I came upon an article originally published by the Washington Post yesterday titled “Pregnancy getting attention it’s due”, which talks about how little research is done into pregnancy than into much less common conditions.
Reading this reminded me of when doctors downplay women’s health concerns, and the disparities between how women and men are treated in medical settings.
It has been my experience working as a clinical social worker that mind/body strategies and techniques are effective ways of managing a wide array of physiological and psychological challenges.
Dr. Alice Domar, who has established the first ever Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health, as well as the very first Mind/Body Program for Fertility states: “women’s minds must be treated along with their bodies”; that this is essential to treatment success, no matter what the medical condition is.
No matter what is causing distress and/or pain –stress, cancer, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, anxiety and depression-when we attend to our minds as well as our body, we can feel better, as well as cope better with our condition on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. I have included a link to a video of Dr. Alice Domar here:
If you would like to explore more about mind/body medicine, I am available in both the Madison Park and West Seattle offices for a 30-minute consultation at no charge.
Tina L Michalski, MSW, LICSW
Tina is a psychotherapist in living in Seattle WA. A transplant for Western NY she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son in law, and grandson. She loves to cook, has a lifelong interest in health, and volunteers in the vibrant Seattle theater scene.