Category Archives: family illness

Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Should you be experiencing difficulty with sleep, you might therefore wish to institute and apply the multi-pronged ‘campaign’ outlined above in order to improve things and I would suggest that it might take something like the following form. Include regular … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep and there’s sleep. (Continuation of previous blog).

We all know that there are essential, health-giving properties of certain foods and I want here to briefly focus upon the topic of foods and fluids that are known, in some cases to promote and in others to deter sleep. … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

And here’s another form of sleep inducing behaviour that you might wish to try out. You will recall from my last letter, how it is that body temperature drops a whole degree in sleep. But do you know that you … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep..…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

By this time I had come to know my patient pretty well and clearly she felt comfortable with me and trusted my judgment. Moreover, she was at her wits end and urgently required help if things were ever to improve. … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost: practice makes perfect. (Cont’d from previous blog).

Having established – on the basis of empirical evidence where available – that those approaches briefly reviewed, i.e. autogenic training, visualization, meditation, progressive relaxation, auto-suggestion, are viable and potentially productive, we are now nearing the challenge posed by key questions … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost. (Cont’d from previous blog).)

The second experience, which I will relate here, concerned a female patient who I had known and who had been visiting my clinic on a regular basis for all of two years and more. Over that period of time, we … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost. (Cont’d from previous blog).)

The entire thrust of whatever therapeutic approaches are cited and reviewed in this series of blogs has been to demonstrate credible and viable ways of reinforcing patients’ ability to cope. Yet again, “Rome was not built in a day”. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Evidence of mind control; Hypnosis: All hypnosis is self hypnosis. The Evidence.

Not infrequently, patients experiencing mood- and stress-related side effects of a life threatening illness and treatment have raised the possibility of the use of hypnosis. Does it at such times represent a helping strategy, which can somehow deflect or in … Continue reading

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’Shades of Einstein”·. (Cont’d from previous blog).

It is not a bad idea to just jot down your thoughts, as currently they exist, on one side of an A4 sheet of paper. The task thereafter is to spot and distinguish between realistic negative thoughts and errors in … Continue reading

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Thinking your way out of trouble. (Cont’d from prev.)

As with thinking, so also with behaviour: we can and we must sometimes unlearn problem and negative behaviour and replace it with something better, more productive. Indeed, it is the application of just such a proposition that leads the sports … Continue reading

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