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Living Well with Asthma
Synopses & Reviews
Journal of the GPS in Asthma Group Offers a lifeline to asthma patients attempting to understand and cope with the psychological ramifications of their illness and its treatment.
Meeting the needs of a growing clinical population, this reader-friendly, practical book offers a lifeline to asthma patients attempting to understand and cope with the psychological ramifications of their illness and its treatment. From embarrassment about the use of medications, to anxiety, body image problems, and problems in family functioning, the book is packed with real-life stories of commonly encountered problems and step-by-step strategies for solving them. Readers learn to:
*Identify and break free of faulty beliefs about asthma
*Cope with the emotional aftermath of diagnosis
*Collaborate with family members to solve asthma-related problems
*Manage occupational problems
*Maintain a healthy social life--and sex life
*Develop effective partnerships with doctors
*Locate relevant books, newsletters, websites, and organizations (listed in a handy appendix).
Asthma is a medical problem, but it can have a powerful psychological impact as well. If you or someone you love has asthma, this book will help you "breathe easier" about the challenges it poses in relationships, at work, and in everyday activities. From social embarrassment, to anxiety, to feelings of incapacity and low self-esteem, each chapter is packed with real-life stories of commonly encountered problems/m-/and step-by-step strategies for solving them.
About the Author
Michael R. Freedman, PhD, teaches psychology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he also maintains a private practice. Formerly, Dr. Freedman was Chief of Adult Clinical Psychology at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, where he specialized in treating patients with asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Samuel J. Rosenberg, PhD, is formerly Director of Adult Psychology Training at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is now Vice President of Ross & Roberts, Inc., in Stratford, Connecticut.
Cynthia L. Divino, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Boulder, Colorado. Specializing in working with children and adolescents, she served as a pediatric psychologist at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center.
Table of Contents
I. You Are Not Alone...
1. "Asthma: It's Just a Breathing Problem, Right?"
II. ...But You May Feel Alone
2. "My Body Feels Out of Control!"
3. "Of Course I'm Upset; My Life Is Ruined!"
4. "I Use My Inhaler in the Bathroom."
5. "My Normal Lifestyle Isn't Over After All--I'm Stronger and Happier Than Ever!"
III. Family Adaptation to Asthma
6. The Flexible Family
7. A Healthy Sex Life with Asthma
8. How to Live with An Asthmatic Child
IV. Living Well in the Wider World
9. Asthma on the Job
10. A Rich and Rewarding Social Life
11. "I Like My Doctor, But..."
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