New Books Explain How to Recover from Chronic Pain, Depression and Addiction

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Dr. Sumter M. Carmichael, a physician, psychiatrist, and sufferer of multiple sclerosis herself, has written Heal: A Psychiatrist’s Inspiring Story of What It Takes to Recover from Chronic Pain, Depression and Addiction and a sequel, Heal Thyself: What You Can Do to Recover from Chronic Pain, Depression and Addiction. In these two books, Dr. Carmichael has explained the role of emotion and has provided important advice for recovering from chronic pain, depression and addiction that commonly follow serious illness or injury.

In her more recently published book, Heal Thyself: What You Can Do to Recover from Chronic Pain, Depression and Addiction, physician and psychiatrist Sumter M. Carmichael, M.D. provides both an understanding of the problems and some very practical advice about recovering from major illness or injury.

Explaining why chronic pain, depression and opiate addiction commonly follow serious illness or injury, Dr. Carmichael explores all the ways to find healing including physical, nutritional, emotional, social and spiritual rehabilitation. Filled with advice and practical exercises, this encouraging book helps individuals take control of their own recovery. Heal Thyself is a sequel to her first book, Heal: A Psychiatrist’s Inspiring Story of What It Takes to Recover from Chronic Pain, Depression and Addiction …and What Stands in the Way, which is a personal memoir explaining how she has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for over forty-seven years and what it has taught her about healing. Through the telling of her personal and professional experiences, (having developed a pain clinic at an indigent care hospital,) she shares her knowledge of recovery and shows how emotions are often overlooked in today’s medical treatments. Using laymen’s language and stories, Dr. Carmichael provides practical information about getting one’s life back, which is of great value to both patients and physicians. She demystifies many aspects of psychiatry, demonstrating that it is not just the body but the whole person who has to be healed.

Further information about these two important books and a short biography are available at her website: http://www.manageyourchronicpain.com Heal and Heal Thyself by Sumter M. Carmichael, M.D. are both available on Amazon.com.

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