Category Archives: amygdala

AFFLICTED…Netflix documentary reviewed

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear”,Mark Twain I  have watched all episodes of the documentary Afflicted on Netflix. My mind is reeling and disturbed. I am hoping that by writing this blog I can … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and the ‘crafty’ person: knittin’ , hookin’ and stitchin’ as therapy

  “As I get older, I just prefer to knit”, Tracy Ullman In the Canadian Globe and Mail , Thursday, February 18, 2016, L5, featuring an article by Jane Brody, we read about the benefits of knitting as therapy. In fact, large … Continue reading

Posted in amygdala, betsan corkhill, colouring, creativity and fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, Jane Brody, making quilts, mindfulness meditation, Tara Jon Manning | 2 Comments

The multiple emotions of fibromyalgia

“Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like emotions”, Joseph Roux It’s almost the end of December already and I missed writing a blog in November. Seems I was trying to recover from the many crises (or at least perceived crises) in … Continue reading

Posted in amygdala, angry, anxious, compassion, crises, depression, empathy, exhausted nervous system, fatigue, fearful, Feldenkrais, Fibromyalgia, fretting, happy, joyful, laughter, meditation, mild exercise, neuro-elasticity, recumbent bike, sad, seasonal stresses, sensitive persons, Solstice, stressed | 2 Comments

Fibromyalgia: Trauma, Sleep disturbances, Night terrors, Sleep walking, Nightmares

“Trauma is so arresting that traumatized people will focus on it compulsively”, Peter Levine There are so many various kinds of sleep disturbances that it becomes somewhat of a check list to differentiate between them all. Some of us suffer … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and the anxiety-prone brain

” The tenuousness of modern life can make anyone feel overwrought”, Robin Marantz Henig An article in the NewYork Times Magazine, October 4, 2009 by Robin Marantz Henig, entitled Understanding the Anxious Mind has led me to speculate about the anxious, highly … Continue reading

Posted in amygdala, anxiety and fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, hypervigilance, jerome kagan, nathan fox, nature vs nurture, neuroplasticity, new york times magazine, peter levine, remapping the brain, robin marantz henig | 13 Comments

Is Fibromyalgia a ‘Psychosomatic’ Disorder?

” Trust one who has gone through it”, Virgil Writing that words psychomatic, in fact, even thinking about the title makes me feel uncomfortable! Who wants to be labeled as one whose pain is thought to be “JUST in your head” implying … Continue reading

Posted in 'emotional intelligence', amygdala, anger, anxiety, Dr. Hugo Critchley, Dr. John E. Sarno, Dr.Peter Levine, economically disadvantaged, fear, Fibromyalgia, fight or flight, highly empathetic, highly sensitive, insula, marginalized, mindbody medicine, nociceptors, psychosomatic, racism, rage, sandra and matthew blakeslee, sexism, sexual orientation, testosterone, The Body Has a Mind of Its Own, The Divided Mind The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, unconscious emotions, Waking the Tiger Healing Trauma | 19 Comments

Are gay men more prone to fibromyalgia than heterosexual men?

” I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living”, Harvey Milk The question I ask in the title is one that has intrigued me for several decades. Unfortunately, I don’t have … Continue reading

Posted in amygdala, anxiety and empathy, emotional learning, Fibromyalgia, fight of flight stimuli, gay men and fibromyalgia, gay men and straight women's brains, homophobia, marginalized groups, pain in the brain | 36 Comments