Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Do you know what "alexithymia" means? Can you imagine that you cannot understand and express whether you feel happy or sad, whether you are depressed, or perhaps not at all, maybe you are afraid, or anxious? This is the confusion that person with alexithymia experiences. Such people also have a difficult time understanding what emotions other people feel as well. Lack of this capability also makes it very difficult to create close and supportive relationships. This is how you might feel if tžyou had alexithymia: - you have no clue how you are feeling. WHen you are asked "how do you feel", you just draw a blank - usually you can only distinguish between feeling "good" or "bad" - you can explain your actions logically, but cannot relate them to emotions serving as motivation or energy source - you are not sure of your needs or desires - sometimes you experience unexpected physical symptoms like racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, pains and aches - but you cannot explain their origin - you do not understand where all of your drive or motivation has disappeared, you often procrastinate and do not find joy in any leisure activity - sometimes you feel like you are a distant observer of your life, not being able to control many things. Just getting through the day seems to be a tedious task. Alexithymia is a diagnosed disorder by itself, or may accompany other disorders, such as eating disorders. Alexithymia may develop because of genetic reasons, brain damage also as reaction to some somatic illnesses. Alexithymia treatment is first of all related to treating primary illness that is causing it. Education about what are the emotions, what are their types, relying on behavioral therapy and introspection, learning to relate thoughts and emotions. A personal therapy is also very helpful. Getting involved in the activities that usually provoke emotional response, such as watching and participating in various art forms, listening to music, dancing, reading emotional books, etc. Alexithymia is not something you cannot deal with. If you feel like you are experiencing similar symptoms, you are very welcome to contact me for a counselling session - or another psychologist or therapist that you like :) My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to know more! Photo: Alexas_Photos from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #emotions #therapy #alexithymia
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Today I would like to recommend a book - Jon Kabat-Zinn "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life". Meditation is one of the most valuable skills that you can learn to improve and maintain your health in a good condition. This means your mental health as well as your physical health, which is definitely very much related to and dependant on your psychological balance. The author is Western so the book does not contain multiple words that are not relatable to our daily life and language. I also would like to dissipate another often used and incorrect idea - meditation is not a practice of silencing your thoughts. Meditation is practice of concentrating your focus on your passing thoughts, on may object or action. You may meditate while cleaning your home, walking, or sitting down. You don't need to have a mat, sit in lotus pose or burn incense - you may choose to use it all ar one of it, if it helps you to focus. Take a breath. Lightly exhale. My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to ask more about meditation and psychology! #spoonfulofreason #psychology #recommendedbook #books #recommendation

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
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