Why negative emotions are good for us

I recently wrote a post called 'When the facade of a good mood is beneficial' - basically when it works to sort of trick our brain to help us along in the day. But this is not suppressing emotions. This is definitely not in support of toxic positivity, which is in the fabric of society … Continue reading Why negative emotions are good for us

Regulating emotions with chronic pain

We all know chronic pain brings with it a hefty emotional toll. And we know that chronic pain does alter our neurotransmitter balance. A study from UNSW Sydney and NeuRA¬†(published in the European Journal of Pain) found that people with chronic pain also have a specific imbalance of neurotransmitters in the part of the brain … Continue reading Regulating emotions with chronic pain

Vlog: Chronic pain brain and emotional consequences

I wanted to do this video because I think it is implied that we can somehow think our way out of pain like it is some sort of thought experiment. And while it is very true that CBT is very beneficial for people with chronic pain especially if they have comorbid depression and anxiety we … Continue reading Vlog: Chronic pain brain and emotional consequences

Guest post: Five Emotions You May Experience With Fibromyalgia

Five Emotions You May Experience With Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that results in widespread muscular pain throughout the entire body. It can be felt in many ways, such as a deep ache, a numb and/or tingly sensation, or like your body is on fire. It affects women far more often than men and … Continue reading Guest post: Five Emotions You May Experience With Fibromyalgia