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Managing the Emotional Impact

"One cannot experience a crisis without experiencing strong emotions."

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To balance my emotional reactions to this traumatic event, this is my personal protocol for managing the emotional and physical effects of my stroke. It entailed a combination of treatments from my:

· Naturopath

· Psychotherapist

· Chiropractic Neurologist

· Acupuncturist

Additionally the consistency of these activities...

· Exercise (check out some therapy exercises, here)

· Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy (5 days a week, 4 hours a day)

· Self-Care (more on that in a couple weeks!)

· Social Life


One-month post-stroke, I was released from the acute rehab center. I immediately made an appointment with my naturopath, because I knew she would know what to prescribe for my severe emotional state.


My doctor, Kiera Lane NMD, knew something was seriously amiss (other than the fact I’d had a massive stroke!), so she ran a series of unique blood tests which indicated my serotonin and dopamine levels had been completely wiped out by the stroke.


As you know, these neurotransmitters control most aspects of your emotional state. Once the problem was identified, she prescribed two natural, non-chemical supplements which increased these levels to the “normal range” within 90 days! I felt like I had my spirit back! No more crying jags, mood swings, panic attacks, depression, sadness, or irritability!


I continue to be challenged with sadness, frustration and grief, but my naturopath prescribes non-chemical homeopathic remedies for these issues, which are marvelous! They definitely keep me “on track” so I can pursue my rehab goals and live my life to the fullest!


I would highly recommend securing the incredible services of a naturopath who is a NMD, because they are highly skilled experts in non-chemical treatment philosophy. None of us need more chemicals in our bodies!


Unfortunately, in America, as opposed to other countries, naturopaths are not as respected for their expertise, so they are not covered by insurance companies. Therefore, their fees would most likely be an “out of pocket” expense.


My philosophy is:

What’s more important to invest my money in than my health?!

Especially now.


Next week, Kathleen Todd, M.D. and Clinical Social Worker/Therapist and author of Mindful Loving writes in to talk with us in more detail about the Emotional Effects of a Stroke or Neurological Event.


There is much to come in the weeks we have in front of us on all of these topics discussed in this article. For the past couple months, while the blog has been active, I have been analyzing content and discussions from you and other survivors and I am working to bring you the best of the best to help ease or resolve these issues. You can follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more on these topics everyday as well.


Thank you to everyone that has reached out and shared your experiences, I truly believe we can all get through this together.


As always, thank you so much for reading.

Comment your thoughts below!

Thank you!

Maureen

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