Joanna Charnas

Joanna J. Charnas is a social worker with twenty-six years of experience as a licensed mental health provider. When she was nineteen she woke one morning in a debilitated state that remained a mystery for seventeen years until she was diagnosed with CFIDS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It was a relief to finally name the illness, yet discouraging to be without standardized treatment or an actual cure. She has worked in numerous service sectors, all of which placed fragile people in her care and enhanced her clinical acumen and skills. Since 1995, she has worked specifically with people with mental and physical illnesses. Joanna has written numerous academic papers as well as manuals for program and department employers. This book is her first effort at writing for general publication. Please visit