For many people living with FSHD, the anxiety and stress of coping with disability, pain, fatigue, and interactions with others can be just as debilitating as the loss of muscle strength and function. People must deal with feelings of grief, anger, frustration, and hopelessness. FSHD takes a toll on mental health, but therapy, coaching, mindfulness, and other techniques can make a difference. Circumstances can't always be changed, but we can transform how we cope with them through knowledge, practice, and a community of support. Our "department of mental health" will offer webinars, virtual and in-person support groups, articles, and resources to help you move toward greater well-being and happiness.
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Mental health and wellness videos
Managing difficult emotions and experiences, with Dr. David YoungerIn this FSHD University webinar, psychologist David Younger will teach you about one of his favorite mindfulness practices. It will help to demystify the concept of mindfulness so you can put it into action in your daily life in a clear step-by-step process. He will provide a handout and guided practice audio to anyone who is interested.
David Younger, PhD, is a clinical psychologist based in Austin, Texas. He was diagnosed with FSHD at age four, the same time as his mother and grandmother were also found to have the condition. In a compelling blog post, he shared his personal journey of learning to accept his life with FSHD and moving beyond it to finding well-being and becoming a clinical psychologist. Today, “I have a 100% online video-based practice with individuals and couples,” he says. “My two main focuses are relationships and people with chronic health conditions. That said, I also see people dealing with depression, anxiety, stress and life-changes.” Visit Dr. Younger’s website for more information. http://www.dbyounger.com/
For more resources about FSH muscular dystrophy, visit fshsociety.org.
FSHD Radio Show with Sue Drescher, Sharegiver HourBay Area Chapter Director and passionate FSHD community advocate, Sue Drescher, joined Tim on the FSHD Radio show in February 2021 to talk about her efforts to bring the community together and support those who live alongside and love those with FSHD.
FSH Society Atlanta Meeting: Mindful YogaRecorded June 30, 2012. Mindful yoga, relaxation and other integrative health practices with Dennis Buttimer, MEd, CEAP, RYT, Buttimer and Associates, Atlanta, Georgia.
Mental health and wellness blog posts
Join us on April 25th, 9:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CST for a live, on-air interview with Jennifer Egert, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with FSHD who offers mindfulness based psychotherapy and workshops in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and mindful approaches to cope with stress and anxiety. You can stream the show on BlogTalkRadio or listen and… Read More »
Flamingo Las Vegas, Carson City ballrooom Saturday, June 9, 2018 9:30-11:00 AM PST An experiential workshop for patients, family members, and friends for managing stress, illness, and disability. This is being offered as a pre-conference activity of the 2018 FSHD Connect. If you wish to attend, RSVP to Robyn O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! You… Read More »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s67L70Acul4 Note: The video will be posted only until May 31, 2018. Download Chris Graham’s Slide Deck. In this talk, focusing mostly on his group’s work in muscle disorders, Chris Graham, PhD, DPsychol, describes some of the findings from studies looking at what coping methods seem to be beneficial for well-being. He then describes some… Read More »
Join us on March 28th, 9:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CST for a live, on-air support group session with the regulars at Connecticut Connections, the FSH Society’s member group based out of Connecticut. You can stream the show on BlogTalkRadio or listen and ask questions on the air by calling (949) 270-5953. For the past few… Read More »
Findings from major study of long-term disability We at the FSH Society have long believed that helping individuals and families with FSHD meet one another is one of the most important services that we provide. It’s why we invest energy in our peer support network, local gatherings, social media groups, and the biannual FSHD Connect… Read More »
Listen live on BlogTalkRadio on Wednesday, January 31, at 9:00 pm EST, or listen and ask questions on the air by calling (949) 270-5953. On our next episode of the FSH Society Talk Radio show, we welcome Justin Skeecuck and Patrick Gray from the book and film “I’ll Push You.” Over the past 20-plus years, a… Read More »
Join us on Wednesday, December 27, at 9:00 pm EST / 8:00 pm CST for our live radio show. Tune in HERE. On this episode, the featured guest is you, the listener! Call our host Tim Hollenback at 949-270-5953 to ask questions and tell us about you. We’ll be joined by FSHD ambassadors Carden Wyckoff and… Read More »
LISTEN LIVE HERE Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9:00 pm EST / 8:00 pm CST Our guest is Carol S. Birnbaum, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a tireless advocate for the Society as an advisor and liaison with patients and families. In 2011, Dr. Birnbaum lost her mother to complications related to FSHD. She is… Read More »
By Kristin Duquette My body constantly changes and at times, I feel like there’s nothing I can do about it. Every time I lose another piece of mobility, my mind flashes back to memories and experiences of loss contributed to my body and this condition. I break down because sometimes it’s just too much to… Read More »
By Mia Archuleta, Granbury, Texas I have been thinking about people wondering exactly how the FSHDselfies have brought awareness to FSH dystrophy. Here are just a few examples of my journey since posting them. I attend a Bible study group that I absolutely love. In the year that I have been there, everyone has welcomed… Read More »