26: PTC and Stress

26: PTC and Stress

An important issue in living with a transplant and dealing with the risk and life with cancers is  that of STRESS.   Stress is a major concern for both the patient and the caregiver/family members supporting the patient.  In this interview, Dr. Peter Swanljung, M.D., a psychiatrist with the Malvern Institute, shares his insights in effectively dealing with stress in this environment, responding to the questions and topics listed in the OVERVIEW below the following video  . . .

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Dr. Swanljung shares insights on the following topics and questions:
  • Background for this discussion (pre, during, recovery and post-transplant timeframes of stress challenges – for patient and family/caregivers)
  • What is stress?
  • What causes stress?
  • Are there types of stress?
    • Emotional
    • Physical
  • What are the negative effects of stress?
  • What are the positive effects of stress?
  • What are some ways to deal with stress?
  • Are there different stresses in the transplant environment for the candidate, the recipient, the family?
  • What addictions might come out of stress for the patient? (guilt?)
    • Alcohol
    • Drug
    • Gambling
  • What types of counseling resources are available?
  • How does attitude play as a factor in dealing with stress?
  • What role does depression play and how can we support the depressed patient?



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