When a child is diagnosed with a catastrophic disease, a family can be affected in many ways. The Psychology Clinic at St. Jude is available to provide a wide range of support services for St. Jude patients and their families. The Psychology Clinic at St. Jude provides consultation and intervention for a number of patient presenting concerns including (but not limited to):
- Behavior problems
- Depression or other mood problems
- Trouble adjusting to treatment
- Distress during procedures
- Not taking medicines as prescribed (i.e., Treatment adherence difficulties)
- Eating non-food substances (i.e., Pica)
- Pill swallowing problems
- Sleep disturbance
- Tobacco use and other unhealthy or risky behaviors
- Toileting problems
Our patients may benefit from psychological services in a number of ways, including: exhibiting improved coping, mood, and behavior; being better at following medical plans such as taking medications, wearing masks, etc.; exhibiting decreased distress during medical procedures; and learning how to better manage pain.
Patients may also be referred to the Psychology Clinic for psychological or neuropsychological assessment for a number of reasons including:
- Concerns about development
- Academic or learning problems
- Memory problems
- Attention problems
- For help preparing for school re-entry
- For help updating educational accommodations (such as 504 plans, IEPs)
- Concerns about changes in functioning
To learn more about the services available to patients and families through the Psychology Clinic, please call the clinic directly at 901-595-3581. If you are outside the Memphis area, call toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), extension 3581.
A number of other support services are also available to St. Jude patients and their families, including Social Work, Child Life, Chaplain Services, Rehabilitation Therapy, and the School Program. For additional information regarding these services, please contact the respective program directly or the main St. Jude line (901-595-3300 or 1-866-2STJUDE).