Category Archives: hyper-vigilance

Trigger warnings for the fibromyalgia mind

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear” ,Mark Twain Neuroscientists can now tell us amazing things about the brain, they are the experts on the nervous system. The argument that there is or is not a … Continue reading

Posted in Fibromyalgia, hyper-vigilance, nociceptors, pacing, pema chodron, self talk, stimulation | 4 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go into permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment” , Judith Lewis Herman There has been a great deal of public awareness of late regarding … Continue reading

Posted in adrenal glands, anxiety, battle fatigue, catastrophizing, cortisol, elaine aron, Fibromyalgia, flashbacks, Gulf War Syndrome, highly sensitive persons, hormones as chemical messengers, hyper-vigilance, hypothalmus, mindfulness meditation, pituitary gland, shell shock, startle, veterans with PTSD | 58 Comments

Fibromyalgia- anxiety embodied

” The truly gripping thing about anxiety had always been how physical it was”, Daniel Smith I have little doubt, but no absolute proof, that anxiety is the root cause of fibromyalgia. I know many anxious persons who do not have … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety and fibromyalgia, Daniel Smith, depression and fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, hyper-vigilance, Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBCT, mindfulness, racing heart, sick leave, slep disturbances, somatic anxiety, startle response, stress and fibromyalgia | 7 Comments

Chronic Illness/ Stress/ Anxiety/Depression

“Pleasure is oft a visitant, but pain clings cruelly to us“ , John Keats Living with fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, COPD to name but a few chronic conditions, is often overwhelming; it is little wonder that anxiety, panic  and often depression accompany … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety and panic, arthritis and fibromyalgia, depression and fibromyalgia, diet and fibromyalgia, emotions, exercise and fibromyalgia, fatigue in fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, heart disease and fibromyalgia, hyper-vigilance, itching and fibromyalgia, kabat-zinn, mindfulness meditation, psychiatry, psychology, qui gong, tai-chi, walking meditation | 8 Comments