February 28th 2016 About my Feldenkrais Therapy....

February 28th 2016 About my Feldenkrais Therapy....

People hear about traditional vestibular rehab therapy - VRT - fairly frequently when there is discussion about non-surgical treatment.  Yo...

April 15th, 2018 Pulling all the pieces together...


I discussed my neural plasticity Q -

"Neural plasticity (the concept on which Feldenkrais, vision, and cognitive behavioral therapies, as well as conventional VRT - vestibular rehab therapy,
are all built) is clearly real, but there are many people -with all different visible OR invisible disorders - who do not improve to the level they might wish, are still disabled, have limitations... why is that? any thoughts, anyone?"

with Ron last night - here's what we thought about:

1) excellent medical professionals - fortunately I ultimately ended up with this, but it took time... when I was finally ready, and recognized I needed to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Mirsky was the one who recommended I work with a cognitive behavioral therapy specialist... Ron helped me an excellent one - Christina... also see #2...

2) speedy diagnosis - I did not have this... and this is still, based on conversations I've had with others, a problem particularly with vestibular and vision problems with adults... my Feldenkrais practitioner/OT Joyce was the one who directed me to Dr. Margolis, developmental optometrist and a friend had directed me to Joyce...

3) time - so it's taken me a long time to put ALL the pieces together, after a bad year (2017), and feel like I'm making progress again... this is not how health insurance companies view rehab......  Coverage can be a problem... I'm very thankful I have financial support where insurance coverage is lacking...

4) for some people - a friend reminded me of this - there is brain damage which simply does not repair... Very thankful I don't have this problem...

See Norman Doidge's books for more understanding of neural plasticity...  here's a link to the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroplasticity



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April 3rd, 2018 Shadows, reflections, edges = depth perception...


Something is changing for me... I've had a month off from vision therapy (VT) but have had several conversations with Ann, and done some things at home, and this time off gave my body time to absorb... and who knows what else is going on, working inside my neurological self - I'm getting glimpses of vision I don't think I ever had before... wow! 

It's one thing to know intellectually/cognitively an object is round, has depth, it's quite another to really SEE it in a palpable way... this new vision isn't ALWAYS there, but I have a hunch it'll continue to grow...
Exhilarating and exhausting... makes me feel a bit off kilter at times, but I know it's a good thing...  There's weight and volume, density and space in between things that is a THING itself... really kind of amazing... how did I not SEE this before?!

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March 8th, 2018 My journey continues; a good anxiety/CBT specialist


Did another 1 hr session to finish my intake at The Anxiety Treatment Center... I like Christina, and she really gets what happened to me in terms of anxiety - particularly the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD -component... she has a much deeper understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy - CBT - than my former therapist, as well as a much better understanding of anxiety over all.

While she agrees that I'll likely always have some limitations, she ALSO believes my life can be better - improved... She said there are no guarantees, but that she believes she can help me, and she's hopeful.

I told her it was a relief to be understood well.. I'm also glad to be understanding myself better... it's going to take time, and effort.... she'll work with me and my other therapists as a team, which I was really glad to hear... it will be gradual, and I'm kind of scared - which I think is OK... there's possibility ahead.... good possibility....


NOTE:  please take a look at the links below for more info re CBT... Christina told me there's a body of research showing that meds (i.e. SSRIs) and CBT are a proven treatment for certain kinds of anxiety.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_behavioral_therapy

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/cognitive-behavioral-therapy  

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