chronic illness

How Poor Bedside Manners Cause Medical PTSD and How to Get Help

When most people talk about medical PTSD, they refer to long-lasting emotional trauma caused by a severe, possibly life-threatening medical issue. Patients who are forced to confront their mortality naturally have strong emotions tied to the event.  While important, this explanation doesn’t address medical trauma caused by the human-to- human element of healthcare. However, this type of PTSD can be just as impactful in someone’s life. Like many forms of PTSD, medical trauma presents itself through re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal. Without…

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Women’s Equality Day

If you are a woman, you know what it feels like to be treated as less than.  And if you’re a darker shade than pasty white, you’re especially know what it feels like. A lifetime of such treatment can lead to a range of issues from a lack of self-esteem and self-worth to a full blown trauma response and chronic illness.  [Before you dismiss the word ‘trauma’, most of us have experienced some form of trauma / abuse / toxic…

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How Do You Define ‘American’?

I wrote a whole blog post related to Independence Day.  Because from a marketing perspective, that’s what you’re supposed to do.  Align your messaging to current events and holidays.  As my gut churned in protest, I hit delete.  And here we are. I was the rebellious kid who, even in kindergarten, refused to say the pledge of allegiance.  While I didn’t have the words to explain my discomfort, I instinctively felt that something was off.  I was especially confused as…

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Pandemic Brain, Police Brutality Protests – These Are Fear Driven Times: Part II

  Continued from June 8, 2020… I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how important self-care is at a time like this.  I would like to stress though, that your self-care is even more than just you.  You are every life you interact with, every life each of those people interact with.  You are the butterfly effect.  In today’s special edition post, we follow up from yesterday’s discussion of the havoc currently playing out with the Pandemic and police…

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How to Create the Life You Want: A Guide on Lifestyle Design

  It’s easy to get caught up in our day to day routines. We have work, family, friends, obligations, TV, social media, and hundreds of other daily distractions. But have you ever asked yourself “Am I living a life that reflects who I am?” Are you? Or are have you simply slipped into an unconscious pattern of existence? Lifestyle design is about making conscious choices. Each moment presents an opportunity to make a decision either toward or away from wellness, growth, and…

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