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Donoghue and Siegel direct their book to healthcare providers, families, and patients dealing with invisible chronic illness (ICI)--those conditions that are chronic and disabling but not readily apparent to the casual observer. In Part 1, the authors define ICI, including brief descriptions of 13 diseases that fit their criteria. They discuss in clinical, detached language the impact of ICI on the patient, family, friends, and employers. In Part 2, Donoghue and Siegel speak directly to the patient, offering coping mechanisms to enhance quality of life through positive thinking, effective communication, and pain management techniques. They also include reading lists and "Illness Associations." While useful, their book suffers from the attempt to address too broad an audience. Recommended for larger collections only.
- Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An invaluable source of help and comfort to those who suffer from invisible chronic illness and to their caregivers and friends. -- Katharina Dalton, M.D.
How many times have you said to yourself, 'No one can understand how I feel unless they've experienced it themselves?' Because the authors of this book each have experienced an 'Invisible Chronic Illness' or ICI, they are able to express feelings that you have more than likely experienced but have not been able to put into words. This book validates your emotions and then helps you to express them in constructive ways. -- Network
One of the most helpful books about chronic illness that I ever run across....This book is captivating, informative, and sensitive. -- Allergy Aware
This self-help book by two Ph.D. psychologists (one of whom suffers from multiple sclerosis) is not new, just new to me, and what a discovery! It is a moving explication of what it means to live with an invisible chronic illness--ICI. If you have patients, acquaintances or if you yourself suffer from an ICI you can find valuable advice and guidance in this book. -- Ostomy/Wound Management
"Great book! I've been sick since I was 17, I am now 31 and it is the first time that I feel understood! Every page I'm like: '' Yes. Yes, this is exactly how is is! Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2013 by Mariane
I have 2 ICI's and I have struggled with a large amount of self doubt and sadness, because of other people's inability to understand what I am dealing with. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Shopping Addiction
Unlike a lot of books with this theme, this one seems to do a good job of ferreting out the different ways that people deal with chronic illness. Read morePublished on April 23 2002
This is without a doubt the best book on chronic illness I have ever read. It is written well and is easy to read. Read morePublished on July 5 2000 by Mark J. Driscoll
During 25 years of practice in clinical psychology I have found few books as helpful as this one. It does what I have always held to be the central idea of my work; to integrate... Read morePublished on March 19 2000
I was eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest - but because of my Cronic Illness, I constantly felt tired. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2000
I found this book extremely helpful, not only as a sufferer of CFS and fibromyalgia, but as a nurse caring for many patients with many chronic illnesses. Read morePublished on Dec 31 1999 by Nanci
I have been a CFIDS "survivor" for two years now. Living in a small town, I am one of very very few CFIDS patients. Read morePublished on Dec 16 1999