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It's Not All in Your Head : Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, and MS - Patricia Farrell

It's Not All in Your Head

Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, and MS

Paperback Published: 15th November 2010
ISBN: 9781932603958
Number Of Pages: 240

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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

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Multiple Sclerosis Made Simplep. 1
The Symptomsp. 2
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?p. 5
The Three Major Componentsp. 6
Anger and Multiple Sclerosisp. 10
Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Swingsp. 11
Initial Screening for Depressionp. 13
Memory Impairmentp. 13
The Social Side of Multiple Sclerosisp. 14
Further Readingp. 15
The Mind-Body Connectionp. 17
Psychoneuroimmunologyp. 18
The Immune Systemp. 20
Helplessnessp. 22
The Immune System and Depressionp. 24
A Century of Discoveryp. 25
Stress and the Immune Systemp. 26
Exercise and Brain Functionp. 28
Lifestyle Changesp. 30
Depression and Multiple Sclerosisp. 31
Depression Prior to Diagnosisp. 32
Further Readingp. 34
Riding the Rollercoaster of Multiple Sclerosisp. 35
Resilience and Illnessp. 36
Resilience-Building Behaviorsp. 42
The Four Phases of Acceptancep. 43
Sarah, a Young Career Womanp. 46
Anna, a Homemaker/Senior Citizenp. 50
William, a Mid-career Professionalp. 53
Stephanie, a College Studentp. 56
Barbara, Wife and Motherp. 61
Maintaining a Positive Attitudep. 68
Spouse, Family, Friends, and Caregiversp. 69
Further Readingp. 70
The "Ugly Wins" of Depression and Anxietyp. 71
Depression: The Biological Connectionp. 74
Depression and "Moral Failure"p. 76
Handling the Depression and Diagnosisp. 77
A Missed Diagnosisp. 78
Depression Self-Testp. 80
Stress and Depressionp. 85
Fighting Depressionp. 87
The Psychological Componentp. 90
Anxiety's Rolep. 94
Further Readingp. 97
Learning to Help Yourselfp. 99
The 11 Most Effective Self-Help Techniquesp. 100
Further Readingp. 131
Handling Guilt and Maintaining Resiliencep. 135
Seeking Psychotherapyp. 137
The Initial Diagnosisp. 138
The Road to Resiliencep. 139
Further Readingp. 143
Maximizing Memory to Combat Depressionp. 145
The Five Factors Involved in Memoryp. 146
Sleep Hygienep. 149
Anxiety, Pain, Sleep, and Medicationp. 150
Everyday Memory Problemsp. 155
10 Tips for Improving Memoryp. 158
Self-Generated Memoriesp. 164
Avoid Repetition as a Memory Aidp. 166
A Partner's Rolep. 168
Remoralizationp. 169
Further Readingp. 170
Coping Strategies for Everydayp. 173
The Social Readjustment Rating Scalep. 173
Stress/Resolution Listp. 176
The Gentle Art of Persuasionp. 180
Quality of Lifep. 181
Learning "Interviewing" Skillsp. 184
The Four Accusationsp. 185
Your Role as Your Medical Advocatep. 187
Regaining Self-Esteem and Pridep. 190
Retirement and Purposep. 191
Positive Relationshipsp. 193
Discussing Your Diagnosisp. 194
Retrieving Good From Badp. 195
Attitude Is Everythingp. 197
Maintaining Hopep. 198
Further Readingp. 199
The Future Is Brightp. 201
Following the Researchp. 203
Joining the Fightp. 204
Further Readingp. 205
The Social Readjustment Rating Scalep. 207
Quality of Life Scalep. 209
Daily Exercise Chartp. 211
Resourcesp. 213
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9781932603958
ISBN-10: 1932603956
Series: DEMOS HEALTH
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th November 2010
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.34