Your Mental Health
Psychosocial and Behavioral Health Evaluations
Part of the transplant evaluation process is to identify and try to resolve any psychosocial or behavioral health issues that might interfere with the success of your surgery and long-term recovery. Our behavioral health team includes a clinical psychologist and clinical social workers with extensive transplant experience. We also have access to BIDMC psychiatrists with considerable transplant experience. Our services include programs to help with:
- Managing the stress of illness, transplantation, or transplant care giving
- Improving quality of life before and after transplant
- Depression and anxiety
- Managing your medications
- Smoking cessation
- Losing weight
- Alcohol and drug relapse prevention
- Strengthening your support system
Our behavioral health program helps improve care quality and patient outcomes by supporting transplant patients and living kidney donors, and their families, before, during and after transplantation.
Decision to Continue
The evaluation period gives you and your family the opportunity to meet with the transplant team and decide if you want to pursue transplantation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Please remember that the ultimate decision to undergo surgery belongs to you, and you may withdraw from the program at any time. At any time during the process we are here for you and your family, to provide guidance and support, and to answer any questions you might have.