Caring for
mental health
is an overall

Caring for
mental health
is an overall

Depression and anxiety can have a negative impact on your ability to function and your quality of life. Continuing to live a healthy, active lifestyle and focusing on self-care are important for your overall wellbeing.

Even small acts of self-care can have a big impact on your daily life.

Whether you have Fabry disease or you care for someone with it, taking care of your physical and mental health better equip you to handle the challenges of managing the disease. This means consistent self-care.

Self-care makes you more resilient, helping you through the tough times to enjoy the good times.

Changes are not always big, but they do add up. Gaining a better understanding of depression and anxiety can help you improve your mental and physical wellbeing. That's empowering.

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Coping strategies and tips for self-care.

Managing stress is a key aspect of self-care that can help you improve your mental health and quality of life. Here are some coping strategies and tips to help you manage stress and care for yourself:

If the steps you've taken aren't helping, it may be time to talk about your symptoms with your healthcare team and mental health professional. They can help you create an action plan for feeling better.

Improving your mental health starts with:


Having self-awareness to recognize when things aren't going well, and knowing where you want to make improvements.

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Being tuned into your thinking - recognize negative thoughts and reframe them.


Developing a plan of strategies that help you move toward your idea of optimal well-being.

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Recognizing the mind-body connection and that improving mental health also improves physical health and vice-versa.


Finding purpose and meaning despite having a disease or diagnosis.

Medical Self-Advocacy.

You’ve come this far – you’ve advocated for yourself or your loved one to ensure that your Fabry disease was identified and is being consistently treated. Do the same for your mental health, it’s a part of rare disease and is just as important to treat.

Talking to your doctor.

Discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider, they can refer you to a mental health professional if needed. While waiting for an appointment, seek support from friends or family.


Find what works for you.

Ask your primary care physician for a referral, or contact the NAMI HelpLine for information on mental health professionals and support in your area.

A mental health professional can help.

Therapy can improve symptoms and help you create a plan for working through challenges.

Why add one more appointment to your schedule?

It's essential to care for your mental health as well as your physical health - they're connected. Waiting to seek support can lead to worsening symptoms, which can have a negative impact in other areas of life.

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The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support. You can also find more information on the different types of mental health professionals here.