Category Archives: personal illness

Support from without and within. (Continued from previous blog).

Around and beyond, i.e. strengthening and supporting, every brain event which produces a corresponding and concomitant happening or actual experience, there is, taking place, possibly millions of discreet but connected events, over a time span of mere seconds. As we … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, coping, Elements of Coping, grieving, personal illness, personal loss, perspective on illness: healthcare professional | Leave a comment

The Brain ‘Minds’ the Body. (i) ( Continued from previous blog).

Having made reference to the manner in which the human brain has controlled and contributed to every aspect and facet of human functioning – conscious and otherwise – I want in this presentation to refer to another essential way in … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, coping, Elements of Coping, personal illness, perspective on illness: family, perspective on illness: personal | Leave a comment

Living and Learning (i). (continued from previous blog)

In the early part of this particular blog, we may well appear to be returning to ground previously covered in my earlier postings on coping with life-threatening illness; and to some extent that would be a valid conclusion to reach. … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, cancer, coping, Elements of Coping, grieving, personal illness, personal loss | Leave a comment

Coping with stress – Final thoughts.

Over the past weeks, I have attempted, to chart something of the history of our present-day usage of the word “stress”; especially in the sense of both its applications to, and implications for healthcare and quality of life. We have … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, cancer, coping, Coping Resources/Strategies, personal illness, perspective on illness: family | Leave a comment

Stress Can Be Good For You: (Cont.d further).

Following on from last week’s posting, take an analogy if you will, concerning this profitable input of stress from the activity of the gymnasium and regular roadwork in athletic and sporting pursuit. Exposure to controlled bursts of stressful exercise and … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, coping, Coping Resources/Strategies, personal illness, perspective on illness: family | Leave a comment

Stress Can Be Good For You: About Stress Generally.(Cont.d from last week).

The great and persisting worry – indeed, as one patient described it to me, “This clinging and inescapable mire” – amounts to something like this: “I am caught in a trap, knowing as I do that I am (or my … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, cancer, coping, Coping Resources/Strategies, personal illness, perspective on illness: family | Leave a comment

Depression. iv b: “All that glitters is not gold”.

Antidepressant drugs, as we have already seen, are basically designed to target and to deal with biogenic or chemically-induced, depression. Notice that although Angela (see my most recent blog) felt low and “depressed”, as she described it, “most of the … Continue reading

Posted in adaptation, cancer, coping, Coping Resources/Strategies, personal illness | Leave a comment