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Winning the Disability Challenge : A Practical Guide to Successful Living - John F. Tholen

Winning the Disability Challenge

A Practical Guide to Successful Living

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Losing the capacity to work can be a life-changing event, one that can challenge a person’s most basic notions about life itself. Each year, as a result of injury or illness, millions of American workers and an ever-growing number of Iraq war veterans are confronted with a profound sense of helplessness, insecurity, and self-doubt stemming from their inability to continue work. Winning the Disability Challenge charts a course of action to personal security and self-fulfillment and guides the disabled worker through both the emotional trauma of occupational disability and the complex world of disability rights and resources. It explores the frustrations of the newly disabled and explains disability benefits while offering 100 affirmations that provide comfort and help readers get back on track. This invaluable resource also includes a program of simple management methods for improving overall health, managing pain and insomnia, and coping with depressive and distressing symptoms.

Introductionp. 1
What Most People Won't Understandp. 2
Life Feels Differentp. 3
Time Seems to Changep. 5
Our Plans Disruptedp. 5
Powerful Emotionsp. 7
Hope!p. 8
Taking Care of Businessp. 9
The Challengep. 13
Disability as a "Turning Point"p. 13
Finding Opportunities Within The Crisisp. 16
We've Already Got What It Takesp. 17
Persistence Pays Offp. 18
Blessings and Possibilitiesp. 19
Inspirationp. 24
Recognizing Where our Power Livesp. 33
One Day at a Timep. 34
The Past and the Futurep. 35
Choicesp. 36
Letting Go and Turning Overp. 38
Today and Not Todayp. 41
Forgiving Ourselves and Othersp. 42
Putting Things Into Perspectivep. 47
Self-Talk: "Choosing" Our Emotionsp. 48
How Severe Is This Crisis?p. 53
Reforming Our Prejudicesp. 54
The Hazards of Absolute Thinkingp. 58
The Human Comedyp. 61
Comforting Thoughts About Disabilityp. 63
Shifting Into Gearp. 79
Finding Reasons to Believep. 80
Building New Life Connectionsp. 82
Inspiring Ourselves Into Actionp. 85
Hanging On to What We've Gotp. 87
Listing Goals and Scheduling for Successp. 89
Forgive Us For Our Failuresp. 97
The Power of Self-Expressionp. 103
Our Perfect Rightp. 103
Self-Assertion for Self-Respectp. 106
The Components of an Assertive Statementp. 109
Nonverbal Assertivenessp. 111
The Principle of Escalating Assertionp. 112
Keeping the Air Clearp. 114
Some Cautions About Assertivenessp. 116
Examples of Responsible Assertive Statementsp. 119
Making the Most of Relationshipsp. 127
Loving Relationshipsp. 128
The Ingredients of a Successful Relationshipp. 130
Relationship Maintenancep. 132
Loving Communicationp. 133
Treating Each Other Like Adultsp. 136
Trying to Resolve Conflictsp. 137
Trying to Fix a Relationshipp. 139
Tolerance and Forgivingp. 143
Changing Ourselves and Othersp. 145
Shaping Up Behaviorp. 148
Just Dessertsp. 151
Respecting Boundariesp. 152
Keeping Relationships "Clean"p. 156
Adjusting to Sexual Changesp. 158
When to End a Relationshipp. 159
The Pursuit of Feeling Wellp. 165
Managing Painp. 166
Healthy Relaxationp. 173
Taking Care of Ourselvesp. 176
Exercise, Diet, and Weight Controlp. 177
Flexing Our Brainsp. 183
Combating Sleep Disturbancep. 186
When Panic Strikesp. 190
When To Seek Professional Helpp. 192
Epiloguep. 195
A Guide to Disability Benefits and Rightsp. 197
The Most Immediate Sources of Financial Assistancep. 198
State Workers' Compensation Systemsp. 199
The Federal Workers' Compensation Programp. 202
Disability Insurancep. 204
State Disability Programsp. 205
Long-Term Disability Programsp. 206
Social Security Disability Benefitsp. 207
Alternatives to Social Security Disabilityp. 214
Other Benefits and Resourcesp. 216
Disability Rights and Advocatesp. 219
Organizations and Agencies That Can Helpp. 221
Programs and Organizations that Assist the Disabledp. 223
Organizations that Assist Individuals with Chronic Medical Conditionsp. 227
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780882822907
ISBN-10: 088282290X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st March 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27