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Coping with Chronic Illness Group September 2014

I am accepting referrals for the 12 week Coping with Chronic Illness group cycle located in West Hollywood for September 2014. Groups will consist of 4-6 individuals in each age range 18-33yo and 34yo-onward, who are dealing with a chronic, non-life threatening illness, either physical or mental […]

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All Thoughts Aren’t Reality

All Thoughts Aren’t Reality

Everyday there are thousands of thoughts that cross the mind. It is easy to take some of these for granted since we don’t pay attention to every single one of them. While we have many thoughts not all of them are actually reality based or accurate. Despite […]

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When the Dealer of Life Gives You a Crummy Hand

When the Dealer of Life Gives You a Crummy Hand

As cliche as it may be,’Bad things do happen to good people, all the time’. It never feels fair when life hands you a lousy hand to work with. As with a lot of other things, the skill here lies in how you view it in order […]

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Being aware of the connections: Depression and Anxiety and Cardiovascular Diseases

Being aware of the connections: Depression  and Anxiety and Cardiovascular Diseases

Those who experience cardiac issues or stroke tend to be at greater risk for experiencing depression and anxiety. Research today is showing us that this is due to the mind body connection, the physiological and biological relationships that the body’s system experiences during such significant medical events. […]

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How pain impacts emotions

How pain impacts emotions

Ever notice that when you are in pain things feel heightened? Colors may feel brighter. Light may feel stronger. Sound may feel louder. Tolerance may dip way lower than it usually is. Being stressed out emotionally or physically can trigger these reactions as can dealing with pain. […]

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What to ask yourself in order to manage Fatigue

What to ask yourself in order to manage Fatigue

Fatigue is a common occurrence in many disorders, what is universal is how much it can wipe out any energy, motivation and leaving the person asking ‘What has happened to my life?’ Figure out if there is a pattern to when it happens? -Are you starting your […]

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What Is and Isn’t Mindfulness

What Is and Isn’t Mindfulness

What it isn’t: 1- Religiously driven 2- Takes lots of time to do 3- Meditation 4- Passive activity What it is: 1: Being mindful does not require any religious affiliation or belief system of a higher power yet at the same time would not conflict with any […]

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Not all fatigue is equal: The difference between physical and psychological fatigue

Not all fatigue is equal: The difference between physical and psychological fatigue

Depression and fatigue can be common factors in having a Chronic Illness but the 2 aren’t one in the same. Knowing the difference between psychological and physical fatigue may make a difference in how it is handled by your health care team. Here are a few ways […]

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Inspiration: Profiles of Strength of those with Chronic Illness Mohammed Ali and Parkinson’s

When someone says the “Greatest of All Time” the youthful image of Mohamed Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, easily comes to mind. Nicknamed “The Greatest” this athlete moved with a finesse and grace and had such a larger than life public persona that he appeared to be unstoppable […]

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Self Care: Sickness behavior and learning when to give in

Self Care: Sickness behavior and learning when to give in

There’s quite a learning curve in figuring out if you’re in a place where you need to push yourself when you have a chronic illness vs allowing yourself to recoup and give into being sick in order to get well again. There may be a battle going […]

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