Keeping Up With the Joneses: What White Collar Addiction Looks Like

We all have a picture in our head of what addiction looks like. We’ve heard about encounters with drug addicts. One addict is not like the other; that is, they may abuse different substances, but all share the disease of addiction. Some people may even picture drug addicts as coming from a lower socio-economic bracket. …

The Secret World of Depression: Physical Symptoms of Silent Suffering

You may know the obvious signs of depression or what has become the “norm” for depression symptoms. Similar to what you might see in TV commercials, sadness, hopelessness, “loss of interest”, are typical signs of someone with depression. But how can you really tell from someone’s physical symptoms that they may have depression? If they …

Chronic Pain and Your Brain: What’s the Deal with Depression?

Those who suffer from pain know that it can be very difficult to cope both physically and emotionally. On my radio show, we have discussed many traditional and alternative options for easing physical pain. Often, chronic pain not only hurts physically, but emotionally.  Today, let’s delve into the emotional side of pain. For example, depression …

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Struggle with Silent Pain

Every day we see traumatic events unfolding around the world.  We watch as tragedy strikes those around us, many of us experiencing tragedy firsthand.  The 24-hour news cycle covers these events in great detail, analyzing every moment of the disaster so that we may better comprehend what is happening in the world around us.  The …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How often have you said, “This pain will never go away?” Persistent negative beliefs can maintain and amplify pain. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on approach to therapy, and can have remarkable results.. It helps patients cope with pain, and even more. It changes how our brain …

pain awareness month 2015

Spotlight on Pain: Understanding The Physical & Emotional Impact

One-third of the U.S. adult population suffers from chronic pain. Since establishing September as Pain Awareness Month in 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has continued to keep pain and pain management issues in the public eye through Partners for Understanding Pain, a consortium consisting of 80 organizations, which include health-condition-specific groups as well …

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease.

The Physical and Emotional Toll of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Early signs of ALS may include pain-related symptoms, such as muscle cramps. Many people may have been under-informed about ALS before summer 2014’s ALS ice bucket challenge took over social media and the release of The Theory of Everything, an Oscar-nominated film based on famed physicist Stephen Hawking’s struggle with ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is …

Migraines Statistics & Information for Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Chronic Migraines: When a Headache Isn’t Just a Headache

Migraine sufferers are more likely to have depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions and fatigue. There are numerous types of headaches, with pain levels and treatment varying depending on the classification. Perhaps the type of headache most commonly cited as the cause of severe pain and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms is the …