Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness (New Edition)by Paul J. Donoghue
Unlike a leg in a cast, invisible chronic illness (ICI) has no observable symptoms.Consequently, people who suffer from chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and many other miseries often endure not only the ailment but dismissive and negative reactions from others. Since its first publication, Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired has offered hope and/em>/p>
Unlike a leg in a cast, invisible chronic illness (ICI) has no observable symptoms.Consequently, people who suffer from chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and many other miseries often endure not only the ailment but dismissive and negative reactions from others. Since its first publication, Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired has offered hope and coping strategies to thousands of people who suffer from ICI. Paul Donoghue and Mary Siegel teach their readers how to rethink how they themselves view their illness and how to communicate with loved ones and doctors in a way that meets their needs. The authors' understanding makes readers feel they have been heard for the first time. For this edition, the authors include a new introduction drawing on the experiences of the many people who have responded to the book and to their lectures and television appearances. They expand the definition of ICI to include other ailments such as depression, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. They bring the resource material, including Web sites, up to the present, and they offer fresh insights on four topics that often emerge: guilt, how ICI affects the family, meaningfulness, and defining acceptance.
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Paul J. Donoghue, S.M., Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Stamford, Connecticut.
Mary E. Siegel, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Stamford, Connecticut.
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I love these authors! This book is easy to read, absorbing, and enlightening. I had several lasting revelations from "Sick and Tired ..." that I refer to many years after having read it the first time. The joyful, sensitive, and wise characters of the authors exudes from theses pages. I also give the book as gifts with much confidence it will be received with gratitude and helpful to the reader.
I read this book in the hopes of finding some way to remind myself and others that even though my illness isn't visible, I still suffer. I feel like if I bring up my illness to explain why I can't do such simple things that I look like a whiner. I'm embarrassed by my "invisible illness". This book had a heavy biblical leaning that I was uncomfortable, which I don't understand since I am a Christian. I just didn't enjoy the book or get anything useful out of it and I can't really say why.
I am a support group facilitator for women living with chronic illnesses and I myself have been living with Lupus for sixteen years. I often refer to this book when facilitating my group, or for personal growth and encouragement.
During 25 years of practice in clinical psychology I have found few books as helpful as this one. It does what I have always held to be the central ideal of my work: to combine compassion and encouragement with creative guidelines and practical information. Besides illuminating the physical, emotional, and social consequences of baffling chronic illnesses, the book so successfully describes creative responses to emotional challenges that I recommend it to my physically healthy patients who have found it a valuable resource in their search for improved personal communication, deeper self-acceptance, and creativity. As one of my chronically ill patients described the book: 'It's like a great reference book for the ill and a guide for healthy living, in one.'