After being diagnosed with celiac disease, many different emotions, ranging from relieve to anger and frustration may come up. Being diagnosed with a chronic disease requires emotional adjustment. For some patients, this might be easier than for others.
In any case, the diagnosis should not take control over the patient’s life. Therefore, everyone needs to find his or her personal way to deal with the new situation. There is no “one size fits all” strategy, but some behaviors are generally considered to be helpful mechanisms for many celiac patients: learning about celiac disease, telling others and joining support groups are just some examples.
On the long-term, it is necessary to monitor celiac disease as well as associated comorbidities and complications regularly. This reduces the risk for long-term health complications and can improve the quality of life.