The impact of the various forms of “shelter-in-place” that are being imposed across the world are now impacting literally billions of people—up to 3-billion people according to some estimates.
We have been exploring the impact of this radical change in how we live on our audience—chronic pain patients and the people who love them and who treat them.
Turns out exploring the idea of assessing the psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it has been the topic of a quite a bit of research—which Lancet gathered and published earlier this year.
Two respected pain patient advocacy organizations are paying attention to the issue and offering discussions with clinical psychologists next week.
US Pain—May 4—7 pm EDT
Dr. Shamin Ladhani, PsyD, a pain psychologist, will discuss strategies for staying mentally well during a crisis-including the current pandemic.
She will also explain some of the emotions we experience during times of crisis, and talk about how stress affects the immune system, which is especially relevant for those with chronic illness.
She currently works as a pain psychologist in an interdisciplinary pain management center at Ascension Healthcare in Racine, Wisconsin.
To register for the webinar, click here.
RSDSA—May 7—7 pm EDT
Our friends at RSDSA are also offering a Facebook Live event with a clinical psychologist who has been dealing with Complex Pain Regional Syndrome (CRPS) for over a decade.
Dr. Melanie Levine is a New York City-based clinical psychologist with an expertise in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Here is the RSDSA Facebook page.
By the way, if you want to read Dr. Levine’s story on how she has managed her own pain journey, read here.
Why We Tell You About These Events
Reading the commentary from our audience about the difficulty they are having managing what, in many cases, are already challenging lives have spurred us to make sure that you know about these types of events. They serve as an opportunity to listen, to partake and learn some things that may help you and your family better handle these unusual times.
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