Dr. Steiner's Tools for Change

About Chronic Illness

  1. ❧ Introduction
  2. About Dr. Steiner's Audio CD: The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness
  3. Articles:
    1. Toolkit for Families Living with Chronic Medical Illness
    2. Healing Power of Groups
    3. Why Nickname your Illness?
  4. Books:
    1. Believing in Ourselves
    2. My New Book


Chronic pain and illness affect more than 90 million Americans as well as countless loved ones and caregivers whose lives are also changed by chronic illnesses such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia.

I have written numerous articles about living with chronic illness, the challenges and joys of group therapy. I have also developed a number of self-help forms to help people manage their medical issues and physical limitations.

Listen to this hour-long interview on Full Power Living Radio (with Ilene Dillon, Ph.D.) in which I discuss the topic of thriving while coping with chronic medical issues and pain.


CHECK OUT this free Medical Information Form, an easy-to-use, one-page form I designed. It helps save lives, improve safety and independence, and provides people with greater control over their medical care. (It folds to the size of a credit card so it is easy to carry!) You can easily download it onto your computer and make changes to your list of medications as often as needed. If you prefer, you can print out a copy and hand-write in your details.

In my MP3, The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride, I share some of my techniques for helping people with chronic illnesses live more fully. I draw on my professional work as a therapist, as well as from my own experiences living with "Arthur," of Arthur-itis.

Along with many others, I have found that it is helpful to create a nickname for one's uninvited companion(s). To learn about the benefits of nicknaming your illness, go to the Why Nickname Your Illness page.

New self-help guides, Articles and Publications, and Resources and Links will be added to this site over time.



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Last Updated: July 2, 2023