How to get approved for Social Security

logo-fb-shareGetting Social Security is a complicated nightmare, however, there are a few key points that have assisted my clients and I in getting them approved for benefits faster.
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Loads of diagnoses, medications, and doctors are …

Pain, Trauma & the Brain: Be Mindful of the Whimsy

AAEAAQAAAAAAAARPAAAAJGFlNDliYjFlLTQwNzItNDUzOS1hZWY5LWQ3YTg1ZjAzMDBhNwUnless your Kimmie Schmidt, and you just got out of the bunker you haven’t escaped the craze of adult coloring, and how “mindful” has become the buzz word of the day. Kimmie Schmidt is actually pretty much the embodiment of Mindfulness, in fact …

What do “proven” treatment results mean?

I’ve actually been receiving Botox for Migraine since 12/14, and for me it works very well. The purpose of this article is that study design can be shady and/or flawed regardless of whether or not the treatment is effective.

With migraine studies types of sufferers are rarely separated into groups, …

Musings on Chronic Illness and Disability

One year ago I was paralyzed by pain and severe sickness. I was in the throes of a severe status migraine a day in and day out 8-10 on the pain scale. I also had persistent aura, and my migraine associated vertigo was off the charts due to damage to …

The Mankoski Pain Scale

I searched far and wide for a pain scale that made sense to me and ended up with the Mankoski Pain Scale which was developed for Endometriosis sufferers. I finally had language to go with the numbers, and a tool I could hand a provider if they weren’t sure what …

Chronic Illness and Relationships: It’s About Communication

theme_relationshipsMy partner and I struggled a lot when my health went from bad to incapacitating. It was hard for us to wrap our head’s around how to manage this superstorm of vertigo and migraine and keep our lives going. One thing …

The Meaning of Serenity

This is a personal essay I wrote in 2008 on the Serenity Prayer and identifying the meaning and experience of Serenity. This actually predates Mindfulness being commonplace in Psychology which is why that term is not used, but it is most certainly applicable.

The serenity prayer has always been …

Mindfulness and Chronic Illness

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Mindfulness is taking the field of Psychology by storm, and is indeed a very useful set of practices in psychotherapy which have a very strong evidence base.

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing and changing attention in a purposeful …