Now there is a therapy for Migraine and Tension Headaches...
Some of the common Concerns for Headache Sufferers are:
Concern that other people do not believe your pain complaints or take your pain seriously
Discouragement about the prospect of ever getting better
Worries about medications becoming less effective, meds side effects, and “rebound effect” (headache returning when medication wears off)
Losses of leisure, hobbies, relationship, days at work or ability to work as usual
Frustration or trauma about the way you are treated at the E.
CAN MORE THAN ONE FEELING STATE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING OBSESSIONS AND COMPULSIONS?
Yes. Some addictive behaviors can have 2 or 3 feeling states linked with the addictive behavior. After each feeling state is eliminated, you may notice a reduction in the intensity and/or frequency of your cravings and urges.
WHAT DO I DO BETWEEN SESSIONS?
Just continue to notice urges and compulsions...noticing when, where and how strong the urges and compulsions are that continue to exist. Sometimes patients return with an increased awareness of what other feeling states may be involved with the addictive behavior.
Once the feeling state is de-linked from the out of control behavior, the previously addictive behavior does not need to be managed or controlled. You will not have the urges and cravings, irritability and frustration, that have likely been part of your previous attempts to quit. It just doesn't bother you anymore.
Sometimes when I quite doing one addictive behavior, I would just start doing another. Is this any different?
Yes it is different. If you just stop doing an addictive behavior without eliminating the underlying feeling state, you haven't resolved the cause of the addiction.
In late April of this year I attended an EMDR workshop which was designed to be a protocol for use with addictions. The workshop "The Feeling-State Theory of Behavioral and Substance Addictions and the Feeling State Addiction Protocol" was given by it's originator Robert Miller, PH.D. and all of the credits contained herein this blog should be given to Dr. Miller for what as come to be an outstanding clinical tool in my practice.
Dr. Miller postulates that the feeling-state theory of addiction states that addictions are caused by one or more fixated memories which he refers to as feeling-states(FS).