Therapist’s Pick/Book of the Month
By Dawn Krull MA, MS, TLLP
Theme: Chronic Conditions
There’s more to living with a chronic health condition than taking pills and seeing doctors. Many individuals facing a challenging diagnosis often have co-occurring conditions or mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. The chronic condition may also have an impact on a variety of areas in their lives as well such as work, social life, school, and relationships. Doctors may provide skimpy resources leaving the vast abyss of the internet to fuel fears and blend proven techniques with old wives’ tales.
Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions by Lorig, Sobel, Gonzalez, and Minor (2006) is a great resource filled with helpful tips, suggestions, and resources to help individuals manage chronic health concerns. Some of the topics covered include: Becoming an Active Self-Manager, Goal Setting, Exercising, Making Treatment Decisions, Guided Imagery, Advance Directives, Sex and Intimacy, Managing Arthritis, and Planning for the Future. The book is easy to read, has large print, and includes diagrams and pictures to help explain some of the techniques. It is filled with a lot of external resources and links as well.
I came across this gem at a Consumer Voice Conference in 2012 and have used it for various topics many times with clients, family, and for myself too. One book or resource should never trump medical orders, and this is no exception. Rather the book can be used as a self-management tool and guide in addition to what is prescribed by a physician.
Lorig, K., Sobel, D., Gonzalez, V., & Minor, M. (2006). Living a healthy life with chronic conditions. Self-management of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and others (3rd ed.). Boulder, CO: Bull Publishing Company.