy the time you have when it’s not there.