The aim of The Essential Guide to Chronic Illness is to provide patients and their families with information they can use to improve their interaction with the entire health care community. Studies have shown that active patients respond to treatment more quickly, recover faster, and report greater satisfaction with the quality of their care. In an environment of increasing 'managed care' it is vital for health care providers and patients to become allies in achieving satisfactory treatment outcomes. With the help of this book, they can. The nearly 50 chronic illnesses in The Essential Guide to Chronic Illness were chosen for their relative frequency in North America, the severity of impact on the patient and his or her family, and the degree of difficulty in recognition or management. Here readers can learn about cholesterol disorders and stroke, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and migraine headaches, epilepsy and glaucoma, and much, much more.