Although I focus primarily on chronic pain, I have had opportunities to work with people with many different conditions. This page will discuss the expertise I have gathered over the years for helping people with different health conditions. If you or a patient have a condition that is not listed here, please contact me to discuss further at 315-691-0900 or schedule a free new patient consultation.
Stress management is the practice of identifying and reducing your reactions to stressors in order to improve your health and well-being. It involves developing coping strategies to manage stress and maintain balance in daily life. Effective stress management techniques may include exercise, relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing, and healthy lifestyle choices such as getting enough sleep and maintaining a balanced diet. It is essential to identify triggers and sources of stress to develop a personalized stress management plan. Seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional may also be helpful in managing stress.
Anxiety and panic can have a significant impact on a person's health. They can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and digestive problems. Chronic anxiety and panic can weaken the immune system, making a person more susceptible to illnesses. Prolonged anxiety and panic can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. It is essential to address anxiety and panic to maintain overall health and wellbeing. The best treatment currently is therapy via a trained psychologist.
Depression can worsen a person's health and well-being. It can cause fatigue, sleep disturbances, and changes in appetite and weight. Left untreated, depression can also lead to an increased risk of heart disease and other medical conditions. Treatment for depression may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. It is important to seek professional help if experiencing symptoms of depression, as it can be a serious and treatable condition that can greatly improve overall health and quality of life.
Trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can influence your health far into the future. Recent research suggests it influences pain, cardiac functioning, and even if you are likely to develop cancer. Like anxiety and depression, the most effective treatments we have for trauma are psychotherapies.
Anger difficulties can have a negative impact on a person's health and social life. It can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, and a weakened immune system. Prolonged anger can also lead to anxiety and depression. Effective anger management may include therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and stress management strategies. It is essential to address anger issues to maintain overall health and well-being and improve interpersonal relationships.
These can include changes in employment, loss of a loved one, grief, and divorce.
As pain is always a physical and emotional experience, such treatment is often needed by most people who experience pain. Many misconceptions exist around pain, which is promoted and taken advantage of by many companies and practices. An expert and specialist familiar with current pain research is necessary to address the emotional aspects of your pain.
I have extensive expertise and experience working with patients who have acute and chronic pain. It includes conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and many more.
One of the top triggers for headaches is stress, so effective stress management is a key part of effective headache management. Additionally, similar to pain, headaches are both a physical and emotional experience, which is why you are more irritable when you have a headache. As such, psychological treatment for people with headaches are a key component for effective management!
Did you know there is an effective, non-medication treatment for sleep difficulties? It is recommended by the Academy of Sleep Medicine as a preliminary treatment for sleep difficulties such as insomnia. It's a psychological treatment that targets your beliefs and behaviors around sleep to gradually improve your sleep without any side effects.
The brain-gut connection is one of the most powerful connections in the body. It is the reason you have butterflies in your stomach before a big event, as well as the reason why some people have difficulties with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation.
Many neurological conditions influence your health and well-being. The first sign of many is depression. They are also likely to be worsened by stress and your mood. Addressing these factors can be a key part of managing your symptoms and condition.
Stress can impact the heart, that fact has been known for years. More recently, research has found that other factors, such as depression and anxiety, can impact your heart and circulatory system.
Managing diabetes can take a toll on your health, leading to burnout and emotional difficulties. These same difficulties affect your blood sugar levels. This loop has led organizations such as the American Diabetes Association to establish training programs to help psychologists provide better care to those with diabetes. I have been fortunate to attend the training and care for people with diabetes.
I have worked with various hearing conditions such as tinnitus and hyperacusis. As with many perceptions, these conditions are impacted by our brain, learning, and mood. Addressing such factors can be key in helping you manage your difficulties.
To be fair, this is a newer condition that I have begun to get experience with out of need. Many systems impact your sense of balance and stability, including your brain and psychological factors. As part of your team, I address those parts to better help you establish a sense of stability.
Are you coping with a chronic illness that is not listed above? If so, feel free to call me or schedule a free consult to determine if I can help you!
Garry Spink, PhD - Spink Psychology, PLLC
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