Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating, incurable disease that afflicts about one in a thousand North Americans. Striking in the prime of life, it is the most common debilitating neurological disorder of people between the ages of 20 and 40. Eighty percent of patients suffer from cognitive impairments, seventy percent from sexual dysfunction, and fifty percent from depressionMultiple Sclerosis is a devastating, incurable disease that afflicts about one in a thousand North Americans. Striking in the prime of life, it is the most common debilitating neurological disorder of people between the ages of 20 and 40. Eighty percent of patients suffer from cognitive impairments, seventy percent from sexual dysfunction, and fifty percent from depression. Few people are prepared for the emotional impact of this unpredictable, disabling chronic condition. Faced with a life-long progressive illness, patients typically experience fear, anger, sadness, grief, guilt, low self-esteem and sexual dysfunction. Half of all MS patients suffer from clinical depression. Other invisible symptoms, such as cognitive impairments and severe fatigue, often leave patients feeling misunderstood and alone. The emotional affects of MS can be more crippling than the physical challenges, yet little has been written on this topic. MS AND YOUR FEELINGS is the first book to specifically address the emotional pain caused by MS. Psychotherapist and MS patient, Allison Shadday, offers readers effective strategies for coping with the psychological trauma of this disease. Shadday shares real-life MS success stories and offers insightful professional advice derived from years of counseling hundreds of chronically ill patients. Her book offers readers hope, inspiration and validation, and teaches them: AHow to come to terms with an MS diagnosisAHow to recognize and overcome negative emotional responses to MSATechniques to identify and manage stress triggers that can impact MS symptomsAWays to minimize MS-related fatigueAStrategies for coping with fear, guilt, anger, loss, depression and isolationASteps to enhance intimacy and build support networksAHow to deal with cognitive challengesATips for increasing self-esteemAHow to develop a greater sense of emotional security and stabilityALatest information about new treatment options and promising research In addition, noted neurologist and MS expert Dr. Stanley Cohan, Director of the Pacific Northwest Multiple Sclerosis Center writes about the importance of treating the emotional symptoms of MS and discusses the promising future of MS drug research. Full of immediate, useful solutions, MS AND YOUR FEELINGS is an invaluable guide for patients, their loved ones and MS health care professionals."...
|Title||:||MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis|
|Number of Pages||:||257 Pages|
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MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis Reviews
This is one of my top 3 MS books that I keep multiples of to loan out to friends and newly diagnosed acquaintainces.... it's that good. My husband bought this for me... and it hit home so strongly that I'll be honest and say I threw it across the room a few times before I was ready to receive the information it contained! I've loaned it to friends with other chronic illnesses (not MS) as well and they have also found great insight and help from it. Allison Shadday is an excellent writer and as a LCSW with MS she really GETS IT. As a physician with MS, I cannot express my gratitude to her enough for helping me through the grieving process of losing my career and passion of practicing Medicine and being able to emerge on the other side of the abyss still a whole person... Powerful stuff, here!
Very good! Written by a social worker who has MS allowing it to be seen from a professional as well as a personal viewpoint.I highly recommend it for anyone who just received the MS diagnosis or who has a loved one with MS. Easy to read, easy to understand, and very affirming.5 years later: I came across a paper where I wrote down sections of this book I liked:p. 10-11: The myelin sheath is gradually destroyed - the nerves no longer can effectively do their job - they must travel in a less efficient route and push through less direct channels - this decreases the brain's ability to process information causing physical and mental fatiguep. 34: "Of course someone will always have it better or worse than you, but that doesn't mean that your experience isn't meaningful or valid."
This book was written by a woman on Friday Harbor and is absolutely amazing. It explains perfectly what I and many others deal with on a daily basis. I found it two weeks after I was diagnosed and it helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This book was truly mine and Simon's saving grace. He loved it too. Please recommend it to anyone else you may know who has been diagnosed. It will change their lives.
Even reading this after just being newly diagnosed, I did not learn anything I couldn't pull off the internet (for free!) and more informative, without all the maudlin platitudes. I get sick of all these "honest and inspirational" books on MS, when I find they are anything but that. Uninteresting, and though they're dry and not easily accessible for the layperson, my time is much better spent reading medical texts and publications about the disease then dreck like this.
I wish I had this book 16 years ago!! It is fantastic to read from a LCSW who not only worked with home-bound MS patients, but who also has MS. Anyone who has MS or a chronic condition could benefit from her insights. I loved the various perspectives from MS patients and the coping strategies she addresses. Half of the time I read the book, I constantly found myself nodding in agreement or acknowledgement that I can relate.
Great book! Has question/answer portions. Also have caretaker and family member sections so that others who live with you or help you can understand a little about what you're going through. Also, makes your feelings make sense so you don't feel like you're "crazy" for feeling a certain way. Love this book and use it as a resource regularly.
This is a very helpful book. So many MS books deal with all the physical and lightly touch on the emotions and inner life issues this disease tends to bring up, so this was a very refreshing reversal. Highly recommended for both folks with MS and the people who are a part of their lives.
REALLY helpful and exact in explaining the effects of MS on the body and the person. I would recommend everyone who has MS read this and pass copies on to family and friends.