It's Not All in Your Head:

It's Not All in Your Head: "Anxiety, Depresson, Mood Swings, and MS

by Patricia Farrell
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It's Not All in Your Head: "Anxiety, Depresson, Mood Swings, and MS by Patricia Farrell

One of the greatest challenges people face when dealing with an unpredictable disease such as Multiple Sclerosis is learning to overcome the psychological burden of not knowing what each day will bring. MS is a true roller coaster of emotions and dealing with these feelings is a critical issue for people living with the disease. According to WebMD, symptoms of depression severe enough to warrant medical intervention affect up to half of all people living with MS.

It's Not All in Your Head is a cognitive-behavioral approach to overcoming the depression, anxiety,and stress that goes hand-in-hand with MS. Dr. Farrell helps individuals and their families develop a better understanding of the effects that MS has on mood levels and anxiety and offers a plan of simple remediation in a self-help format.

It's Not All in Your Head shows that:

  • MS patients' depression and anxiety can be related to their medical condition
  • Exercise can promote growth in brain connections and help alleviate depression
  • Pain severity in MS can be lessenedthrough stemming anxiety
  • Social involvement is key to maintaining mental and physical health

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935281511
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 772,142
File size: 800 KB

About the Author

"Dr. Patricia A. Farrell is a practicing clinician, medical writer, researcher, educator and disability consultant. Formerly, the National Clinical Monitor for Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, Dr. Farrell was involved in the first national protocol (Cognex) for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. |

Dr. Farrell is also the WebMD Moderator for Anxiety/Panic and has appeared on such national TV shows as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, The View, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, National Geographic, Court TV, Fox & Friends, VH1, ABC World News, Fuji TV (Japan), MSNBC,,, PBS and is interviewed by national magazines and newspapers such as the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, The Washington Post, The Week, Wall Street Journal, Working Woman, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Self, Real Simple, Cosmo, Latina, Men's Health and Life & Style where she comments weekly on current topics in the news. |

Dr. Farrell is the author of How to Be Your Own Therapist.


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It's Not All in Your Head: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, and MS 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Benxvi More than 1 year ago
As a person with primary-progressive MS for twenty-two years, hence I identify with Dr. Farrell's book. Obviously, hearing an MS diagnosis is like being hit with a sledge hammer. The first thing I learned was how to spell sclerosis. Then I learned there is no treatment nor is the cause known. Yes, there are FDA approved drugs for relapsing-remitting MS but not primary-progressive MS. I decided I need to come up with a plan that includes attitude (easier said than done), exercise and diet. I spent years developing the plan since resources are scant for reliable data on the Internet. I wish Dr. Farrell's book was available when I was diagnosed since It would have saved me a considerable amount of effort. But the best part is that my plan and Dr. Farrell's are in essential agreement, especially on attitude. in addition, Dr. Farrell's book has a font size, including contrast, that makes it easier for MS people to read. And the bibliography is also excellent. In summary, I highly endorse and recommend that people with MS and their spouses, partners, caregivers read Dr. Farrell's book. And I'm still vertical.
Byroney More than 1 year ago
I do not have MS, but I picked up this book because I found "How to be Your Own Therpaist" by Dr. Farrell to be so helpful. I was not disappointed. As a person with fibromylagia and chronic pain issues, this book had a lot to offer. I especially recommend reading the chapters "The Mind-Body Connection" and "The 'Ugly Twins' of Depression and Anxiety." Dr. Farrel also offers suggestions for resilience, tips to improve memory, and an entire chapter on coping strategies. If I had multiple sclerosis, I think it would be that much more helpful. It is a nice size to handle and the font is larger and darker than normal, which many people with visual challenges may find helpful. I would not hesitate to purchase this as a gift for a friend or family member struggling with MS or another chronic illness.
JeffreyGingold More than 1 year ago
Whether you are newly diagnosed or an MS veteran - better understand yourself from this glimpse into your MS mind. In this well-researched book, Farrell provides a clear view of what MS may do to your emotions and cognitive functions. Her use of real-life examples from people with MS will lead you to recognize your own resilience. [Jeffrey N. Gingold, author of the award-winning book, Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis 2nd Edition and Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis.]
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