Life with a chronic illness can be a bumpy road with many hurdles to navigate along the way. Emotional ups and downs due to stress are common among people undergoing dialysis treatments. If you find yourself experiencing issues of depression, anxiety, fear and anger, you are having a normal reaction to stressful circumstances. And you are not alone in this. Yet, despite being surrounded by other people, a sense of isolation may arise. There are ways to address these normal feelings. This webinar will present some guidelines for coping with the array of emotions common to life with dialysis and chronic illness. You also will learn positive ways to manage the stress associated with a chronic illness.
Maureen O’Reilly-Landry, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a member of the clinical faculty of Columbia University Medical Center. She is former Director of Psychological Services for Apollo Healthcare, a dialysis company dedicated to the psychological well-being of patients and their families. Dr. O’Reilly-Landry has worked individually with many dialysis patients, both in-center and as part of a home hemodialysis dialysis program, and has run support groups for dialysis patients. She writes about the psychological aspects of dialysis and medical illness and gives talks to groups of patients and staff. She edited the book, A Psychodynamic Understanding of Modern Medicine: Placing the person at the center of care (Radcliffe, 2012). Dr. O’Reilly-Landry maintains a private practice in New York City and is available for consulting to dialysis staff to teach them how to enhance the emotional well-being of patients and their families.
When: May 11 at 3:00 PM Eastern