Description: The author uses a practical approach to educate those living with multiple sclerosis-related fatigue on how to apply principles of energy conservation to everyday life. The exercises and activities interspersed throughout the book are designed to offer more concrete guidance on how to go about implementing the prescribed energy conservation techniques.
Purpose: The author's primary objective is to empower those living with multiple sclerosis to manage the oftentimes debilitating symptom of fatigue. Given that fatigue plagues countless numbers of individuals battling multiple sclerosis, there is certainly a demand for resources that address methods for controlling this all too prevalent symptom. The author successfully provides readers with basic energy conservation principles, as well as guidance on how to implement them in everyday life.
Audience: The book is written primarily for people battling multiple sclerosis-related fatigue, but it is also a helpful resource for those whose loved ones struggle with this. Furthermore, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other health professionals who treat individuals with multiple sclerosis can use this as a foundational resource for educating their patients. The author, an occupational therapist, has years of experience educating patients, health professionals, and students about energy conservation and fatigue management.
Features: The author uses a series of interactive exercises and activities to identify problematic habits and routines, and guide readers on how to form new habits and routines that can prevent fatigue and improve quality of life. Much of the book discusses the steps needed to be more efficient and expend less energy, which largely involves exacting change in oneself, the activities in question, and the environment in which these activities take place. The workbook format successfully engages the reader in personalized, self-guided lessons on fatigue management that are easy to follow and easy to read, given the large font size, charts, tables, and photographs.
Assessment: Unlike most self-help books, this one offers readers a concrete, practical, and hands-on approach to energy conservation, fatigue management, and coping with the evermore pervasive symptom of fatigue. The workbook exercises are helpful in providing step-by-step assistance in identifying problems and brainstorming real solutions in order to maintain a more satisfying quality of life despite the challenge that chronic fatigue presents.