Managing Distress & Anxiety During COVID-19

VISITING SCHOLAR SERIES OF ONLINE VIDEO PRESENTATIONS – Dr Claire Ashton-James 

Claire Ashton-James, PhD is a Social Psychologist with expertise in the interpersonal realm of healthcare, and in particular, pain management. Her research spans the role of emotions and trust in patient-clinician interactions, social aspects of pain and pain management, and the development of social interventions to support patients who are tapering off opioid medications for chronic pain.

Claire has made a series of videos on evidence-based strategies for managing distress and anxiety.  Part 1 (32 mins) explains the difference between stress and distress, and emphasises the need to manage stress in order to AVOID distress.  (Later parts are between 15 and 20 minutes.)

While the videos were prepared for assisting practitioners managing in a stressful environment (such as COVID-19), the messages pertain equally to patients coping with chronic pain and other people generally managing in unusually stressful environments.

Later videos in this series discuss problem-focused and emotion-focused strategies, and the benefits of practicing gratitude! Below, you will find the complete four-part series using the Vimeo viewing platform.

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