Practical and psychological strategies for self-help

I’m delighted to let you know that I have teamed up with Sheila Granger to write this book. All being well, it should be out next week!  For more details, keep checking my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/apaininthemind/

Who would have thought, looking back just over a year, that we would be writing a book about self-managing the condition that has been dubbed Long COVID? It’s almost difficult to comprehend now, given how the world has changed in the intervening period, but, back in February and March 2020, we had not even heard of Long COVID and were still in the early stages of getting to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our daily lives. Nobody anticipated, back then, that the virus would last so long or create such a monumental challenge to both our health and the economy.

Why write this book?

Long Covid a new wave of chronic illness – a syndrome made up of a wide range of symptoms, mental and physical, some of which it was hard for people to pinpoint or explain clearly; not all of which everyone suffered or suffered in the same way.

I have been seeing people with Long Covid in my clinic and it reminds me of clients who had come to my clinics for help in living with the day-to-day impact of other debilitating conditions, which also stretched over many months and even years. 

Based on my experience of working with people with long term health conditions, I know that these people could be helped by psychological therapies that equipped them with their own self-care toolbox – ways to manage their pain, fear or fatigue in a very individual way.

And so, we decided to write this book as way to reach out to them and a new, Long Covid generation – because we saw that while they may not share the same symptoms or the same diagnosis, they all had the same longing: to be back in control of their lives. 

Here are some of the endorsements we have received…

“This book has a great deal to commend it, providing useful practical suggestions, along with positive measures and tips to help empower individuals. It is an excellent resource offering a pragmatic guide for those patients who find themselves affected by the debilitating aftermath of a Covid-19 infection. Having worked with Dr Sue Peacock for over two decades, I was delighted to see this work published, drawn from the wealth of her considerable clinical experience. I strongly recommend this book which serves to enable sufferers to self-manage in their journey towards recovery.”

Dr Bill Smith, Consultant Physician & Rheumatologist.

Dr Peacock has many years’ experience in helping people to successfully self-manage long-term health conditions. This book will be a valuable resource to anyone living with the after-effects of COVID-19, who may be unsure where to start, or what to try.

Dr Elizabeth Hale, Chartered Psychologist/ Registered Health Psychologist

Grateful thanks to all my clients who agreed to be case studies for this book and bravely shared their stories.

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