Last update 16th March 2015, BR
Psychological distress refers to the emotional behavior, cognitive and psychological reactions experienced when a person confronts a situation in which the demands exceed the coping resources.
How someone responds to stress depends on many factors, including the nature of the stress, the physical and emotional capabilities of the person, learned behaviours and early life experiences, general coping skills, social environment and biology.
Psychological distress can show as: excessive and ongoing worry, irritability, difficulty to concentrate, sleeping problems, lack of enjoyment, social isolation, loneliness and helplessness and physical symptoms like headache, nausea and heart palpitations.
Workshop with Stefania Bassino
As many of us know from personal experience, a Melanoma diagnosis is not only a serious medical condition but comes with an enormous mental burden, both for the patient as well as family and friends.
Psychological and psycho-social distress can seriously affect the quality of life and make patients unable to e.g. look for and follow treatment options.
Effective ways to deal with this life-altering situation are therefore essential for our patients but generally, there are no systematic provisions for general psychological or psycho-social support in Melanoma in place.
We would like to identify what type of psycho-social support Melanoma patients would like to have and when, the type of support they indeed received and which types of support were the most useful to them.
This workshop is the kick-off event for what is later intended to become a working group on the same topic to
MPNE workshop 2014
Surviving Melanoma in Europe.
Access to prevention, early detection and effective treatment for all.
Melanoma Patient Network Europe
24th- 26th April 2015
HOTEL MARIVAUX BRUSSELS
Boulevard Adolphe Max 98
1000 Brussels - Belgium