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How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy & Sorrow

June 20th, 2013
“I see you.” These three little words have remarkable power to change how you think, feel, and live. Author Toni Bernhard visited Paris back in 2001 one and came down with a viral illness that has left her chronically ill and at times confined in her home on bed rest. She had been a law professor ...

Using Mindfulness to Approach Chronic Pain

Using Mindfulness to Approach Chronic PainWhen we’re in pain, we want it to go away. Immediately. And that’s understandable. Chronic pain is frustrating and debilitating, said Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and Psych Central blogger. The last thing we want ...

Living with Chronic Pain and Depression

Living with Chronic Pain and DepressionAbout 50 percent of people who have chronic pain also have depression, according to Robert D. Kerns, Ph.D, National Program Director for Pain Management for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Director of the Pain Research, Informatics, ...

Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows

Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows Healing touch therapies, the best known being Reiki (pronounced RAY-key), are ancient practices in increasingly wide use today. According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “Reiki is [a] subtle and effective form ...

Children with Fibromyalgia Benefit from CBT

Children with Fibromyalgia Benefit from CBTRecent research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy can improve the lives of children and adolescents suffering from fibromyalgia. The condition affects between two and seven percent of school-aged children, primarily adolescent girls. It causes widespread pain, ...

Before The World Intruded: Conquering The Past And Creating The Future

BOOK REVIEW.
Michele Rosenthal’s memoir, Before The World Intruded, is the story of her struggle with a life-threatening illness and the trauma it created. Rosenthal shares her battle with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), leading us from her diagnosis at age 13 through 24 subsequent years of psychological repercussions. Rosenthal recounts the story of how she fought for years ...

Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing and Treating Sexual Pain

BOOK REVIEW.
In Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain, physician Deborah Coady, MD, and psychotherapist Nancy Fish, MSW, MPH, combine their medical and psychological expertise to write a book about and for women who suffer from sexual pain.  Healing Painful Sex is concise, clear, and comprehensive, informing women of the ...

Childhood Bad Behavior Linked to Adult Chronic Pain

Childhood Bad Behavior Linked to Adult Chronic PainResearchers have found a significant link between childhood behavioral problems and chronic pain in adulthood. Dr. Dong Pang of Aberdeen University, UK, and colleagues explain that chronic widespread pain affects about 12 percent of adults and can cause disability. It has ...

Homeopathy: Less Is More

Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, developed homeopathy in the late eighteenth century. He did so because of his dissatisfaction with the conventional medicine of his time. Hahnemann suggested two key principles. First, he asserted that “like cures like.” In other words, a substance that produces certain symptoms in a healthy person can be used to ...

The Health Impact of Regular Marijuana Use

The Health Impact of Regular Marijuana UseA recent global review of marijuana (cannabis) suggests it has been used by one in 25 adults aged 15 to 64 years. Published in the Lancet, the report focuses on nonmedical use. Its authors, led by Professor Wayne Hall of the ...

Job Stress Linked To Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers have found new links between stress at work and risk of rheumatoid arthritis. It seems that low levels of job-related control may increase the risk, but high demands may actually be protective. A team led by Dr. Camilla Bengtsson at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden used figures on 1,221 rheumatoid arthritis patients aged ...

Three Faces of Depression

Three Faces of DepressionIs depression a single thing? It seems to me that depression has many faces. One of the fascinating segments of my job as a private tutor is my role as home school teacher. I take on referrals of students who can’t attend school. Sometimes the causes ...

The Relationship Between Mental and Physical Health

People with depression often have worse physical health, as well as worse self-perceived health, than those without depression. Depression and other physical health conditions have separate but additive effects on well-being. For example, the combination of heart disease and depression can cause twice the reduction in social interaction than either condition alone. Patients with both ...

Dysthymia Treatment

There are a number of effective treatment approaches to help treat dysthymic disorder (also known as dysthymia). Often times a person with dysthymia will seek out treatment because of increased stress or personal difficulties which may be situationally-related. Only after a careful diagnostic interview is conducted (or after a few therapy sessions) may ...

Alexander Technique May Benefit Back Pain Sufferers

Back pain is one of the most frequent disabling conditions in Western societies. The management of patients varies considerably within and between countries, and not many treatments work in the long term. The Alexander Technique — developed in the late 1800s by a Shakespearean actor who lost his voice and discovered the cause to be ...

How to Help Someone Suffering from a Chronic Illness

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening disease, you may feel desperate and completely helpless. But it doesn't have to be that way. Research has shown us that family and friends can play a huge role in helping patients deal with a chronic illness. When a person is suffering from a chronic illness, ...

Coping with Chronic Illness

There are many types of chronic illness, from diabetes and AIDS to arthritis and persistent fatigue. While medical science has made great strides in developing effective treatments for the physical effects of these diseases, many victims still face a staggering challenge to their mental and emotional health. One of the biggest fears is the uncertainty associated ...

The Physical Effects of Long-Term Stress

Chronic stress can have a serious impact on our physical as well as psychological health due to sustained high levels of the chemicals released in the 'fight or flight' response. Let's take a closer look at what's going on. The Role of the Nervous System

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a vast network of nerves

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

If you have poor circulation in your legs, it could be Peripheral Artery Disease, or P.A.D., and it's important to talk to your doctor about getting tested for P.A.D. as early as possible. Since many people with P.A.D. have no symptoms, you may not notice any warning signs. If you have any of the risk factors ...

What is Peripheral Artery Disease?

Often described as poor circulation in the legs, Peripheral Artery Disease, or P.A.D., is a serious condition that more than doubles your risk of heart attack or stroke. 8 million people have P.A.D. People with diabetes and smokers are more likely to develop it. However, because many people have no symptoms at all, only your ...

Getting Help for Low Back Pain

Mrs. Smith has suffered from low back pain for the past five years. Her pain intensifies when bending backwards. She had many tests, including an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), x-rays and nerve studies, all of which proved normal. She tried many medications for pain, with only temporary relief. Even many weeks of physical therapy provided

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Treating Pain Associated with Terminal Illness

Ms. Collins was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. She immediately underwent surgical removal of her tumor and took anti-cancer medications to ensure the destruction of any remaining cancer cells.

Three months ago, however, Ms. Collins began to experience pain in her left arm. X-rays confirmed that her tumor had recurred and was now invading

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What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Three years ago, Mr. Gordon stepped "the wrong way" when getting out of bed one morning; the resulting foot pain was excruciating. Since that day, even lightly touching the skin of his foot causes Mr. Gordon pain. Sometimes his foot swells and the pain worsens in cold weather. X-rays taken at the time of this

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