Living with a Long-Term Illness

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This book looks at the practical, emotional, and social problems shared by most people who suffer from a long-term illness, and suggests a variety of ways in which they can do something for themselves to improve the situation. It could also be very useful to family and friends, as well as for health professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198528821
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/10/2006
  • Series: Facts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What is long-term (chronic) illness? 3
2 Long-term illness as a journey 7
3 Gathering information and becoming an 'expert patient' 13
4 Managing disease 21
5 Managing illness 27
6 Keeping going with a self-management programme 35
7 Using complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) 43
8 Managing fatigue 49
9 Managing pain 59
10 Using activity and exercise 69
11 Improving your sleep 73
12 Managing bladder and/or bowel problems 77
13 Looking after your general health 79
14 Eating well and wisely 83
15 Setting goals for yourself 89
16 Dealing with problems 93
17 Building pleasure into your life 99
18 Living with uncertainty 103
19 Managing your thinking 105
20 Managing your self-esteem 109
21 Managing your emotions 113
22 Managing severe anxiety, panic or depression 125
23 Getting psychological help 133
24 Relationships and communication 141
25 Caring and being cared for 149
26 Improving your personal relationships 155
27 Your relationship with your doctors 161
28 Improving your quality of life 171
29 Getting practical and financial assistance 177
30 Thinking about the future 181
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