The Myth of Self-Esteem

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Self-esteem is one of the worst concepts ever propagated. The notion implies that if I had enough of “X,” then I would have less anxiety, less frustration, and more happiness. “X” can be a material thing, an experience, a relationship–almost anything. Self-esteem must die Self-esteem is a subtle attempt at … Read More

Anger

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Anger is as important as anxiety when it comes to chronic pain management. Some people are able to come to grips with anger and process it in a healthy way. For others, a lack of control over anger erodes their quality of life.  Forget about physical pain for a moment. … Read More

Anxiety

The ability to deal with anxiety in a healthy way is critical to maintaining your quality of life. It is even more important for someone who experiences chronic pain. When you’re experiencing anxiety, your body chemistry changes. Chemicals are secreted that create an arousal state. Your senses are heightened. As … Read More

Sleep

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Incorporating sleep into my treatment of pain was my first step in starting the DOC Project. I felt I had a whole new weapon that was very effective and simple. I realized that once I was successful in getting my patients to sleep, there was always some improvement in their … Read More

Masking

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Masking your reaction to stress is a way of dealing with repetitive racing thoughts. Masking is behavior that’s used to cover up uncomfortable emotions. Driven by anxiety, you do something to get you mind off of a negative situation. It can be effective if used correctly, but it’s usually not. … Read More

Suffering

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When you suffer, you have the same set of thoughts over and over, a process that clearly reinforces a given neurological circuit. Suffering takes many forms. Ways it is manifested include complaining, arguing, manipulation, gossiping, etc. There are often strong repetitive thoughts regarding the mess that your life has become.  … Read More

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