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Online Resources for People with Medically Unexplained Illnesses

In conduct the current study that I am working on, I have come across some interesting and helpful websites. These can be helpful for people who are looking for answers and resources for their ailment, and I wanted to share them with you. If you come across any additional websites that you think would be […]

How Spirituality Helps Wellness

When people feel ill, they may not necessarily think about their spiritual resources at that time. This varies, of course, but most people think of the medical community as the first line of resource. For most people, it is. However, there are times when your mental, emotional, and spiritual mindset can make it big difference […]

How would you like to be part of a research study?

Dear Readers, I am taking a bold new step and conducting a survey on people with chronic illnesses that are not easily treated or explained by medicine-as-usual. But I need your help! I’m conducting a survey regarding people with medically unexplained illnesses and how they cope with their illness and make use of their resources, […]

The Dangers of Catastrophizing Pain

We all experience pain from time to time and it’s never a pleasant thing. However, there are some ways that we can make it better or worse for ourselves. One of the things we can do to make it worse is to catastrophize it. What does that mean exactly? Catastrophize in pain intensifies it by […]

Chuckle (In response to Daily Prompt for April 19, 2017)

There is an age-old tension between waiting to do something when you feel inspired, and getting inspired enough to do something. I often find that the things that we have the best of intentions of doing, like exercising, being kind to others, eating better, etc. are much more difficult than the things we know we should […]

A Brief Introduction to Medically Unexplained Illnesses

Some chronic illnesses have specific titles, treatments and are much more easily understood by medical professionals. They have a consistent set of diagnostic criteria and so they are easy to diagnose, treat, and maintain. More research is done to find drugs and treatments that help with their treatment, and so while they are not curable, […]

The Gift of Health on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is often a time when we eat more sugar than normal. People often celebrate with candy, confections, and special, sumptuous dinners. It’s fine to celebrate special occasions with food. However, there other ways to let people know that you care about them without raising their insulin levels. Here are some ideas for having […]

Your Food Plan: Is it All or Nothing?

distracted eating of food

Many people know they need to change the way they eat for health, feeling better about their appearance, or raising their self-esteem. Their relationship to food has to be adjusted if it is a source of comfort, entertainment, or escape. Sometimes when people get a physical or mental illness, it’s hard to get the motivation […]

When Illness Defines Identity

When we have chronic illness, it is very easy to get consumed in what we can’t do and be. This comes to shape our identity and can even hamper our self-esteem. Unfortunately, diagnostic labels can come to define us if we don’t take active measures to prevent that from occurring. As a psychologist I see how […]