Ilene A. Serlin Ph.D.

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It's Not All in Your Head!

Being sensitive ought to be met with understanding.

Posted Feb 06, 2013

How many times have you had someone come into your office or heard someone say to you: “There is no organic cause for what you are feeling. It’s all in your head.”

Furthermore, you may be advised to find a therapist, stop focusing on yourself, get over it and on with things: “Stop being so sensitive!”

I have seen lots of people come into my office having been told these things for symptoms ranging from environmental or chemical sensitivities to autoimmune disorders like fibromyalgia or Lyme disease. On top of the despair from the inability to diagnose or treat a deteriorating condition, people often feel guilty for somehow causing the illness or not being cheerful enough, or shamed for being too self-absorbed or needy. They may feel that they’ve exhausted the goodwill of their friends, the listening capacity of their families. Yet the pain continues. Or deepens. It doesn’t just go away.

So the pain is compounded with guilt and fear and shame.

Many of these people are what some are now calling “sensitives”; truly with a different physiology and porousness to environmental imbalances. Yet it is very difficult to get these environmental toxins to be taken seriously.

The following excerpt is from Sudi Scull, a marriage and family therapist who came to consult with me, who has been confronting some of these environmental hazards. In her comments, she describes the importance of being met with understanding and effective action:

Contrary to mainstream thinking, cutting-edge research shows that chemicals and electromagnetic fields can cause debilitating physical and psychological symptoms. It’s not all in your head!

Michael Jawer, in “The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion”, explores this topic in depth and from many contrary viewpoints. He names this growing number of people as “the sensitives”—gifted, intuitive people who can feel in their body the effects of these carcinogens. MRI scans show parts of their brains light up and are more excitable than the brains of the general population. If you have felt as though you never quite fit in, with this book you may have found your tribe!

Chemicals can be tasted and smelled but EMF fields are invisible although measurable by various meters. Therefore, microwave radiation is more elusive and harder to convince a skeptic of its negative side effects. With the cumulative effects from cellphone towers, smart phones and more recently wireless utility meters, the public and healthcare professionals need to be aware of this growing public hazard. Let’s not pooh-pooh chemical and electromagnetic sensitivity any longer and cause that much more undue suffering. This book is a transformational read!

Sudi Scull can be contacted at: (415) 282-8185.

About the Author

Ilene Serlin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the founder and director of Union Street Health Associates and the Arts Medicine Program at California Pacific Medical Center.

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