Traumatic events can sprout roots that run deeper than you can see. Even months or years after going through something traumatic, you may still suffer the same symptoms – flashbacks, anger, irritability, weight changes, intrusive thoughts. Veterans run an extra risk of being exposed to traumatic events. Fortunately, with the right treatments, relief can be possible.
Pain isn’t funny. Whether it’s physical or psychological, short-term or chronic pain exacts a heavy price and can strike at any time. If you’ve ever experienced chronic pain before, you know how difficult it is to handle, but if you’ve never had it, how do you know what to say to someone who deals with pain every day?
As people age, it’s only natural to pay more attention to overall wellness and ways to stay physically and mentally healthy. Exercise is helpful. And eating healthy foods has obvious benefits, but there is one drawback – the digestive process, and converting food to energy, takes time. Certain kinds of therapy may be able to get around that.
Many people experience anxiety in everyday life, but they roll with the changes and continue with their lives. It’s considered a quite common mental health issue and skirts the boundary line between what’s normal and what could be signs of a more fundamental problem. One of the most common questions people ask is whether or not anxiety is a mood disorder.
You broke your ankle years ago and seemed to recover nicely. You’ve had no intervening accidents and illnesses that you can recall, but you’ve been experiencing non-specific discomfort for several months. Your lower back and knees hurt, often most of the day, every day. You may be experiencing chronic pain.
You’ve had a contentious relationship with germs for as long as you can remember. Rubber gloves never keep your hands clean. Chaos and disorganization keep you awake at night almost every day – and you never feel better until you make things “just right.” It sounds like you might have OCD.
You banged your knee on the corner of the kitchen table, but the pain went away, eventually. That was acute pain, specific and with a known cause. But what about your lower back pain that’s haunted you for years? What caused it? These are the enduring mysteries of chronic pain.