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Publication Date: 15 Jan 2015
Publisher: SPCK
Page Count: 128
Author: Fran Smith
ISBN-13: 9781847093431, 9781847093448

Coping with the Psychological Effects of Illness

Strategies To Manage Anxiety And Depression
By Fran Smith
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ISBN: 9781847093431
ISBN: 9781847093448
Sudden, severe ill health comes as a shock and presents several challenges, most notably, loss of confidence. Suddenly people are afraid to take exercise, have sex or even go to the shops. Their entire self-image takes a battering, and this roller-coaster of uncertainty often leads to anxiety and depression. This book looks at the learning curve involved in sudden and chronic illness, and explores key ways to build psychological resilience during this time of challenge. Whether it concerns cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or a mental health condition, it explores the common psychological issues that arise when someones usual health and routine are disrupted, and discusses the impact of illness on relationships and family. Drawing on CBT techniques, it offers practical self-help strategies to help deal with peoples changed expectations of themselves, and with the related lifestyle changes.
About the Author
Dr Fran Smith is a counselling psychologist with expertise in illness psychology. She is director of cardiac psychology at the Royal Free Hospital, London. Dr Carina Eriksen is a clinical psychologist with an extensive London practice. Professor Robert Bor is Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London.

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