The Stress and Mood Management Program for Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis: Therapist Guide

Overview

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that affects more than 400,000 people in the United States. In addition to the physical challenges it poses, MS can have negative emotional effects. Depression, anxiety and stress are common among patients with MS.

This therapist guide provides instruction for delivering treatment to individuals with MS who are experiencing stress and depressed mood. The stress and mood management program described has been developed ...

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Overview

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that affects more than 400,000 people in the United States. In addition to the physical challenges it poses, MS can have negative emotional effects. Depression, anxiety and stress are common among patients with MS.

This therapist guide provides instruction for delivering treatment to individuals with MS who are experiencing stress and depressed mood. The stress and mood management program described has been developed over more than ten years of research and clinical trials. The treatment is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and is divided into two parts. Part I incorporates standard behavioral activation and cognitive restructuring techniques while Part II consists of optional modules designed to address specific problems that are common among MS patients. These include problems in social functioning and management of symptoms like fatigue, pain and cognitive impairment. A module on self-injection anxiety is a unique feature of the program that has proven to help patients overcome their fear of self-administering prescribed injectable medications.

Step-by-step instructions for administering therapy are provided in this book in a user-friendly format, along with information on assessment. Complete with sample dialogues, at-home assignments, and lists of materials needed, this comprehensive guide includes all the tools necessary for facilitating effective treatment.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This installment in the Treatments That Work series focuses on patients with multiple sclerosis who are experiencing stress and depressed mood. While cognitive-behavioral therapy is not new, its use for a general medical condition highlights the importance of multidisciplinary treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to help both therapists and clients with MS address depression, stress, and anxiety. The stress and mood management therapy program was developed over 10 years of research and clinical trials. This treatment program helps to bridge the gap between traditional medicine and the need for a biopsychosocial model for general medical conditions. A separate client workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with this therapist guide.
Audience: Clinicians who work with MS patients will benefit substantially from this book. It also would be an excellent teaching tool for graduate-level courses such as health psychology.
Features: The guide goes step-by-step through the program and the principles of treatment. The program is divided into two parts: part I incorporates standard behavioral activation and cognitive restructuring techniques, while part II provides optional modules to address specific areas common to MS patients such as relaxation, fatigue and energy conservation, and pain management. An additional module on self-injection anxiety is a must-read not just for MS patients, but for all those clients who must self-inject. The book is well rounded and gives clinicians a solid foundation to implement this program.
Assessment: The Treatments That Work series continues to provide timely and useful additions to the field. This book is a wonderful example of how important it is to treat the whole person with a chronic illness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195368888
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/3/2010
  • Series: TREATMENTS THAT WORK Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David C. Mohr, PhD, is Professor of Preventative Medicine at Northwestern University and holds a joint appointment as a researcher at the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Mohr's research has examined two broad areas. First, he has focused on the development and evaluation of interventions for the treatment and prevention of depression and stress. His second area of research has been to examine how psychological and behavioral treatments can affect disease outcomes or markers. In particular, Dr. Mohr has maintained an active research program focusing on the effects of stress on exacerbation and inflammation in multiple sclerosis.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introductory Information for Therapists
Chapter 2: Assessment
Part I Core Treatment Chapters
Chapter 3: Introduction to Stress and Mood Management
Chapter 4: Developing Goals
Chapter 5: Positive Activities
Chapter 6: Identifying and Evaluating Unhelpful Thoughts
Chapter 7: Challenging Unhelpful Thoughts
Chapter 8: Social Support
Part II Optional Treatment Modules
Module 1: Communication and Assertiveness
Module 2: Fatigue and Energy Conservation
Module 3: Reducing Anxiety and Worry
Module 4: Relaxation
Module 5: Pain Management
Module 6: Planning and Organization
Module 7: Self-Injection Anxiety Counseling (SIAC)
Module 8: Ending Treatment and Maintaining Gains

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