book cover: The Silent Scream by Maria Alfieri
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

The science corner: Is chiropractic what you think it is?
Science Corner

Is Chiropractic What You Think It Is?

Spine Logo vector created by roserodionova - http://www.freepik.com 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 You Think It Is?

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Science Corner

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

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Stigma

Needing Medication Doesn’t Make Someone “Drug-seeking”

"Drug-seeking".  "Med-seeking".  They're labels with very negative connotations that are often tossed around quite freely by health care providers when it comes to people taking medications with the potential for abuse.  They tend to be applied most readily to those taking pain medications or certain psychiatric medications. The notion of people being drug-seeking is heavily… Continue reading Needing Medication Doesn’t Make Someone “Drug-seeking”

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

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