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   . events - cfs - january 15th .

Mind Body Interactions in Origins and Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia

January 15th, National Jewish Hospital, Denver

open to members of the support group as well as to nonmembers

Description (see below)

Download Flyer: (PDF 120K)

Download Handouts:
Diagram Origins of Chronic Illness (PDF 160K)
Diagram Nervous System & Symptoms (PDF 80K)
Guided Exercises working with symptoms (PDF 80K)
Slides Outline (PDF 85K)

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This presentation draws from clinical background, research, and personal experience with chronic fatigue. This talk is aimed at introducing concepts of somatic psychotherapy, which helps people with chronic illness understand, identify and work with mind-body interactions that may contribute to chronic illness and variability of symptoms.

This is not a talk stating that chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are "all in your mind". To the contrary, this perspective emphasizes the influence of life circumstances on nervous system regulation, describes the intelligence that may underly symptoms, and suggests how physical illness may reflect an extreme survival response of the body attempting to cope with overwhelming challenge.

In this context, it becomes possible to understand how working with emotions, thoughts, and the body can help the nervous system improve its capacity for self-regulation.

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Veronique Mead describes a perspective for understanding the role of interactions between mind and body in the origins and symptoms of chronic illness such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). This perspective draws from Somatic Psychotherapies, clinical experience, research, as well as a personal relationship with chronic fatigue. The fundamental theory is that all symptoms are based on intelligent attempts to adapt to a challenging environment. The theory appears to help explain and understand important questions often related to CFS and FMS, such as:

Why does exercise aggravate symptoms for so many people with CFS/FMS? Why are symptoms so variable in different people? Why do symptoms vary in the same person, from day to day or from moment to moment? How is it that some people get this illness and others do not? Can working with emotions and beliefs have any impact on symptoms? Can working with the body help physical symptoms and emotional well-being? What might be triggers to symptom exacerbations? and more....

Veronique Mead is a Somatic Psychotherapist in Boulder who has a special interest in working with individuals with chronic illness and unusual symptoms. Her work integrates the growing scientific understanding of the influence of body mind interactions on symptom expression and resolution. She also incorporates the increasing awareness of the effects of environmental influences on the nervous system, and facilitates mind body dialogue as a means of working with non-genetic contributions to origins of chronic physical illness. Her background as a family physician informs this work.

Flyer: download PDF (120K)

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For information about the
Rocky Mountain CFIDS/FMS Association and support group:
Information Line at 303-4-CFS-FMS (303-423-7367)
or contact Tim Smith (303) 758-2496 if you need immediate assistance.

Directions (download PDF (40K))

The meeting will be held in Heitler Hall at National Jewish Medical and Research Center (NJMRC), at 1400 Jackson Street. NJMRC is on the SouthWest corner of Colorado Blvd and Colfax Ave. Due to construction, access to Jackson Street from 14th street will be blocked from 12/20/04 to April 2005.

From the North: driving south on Colorado Blvd, turn right (west) on Colfax Ave (in the place of 15th Ave), and take first left (south) onto Jackson Street.

      From Boulder, come down 36, cross straight over I-25 to I-270. Exit Vasquez Blvd, and head south. Stay on the main road, which becomes Colorado Blvd as it takes a gentle turn to the left. Then use directions above for "From the North" (noting that Colfax is like 15th Ave, you'll know by other numbered Avenues when you're getting close to Colfax).

From the South: driving north on Colorado Blvd, turn left (west) on Colfax Ave (in the place of 15th Ave), and take first left (south) onto Jackson Street.

From the East: driving west on 13th Ave, turn right (north) on Colorado Blvd, first left (14th Ave) is one-way the wrong way -- take second left (west) on Colfax Ave, and take first left (south) onto Jackson Street.

From the West: driving east on 14th Ave, after passing (regular streets) Madison then Monroe, take next left (north) onto Garfield Street, take the next right (east) on Colfax Ave, take the next right (south) onto Jackson Street. [If you miss Garfield Street and get to Colorado Blvd, turn left (north) on Colorado Blvd, take first left (west) on Colfax Ave, and take first left (south) onto Jackson Street.]

In all cases, park on the right (west) side, enter NJMRC on the left (east) side.

The entrance to NJMRC is on the west side, at 1400 Jackson Street. The main doors are locked, but a receptionist inside will unlock the door. Make your presence known if needed. The receptionist can provide direction to Heitler Hall.

Heitler Hall is on the SouthWest corner of the main clinic building, or the front right as you approach the building, behind large picture windows. While still outside the building, you can bypass the main entrance by coming around the right side (under the covered walk to the conference center) where someone from our group can let you in the doors which are there.

Directions: download PDF (40K)

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