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.
"Intelligent, lucid, and extremely readable: The case examples are especially compelling. I am also impressed with the authors' insight and sensitivity, clearly evident in their discussion of the patient-physician relationship. I will strongly recommend this book to my patients." --Philip R. Corsello, MD, FCCP, Staff Physician, National Jewish Medical and Research Center
"The complex interplay of psychological and physical well-being is clearly illuminated in this book, in whose numerous illustrations and examples all readers will recognize aspects of their own experience. Patients and their families will also gain insight into the ways they may be allowing asthma to constrain their lives unnecessarily....Helping patients reduce the adverse psychosocial effects of asthma will be as effective as any current or future medication in enabling them to truly live well." --from the Foreword by James D. Crapo, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Medical and Research Center
"This pragmatic book concisely addresses the fundamental psychological issues facing patients dealing with asthma. It moves beyond medical concerns by describing normal emotional reactions to the diagnosis and offering simple, effective coping techniques. An essential resource for physicians, mental health professionals, health educators, and patients." --Pamela Champion, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Santa Rosa, CA
"Every person with Asthma, including teenagers, and their parents and partners should read this book. The reader will recognize themselves in the many vignettes which are provided for discussion. The authors do a great job of confronting and helping the asthma sufferer and family deal with the many inaccurate negative beliefs one may have about the effects of asthma and its treatment. Many helpful techniques and strategies to change beliefs, self concept and behavior are provided. This guide to living well with asthma will assist the individual with asthma and their families to obtain a happier, fuller and healthier life. I wish every physician would recommend this book to their patients and family members." --Rolf A. Peterson, PhD, Director of Clinical Psychology Training, The George Washington University
"Any with asthma will welcome this title....Chapters are especially strong surveying the different age-related changes affecting asthma."--Reviewer's Bookwatch Reviewer's Bookwatch
"Highly recommended for consumer health and patient education collections."--Library Journal Library Journal
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..."