Pacific Behavioral Health
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MIgraine, IBS, and Fibromyalgia affects close to 20% of the population. Although these affect different systems of the body, they have much in common. Sufferers have a genetic predisposition (usually a parent or sibling has one of these), Neuroimaging studies show that their parietal lobe, parts of the brain stem, and several neuropathways become more highly activated than those without these conditions. This neurosensitivity manifests as having a more vigilant personality, being hard working and often self-sacrificing, and striving to be the best they can be. This often results in a having a high baseline level of stress, having insomnia or at best sleeping lightly, and often sacrificing self-care due to all the work they have to do.
Self-help methods for these conditions can be far more beneficial than medication for prevention of exacerbations. Self-help methods can also reduce acute episodes, often supported by medication to reduce symptom severity until preventive methods can be used again.
Psychological support can aid with:
- Education about the disorder, and what one can do to reduce the symptoms
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for learning to identify habit patterns that exacerbate the symptoms, and ways to overcome those habits
- Modifying one's lifestyle to reduce symptoms that cause "down-time", freeing up more time for enjoying one's life
- Controlling one's nervous system to reduce unnecessary arousal, improve sleep, and help focus on one's daily activities
- Other approaches as needed for each individual as best fits in with their lifestyle
To learn how we can support you with your condition, call us for a free consultation at 808-225-2193