Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science

I wanted to share a really important post with you all this morning, from the author of Chronically Undiagnosed. She’s a therapist who is dealing with chronic illness.  Recently, she wrote about her experience attending a chronic pain support group that incorporated some of the theories of modern pain science… but did so very badly.Continue reading “Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science”

Fighting a health issue without judgement, for the first time

They say one of the worst things a blogger can do is to begin all your posts with an explanation of why it’s been so long since your last post. Normally I’m able to stop myself from doing this, but I’m going to let myself do it this time, since it’s actually relevant to what I wantContinue reading “Fighting a health issue without judgement, for the first time”

The way I wish I could write: Natalie Breuer, “On Depression”

I haven’t written much yet on my struggles with depression in my teens/early 20’s. Those are perhaps my most real memories.  They made me who I am; they prepared me for what came next.  (After all, if I could make it through some of those dark times, I could definitely make it through physical pain).Continue reading “The way I wish I could write: Natalie Breuer, “On Depression””

“Science-based” vs. “evidenced-based” medicine

Over the years, I’ve seen the words “evidence-based” used to justify a lot of concepts I find dubious.  (Trust me– I saw some pretty ridiculous things during the time I worked in a mental health group home). This article from Paul Ingraham at PainScience.com in favor of moving from evidence-based to science-based medicine was music to my ears. Continue reading ““Science-based” vs. “evidenced-based” medicine”