Blog Posts - Coping



‘He’s a warrior’: How Brazilian parents are coping with their Zika babies

Six months after visiting new and expectant Brazilian mothers facing the threat and impact of the Zika virus on their babies, CBC returns to find how they getting along with the many challenges their families now have. Read more here: CBC | Heal...
by Celebrity gossip news on Aug 5, 2016

Getting stuck with language

In my last post I talked about the ways in which humans learn to relate abstract concepts and experiences together (symbolic relations). I pointed out that we learn to take another person’s point of view as part of developing empathy, and that...
by Healthskills on Jul 24, 2016

Hello Old Friend

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Almost 5 months to be exact. While my blog has always been a place I could escape and share my thoughts too, sometimes when I get overwhelmed with feelings or situations I tend to escape in myself and...
by Living Through Our Loss on Jul 13, 2016

Hello Old Friend

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Almost 5 months to be exact. While my blog has always been a place I could escape and share my thoughts too, sometimes when I get overwhelmed with feelings or situations I tend to escape in myself and...
by Living Through Our Loss on Jul 13, 2016

Ambiguity and uncertainty

Humans vary in how comfortable we are with uncertainty or ambiguity: Tolerance of ambiguity is a construct discussed in cognitive and experimental research literature, and refers to the willingness to prefer black and white situations, where “t...
by Healthskills on Jul 10, 2016

Did it help? Questions and debate in pain measurement

Pain intensity, quality and location are three important domains to consider in pain measurement. And in our kete*of assessment tools we have many to choose from! A current debate (ongoing debate?) in the august pages of Pain (International Associati...
by Healthskills on Jun 26, 2016

Create Your Chosen Set of Recovery Tools

  When you’re in recovery, whether it’s from addiction or mental illness or a physical disease, you’ll need a set of recovery tools to help you get through the rough moments. And not every tool works for everyone in every situa...
by Recovery Advocates on Jun 24, 2016

What is our goal in pain management?

One of the cool things about having worked in chronic pain management since the mid-1980’s is that I’ve seen a few things come and a few things go.  Some things remain, of course, and the things that seem most long-lived are debates abou...
by Healthskills on Jun 19, 2016

The positive power of what we say during treatment

Expectations form one of the important predictors of response to treatment, especially in the case of treatments for pain. A person’s belief or expectation that a treatment will reduce their pain is thought to be part of the response to placebo...
by Healthskills on Jun 12, 2016

More on Bullies...

spam deleted. Thanks! 'here's to your health!'http://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/how-deal-with-adult-bullies.aspxhttps://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-friendship-doctor/201106/dealing-adult-bullieshttp://closertosane.blogspot.com...
by Closer to SAne on Jun 12, 2016

How do help someone change their beliefs about pain?

This post is my little attempt to educate clinicians! Some of you will know I really don’t like the term “pain education” or “educating” people. The reason doesn’t go back as far as the original definition of ̶...
by Healthskills on May 9, 2016

Why does “doing exercise” work?

Bless all the physiotherapists in the world, they keep us doing exercises. And exercises are good because they get us doing the things we want to do in our daily lives. But how does it work?  This is not an exposition on exercise physiology –...
by Healthskills on May 1, 2016

Self-managing chronic pain

I have long been a proponent of helping people who live with pain to take control of their situation and actively self-manage as much as possible. My rationale has been that people who feel they are in control of some parts of their life are more lik...
by Healthskills on Apr 24, 2016

The Transformative Powers of Journaling

Life can be stressful.  Between the kids, wife/husband, job and all the extra “bonuses” thrown your way, we can sometimes forget the beauty of why we are here in the first place.  I know this is true for me. Some days, finding the p...
by Mommie Cooks on Mar 7, 2016

Stop Screaming and Listen!

"I don't believe it.""That is why you fail."Please Note: This first treasure (unexpected blessings during difficult experiences) is going to be both spiritual, and religious, in nature. If that concerns you, read it anyway. You might like i...
by Mouth Above the Water on Feb 20, 2016

Seven Healthy Coping Tools To Use When You’re Anxious

One of the most common reasons why people turn to drugs and alcohol is because they struggle emotionally, psychologically, or physically. They might have intense emotions, high anxiety, or physical pain. To ease their struggle, they turn to a substan...
by Recovery Advocates on Feb 19, 2016

Every Dragon Has Its Treasure

Bad things happen.All of us fight dragons.  Our family's particular monsters are more obvious because cerebral palsy is overt. It can be easy to think we have it worse, but because it's...well, so obvious.It is easy to define ourselves by our tr...
by Mouth Above the Water on Feb 16, 2016

Birdsong in the Ghetto

We had a close call this past month, one that saw Miriam in the ICU at Children's Hospital for three weeks on a respirator and medical-induced coma. It was a very close call.More on that later.I'll be honest and say I have debated sharing this. If Fa...
by Mouth Above the Water on Feb 14, 2016

Happy Birthday my beautiful daughter – Year 1

My sweet Averie,  It has been exactly one year since you came into this world and one whole year since you’ve been gone. One year ago you made me a Mommy and left an imprint on me that will never go away. Each day that goes by I love you m...
by Living Through Our Loss on Feb 12, 2016

Happy Birthday my beautiful daughter – Year 1

My sweet Averie,  It has been exactly one year since you came into this world and one whole year since you’ve been gone. One year ago you made me a Mommy and left an imprint on me that will never go away. Each day that goes by I love you m...
by Living Through Our Loss on Feb 12, 2016


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