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 August 28, 2010 11:45 PM

Pain Control with Self Hypnosis

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 August 29, 2009 3:33 PM

Great Help Guide on using Meditation, Yoga, Exercise, etc. for Stress-Relief...

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 July 29, 2009 9:54 PM

MENTAL RELAXATION -- Let your mind unwind in the evening. Listen to soft, soothing music. Avoid mentally stimulating activities such as intense conversations, balancing the checkbook, doing serious study or getting yourself into a "hurrying" mode for any reason. Do calming things like ironing (leisurely) or enjoy some light reading (not mystery thrillers or highly technical material). The brain has an arousal mechanism that once you get it going, it's hard to slow it down! You don't want to get into this state before trying to fall asleep. Some people can stay extremely active and animated until the very minute they fall asleep; however, people with FMS are generally not able to do this.    [ send green star]
 July 16, 2009 8:17 AM

I'm sure I mentioned in an earlier post that I was seeing a therapist regularly for the depression and anxiety. I have now gone down to once per month (on the same day I see Psychiatrist for meds. This was due to 2 for gas and also that I find more support and comfort in groups, such as this one, and a couple others I am in here.

It really helps me to hear from others who are "in the same boat" and to be able to give & receive support. There is one group support here in town, but, it is all the way on the other side of the city during mid-day...and 100 degree weather is not something I go out in...unless it's to the beach, where I can stay cool in the water.

Thank You to all of you for your support

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 June 06, 2009 4:41 AM

Meditation May Lessen Depression

Wednesday June 3, 2009
For people struggling with severe depression, practicing meditation may offer mood-lifting benefits. In a recent pilot study, researchers randomly assigned 28 people dealing with depression (all of whom had previous depression episodes and thoughts of suicide) to two groups: One group continued their usual treatment, while the other paired standard care with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (or MBCT, a healing approach that combines mindfulness meditation with cognitive behavior therapy). Results showed that symptoms of depression decreased from severe to mild levels in the MBCT group, but remained the same in the group of participants receiving conventional care only.

Even in the most severe cases, depression is a highly treatable disorder. While it's critical to work with a physician in treating depression, certain self-care strategies—such as exercising regularly, practicing yoga, and using nutritional therapy—may produce mood-improving effects and ease depression symptoms.
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anonymous  January 26, 2008 5:33 AM

Fibromyalgia and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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 January 09, 2008 10:12 AM

lol and most of my reading is thriller and mystery, never knew that. ty  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 28, 2007 8:43 AM

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anonymous  December 27, 2007 5:52 AM

well Debbie...I hope I didn't make it sound easy (lol) cause it's not! I said, it's work.

I have always been the kind of person who was on-the-go all the time...working ft, raising a child w/ special needs, running a household...The hardest thing i had to deal with when I received my 'first' diagnosis (which eventually led to my other problems) was not being able to do all I wanted to do (and 'had' to do).

I still have a hard time with that...I lay back on my recliner with the heating pad, and would be so depressed because i could not fuction as I wished. But...I knew that had to stop because I could actually feel my pain increase the more I stressed over things.

I remind myself constantly that i just cannot do it...still have to work on pacing myself physically...there is nothing that I can do to change this situation, so i must relax and make the best of what I can...and, think of those less fortunate (in more pain, have no home, no family)...and one more thing, which is in regards to Religion/Spirituality (and I think I'll start another thread for that)....

Peace, C.C.

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 November 26, 2007 7:38 AM

I need to learn how to work thru the pain, what do you do or say to yourself during the really bad days? I ran out of meds cept the pain meds, which I only take 1/2 pill in the am and 1/2 at night, the soma which is gone I took 3 times a day and still had bad days but I need to know how to get thru this without meds as my dr left town and wont be back till the end of the month (he never faxed my meds in a week and 3 days ago ) so I wont be sleeping, I have been trying meditation and reiki , sometiems it helps, more helps with my head then with the actual pain (but its a free anti depressant LOL) I dont have the money to go to a therapist.. what are the things you do yourself since you arent going any more? ty for any advice  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  November 25, 2007 7:03 PM

just some rambling on my personal 'psycho-therapy'

i went to see a therapist following my diagnosis of a blood disorder about 4 yrs ago...o yeh, i wuz depressed...and admittedly did not handle that all too well at first...but, it did help me to have a 'neutral', confidential party to talk to.

eventually, i lost my medical coverage so i stopped going (did find out later tho that this place wud see me at no cost or very little). anyhow, i did learn a lot from her and kinda practice (what i like to call...) self-psychotherapy now...relaxation techniques, pacing myself, and 'reminding' myself, that stressing over the 'physical pain' will only make things worse...i'm actually gettin' pretty good at it, but, it remains work

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anonymous Psychotherapy October 17, 2007 4:40 AM

Please place any info. pretaining to psychotherapy or behavioral management that may be beficial to chronic pain sufferers here...

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