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New comprehensive virtual training system will help residential life departments address alcohol use at colleges


Columbia, MD (PRWEB) November 18, 2014

Alcohol use in college is responsible for negative effects on a massive scale every year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA.) Nearly 600,000 students every year are injured while under the influence of alcohol; more than the entire student populations of Ohio State, Arizona State, the University of Texas and the other seven largest universities in the country combined.

Every year, nearly a hundred thousand students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape; roughly the same as the number of students enrolled in the entire Ivy League.

And 1,825 students lose their lives every year from alcohol-related injuries; more than the entire student body of a small college, like Amherst or Julliard.

“As a field, we need to redouble our efforts to put evidence-based programs and policies in place” to reverse this trend, writes Dr. William DeJong of the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking.

SIMmersion is proud to be a part of that effort, thanks to an award from NIAAA to create a new comprehensive training system that will use virtual role-play technology to help resident assistants (RAs) master best practices in speaking to students about risky drinking, with a goal of reducing the number of alcohol-related incidents. (Contract # 4R4AA022265-02)

As part of a feasibility study leading up to this award, SIMmersion developed the Alison Monroe simulation, a conversation allowing RAs and other peer leaders to practice talking with a student about drinking before an incident has occurred. A focus group of RAs and their supervisors agreed that the training was extremely realistic and would be helpful to both new and experienced RAs. Bob Brophy, Director of Residential Life at University Center in Chicago, said the system “is an excellent developmental guide and resource… It provides a comfortable and trusting learning environment to enhance current skill sets.”

Experts from Northwestern University, Brown University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Pathways Research in Canada will partner with SIMmersion on the expanded course. The new award will support the development of two more role-plays targeted at difficult alcohol-related encounters peer leaders experience including:

*An interaction with an inebriated student, practicing how to diffuse intense emotions and gather information required for an incident report

*A conversation with a student who has been written up for an alcohol violation, exploring how to maintain a supportive, reassuring relationship after an incident.

SIMmersion’s PeopleSimTM engine is uniquely suited to meet the needs of this population. By creating realistic simulated characters and varied, lifelike conversations, the course allows users to build skills and confidence in a safe virtual setting before speaking to real students. The game-like format of the course, which includes achievements and many channels of feedback, is designed to enhance motivation for the young adult users that are its target demographic. As a finalist in the International Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, SIMmersion has experience combining the engagement factor of video games with the educational value of training content.

When complete, the simulations will allow peer-leaders to practice applying evidence-based approaches for conversations about alcohol that occur before, during, and after an incident, providing a comprehensive and engaging training package. As part of the award, a research study will investigate the effectiveness of the completed product at building skills and confidence in RAs.

“High risk drinking and its devastating consequences to college students and affected family members remains a major epidemic among the 10,000 US colleges and universities,” says Dr. Michael Fleming of Northwestern University. By supplying colleges with this new online training system to “increase the skills of residential assistants… who work on the front line to reduce high risk drinking and harm,” SIMmersion and its partners can help create a safer future for students nationwide.

About SIMmersion

SIMmersion’s mission is to train communication skills faster and more effectively by combining the world’s most realistic simulated experiences with highly interactive training content and extensive user feedback. For more information, contact SIMmersion online or call 443-283-2555.







New comprehensive virtual training system will help residential life departments address alcohol use at colleges


Columbia, MD (PRWEB) November 18, 2014

Alcohol use in college is responsible for negative effects on a massive scale every year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA.) Nearly 600,000 students every year are injured while under the influence of alcohol; more than the entire student populations of Ohio State, Arizona State, the University of Texas and the other seven largest universities in the country combined.

Every year, nearly a hundred thousand students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape; roughly the same as the number of students enrolled in the entire Ivy League.

And 1,825 students lose their lives every year from alcohol-related injuries; more than the entire student body of a small college, like Amherst or Julliard.

“As a field, we need to redouble our efforts to put evidence-based programs and policies in place” to reverse this trend, writes Dr. William DeJong of the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking.

SIMmersion is proud to be a part of that effort, thanks to an award from NIAAA to create a new comprehensive training system that will use virtual role-play technology to help resident assistants (RAs) master best practices in speaking to students about risky drinking, with a goal of reducing the number of alcohol-related incidents. (Contract # 4R4AA022265-02)

As part of a feasibility study leading up to this award, SIMmersion developed the Alison Monroe simulation, a conversation allowing RAs and other peer leaders to practice talking with a student about drinking before an incident has occurred. A focus group of RAs and their supervisors agreed that the training was extremely realistic and would be helpful to both new and experienced RAs. Bob Brophy, Director of Residential Life at University Center in Chicago, said the system “is an excellent developmental guide and resource… It provides a comfortable and trusting learning environment to enhance current skill sets.”

