We live in an age of specialization. Even in psychology we develop niche areas in which a therapist may only treat one or two types of disorders. In my practice over the years I have treated a variety of concerns ranging from anxiety and depression to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although each concern or set of circumstances are different, I believe that often there are core issues that may be relevant to most psychiatric disorders. Some of the common issues might be related to personal stress, expectations both from ourselves and others, social skills challenges, self-esteem or self appreciation, our thinking and general attitude toward ourselves and life, and interpersonal communications. In addition other issues might be include intrapersonal communications which relates to the manner with which we communicate with ourselves and handle conflicting emotions and desires, and the manner with which we communicate and meet our personal needs, Other individual concerns related to finding meaning in our lives, dealing with finances, and a variety of additional issues may also relate to or underlie the symptoms which are being expressed by any individual. This may be true in medicine as well. Improving our mental attitude, reducing stress, exercising appropriately and eating healthy in addition to communicating effectively at home and at work may have a major impact on a variety of health related issues. Today medical practioners more frequently take these seeming unrelated things into account as they effectively treat their clients for a variety of health challenges or concerns. As the American Indians have been known to say:. “All things are connected”. It would be no surprise that taking better care of our bodies could help our mental functioning. Or for that matter improving our relationship with our child or spouse might improve our health.
All Things Are Connected
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