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Posted on July 22, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (2)

I relocated my blog from this website to Blogger.
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The dystonia diagnosis and prognosis

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (2)

The Dystonia Diagnosis and Prognosis
by Tom Seaman


“You have dystonia” are three words that can be very confusing and frightening. Receiving the news that you have any chronic condition can bring out a lot of emotions. People may react with fear, anxiety, anger, disbelief, a sense of loss and injustice, and depression. Some cry, s...

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What does dystonia feel like?

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (5)

What does dystonia feel like?
by Tom Seaman


Unless you live with dystonia, it is very hard to understand how it physically feels, let alone the mental and emotional challenges that come with it. For some people, dystonia permeates every single part of their lives, demanding so much of their attention that it can be the only thing they think about. Their symptoms never st...

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Be your best health advocate

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Be your best health advocate


Living well with dystonia and other chronic conditions requires that we be disciplined in taking good care of ourselves. Some people rely solely on their doctors for care. Unfortunately, except for suggestions, doctors can’t do much for us beyond providing treatments. For some this is enough, but for the vast majority, we need to do more for ourselves to be as healthy a...

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How social media may fuel depression

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (4)

How social media may fuel depression

 

Have you ever played the social media comparison game? If you have, you are not alone. Most people at one time or another have gotten caught up in what I call a “comparathon”, where they measure the success of their lives against others based on what they see in posts on various social media. Often times, people feel they don’t measure up to the se...

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Dystonia and Stress Management

Posted on March 20, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Dystonia and Stress Management

As we all know, stress and dystonia do not mix. It can have a negative impact on our symptoms, such as increased spasms, twisting, pulling, pain, anxiety, headaches, physical weakness, increased tension, sleep interference, and many other problems.

 

A dystonic body is under significant stress d...

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The hidden opportunities within our problems

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (2)

The hidden opportunities within our 'problems'
by Tom Seaman


Life is filled with endless opportunities. Sometimes the opportunities, or silver lining, are hard to see when we have problems with our health, finances, family, or career, but they exist. When we shift our thought patterns, good fortune will always be revealed.


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Asking for help when living with dystonia

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Asking for help when living with dystonia


Edited excerpt from the book:
Diagnosis Dystonia: Navigating the Journey

 

I have lived with dystonia for 15 years. For more than half of those years, I had a hard time asking for help. My ego sto...

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Dystonia and Post Traumatic Growth

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dystonia and Post Traumatic Growth

 

We often hear the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event. PTSD is commonly used in context of military personnel returning from active duty, but it applies to anyone who has faced traumatic events such as sexual or physical assault, an acute or chronic health condition, natural disasters, the unexpected dea...

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Dystonia and the opinion of others

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (6)

Dystonia and the opinion of others


While I truly believe that people are well intended, their opinions and comments often miss the mark when it comes to what we experience living with dystonia. Some of the many things we hear include:

 

“It's all in your head.”
“You're just having a bad da...

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