Experts from Northwestern University, Brown University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Pathways Research in Canada will partner with SIMmersion on the expanded course. The new award will support the development of two more role-plays targeted at difficult alcohol-related encounters peer leaders experience including:

*An interaction with an inebriated student, practicing how to diffuse intense emotions and gather information required for an incident report

*A conversation with a student who has been written up for an alcohol violation, exploring how to maintain a supportive, reassuring relationship after an incident.

SIMmersion’s PeopleSimTM engine is uniquely suited to meet the needs of this population. By creating realistic simulated characters and varied, lifelike conversations, the course allows users to build skills and confidence in a safe virtual setting before speaking to real students. The game-like format of the course, which includes achievements and many channels of feedback, is designed to enhance motivation for the young adult users that are its target demographic. As a finalist in the International Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, SIMmersion has experience combining the engagement factor of video games with the educational value of training content.

When complete, the simulations will allow peer-leaders to practice applying evidence-based approaches for conversations about alcohol that occur before, during, and after an incident, providing a comprehensive and engaging training package. As part of the award, a research study will investigate the effectiveness of the completed product at building skills and confidence in RAs.

“High risk drinking and its devastating consequences to college students and affected family members remains a major epidemic among the 10,000 US colleges and universities,” says Dr. Michael Fleming of Northwestern University. By supplying colleges with this new online training system to “increase the skills of residential assistants… who work on the front line to reduce high risk drinking and harm,” SIMmersion and its partners can help create a safer future for students nationwide.

About SIMmersion

SIMmersion’s mission is to train communication skills faster and more effectively by combining the world’s most realistic simulated experiences with highly interactive training content and extensive user feedback. For more information, contact SIMmersion online or call 443-283-2555.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.







Psychologists Can Help People Learn to Live Well With Diabetes


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

As the nation recognizes November as American Diabetes Month, psychologists are sharing an important message about diabetes and mental well-being: With a positive attitude and a strong support network, people can and do live well with diabetes.

Nearly 30 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression as people without diabetes.

Having diabetes can be stressful, but newly diagnosed people sometimes have more trouble. This can be due to a lack of acceptance the diagnosis, especially if they feel physically healthy but have yet to experience many symptoms of the disease.

“The list of daily tasks required by diabetes can seem like a lot to handle,” said Ohio Psychological Association member Jennifer Finnerty, PsyD, ABPP. “For most people with diabetes, it can feel isolating, scary and overwhelming. The disease requires health behavior change to manage it. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there is help – whether from other people with diabetes or professionals, such as psychologists.”

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer the following steps to live well with diabetes:

1. Get the facts. Learn about diabetes and understand the specific diagnosis to make informed decisions. Prior to a visit with a physician or other health care provider, make a list of questions or concerns to ask and talk about.

2. Accept the feelings. Studies show that people who acknowledge negative feelings about the diagnosis are better at caring for themselves and keeping glucose levels stable. Avoiding negative thoughts and feelings about diabetes or pretending they do not exist, can bring on increased stress. Instead, talk to friends and family about your concerns and problem solve healthy ways you can cope together.

3. Maintain a balanced perspective. Don’t allow diabetes to become the main focus of your life. While you may need to make some lifestyle changes, the disease doesn’t have to define you as a person. It is important to continue to do the things in life you enjoy, in order to live well with the disease.

4. Plan Ahead. Having a routine and plan to handle such things as taking your medication, eating out, how to handle a low or high blood sugar, or even tackling holiday meals is important. Having a plan will reduce feelings of being unprepared, which will increase stress.

5. Be realistic. Rules that are too rigid are more likely to be broken. Set small goals that are easily attainable to help change behaviors such as eating and activity level one step at a time.

6. Develop a strong support network. Studies show that people are more likely to follow health regimens when they have a strong support network. Research specific to diabetes patients found those who have support from family and friends have healthier blood sugar levels during times of high stress.

“A psychologist can be a key member of the diabetes care team. Psychologists can help people change their behaviors to gradually improve stress management, eating habits, activity levels and overall quality of life,” Finnerty said. “They can help people learn effective strategies to ensure they regularly test blood sugar, take medications and complete other diabetes self-management activities. Psychologists can also identify when symptoms of depression or anxiety are present and provide treatment for these symptoms. By including a psychologist on their health care team, people with diabetes can learn to better manage their emotions, stress and live well with the disease.”

To learn more about depression and mind/body health, visit http://www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow us on Twitter at @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Ohio Psychological Association visit http://www.ohpsych.org and follow us on Twitter at @ohpsychassn.

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.