How can a clinical psychologist help with Alzheimer’s Disease?
A clinical psychologist can help in assessing, diagnosing, and providing psychological interventions for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. They can also provide support and lighten caregivers’ burden on the family members. A patient with Alzheimer’s Disease may be overwhelmed with feelings of anger and anxiety regarding the illness, which a psychologist can help them cope with.
What is the role of a clinical psychologist?
Clinical psychologists are trained in assessing mental health conditions by employing psychological tests and treating with psychotherapy various behavioural, emotional, as well as any mental health issues.
How can a clinical psychologist help the family members of the Alzheimer’s patient?
Psychologists can help the family members understand in-depth about the illness, how it can affect their loved one, explore and help to reduce the burnout that can come with caregiving responsibilities, help manage emotions accompanying their loved one’s diagnosis, and develop strategies to enhance the quality of life of the family as well as the patient.
How can a psychologist’s interventions help a patient with Alzheimer’s?
Interventions by a psychologist can help a patient with Alzheimer’s to improve and maintain their cognitive abilities, reduce their behavioural symptoms, improve their emotional well-being, as well as promote their everyday functioning and independence – to the extent possible.