Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness can be stressful – physically, emotionally, and financially – and burnout among caregivers can be extremely high. Ruth Lippin, LCSW, JD, sees the deleterious effects of caregiver burnout all too often in her therapy practice in New York City. Anxiety and…more.
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Today, Siri Vaeth, MSW, works as executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute (CFRI), a charitable organization that serves as a global resource for the cystic fibrosis (CF) community. But back in 1995, Vaeth had never even heard of CFRI. She had a daughter who was newly diagnosed with…more.
Serving as a family caregiver for a loved one can be stressful under the best of circumstances. However, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s estimated 53 million family caregivers have faced additional challenges and taken on new responsibilities that may be pushing some to the brink. An October 2020 report…more.
Stay-at-home and social distancing mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have forced nearly everyone to become more socially isolated than ever before. However, the effects of social isolation among older adults may be more pronounced and have more dire consequences than among people of other ages. “Placing the COVID pandemic aside…more.
In the field of behavioral health, peer support workers – people who have faced similar stresses, trauma and mental health challenges to those they serve – have played a crucial role providing non-clinical, “experientially credentialed” support. That role has not abated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent editorial…more.
For over a year, the world has lived under the dark cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global, population-wide traumatizing event that has impacted people in a variety of ways – physically, financially and emotionally. According to Maddy Reinert, Senior Director of Population Health, Mental Health America (MHA), the pandemic…more.
When someone becomes ill with a chronic disease such as cancer or multiple sclerosis, theirs is not the only life that changes. Indeed, their illness can impact friends, co-workers, and most particularly, their family members. Nowhere is that impact felt more strongly than by the family caregiver: the person whom…more.
This post marks the final article in our series on cancer-related behavioral health. As the founding sponsor of Real World Health Care, the HealthWell Foundation has been honored to raise awareness of the behavioral health needs of cancer patients and to shine a spotlight on the organizations that participated in…more.
For the past several months, Real World Health Care has focused on the behavioral health issues that can impact people living with cancer, their caregivers and their loved ones. We’ve brought you insights from therapists, social workers and mental health professionals, and we’ve highlighted the numerous resources available from a…more.
Young adults are at a certain stage of life development when diagnosed with cancer. They may be thinking about career decisions (i.e. do I stay in this job, go back to school or seek something new), where they want to live (e.g. hometown or move to another city), independently living…more.