Chances are, the outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted your life in some way. For nearly everyone, coping with interruptions in daily routines, instability in employment, and a general sense of uncertainty have become the norm. Issues like these can negatively impact your emotional health—leading to changes in your mood, thought process, and even energy level.1, 2
Emotional health and bleeding disorders
When managing a bleeding disorder, there’s a lot of focus on your physical health. Bleed rate, pain management, and joint health are factors you most likely use to define your overall health. However, it’s important to also consider your emotional health, which plays a key role in your overall well-being and quality of life.
Even under normal circumstances, your bleeding disorder can take an emotional toll. In addition to the potential pain and fatigue, bleeding disorders bring a burden of responsibility—the need to follow a treatment schedule and see healthcare providers regularly.1 This can result in feeling anxious, uncertain, lonely, and more.
Rest assured, you’re not alone
Acknowledging that your own emotional health may be affected can be scary and confusing. But you can feel more at ease knowing you’re not the only one. In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, nearly half (45%) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over COVID-19.2
It is important to talk to your doctor or a member of your HTC team and let them know how you are feeling.
The Takeda Bleeding Disorders Community is committed to supporting patients and families. On bleedingdisorders.com, you’ll find information on emotional health, physical health, and more. Takeda is here to help.
Moving is a good move
When considering overall health, mind and body go hand in hand. Poor physical health can be driven by poor emotional health and vice versa.3 That’s why it’s important to find ways to safely get moving while maintaining social distancing.
Physical activity means anything that expends energy—even gentle forms of exercise such as walking and yoga can improve your mental alertness and mood. Takeda encourages you to visit bleedingdisorders.com to find tips for exercising safely with a bleeding disorder.
Takeda is committed to you
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, Takeda is working around the clock to help ensure that the people who need our medicines and treatments can continue to access them safely and without interruption.
If you are on a Takeda Hematology product and would like more information, contact the Hematology Support Center. 1-888-229-8379 Monday-Friday | 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM EST HematologySupport.com.
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References: 1. The emotional side of bleeding disorders. Steps for Living website. https://stepsforliving.hemophilia.org/next-step-kids/maintaining-a-heal…. Accessed August 27, 2019. 2. Panchal N, Kamal R, Orgera K, et al. The implications of COVID-19 for mental health and substance use. Kaiser Family Foundation. https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-o…. Accessed May 15, 2020. 3. Physical health and mental health. Mental Health Foundation website. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/p/physical-health-and-mental-hea…. Accessed May 27, 2020.
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