Life with a chronic condition can be challenging at times, adding stress to the lives of people with bleeding disorders and their caregivers.  The Hemophilia Experiences, Results and Opportunities (HERO) study, conducted by Novo Nordisk, found that while many people experience anxiety when adapting to life with a bleeding disorder, this can be reduced when quality information, advice and support networks are available.  Mental health and physical health are closely related, and this presentation will discuss how stress can affect life, how to know when life is out of balance, and what resources are available to get back on track to enjoying life and loved ones.  We will explore coping strategies for depression and anxiety, ways to work with a health care team, and lifestyle approaches that can improve well-being.

Speaker:  Karen Boyd, LMSW

Module content created by Maria Iannone, MA, LPC; Laurel Pennick, MSSW, LCSW; and Dawn von Mayrhauser, MSW, LCSW.