One of the greatest challenges people face when dealing with an unpredictable disease such as Multiple Sclerosis is learning to overcome the psychological burden of not knowing what each day will bring. MS is a true roller coaster of emotions and dealing with these feelings is a critical issue for people living with the disease. According to WEBMD, symptoms of depression severe enough to warrant medical intervention affect up to half of all people living with MS.
It's Not All in Your Head is a cognitive-behavioral approach to overcoming the depression, anxiety,and stress that goes hand-in-hand with MS. Dr. Farrell helps individuals and their families develop a better understanding of the effects that MS has on mood levels and anxiety and offers a plan of simple remediation in a self-help format.
It's Not All in Your Head shows that:
-MS patients' depression and anxiety can be related to their medical condition
-Exercise can promote growth in brain connections and help alleviate depression
-Pain severity in MS can be lessenedthrough stemming anxiety
-Social involvement is key to maintaining mental and physical health
Preface, Acknowledgments , 1. Multiple Sclerosis Made Simple , 2. The Mind-Body Connection , 3. Riding the Rollercoaster of Multiple Sclerosis , 4. The "Ugly Twins" of Depression and Anxiety , 5. Learning to Help Yourself , 6. Handling Guilt and Maintaining Resilience, 7. Maximizing Memory to Combat Depression , 8. Coping Strategies for Everyday , 9. The Future Is Bright , Appendix A The Social Readjustment Rating Scale , Appendix B Quality of Life Scale , Appendix C Daily Exercise Chart , Resources , Index
About the Author:
Dr. Patricia Farrell is a practicing clinician, medical writer, researcher, educator, and disability consultant. Formerly, the National Clinical Monitor for Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, Dr. Farrell was the monitor on clinical trials for the first medication for Alzheimer's disease (Cognex). Dr. Farrell is also the WebMD Moderator for Anxiety/Panic; has regularly appeared on national TV shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, The View, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, National Geographic, Court TV, Fox & Friends, VH1, ABS World News and more. She has been interviewed by national publications including the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Constitution, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Working Women, Self, Real Simple, Men's Health, and Life and Style where she comments weekly on current topics in the news. Dr. Farrell has contributed chapters to professional medical books and preparation materials for the USMLE, continuing education materials for healthcare professionals and she is the of How to Be Your Own Therapist. Her website is a resource for consumers, students, and healthcare professionals seeking information on health, education, and related issues.
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