Pain is spiking during the pandemic. Source: Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels Key Points: Health problems including headaches and back pain are on the rise. Negative emotions can exacerbate pain, so it's important to develop effective strategies to cope with stress and anxiety . As a pain expert, the question I get asked most is, “Do you treat physical pain or emotional pain?” My answer is always, “Yes!” If you’re experiencing pain during this time of stress and sheltering—headaches, migraine, low back pain—you’re not alone. Pain is commonly triggered, and amplified, by negative emotions like stress, anxiety, anger , and depression . And that’s no coincidence: It’s biology. Contrary to popular belief, emotions don’t just live in your head—they also come out in your body. Nervousness before a presentation creates "butterflies" in your stomach. Depression can make your limbs feel heavy, and make you walk and talk slowly. Fear makes your heart race, eyes widen, breath … [Read more...] about Why Your Body Hurts During the Pandemic
The History of Western Philosophy endlessly reveals Five Primary Modes of Obtaining Valid Knowledge, indeed, what is “Valid.” The latter ones are especially relevant to the problems we face. Indeed, they are the foundation for the modern field of Crisis Management : 1. Expert Consensus or Classical Empiricism; 2. Analytic Modeling or Classical Rationalism; 3. Multiple Models or Kantian Rationalism; 4. Dialectics or Hegelianism; and 5. Pragmatism. In The Unbounded Mind: Breaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking[i], Harold Linstone and I gave an extensive treatment of each. They represent distinctive ways of conducting Inquiry. In essence, they are unique Inquiring Systems or ISs for short. 1. Expert Consensus or Classical Empiricism In this IS, Reliable Knowledge, and thereby Truth itself, is the product of the “Tight Agreement between a group of Reputable Experts based on the Hard Facts with regard to a Problematic Situation.” … [Read more...] about My Lifelong Love Affair with Philosophy
Home Pregnancy parenting Postnatal Postnatal oi-Shamila Rafat By Shamila Rafat on October 19, 2020 Postpartum Depression, or PPD as it is more commonly referred to as, is defined as "an irritable, severely depressed mood" that can be seen in new mothers.  Clinical studies have revealed that PPD affects up to 15% of mothers.  Recent research in the field has come to the finding that there are various biological as well as psychological factors that place an expectant mother at a higher risk for developing PPD after giving birth. Studies have revealed that women at a higher risk for developing PPD include inner-city women as well as mothers of pre-term infants.  Generally, many new mothers tend to get depressed after giving birth. With the focus shifting to another individual and the need to cope with the new erratic schedule, offering less time for sleeping, a majority of women go through the … [Read more...] about What Is Postpartum Depression (PPD) In New Mothers?
This post was written by Dr. Robert M. Gordon, Usha Persaud, M.S., and Sara Schapiro, M.S. Dr. Gordon is a member of the COVID Psychology Task Force (est. by 14 divisions of the American Psychological Association) working group: Hospital, Healthcare, and Addiction Workers, Patients and Families that sponsors this blog. COVID-19 has been a sudden, unexpected, and existential challenge for many, provoking uncertainty of our safety in the world (Hoffman, 2021). We are all struggling with the dilemma of taking care of others when we need to take care of ourselves. Just as on an airplane, where parents are urged in case of an emergency to put on their own oxygen masks before their child’s, we are also faced with the challenge of prioritizing our compassion for ourselves and kindness to others. The humanistic values of self-compassion and kindness are potential healing factors in navigating the uncertain and turbulent waters of the pandemic. Source: Randalyn Hill, … [Read more...] about Self-Compassion and Kindness During COVID-19
Source: S. Hermann & F. Richter/Pixabay Well-being involves both emotional and physical health. It is often thought of as similar to thriving (take the well-being quiz here to learn more about yours). So what is digital well-being? Although people define digital well-being in different ways, digital well-being generally is thought to be the extent to which our digital lives help or hurt our well-being. So, digital well-being can involve the physical tools we use to manage the amount of time we spend online, the behaviors we decide to engage in while online, and the emotional tools we use to manage our experiences online. Physical Tools for Digital Well-Being Google's Digital Well-Being App is one tool that can help people better understand how they spend their time online and how to disconnect more often. It shows you how often you use different apps, how often you check your phone, and it allows you to set limits that can help protect your sleep and focus. Knowing … [Read more...] about What Is Digital Well-Being?