Managing Hot Flushes and Night Sweats: A cognitive behavioural self-help guide to the menopause

Managing Hot Flushes and Night Sweats: A cognitive behavioural self-help guide to the menopause

by Myra Hunter, Melanie Smith


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The menopause is still a taboo topic and a source of uncertainty and embarrassment for many women. In Managing Hot Flushes and Night Sweats Myra Hunter and
Melanie Smith aim to provide women with up to date and balanced information about menopause and a self-help guide to reduce the impact of hot flushes and night sweats in just four weeks.

This book sets out an interactive four-week programme using cognitive behavioural therapy, with exercises and worksheets designed to enable women to develop strategies for managing menopausal symptoms. This approach is based on the authors' research and has been shown to be effective in recent clinical research trials. This guide can help you to:

Understand the biological as well as the psychological and cultural influences on menopause

Understand and manage hot flushes in social situations

Learn to modify triggers and use paced breathing to reduce the impact of hot flushes

Reduce stress and improve well-being

Develop strategies to help if night sweats disturb your sleep

With a companion audio exercise and downloadable resources available online, Managing Hot Flushes and Night Sweats offers a complete and effective framework to approach menopause with confidence and to manage symptoms without the use of medication. The book is ideal for women approaching or going through the menopause, for women having menopausal symptoms following treatment for breast cancer, for their friends and relatives, and healthcare professionals working with women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415625159
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/25/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Myra Hunter is professor of clinical health psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She has worked in the area of women’s health for over thirty years and her research on menopause has established her as an international expert in the field.

Melanie Smith is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in helping people to manage physical health conditions through the use of cognitive behavioural therapy. She is currently working with the Manchester and Salford Pain Centre.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Chapter 1 The Menopause: A bio-psycho-social transition. Chapter 2 Menopausal symptoms: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats. Chapter 3 A Cognitive Behavioural Approach. What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? Chapters 4 to 7 Managing Menopausal Hot Flushes and Night Sweats: a Four-week Self-help Guide. Chapter 4 Week 1: Being Informed and Reducing Stress. Chapter 5 Week 2: Managing Hot Flushes. Chapter 6 Week 3: Managing Sleep and Night Sweats. Chapter 7 Week 4: Review and Maintaining Changes. Resources. References.

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