Would you like to be part of a research study?


Dear Readers,

I’m wondering if you could please help me out.

I’m conducting a survey regarding people with medically unexplained illnesses and how they cope with their illness and make use of their resources, including medical professionals. Medically unexplained illnesses that the survey included are Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. I’m seeking participants for this study who are affected by one (or more) of these illnesses personally, are 18 years or older, and are English-speaking. This qualitative questionnaire is meant to help service providers understand the needs and strengths of people with these conditions, how they cope with stress, and how they make use of the resources available to them. It is my hope that increased understanding and knowledge about these conditions will help improve service delivery and empower people with medically unexplained illnesses to make better use of the resources available to them. Once collected, I will analyze the data using grounded theory methods. I’m hoping that you can encourage anyone you know who fits the criteria to fill out the questionnaire, which is available at this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJJTRYC.

The questionnaire is anonymous and I will do everything in my power to protect the privacy and anonymity of participants. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the survey, please don’t hesitate to contact me at lisalarsen69@gmail.com. I appreciate your assistance in this matter. If you’re interested in the results, please contact me at that same email address. Thank you in advance.

Sleep and PTSD


Recently, there has been interesting research about the role of safety signals in PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). It seems that when people are able to learn about safety and create that in their minds, they are able to get more REM sleep which helps them heal from the traumatic event. This is an article that contains a synopsis of that research:
http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/08/31/new-research-shows-sleep-critical-to-effective-ptsd-treatment/74318.html

One of the ways that I like to create safety for clients is with EMDR. I do what is called “resource” work with “installing” a safe person and a safe place by using bilateral stimulation (eyes going back and forth, alternate tones in the ears, or tapping the hands alternately) while the client thinks about a safe person and/or safe place. What is meant by “safe?” I usually encourage the person to think about a place where nothing bad has ever happened to you, and that makes you feel calm, happy and peaceful while you think about it. Similarly, for the safe person, it should be someone who has not had much conflict with you and who is dependably considerate of your needs and desires, hopefully even helpful to you. I have had many people tell me that this helps them feel calmer and less anxious or stressed when they practice thinking about the safe place or person regularly. Sometimes when we have less stress, it makes sleep that much easier, whether or not we have post-traumatic stress.