Dr. Sears and the East Carolina Cardiac Psychology Research Team specialize in working with patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). People with ICDs are a special population whose psychosocial needs may go unaddressed by their medical providers. Members of the East Carolina Cardiac Psychology Lab are specially trained to help cardiac patients who are coping with life-changing diagnoses, devices, or other events that may cause feelings of emotional discomfort. One of our main goals of the lab is to help patients improve their quality of life. We emphasize that patients are survivors, not victims.
How we can help patients and their families?
The mind and body are connected like a two-way highway: What's going on in your mind (emotions) affects your body (illness) and what's going on in your body affects your mind. The services we offer allow us to focus on the whole person.
We address illness from the "biopsychosocial" model: