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Book Review: MS and Your Feelings - Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis
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MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis
Allison Shadday, LCSW; Foreword by Stanley Cohan, MD

Book Details:
Published: November 2006
ISBN: 0-89793-489-x
Format: Softcover
Pages: 240
Regular Price: $14.95
Where to buy: HunterHouse Publishers

Press Release:
(Alameda, CA—October 2006) Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a devastating, chronic 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 50. Over 50% of MS patients suffer from depression and up to 90% experience anxiety. The emotional impacts of MS are serious and widespread. Handling the ups and downs of MS can be both physically and emotionally challenging. In fact, many find the emotional impact of the disease more debilitating than the physical symptoms. Yet, to date, no book has focused solely on this important topic, until now.

Full of immediate, useful solutions, MS AND YOUR FEELINGS is an invaluable guide for patients, their loved ones and health care professionals. It is the first book to cover a vital, unexplored side of MS: how to relieve the psychological trauma — the depression, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairments, communication problems, low self-esteem, and stress — associated with this incurable disease. Psychotherapist Allison Shadday, who was herself diagnosed with MS in 1995, offers readers effective strategies for coping, shares personal success stories of MS patients, and offers insightful professional advice derived from years of counseling literally hundreds of chronically ill patients.

Shadday's book offers hope, inspiration and validation. In addition, it teaches readers:

  • How to come to terms with an MS diagnosis
  • Strategies for coping with fear, guilt, anger, loss, depression and isolation
  • Tips for increasing self-esteem, and developing a greater sense of emotional security and stability
  • How to recognize and overcome negative emotional responses to MS
  • Steps to enhance intimacy and build support networks
  • How to minimize MS-related fatigue and deal with cognitive challenges
  • Techniques to identify and manage stress triggers that can exacerbate MS symptoms
  • The latest information about new treatment options and promising research

In addition, noted neurologist and 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.

About the Authors:

Allison Shadday, LCSW, is a medical clinical social worker with 14 years of experience counseling chronically ill patients and their families. She has presented at both regional and national MS conferences. She is a patient advocate for Biogen pharmaceutical company, and in this role gives presentations to neurologists, patients and family members on the emotional impact of chronic disease. She was diagnosed with MS in 1995. She lives in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Stanley Cohan, MD, noted neurologist and MS expert, Director of the Pacific Northwest Multiple Sclerosis Center in Portland Oregon, is the author of the Foreword and in the last chapter discusses the promising future of MS drug research. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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