Resources to support our work together
On anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia:
- This is the American Psychological Association's
discussion of panic and
- One general idea that we will work with is that your style of
thinking is related to your emotions. We will probably work on
changing your thought patterns. This is a short description of
what cognitive therapy is.
- Here are some examples of ways to talk to yourself that can help you cope more
effectively with anxiety.
- Some general issues about bipolar
disorder. Bipolar disorder is a serious biological disorder, but
its course can be significantly smoother with regular and consistent
coping and self-care. In particular, pay attention to the section on
what you and your family can do to cope with bipolar disorder. These
suggestions take a very holistic approach to treatment and are also
useful for people with other sorts of problems.
- Some general ideas to consider if you have a family member who is severely mentally ill.
- This is a good, general (sometimes difficult) discussion on the
psychology and treatment of chronic pain.
- Obviously, no one wants to increase their pain, yet many
people with chronic pain do things that unintentionally cause
themselves more pain. Here are
ten such things.
- Pain is often associated with sleep problems. This page from the National Center for PTSD describes things that can cause sleep problems, as well as simple things that you can do to sleep better.
- Lifestyle decisions can make pain better or worse, as can
styles of thinking. There is also increasing evidence on the roles of
meditation, mindlfulness and yoga in treating pain. Here is a story
from NPR on
Jon Kabat-Zinn and treatment of psychological and physical pain.
- These pages can help you begin meditating,
something that is proving to have positive effects in many different
areas, including helping people handle pain well.
On coping well and becoming resilient:
- Often anger feels outside our control. Here's a good
discussion of what anger is and effective
strategies for coping with it.
- Trauma happens (one of the most common causes is car
accidents). Here are some ideas about how to cope
with and recover from trauma.
- Regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressants for
mild to moderate depression. Consider building some sort of exercise
into your life.
Web page by jms
Last updated December 15, 2007