Moments That Count has been developed and funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited and is intended for a UK general public audience.

In this series, we are joined by Dr Alistair Duff, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the NHS Leeds Teaching Hospital.

Watch the videos to hear his expert opinion on dealing with some of the struggles that arise from living with a long-term illness, and learn about helpful tips and exercises that can change how we think about our health and treatment to help us to embrace life.

Accepting our long-term condition

During this short video, Alistair delves into how to embrace life and accept a long-term diagnosis. He discusses how acceptance involves stopping the struggle with aspects of life we cannot control.

Accepting and committing

Alistair dives into the subjects of accepting your long-term condition and the benefits to you and those around you of committing to your treatment.

Engaging with our healthcare team

Alistair provides insight into why it is important to develop a good relationship with your healthcare team and how this can lead to successful management of your condition.

Sticking to the treatment

Sometimes sticking to a treatment can be difficult. In this video, Alistair explores the reasons why this happens and how changing the way we think about our health and treatment can lead to better persistence.

Planning for when things go wrong or don't go as planned

During the last video of this series, Alistair provides tips on how to plan for managing a long-term condition, reinforcing that a lapse is never a relapse – it is an opportunity to learn and reflect.

You know you best

Make your next appointment count

Your healthcare team is your best resource throughout your treatment. Talk openly and often with them about your doubts, questions and concerns. We have developed a guide to support you in having these conversations with some tips to help you find the information you need.

appointment guide

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