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

Overview

Multiple Sclerosis presents not only physical challenges, but emotional challenges as well. Many people with MS suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. Problems with mood and stress can interfere with your relationships with others, reduce your ability to meet your obligations at work and at home, and substantially worsen your overall quality of life. If you have MS and are experiencing problems with mood and stress, this workbook can help.

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Overview

Multiple Sclerosis presents not only physical challenges, but emotional challenges as well. Many people with MS suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. Problems with mood and stress can interfere with your relationships with others, reduce your ability to meet your obligations at work and at home, and substantially worsen your overall quality of life. If you have MS and are experiencing problems with mood and stress, this workbook can help.

The stress and mood management program described in this book is backed by research and has proven effective in clinical trials. Based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most effective therapeutic techniques available for combating depression and anxiety, this program can help you manage stress and improve your well-being. In Part I of the program, you will learn skills for identifying and challenging your unhelpful thoughts, as well as how to motivate yourself to reengage in pleasant activities. In Part II, you will choose those treatment modules that apply to you and your specific MS-related problems. Choices include modules on managing symptoms like fatigue, pain, and cognitive problems, and improving communication and assertiveness skills, among others. If you take injectable medications and have a fear of injecting yourself, the module on self-injection anxiety will also prove useful.

Complete with user-friendly forms and worksheets, this workbook provides all the materials you need to supplement treatment with a qualified mental health professional. If you are a highly motivated individual, you may have success using this book on your own. Whatever the setting, the stress and mood management program will give you the tools to handle the stresses of your disease and improve the overall quality of your life.

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This patient workbook accompanies The Stress and Mood Management Program for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: Therapist Guide by the same author (Oxford University Press, 2010). 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 clients with MS handle the stresses of their disease and improve the overall quality of their lives. The stress and mood management therapy program was developed from over 10 years of research and clinical trials. The client workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the therapist guide to supplement treatment.
Audience: Clients will enjoy the user-friendly forms and worksheets to supplement their treatment with a qualified mental health professional. It is designed also for those patients who are highly motivated to work on their own.
Features: The workbook takes clients step-by-step through the program and the principles of treatment. The program is divided into two parts, with part I incorporating standard behavioral activation and cognitive restructuring techniques and part II providing optional modules to address specific problems 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, but for those clients who must self-inject. The homework assignments emphasize both the core treatment chapters and the optional treatment modules. Clients will find the diary forms and resources to be most helpful.
Assessment: This workbook will benefit patients with multiple sclerosis and provide strategies and tools to enhance their quality of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195368895
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/3/2010
  • Series: TREATMENTS THAT WORK Series
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,015,362
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (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

Part I Core Treatment Chapters
Chapter 1 Introduction to Stress and Mood Management for MS
Chapter 2 Translating Problems into Goals
Chapter 3 Positive Activities
Chapter 4 Identifying and Evaluating your Unhelpful Thoughts
Chapter 5 Challenging Unhelpful Thoughts
Chapter 6 Social Support
Part II Optional Treatment Modules
Chapter 7 Module 1: Communication and Assertiveness
Chapter 8 Module 2: Fatigue and Energy Conservation
Chapter 9 Module 3: Reducing Anxiety and Worry
Chapter 10 Module 4: Relaxation: Controlling Your Body's Stress Reaction
Chapter 11 Module 5: Pain Management
Chapter 12 Module 6: Planning and Organization
Chapter 13 Module 7: Self-Injection Anxiety Counseling (SIAC)
Chapter 14 Module 8: Ending Treatment and Maintaining Gains

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