Therapy, in the context we use it here, involves treatment of conditions by professionals using discussion and dialogue to help an individual achieve a specific outcome. Medications and surgical procedures can bring a patient a long way to recovery, but in many cases they tackle the symptoms and not the root cause.
Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), have emerged as viable compliments to medical treatments and prescriptions. However, unlike taking medication it requires active participation by the patient and requires work outside the sessions.
In this selection of materials, we cover therapies used to overcome Opioid addiction, Misophonia and Hyperacusis, Orthorexia, facial tics and much more.
New types of therapies, and variations of those mentioned above, are being introduced in an attempt to reduce the dependency on prescription drugs with harmful side-effects.
Enjoy the articles.
Over the last decade North America has seen an increase in the number of individuals using and abusing opioids – pain relief medications. Many of the individuals using opioids have had them prescribed by their physicians to help alleviate the pain associated with injuries they’ve suffered to their bodies. So far, so good. After all, if you’ve had surgery of any type you’ll normally be given pain killers by the hospital to get you through the first few days after your operation. Unfortunately, what is happening is some individuals are getting addicted to these pain killers, namely codeine and morphine, even though they no longer need the medication for their injuries. Furthermore, they’re using a drug intended to alleviate or mask physical pain, to now mask their emotional and psychological pain. This short article is here to recognize we’re dealing with a problem that impacts all walks of life. From the mum you talk to at your kid’s soccer game to your neighbor’s gran who just needs to get through a day pain-free. Read more here…Read More
Cognitive behavioral therapy can be seen as an amazing therapeutic tool for helping individuals who suffer from mental health disorders and addictions. As a result of its simple, easy and hands on nature (changing thoughts in the here and now), individuals and therapists alike boast of its tremendous benefits. In this article, I will examine both the benefits and criticisms of using cognitive behavioral therapy. The therapy itself can be used in individual sessions as well as support groups. Some people do better when they attend support groups that are CBT based as they meet with others with similar disorders and concerns who validate them. One of the greatest advantages of CBT is that it is skill-focused, structured and practical. This means that clients get specific education and practical coping skills on how to cope with their long-term problems – anxiety, depression, irrational thinking, addictions, etc. Read more…Read More
We’re told we enter the world with two fears – fear of falling and fear of loud noises. Every other fear it’s said is… learned. However, for many folks they never lose the fear of loud noises. But it’s not the only sensitivity to sound that impacts people throughout their lives. I suffer from tinnitus and while its not as extreme as some sufferers nonetheless its always present and I can sympathize with anybody who endures over the many forms of noise and sound sensitivity. This article will explore different classifications of sensitivity and treatments available. I consider myself a practical person and while the medical research fascinates me, many times clinical description leads to a lack of understanding and clarification about what to do next for a lay person. Read to learn more…Read More
Back in the day, an energy drink was considered a ‘black as night coffee’ with more than enough sugar for the extra spike. You got your caffeine and your sugar combined in what most thought of as the perfect ‘stay a-wake energy drink!’ Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like coffee has disappeared or fallen off the earth, but today people who love the quick hit of energy prefer the more commercial energy drinks. However, just like coffee, some people are getting addicted to them. The millennial generation seems to be one specific ‘population’ who relies heavily on the energy drinks and is making them a staple part of their daily diets. There are many different ‘energy drinks’ on the market now, with varying ‘hours’ they guarantee to pick you up, or keep you awake. This is all harmless stuff, right? After all its just caffeine and sugar? Unfortunately, the combination is far from harmless as you’ll begin to see. Read more…Read More
The term and illness ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ is commonly discussed when it comes to people experiencing persistent lethargy. Not too long ago there was much discussion on whether or not it was an actual disorder, or more of a somatoform disorder, or even something individuals feign – psychosomatic if you will. The question then is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) a real disorder? CFS is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and is now the preferred term in the medical profession. The fact is it’s an accepted disease these days as medical science understands there is a group of illnesses that attacks our body systems causing fatigue but without being able to identify the cause or see it running around under a microscope. But for those experiencing ME its real and can make one’s life miserable. But there are options. Read more here…Read More
Are you an orthorexic? If you have never heard of this concept, then perhaps you might want to read on as this is not a new phenomenon, but one that is getting more attention due to the greater emphasis in today’s society on eating healthy. Are you obsessed with eating healthy all of the time? Orthorexia nervosa was first coined by Dr. Steven Bratman to describe his own experiences with food choices and eating. It is not currently listed in the DSM-5 as an actual eating disorder, but has many of the qualities of an eating disorder which makes it similar to actual eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. In a nutshell, othorexics have an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy all of the time. Read more…Read More
Over the last few years, the outbreak of the virus known as shingles has become more prevalent in North America. The virus itself appears first inside the body and the symptoms develop on the skin as an extremely painful rash that resembles chicken pox. Most often the pustules appear as blisters on the torso, sides, upper back and neck of the individual. Some of the more painful lesions spring forth on the face and the upper neck. The virus itself, “varicella-zoster” is the same virus that causes chicken pox. Interestingly, once you have had chicken pox, which most people have when they were children, the virus remains in the body inactive. Read more here…Read More
More information is available today than ever before on Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) which often are at the root of facial tics. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that demonstrates strong symptoms which include ticking and sudden movements. The most common early symptoms seen in Tourette Syndrome are tics that include facial tics, rapid eye blinking and squinting, as well as twitches that involve the mouth. The onset of this disorder usually occurs in older children and teens, before the age of 18 years of age. In order for the tics to be directly correlated too, or related to Tourette Syndrome, the tics must be persistent for at least one year in the individual. Moreover, the tics become so mild to very intense, and can come in bouts throughout the course of a day, or sporadically. In some instances, the ticking may stop for several days, or even weeks only to return.Read More
When you examine the fastest growing and most common addictions amongst men, is it any surprise that it is an addiction to pornography? Research and statistics now show that there are well over 100 million web pages devoted to pornography. Pornography has become more popular than NFL football, NASCAR and the UFC which are extremely important forms of viewing entertainment to men. Furthermore, what once used to be an activity limited to television viewing or adult only theaters, pornography has quickly become a medium that men can view anytime and anywhere. Herein lies the problem… pornography has become so easily accessible and also free. Read more…Read More
Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP hasn’t been around for very long – 40 years. It has however been employed by some famous self-help gurus – most noteworthy is Tony Robbins. But this doesn’t tell the important part of its capabilities as we do not all have the charisma and tribal following of a Tony Robbins or a T. Harv Eker, and neither do most practitioners of NLP. NLP has been used by its practitioners as a means to help people achieve a different result in their life. These can be people who have a major behavioral issue of habit they want to change, or people who seek a richer and more fulfilling life. As NLP, at its core, offers the potential for deeper self-awareness and ability to control outcomes with this knowledge, then this all makes sense. Discover how it could benefit you here…Read More
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