In days gone by, people understood that a knock to your health takes its toll on your emotions, your relationships, your morale, your spirit. But these days, we think that if the doctor has waved you off, then you are better. We neglect what scientific studies show is a vital element of recovery: the emotional side of getting better. As a result, many of us struggle with hidden issues such as depression, stress and anxiety long after a health crisis. This new book, from the authors of The Cancer Survivors Companion (highly commended by the BMA and winner of the Guild of Health Writers Best Health Book 2012) centres on the crucial, researchbased (but widely overlooked) truth that getting better is not just about the body emotions play a huge part. Often, a persons emotional state is the one thing stopping them from a full recovery.