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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

What meaning does chronic illness have for you?

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Sometimes when people get a diagnosis of a chronic illness, the thoughts that they have about it make the illness worse and they suffer more. There is an implied stigma, or socially agreed-upon construct, that includes pity, shame, struggle, and a lousy future. If we have chronic illness, we can adopt this construct and internalize […]

When You’re Discouraged…

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Having a chronic illness or chronic pain has its fair share of disappointing occurrences in life. You may feel discouraged from time to time, and it may be the only obvious choice to you at such times. You may think that you doing really well and then have a relapse of illness, and injury, or something else […]

Going your own way with serious illness diagnoses

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A dear friend of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer and received a lot of pressure to go the traditional route of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Cancer is a pretty serious illness and has a lot of fear connected to it. Fortunately, he had some friends who were knowledgeable about alternative medicine and learned as […]

The right words at the right time… (What to say when a friend has chronic or serious illness)

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What do you want to hear when you’re facing a serious illness? Or even a chronic illness? I have seen from personal and professional experience that news of the diagnosis like cancer, AIDS, or other life-threatening illness leaves some of us speechless or awkwardly twisting in the wind trying to find the right words to […]