Essential Reads

The Power of Mindset Science for Pain Relief and Health

By Beth Darnall PhD on January 19, 2018 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Psychological factors influence the experience of pain, how well treatments work, and whether pain resolves. Mindset science for pain relief is key to recovery and well-being.

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New hope for previously untreatable pain.
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Are You Sore, Stiff, and Unrested When You Wake Up?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
The right equipment and attention to your daily habits can help you conquer these feelings.

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Has Medicine Lost Its Mind?

By Robert C. Smith M.D. on February 07, 2018 in Patient Zero
Your physician is not trained to treat your mental health problems, but the psychiatrist shortage is severe.

Want to Live as Long as Possible? In New Study, Most Say No

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Living Single
Asked how long they wanted to live, people 60 and older from Germany, China, and the U.S. often said that staying reasonably healthy was more important than just living longer.

Why Do Doctors Overprescribe?

How physician behaviors have contributed to the opioid and antibiotic resistance crises and what can be done about it.

The Bariatric Battle of Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 31, 2018 in Overcoming Pain
Better yet, exercise and eat well—and don’t be a candidate for bariatric surgery in the first place.

Are You Chronically Ill? Don’t Make Things Worse!

We make things worse by adding an extra layer of suffering to the suffering we're already experiencing due to physical or mental illness.

Yoga Has Real Health Benefits

By Temma Ehrenfeld on January 18, 2018 in Open Gently
Don't dismiss yoga: It plus aerobics leads to more health benefits than twice the aerobics.

New Year’s Reflections Inspired by Three Haiku Poets

Here are four haiku with the new year as their themes. My commentary focuses on chronic illness (which includes chronic pain), but this piece is for everyone.

The Mathematics of Forgiveness

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
When others treat us unfairly we tend to become collectors of wounds that can deprive us of happiness. Perhaps it is time to confront those accumulated wounds.

Link Shown Between Sinusitis, Hay Fever, and Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 18, 2017 in Minding the Body
Your sinus and nasal health are closely tied to your psychological health, several recent studies show. A researcher explains how they may be connected.

The Burdens Posed by Invisible Physical and Mental Illnesses

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 12, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental illness: depression.

Trauma Psychotherapy, Pilates, EMDR and Sensorimotor Work

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in The New Normal
Chronic pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and other physical manifestations can reflect unresolved psychological trauma residuals. But maybe Pilates can help?

Living With Chronic Pain

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Family Secrets
The more you fight with your pain, the more pain you will have.

Understanding Depression

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Think Well
Clinical or major depression is a potentially deadly illness that affects many millions of people at any given time. Here's how to gain a better of understanding of it.
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Don’t Let Chronic Pain Throw You into the Future

By Golan Shahar Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Stress, Self, and Health
The dangers of pain-based catastrophizing.

Effective Non-Toxic Alternatives for Pain and Depression

Effective treatment of inflammation, pain, and depression without NSAIDS.

Is Pain Being Treated Properly?

By Denis G. Patterson D.O. on November 06, 2017 in Navigating Pain Management
A common reason for referral is “my primary care can no longer or does not feel comfortable with continuing to prescribe me my pain medications."

Bright Lights, Big City, and Fibromyalgia

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
It is always interesting to find ways to improve sleep, which is known to have a positive impact on fibromyalgia symptoms, but also many other aspects of one’s life.

A Five-Step Approach to the Opioid Epidemic, Part 2 of 2

By Dan Mager MSW on October 31, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Make no mistake: there is no magic bullets and no quick fixes to this crisis. However, there are several critical steps that can help us make meaningful progress toward solutions.

How to Respond to Unkind Remarks When You’re Chronically Ill

Responding to unkind and insensitive comments can require a lot of thought and energy. This is because there are several factors to consider before deciding what to say.

Light Therapy for Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
In the meantime, open the shades, put your head right into that sunny morning, and wait for your body’s opioids to kick in.

12 Things I Didn’t Expect to Happen As I Age

I’ve noticed some changes in my life as I age, and it’s been interesting to discover what a surprise each one is to me. Some things I’ve welcomed; others not so much.

What to Do When Doctors Haven't Helped You

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
A new approach when the old ones fail.

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

Where Did the Opioid Epidemic Come From? Part One of Two

By Dan Mager MSW on September 21, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The opioid epidemic is a solely human created catastrophe, born of sincere intent that became mutated by unadorned profit-motivated greed. Here's how it happened.

Listen to Lady Gaga

By Judy Foreman on September 21, 2017 in A Nation in Pain
I'm so sorry for Lady Gaga's chronic pain, but the publicity for pain is good!
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"Only Connect!" (Spinal Cord Injury Group-1)

By Elizabeth Young on September 15, 2017 in Adaptations
The magnetism of spinal cord injury survivors.

My Pain Isn't Your Pain

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 13, 2017 in Open Gently
Some people feel more physical pains than others. Talk about it. Don't let anyone patronize you and also don't judge.

12 Comments That Would Be Welcomed by the Chronically Ill

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 12, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Most people have the best of intentions when speaking to those who struggle with their health. That said, often remarks by friends and family are off the mark.

Opioid Addiction: Is This a War We Can Win?

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW on September 08, 2017 in Life in the Recovery Room
Those who are familiar with “recovery from addiction” know that solving the crisis requires action. The battle lines are clear; it’s time to take a stand.