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Living Well with Dr. John - Adjustment Through the Lifespan
Living Well with Dr. John - Adjustment Through the Lifespan - Combating Anxiety & Depression Associated with Paralysis

Key words: Anxiety, depression, coping, living well

Reflection -

First and foremost, I would like to thank all the listeners who participated in last month’s webcast! For anyone who missed it, we began discussing important insights, tips, and strategies for individuals navigating life with a paralysis.

Topics for this month’s webcast -

This month we will be discussing two very serious topics, anxiety and depression. While most people are confronted with these common maladies at some point in their lives, anxiety and depression are often heightened for those of us living with paralysis. Although you may not be able to entirely avoid these conditions, you can effectively combat them through active coping, establishing daily goals, finding meaning for your lives. Dealing with stressors, maintaining your own self-concept/image, and ongoing interactions with others must be reflected on and addressed regularly to achieve optimal positive adjustment and well-being. I have been raised as a Buddhist and baptized as a Christian. I believe that everyday life contains suffering, but I also believe that there is hope and joy to be had in life.

Time -

Time is life and life is time. So when I ask for you to take an hour of your time to sit for my presentation, I am asking for time from your life. I appreciate you spending this time with me, and I hope to make the most of our time by sharing the wisdom I have gained through my personal and professional experiences.
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Dr. Jyh-Hann (John) Chang
Dr. Jyh-Hann (John) Chang is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and is Board-Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. In addition to his own private practice, Dr. Chang is a Professor of Psychology at East Stroudsburg University, and consulting psychologist for both Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono Medical Center and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. He earned his Doctorate degree at the University of Connecticut in Clinical Psychology, and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Gainesville, FL Veterans Administration in Gerontology. He was the Chair of the Advisory Board for People with Disabilities for Northeast Pennsylvania and Chair of the Diversity Committee for Division II Society of Teaching of Psychology. He created The Compassion of Others’ Lives Scale which was replicated internationally. At 19, a surfing accident rendered him a tetraplegic. He is a recipient of multiple National Science Foundation grants, Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grants, and a CEMRRAT grant.