Book reviews

Book Review: The Silent Scream

The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle, and Hope is put together by Maria Alfieri. There are 10 other contributors to the book using their full names, including myself, and other writing anonymously. In the introduction, Maria writes: "It is through our vulnerability that our liberation from our inauthenticity starts. Through honest conversation we… Continue reading Book Review: The Silent Scream

Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?

Spine Logo vector created by roserodionova - Let's say your back hurts.  You go to a chiropractor, over a few visits they crack a few joints, and that's all she wrote, right?  That's certainly what I used to think about chiropractic.  The thing is, though, there's some modern back cracking practice built on some… Continue reading Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?

Health & health care, Mental health

Gate Control Theory of Pain

What does the gate control theory of pain have to do with a mental health blog?  Well, co-occurring mental illness and chronic pain are remarkably common.  For example, among people with fibromyalgia, over 50% experience depression.  The rates of anxiety disorders are also over 50%.  People with depression and anxiety disorders are also at increased… Continue reading Gate Control Theory of Pain

Health & health care, Mental health

No, We’re Not “Drug-seeking”

"Drug-seeking".  "Med-seeking".  They're labels with very negative connotations that are often tossed around quite freely when it comes to medications with the potential for abuse.  They tend to be applied most readily to people take pain medications or psychiatric medications. The notion of people being drug-seeking is heavily laden with judgment and stigma.  After all,… Continue reading No, We’re Not “Drug-seeking”

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What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for pain. While initially, the idea of a psychological form of treatment for a physical problem may sound a bit odd at first, it makes more sense when you consider how inextricably connected… Continue reading What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain