Tag Archives: Psychology

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OHC Live 25 – The story behind psychological subtypes

Alex explores the psychological subtypes (Anxiety, Achiever, Helper) that can play a part in remaining ill with ME CFS, and how noticing these patterns can help us put ourselves first and notice the thought behaviours that are unhelpful in our recovery. Beyond recovery from ME CFS, understanding psychological subtypes will help us to grow and […]

OHC Live Ep 081 – The C word and the S Word

Commitment and surrender are two keywords that are essential in the psychological approach to healing from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. Both words can be a double-edged sword, and finding the balance in each is essential to being aware of achiever patterns and practising acceptance. Alex also addresses a question about the focus on psychological topics […]

Archive of Facebook Live Posts

OHC Live Ep 001 – ME, CFS, and Fibromyalgia recovery goals for 2017 OHC Live Ep 002 – Cultivating positive habits for recovery OHC Live Ep 003 – Is it possible to make a full recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia? OHC Live Ep 004 – Sleep and ME/CFS OHC Live Ep 005 – Managing […]

OHC Live Ep 019 – Helper patterns

In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses Helper patterns in ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. The Helper subtytpe in the Optimum Health Clinic model is one type of characteristic that can be looked at in terms of habits and beliefs that may contribute to becoming or staying ill with ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia. Exploring […]

OHC Live Ep 018 – Gratitude

In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses gratitude and comparing ourselves to others. While being able to acknowledge our loss and difficulty is an important part of being in our body, it is also an extremely useful practice to be grateful for what we do have and the things that are working here […]

OHC Live Ep 009 – The Achiever Pattern

Identifying when we might be trying too hard to be the perfect patient will help us recognise the achiever pattern and how it might actually hinder our progress. Recovery from ME/CFS requires us to recognise when we’re trying to push instead of stay in a healing state and wait until we have genuine energy to […]

OHC Live Ep 008 – Community

With an isolating illness like ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia, it’s important to find a way to stay connected to some sort of community. Alex gives some tips on how relationships may change and how to connect to new people on the recovery path. Listen to the audio version on our podcast (also available through iTunes, […]

OHC Live Ep 006 – Why is Psychology important for recovery?

Why is Psychology important for recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia? Alex discusses The Optimum Health Clinic’s approach to psychology and the philosophy behind the benefits of certain psychological aspects on the road to recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. Alex also addresses the controversial ideas around treating ME/CFS with psychology, discusses some specific methods […]

OHC Live Ep 002 – Cultivating positive habits

OHC Live Ep 002 Cultivating positive habits for ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses cultivating positive habits to help on the ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia recovery path. Alex reviews the ideas of conscious incompetence, unconscious competence, developing helpful routines, understanding your limits, and finding your boundaries.  Building […]