Tig Notaro’s recent diagnosis of cancer has shown how a well-known celebrity deals with cancer: she talks about it. She has opened up and received support from friends and the world at large. Not all of us have the ability to receive such widespread support, however, there are equally healthy ways that all people afflicted with cancer can cope and maybe even thrive. Physical symptoms of cancer treatment, usually chemotherapy and radiation therapy are: fatigue, pain, [...]
Many turn to Neurofeedback Therapy to fight the invisible battle with PTSD October 11, 2010 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The nine-year Afghanistan and Iraq war is now being dubbed as America’s longest war. During a recent CNN segment, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the alarming suicide and hospitalization rates among U.S. troops. There were more soldiers hospitalized in 2009 for mental health issues (17,538) than physical injury (11,156). It was also reported that if a soldier [...]
Dr. Christopher Fisher, Managing Editor for The Behavioral Medicine Report posted this article on the effects of PTSD on children. If you’re dealing with an issue like this, I would be happy to help. Please reach out by calling my office at 310-314-6933 or sending me a private email.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops after exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor. The traumatic event returns in a very intrusive and distressing way, which can effect your sense of security, self-esteem and development, resulting in depression and high anxiety. The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in some of the following ways: recurrent and intrusive memories or dreams, a sense of reliving the experience, and efforts to avoid activities, people, or places that arouse recollections of [...]
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Historically it has been difficult to treat insomnia, in part because it is hard to define insomnia since the amount of sleep required for each individual varies widely. Some insomniacs have a terrible time falling asleep. Others have trouble staying asleep. Some have very poor quality of sleep. Some wake early and cannot fall back asleep even if they don’t feel like they slept enough. Fatigue, memory problems, irritability, depression, [...]
One method of dealing with stress is learning how to recognize and talk back to that internal critic you have in your head. Write down all the self-critical thoughts going through your mind. Write down why these thoughts are incorrect. Then, practice talking back to them, explaining why they are wrong. For example, if you are going to be late for a meeting, write down the negative thoughts you have about yourself. The declarations of character [...]
With the 2012 presidential election looming like a vulture over an antelope carcass, we often feel the need to justify our position on this important choice to those around us, especially our mates. We can often plead the fifth when others issue political proclamations, but when you start reviewing your ballot at the kitchen table and your husband walks in and says, “So, honey, who ya voting for?” It is difficult to say, “No comment.” Then, [...]