These illnesses are complicated and extraordinarily difficult to live with. Even with an accurate diagnosis and proper medical care, improved symptom levels depend on knowledgeable self-management by the individual. In this question/discussion forum, you will be able to ask questions about managing your illness, hear others do the same, and participate in discussions of shared experiences. After attending this question/discussion forum, you’ll understand: • What are the important areas in which you can reduce your symptoms • Why it can be difficult to make life changes that are logical and beneficial • How difficult changes can occur despite setbacks or lack of progress
Dr. Drescher is a psychologist with a full-time clinical practice at MindBody Health in Salt Lake City. He provides individual psychotherapy, group work, training in meditation, and classes in resilience and other health topics. Dr. Drescher holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Utah. He was a founding member of OFFER (Organization for Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Education and Research) where he served on the Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors for CFIDS, the national ME/CFS organization. More recently he served in the same capacity for the Bateman Horne Center. In addition to his clinical work, he currently consults and teaches in the areas of ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cancer.