April 2014 Meeting
Our guest speaker was Dr. Joseph Weiner, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Medicine at the North Shore LIJ School of Medicine.
The topic of the evening was “Mental Health Post Transplant.”
Rather than make a formal presentation, Dr. Weiner listened and responded to his audience of transplant recipients and their supporters. Providing support and advice, Dr. Weiner helped recipients to better navigate their ways through the often difficult post-transplant paths encompassing physical and emotional trauma.
Some of the more common conditions cited included anxiety, depression, side effects generated by medications and treatment, irritability. All of which may affect self-esteem. Other topics touched upon included family relationships, change of family roles, sexuality, finances, and employment issues.