Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness

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Unlike a leg in a cast, invisible chronic illness (ICI) has no observable symptoms.
Consequently, people who suffer from chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and many other miseries often endure not only the ailment but dismissive and negative reactions from others. Since its first publication, Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired has offered hope and coping strategies to thousands of people who suffer from ICI. Paul Donoghue and Mary Siegel teach their readers how to rethink how ...

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Overview

Unlike a leg in a cast, invisible chronic illness (ICI) has no observable symptoms.
Consequently, people who suffer from chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and many other miseries often endure not only the ailment but dismissive and negative reactions from others. Since its first publication, Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired has offered hope and coping strategies to thousands of people who suffer from ICI. Paul Donoghue and Mary Siegel teach their readers how to rethink how they themselves view their illness and how to communicate with loved ones and doctors in a way that meets their needs. The authors' understanding makes readers feel they have been heard for the first time. For this edition, the authors include a new introduction drawing on the experiences of the many people who have responded to the book and to their lectures and television appearances. They expand the definition of ICI to include other ailments such as depression, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. They bring the resource material, including Web sites, up to the present, and they offer fresh insights on four topics that often emerge: guilt, how ICI affects the family, meaningfulness, and defining acceptance.

This book decribes the anguish that individuals with invisible chronic illness endure, offers them the means to cope with their illness, and teaches them how to become aware of the attitude they have toward the illness and the way they talk to themselves about it.

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Editorial Reviews

Allergy Aware
One of the most helpful books about chronic illness that I ever run across....This book is captivating, informative, and sensitive.
Network
How many times have you said to yourself, 'No one can understand how I feel unless they've experienced it themselves?' Because the authors of this book each have experienced an 'Invisible Chronic Illness' or ICI, they are able to express feelings that you have more than likely experienced but have not been able to put into words. This book validates your emotions and then helps you to express them in constructive ways.
Ostomy/Wound Management
This self-help book by two Ph.D. psychologists (one of whom suffers from multiple sclerosis) is not new, just new to me, and what a discovery! It is a moving explication of what it means to live with an invisible chronic illness--ICI. If you have patients, acquaintances or if you yourself suffer from an ICI you can find valuable advice and guidance in this book.
Library Journal
Donoghue and Siegel direct their book to healthcare providers, families, and patients dealing with invisible chronic illness (ICI)--those conditions that are chronic and disabling but not readily apparent to the casual observer. In Part 1, the authors define ICI, including brief descriptions of 13 diseases that fit their criteria. They discuss in clinical, detached language the impact of ICI on the patient, family, friends, and employers. In Part 2, Donoghue and Siegel speak directly to the patient, offering coping mechanisms to enhance quality of life through positive thinking, effective communication, and pain management techniques. They also include reading lists and ``Illness Associations.'' While useful, their book suffers from the attempt to address too broad an audience. Recommended for larger collections only.-- Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320657
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 645,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Donoghue, S.M., Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Stamford, Connecticut.

Mary E. Siegel, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Experience of Invisible Chronic Illness (ICI)
Ch. 1 Introduction to Invisible Chronic Illness 3
Ch. 2 The Baffling Forms of ICI 12
Ch. 3 The Psychological Consequences of ICI 29
Ch. 4 Three Dimensions of ICI and Their Psychological Impact 39
Ch. 5 Being Chronically Ill 55
Ch. 6 Seeking Answers, Seeking Cures 72
Ch. 7 Consulting a Doctor 79
Ch. 8 Relating with Family, Friends, and Colleagues 89
Pt. II Coping with Invisible Chronic Illness
Ch. 9 Living in the Present 97
Ch. 10 Thinking Clearly 105
Ch. 11 Irrational Thinking and ICI 116
Ch. 12 Using Imagery to Confront Irrational Thinking 129
Ch. 13 Living Your Story 140
Ch. 14 Identifying Your Story 152
Ch. 15 Getting and Keeping the Attention of the Health-Care System 160
Ch. 16 Coping with ICI in the Family 171
Ch. 17 Saying What You Feel 187
Ch. 18 Hearing What Is Said 207
Ch. 19 Managing Stress Associated with ICI 223
Notes 241
Authors' Recommended Reading List 248
General Reading List on Illnesses 252
Illness Associations 257
Index 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Fantastic!

    I am a support group facilitator for women living with chronic illnesses and I myself have been living with Lupus for sixteen years. I often refer to this book when facilitating my group, or for personal growth and encouragement.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    I love these authors! This book is easy to read, absorbing, and

    I love these authors! This book is easy to read, absorbing, and enlightening.  I had several lasting revelations from "Sick and Tired ..." that I
    refer to many years after having read it the first time. The joyful,  sensitive, and wise characters of the authors exudes from theses pages.
    I also give the book as gifts with much confidence it will be received with 
    gratitude and helpful to the reader. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Not particularly helpful

    I read this book in the hopes of finding some way to remind myself and others that even though my illness isn't visible, I still suffer. I feel like if I bring up my illness to explain why I can't do such simple things that I look like a whiner. I'm embarrassed by my "invisible illness". This book had a heavy biblical leaning that I was uncomfortable, which I don't understand since I am a Christian. I just didn't enjoy the book or get anything useful out of it and I can't really say why.

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    Posted August 15, 2013

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