Archive | August, 2010

Suitability of therapies

31 Aug

I have never given my next topic any significant thought, but having done my own research what I am about to write, makes so much sense. In order for therapy to work it’s important we match the problem to the therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Can help with:

Anxiety; Mild or moderate depression; eating disorders; shyness and lack of confidence; OCD; Post Traumatic …

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30 Aug

My journal today concentrates on the last three forms of therapy. I have benefited to some degree, from a combination of both counselling and psychology.


A psychiatrist deals with mental health problems. After an initial consultation they may refer patients back to a psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist for ‘talking therapy.’ It is very rare …

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Time to move on

29 Aug

I write what comes naturally to me and  this was in my head today. I have already documented what I’ve been dealing with over the last 3 months, but there’s still negativity around me, coming in from others that is making my stress and what I deal with harder.

There is no doubt in my mind that I would do far better if I weren’t living around so much negativity. I am determined to resolve this, but without the concern of someone else being unhappy with …

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Types of therapy

28 Aug


Anyone who chooses the counselling route will be expected to look and talk about problems they face on a daily basis. A counsellor will work through problems, such as separation, bereavement, post-natal depression and will look at conflicts or a particular crisis.

Counselling usually encourages us to express ourselves, so that we work through our feelings and/or a situation that is stopping us from moving on with our life. The counsellor’s job is to help us …

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Effects of Cerebral Palsy

27 Aug

Dealing with Cerebral Palsy means we get to deal with other problems too. Unfortunately, we don’t just wake up one morning with Cerebral Palsy and we cope. Depression and anxiety are both common effects of Cerebra Palsy for those coping with the condition. These conditions are not necessarily unique to Cerebral Palsy sufferers, people with other conditions can suffer the same effects also.

People with a disability (however large or small) are three or four times more likely to suffer from depression than their counter-parts. Depression is a persistent sense of sadness, accompanied …

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Emotional Support

26 Aug

For a condition that affects around a million people of all ages, it is still disappointing that there is little emotional support for people like me who live with Cerebral Palsy.

As a child growing up in the 60’s, although there was little support in the community, apart from the mandatory hospital check ups that were available on the NHS, I’ve had to find my own …

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The CP Brain

25 Aug

I never really understood what I was dealing with as a child as far as my physical problems were concerned, what my symptoms meant or what they even were and I still don’t know everything I need to know about what I deal with now, 47 years on.

I was researching Cerebral Palsy on the internet last night and came across a Wikipedia note outlining the part of my brain, which became damaged as a result of my stroke, called the …

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24 Aug

I had feelings of despondency yesterday, where I felt particularly low. When I’m in that place, I tend to analyse how I feel and as a consequence have found some of the most effective ways of dealing with emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

These help me:

  • Recognise how you feel in terms of your despondency (emotional, mental and spiritual pain);
  • Be kind to yourself;
  • Take some time out to reflect on things. What might have brought you to this place. Do whatever you want to do, whatever that might be that will help speed up the healing process;
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Stress factors

23 Aug

Today I had something else planned to write about, but my dealing with stress needed to come first.

Since my mum died, there have been lots of changes, some of which I have personally instigated, because of my own personal health and the changes that others have instigated, fully expecting …

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Improving Mind & Body connections

22 Aug

For our physical health to work at optimum level, we need our emotional health to do the same. It’s impossible to have one without the other.

In order to improve our emotional health, we firstly have to recognise our emotions so that we understand why we have them. Once we are able to sort out the causes behind our emotions …

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