Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are two problems that can have devastating consequences for people, and bring many changes in lifestyle as well as with interpersonal relationships. They are both problems that physicians are only beginning to understand and although there are many millions of people suffering from these disorders, there are only recently a few new medical approaches and medications that show promise. Unfortunately treatments are effective for only some sufferers. Most people who have these disorders cobble together multiple sources of treatment including things such as medications, supplements, exercise if possible, and nontraditional treatments such as massage, acupuncture, or other approaches. Often treatments are only partially effective if at all, and a lot of times frustration can set in followed by feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. This can lead to anxiety and depression, which can make any pain, and disability worse. Often with these disorders, clients have other sensitivities, so that they may have difficulty with their family and friends being able to empathize with them, and clients can begin to feel resigned to a life of loneliness and isolation, where they can be confused about the physical and psychological components of their own condition.
Dr. Cousins understands the psychological hazards that go along with these illnesses and can truly help people cope with these illnesses so that a happiness, meaning and dignity can be restored to those who are afflicted. By helping clients understand what they can do to make their pain and fatigue better, and helping them to listen to their own bodies, yet at the same time, to help them distinguish between pain that they must have and pain that they create for themselves, clients can learn to take better care of themselves, and bring happiness to themselves and to others. Controlling anxiety and depression are vital to thriving with these problems, and this can be done by learning ways to better manage ones own feelings of stress. Although it sounds impossible to change fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, you can change how you manage it and your life so that it is something you have, it does not have to define you!
Dr. Cousins can help clients as well as family members understand and cope with these problems so that clients can once again feel part of the family, feel that they have some control of their lives, rather than just being controlled, and then suffering alone. Some of his advice on this subject has been the subject of a recent interview whose link is provided here:
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