Video 2/19: Your Hand Over the Stove

Consider a situation where you are forced to hold your hand next to the hot burner of a stove.  What would happen to your anxiety?  What would be your next response?  In chronic pain, you “can’t get your hand away from the stove.” I talk about this in depth in … Read More

The Eye of the Storm

Any time your sense of well-being or peace of mind is dependent on external factors, you are at the mercy of those circumstances. For instance, if you feel the need for approval from your boss or peers, then you have given them a lot of power if they withhold their … Read More

“I Understand Your Anger. Get Over It.”

I was relaxing this weekend and cleaning up stacks of papers that have been piling up over the last six months.  I ran across this letter a patient had shared with me from her prior surgeon. She had undergone a major low back surgery and came to me with unrelenting … Read More

It Really is Upside Down

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I have a patient who is a muscular 43 y/o welder. He injured his back on the job about four years ago.  After undergoing a laminectomy for low back pain, his pain actually increased.  When I first saw him a couple of years ago, his complaint was unrelenting low back … Read More

Your Demons are Robots

It is critical to understand how deeply negative anxiety-producing thoughts are etched into your nervous system. A 1987 Harvard experiment (1) documented that when you suppress unpleasant thoughts, they become more powerful. Unfortunately, they documented a trampoline effect in that they become much stronger. Thought suppression Disturbing thoughts are universal. When … Read More

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