- Psychological research in ALS: Past, present and future, Tamlyn J. Watermeyer and Laura H. Goldstein
- Quality of life in ALS: What is it, and how do we measure it?, Vincenzo Zaccheo and Zachary Simmons
- Psychological morbidity in ALS: Depression, anxiety, hopelessness, Dorothée Lulé, Albert C. Ludolph, and Andrea Kübler
- Mindfulness and mindlessness and ALS, Francesco Pagnini, Deborah Phillips, Eleonora Volpato, Paolo Banfi, and Ellen Langer
- Complementary and alternative medicines and ALS, Arianna Palmieri, Francesco Pagnini, and Chris Gibbons
- Genetic counselling: Psychological impact and concerns, Bryan J. Traynor and Adriano Chiò
- Resilience and coping strategies in ALS patients and caregivers, Stephanie H. Felgoise and Michelle L. Dube
- Cognitive and behavioural dysfunction in ALS and its assessment, Sharon Abrahams and Christopher Crockford
- The impact of cognitive and behavioural change on quality of life of caregivers and patients with ALS and other neurological conditions, Tom Burke, Miriam Galvin, Sinead Maguire, Niall Pender, and Orla Hardiman
- Neglected needs: Sexuality, intimacy, anger, Anna Marconi
- "They embrace you virtually": The internet as a tool for social support for people with ALS, Paul Wicks
- Investigating the psychology of assistive device use in ALS: Suggestions for improving adherence and engagement, Christopher D. Graham
- End of life: Wishes, values, and symptoms and their impact on quality of life and well-being, David Oliver
- Hastened-death: Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in ALS, James A. Russell and Zachary Simmons
- Bulbar dysfunction in ALS: Psychological implications, Jashelle Caga and Matthew C. Kiernan
- ALS caregiver quality of life and psychological implications, Peggy Z. Shipley
- Providing holistic care for the individual with ALS: Research gaps and future directions, Francesco Pagnini and Zachary Simmons
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder with a progressive and fatal course, with no known medical therapies that can reverse the disease or halt its progression. Palliative care is the mainstay of disease management, aimed at maximizing Quality Of Life (QOL) for the patient and caregiver. Clinicians caring for patients with ALS need to understand complex psychological issues in the patient and caregiver, including depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and wish for hastened death (physician-assisted suicide). They also need to confront the psychological implications of rapidly advancing genetic research, the impact of cognitive and behavioural dysfunction in a sizable minority of ALS patients, and caregiver burnout. Healthcare providers can optimize care by better understanding not only these factors, but by learning how to facilitate their management with problem-solving, coping techniques, and with psychologically-based approaches such as mindfulness and other non-pharmacological approaches aimed at maximizing QOL.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Understanding and Optimizing Quality of Life and Psychological Well-Being provides a detailed review and evaluation of ALS, presented in a comprehensive and integrated fashion. The book achieves this through detailed and up-to-date information about the current state of knowledge in this field. It also offers new insights regarding future directions for research. This book will provide clinicians with a comprehensive description of the psychological aspects of ALS and their management, and incorporates chapters written by recognized scholars in their respective fields.
- A detailed review and evaluation of ALS, presented in a comprehensive and integrated fashion
- Provides clinicians with a comprehensive description of the psychological aspects of ALS and their management
- Chapters written by recognized scholars in their respective fields
Francesco Pagnini is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. He is also an Associate in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Zachary Simmons is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Humanities at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, USA.