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What context?: If psychotherapy is a process between a therapist and someone seeking help, "self-help" seems to be contradictory. While a book may give valuable information, the feedback given in therapy seems much more germane. A prominent tenet of therapy is that "self can't see self". Have an experience of real psychotherapy. Don't sell yourself short! you are worth more than that! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Start with general: Anxiety management strategies and daily living habits for overall improved stress management and skill development including visual imagery. Then apply these strategies to graduated 'exposure' to the thoughts and viewings of spiders until you are more comfortable/less terrified. Try 'the relaxation and stress reduction workbook.' if not sufficient success, seek professional help. Best regards. ...Read more
1st be sure: Diagnosis must be certain - so you really need to have an exam if at all possible. Then yes, there are self-mgmt ideas but it's best to clear them w/ the doctor. Avoid demands on your lungs. Lie on the painful side if it feels better. Use Advil, (ibuprofen) or such per directions. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/pleurisy/page6_em.htm Best! ...Read more
Motivation & belief: Self-help books offer a menu of potentially valuable suggestions. Some suggestions are more useful than others to any given reader and value is based on the beliefs of that reader. The reader must choose which suggestions are valuable, determine to apply the suggestions, and provide the energy for change. ...Read more
What could be some self help techniques for organization for one with a disease such as schizoaffective disorder?
Two Books: I think that "getting things done" by david allen and the "seven habits of highly effective people" and "first things first" by steven covey are the starting point for getting organized for anyone. David allen gives you a step by step approach. Steven covey's books give you useful principles about doing what is important. You may also decide to pickup one of the covey franklin organizers... ...Read more
I was assaulted by my brother & cousin. I feel traumatised and in general am very sensitive. Don't want to get professional help, any self-help tips?
Get help now: You should report this as soon as possible. Tell family and friends immediately, and inform law enforcement at the same time. Family and friends can be helpful during the most difficult early moments after an assault. This is very important for the following reasons: to keep the same person from assaulting others, to provide psychological closure for you, to rule out medical problems. Best wishes ...Read more
It's difficult: While i understand there is a stigma toward mental illnesses, part of "recovery" starts with being open and honest about one's condition. People are just human and have human problems. I think, the most effective approach is to let one's loved ones know what we are experiencing in our lives and then, move forward with a comprensive approach. In the case of eating disorders, seek family support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer