Navigation Links
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Date:5/18/2008

They're 4 to 5 times more likely to suffer symptoms, but trained counselors could help

SUNDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers of deceased lung transplant patients are four to five times more likely to suffer symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the average person, researchers report.

The findings, to be presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on May 19, come from assessing caregivers of all University of Washington lung transplant recipients who had died within the past five years.

"The caregivers we studied had rates of depressive symptoms of 21 percent and of PTSD symptoms of 32 percent, compared to the average in the general population of 6 to 7 percent," study author Dr. Cynthia Gries, of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement. "This suggests that there is a significant burden of psychological symptoms in family members which has previously been unrecognized."

The study also found that family members who perceived that their loved one had either a lower quality of dying and death or poorly controlled pain symptoms were more likely to have symptoms consistent with PTSD.

"Most people don't realize that prior to wait-listing a patient as a lung transplant candidate, a caregiver plan must exist to support the patient through the entire process," Gries said. "That process can be lengthy and grueling for the caregiver as well as the patient, resulting in much higher rates of depression and PTSD symptoms.

Gries said trained counselors who meet with family members could help them cope with emotional and financial issues while reducing the stress put on caregivers.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about post-traumatic stress disorder.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, May 18, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Social form of bullying linked to depression, anxiety in adults
2. Antidepressants Can Increase Depression, Impulsivity and Suicide Risk by Decreasing Dopamine
3. Depression, Obesity Coexist in Many Middle-Aged Women
4. Smaller babies more prone to depression, anxiety later on
5. Diet Drug Rimonabant Tied to Depression, Anxiety
6. Hot ice, measuring depression, perfect invisibility and flu vaccine incentives
7. Melissa Biggs, Fashion Designer and Former Baywatch Actress, Teams with CSL Behring to Raise Awareness of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a Commonly Misdiagnosed Respiratory Disease
8. Fibroids common, but women have options
9. Common Drug Eases Leg Pain From Walking
10. NightHawk Radiology Holdings, Inc. Announces Dutch Tender Offer for Its Common Stock
11. Updated Microsoft Health Common User Interface Furthers Clinical Effectiveness, Increases Patient Safety
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... A new partnership between Goodwill® and Roadie, ... use or need, from clothes to couches to dressers and bicycles. Roadie — the ... to the nearest Goodwill donation center through February 28th. , “January is an ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Bionic Sports Nutrition LLC, an American company devoted to developing ... successful January ECRM Trade Show in Hilton Head, SC. , Bionic Sports Nutrition ... provide its products to all clients at reasonable prices. At the ECRM trade show, ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Michael and Betsy Brauser celebrated ... Institute. For Betsy, the clinical trial has been life-saving as she has been ... , Betsy Brauser was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. She underwent standard ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “The Angel”: a heartwarming and ... out for each of his children. “The Angel” is the creation of published author, ... New York City, and impassioned writer. , When asked of her new book, Marjorie ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “Christmas in Suffolk”: a story of love, secrets, and mystery. “Christmas in ... where she works in a daycare and looks for inspiration in the local coffee ... Publishing, Sara Seymour’s new book is an adventure of love and secrets. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 2017 The global immunomodulators market is ... according to a new study by Grand View ... predominantly driven by high R&D investments employed by ... of new and therapeutically advanced drugs. This is ... an unprecedented rate into the immunomodulators market hence ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 2017 Conference Call and Webcast to Follow ... it will release results for the fourth quarter of 2016 on ... ... call at 4:30 PM ET on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, during ... financial results and other corporate activities. To participate in the conference ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Stealth BioTherapeutics Inc. ( Stealth ), ... dysfunction, today announced new additions to its senior leadership ... Medical Officer, and Daniel Geffken as interim ... Jim Carr , Pharm.D. has been promoted to Chief ... to welcome Doug and Daniel to our management team, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: