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The Emotional First Aid + Kit: A Practical Guide to Life After Bariatric Surgery

Matrix Medical Communications today announced the release of a new book for weight loss surgery patients, The Emotional First Aid + Kit: A Practical Guide to Life after Bariatric Surgery by Cynthia Alexander, PsyD. Dr. Alexander is a psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida.

"The Emotional First Aid Kit is written specifically for weight loss surgery candidates and patients to teach them the psychological tricks of the trade that will help make their weight loss surgery journeys successful," said Dr. Alexander. "The book's valuable advice isn't limited to surgical patients, however. It gives anyone struggling with weight loss the tools to move beyond their roadblocks and adopt new lifestyle changes."

Readers can utilize downloadable patient worksheets that are available through the book, and can learn realistic and practical strategies for dealing with emotional difficulties encountered before and after weight loss surgery--strategies that help individuals:

  • Relieve stress without using food
  • Modify unhealthy behavior
  • Overcome hurdles in establishing a consistent exercise program
  • Deal with negative reactions by friends, family, and spouse to weight loss
  • Prevent relapse… and more.

"This book is a must-read for your weight loss surgery candidates and is sure to be a lifelong resource for all readers who have struggled with weight loss," said Elizabeth Klumpp, Executive Editor of The Emotional First + Aid Kit and Challenges of Caring for the Obese Patient.


The Emotional First Aid + Kit is available for purchase at

About Matrix Medical Communications:

Based in Edgemont, PA, Matrix Medical Communications (MMC) ( is a leading source of medical information focusing on psychiatry, obesity, and metabolic disorders. MMC is the publisher of Psychiatry 2006, Bariatric Times, Challenges of Caring for the Obese Patient, and now the Emotional First Aid Kit, A Practical Guide to Life After Bariatric Surgery. The Company also provides integrated marketing solutions, such as symposia, electronic media, and custom publishing. Custom publishing includes symposium proceedings, review articles, newsletters, translation services, and industry-supported journals.

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
-- Voltaire
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