Coping with the Psychological Effects of Illness: Strategies to Manage Anxiety and Depression

Fran Smith, Dr Robert Bor, Dr. Carina Eriksen

Whether it concerns cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or a mental health condition, sudden illness comes as a shock and challenges confidence. Suddenly people can be afraid to exercise, have sex or even go to the shops. Their entire self-image can take a battering, and this roller-coaster of uncertainty often leads to anxiety and depression. This book examines the learning curve involved in sudden and chronic illness, and explores key ways to build resilience during this time of challenge. Drawing on CBT techniques, it offers practical self-help strategies to help deal with changed expectations and lifestyles. This patient-centred guide is suitable for all reading levels.