It certainly doesn't help for me to have a less than totally understood fatigue syndrome, which turns out to be closer to sleep disturbance than, as had been suspected, depression. My writing, however, has been helping me with various emotional issues.
I have a work in progress, "Wounded Warriors of the Sexual Revolution", which has a major theme of healing sexual problems, as well as using sexuality for healing. While I'm deep in scientific medicine, I also do consider life forces and shamanic healing. The prior story, "Green Berets for the Sexual Revolution" also has a chronically ill character.
In these, I try to educate. For example, I have had a problem with erectile dysfunction, which turned out to be not due to the usual problems, but a pre-diabetic state. Had that been diagnosed much earlier, my life would have been much better. It interacted with my then-wife developing chronic illnesses, the treatment of which interfered with oral contraceptives. Condoms are not helpful with ED. At the time, it was difficult to get a vasectomy in Virginia -- I should have gone to DC.
I also warn that Viagra and related drugs (5-phosphodiesterase inhibitors), while fine for some people, could easily kill someone on my cardiac drugs. It scares me when I see fiction involving slipping someone, unaware, the "blue pill".
Crumbly Writer, I'm on my 2nd pacemaker, the first having worn out and needed replacement. You might be amused by the circumstances. For a number of years, I was a research patient/volunteer in the cardiology unit at NIH Clinical Center. Every so often, I went in for a week of inpatient studies, with the latest diagnostics.
One night, I awakened, at first frightened as I could see little but bright orange, as if surrounded by fire. As I came out of sleep, I realized that it was the long red hair of the night nurse. Her lovely voice reached my ears: "I want you...", which sounded interesting.
Alas, what she was saying was "I want you to wake up and stay awake until a cardiologist gets here. Your heart is stopping for 15 seconds at a time, only during sleep." She did, however, stay with me for charming conversation until the cardiologist got there, and didn't seem to mind that her skirt was riding higher and higher. At a research hospital, you may be the only patient for that nurse.
I had a variant of Sick Sinus Syndrome. The Class I recommendation is to implant a bradycardia pacemaker for sinus pauses > 3 seconds.
My pacemaker battery is due for replacement in an estimated 2.5-3.5 years.