Hired Me an On-Line Therapist for Christmas!

Yep! There is an online program called Better Help. You just answer a few questions and BAM! You got yourself a therapist … available twenty-four hours, seven days a week. My poor counselor is learning that a person with fibro sleeps sporadically and gets real chatty around two in the morning. Poor thing. I must say though, she is a trooper and has kept pace with me! Step by step.

The price is right! No insurance required. $45. a month for three months then $25. per week after that. You can talk to your counselor in that one month period as many times as you want to! Unlimited! I am only in month one and I think I’ll be wrapping up my sessions within this month. You can request a 1:1 video chat if you prefer, so far I’ve just been emailing.

At Better Help, they do not medicate as far as I know. I have my anti-depressants that work for me, so I do not need medical advice for medicating my depression. I do think it is primarily overlooked that besides taking medication, part of the treatment for depression is seeing a therapist you can talk to. Just as this disease of depression changes, decreasing and increasing in intensity, so does our need to seek professional assistance when we are spiraling in uncertain times.

Depression. Mood issues? No, much more. Emotional and physical limitations legitimately factor into this disease. It isn’t just experiencing a little sadness … this disease messes with your ability to function! To be able to reach out to a professional over the internet when you need to talk? This is an amazing alternative to having to get your butt up, out of the house, and to an appointment! I mean, the last thing you want to do when you are depressed is face the outside world!

I really do not know if this is the answer for everyone, but for me, I need a mental health check-up every six months or so! Better Help ( https://www.betterhelp.com/ ) works for me.* I’m finding this to be a great alternative to traditional office visits. I want to caution you, I do not believe this is the appropriate help for a newly diagnosed individual with mental health issues. I believe the one to one therapy is needed.  I went to traditional therapy for seven years and it was a key factor in learning how to live my best life with a chronic illness.

Let’s live our best lives!

IMG_3343~Kim

*This is my personal experience. I use this service. I do not get a referral fee of any kind. I found this service helpful and simply wanted you to be aware of its existence.

 

 

Fibromyalgia and PTSD linked!

Time to talk to your doctor!

If you have Fibromyalgia, you probably have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

There is one group of individuals that seem not to test positive for PTSD, and those are the individuals who suffer from fibro and stomach conditions like achalasia and dyspepsia. Those stomach conditions can be linked to fibro but rarely to fibro and  PTSD.

This discovery has also opened up new practical fibromyalgia testing for veterans, using the 18 point trigger point test. The medical field is beginning to diagnose many more men who have PTSD with fibromyalgia.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter plays a role as a regulator for mood, sleep, appetite, body temperature regulation, and a few other processes but it is known primarily as a regulating transmitter.

Low levels of serotonin present in the fibro brain are also present in PTSD brain. When tested for emotional reactions it was noted the neurochemical reactions changed. These neurochemicals are organic in nature and take the position of causing other cells to get into an ‘action’ position, ready to cause other transmitters to act.

Serotonin has been recognized for years as a treatment for fibro, even if you are not clearly clinically depressed. A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is an anti-depressant is usually part of the prescribed medication for treating fibro. The fibro brain doesn’t produce enough serotonin and what it is able to produce can’t do the job it needs to. The same is found in the PTSD brain.

In conclusion, if you have fibromyalgia, it would be a good idea to be tested for PSTD. The more severe the PTSD so is the fibromyalgia pain. Interestingly enough, the treatment for PTSD; raising serotonin levels, and learning stress management techniques are also a treatment used for the fibromyalgia patient.

For more about dopamine (another neurotransmitter deficient in the fibro brain), click here; Dopamine and the Fibro Brain.

~Kim