Talking Allergies

Allergies can take an emotional toll
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Author:  mgreenspan [ Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:16 pm ]
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Living with a life-threatening allergy can take an emotional toll on young people, with some suffering severe anxiety and having panic attacks.

"The long-term impact is often psychological anxiety for parents and that anxiety in turn might be transferred from parents to the young person," says Wendy Radcliffe, a specialist clinical psychologist at Princess Margaret Hospital.

She says young people living with anaphylaxis can experience resentment, anger, fear and denial, although their psychological experience will often depend on whether their first experience of anaphylaxis and hospital was mild or traumatic.

To help young people cope, she says it's important to give them as much information as possible and help them make the leap of talking openly to others so they have a support network.

Psychologists also work to give young people a tool kit to help them manage their emotions, achieve a sense of normality, come up with a prevention plan, and understand their condition.

"As we know, knowledge is power," Ms Radcliffe says. "Often it's about having an emergency plan that they and the key people in their life know about. That can be quite reassuring." ... onal-toll/

Author:  _Susan_ [ Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:27 pm ]
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I'm so glad this is being looked at. It is a huge problem for many people dealing with allergies!

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Mon May 07, 2012 3:25 pm ]
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I'm always glad to see clinical psychologists addressing these issues.

In articles AL has done, so many are still aware of this as a big issue for FA kids.

Author:  loumac [ Sat May 12, 2012 10:24 am ]
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I am wondering how all of these young people are going to manage in the workplace with food allergies. I know near the end of my career I was a mind field dealing with people eating at their desk. There really has to be some changes made since so made or they will be discriminated against. Which causes a whole new set of emotional problems.

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Mon May 14, 2012 10:23 am ]
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Loumac, I believe awareness is getting better and there is strength in numbers.

I didn't have it that bad at my old reg. job, colleagues were pretty understanding and I gave the microwave a wide berth. The biggest issues were business lunches and office parties (e.g. Xmas), but if you put yourself on the organizing committee and volunteer to investigate catering ... people are usually pretty happy to delegate to the allergic keener.

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