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From The CriticsReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Abbott Laboratories)
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.