Category Archives: Medication

Starting Off

Within the week I’m having a special 24 hour offer.

It won’t be posted on this blog. I will personally email this offer solely to those people who have already purchased one of my products.

This offer will be a one-off to say Thankyou to those early birds who have found me and already purchased.

Over this week I will be explaining each of my products and if you purchase even just one of them, you will receive this email with this special offer.

Starting off my introductions is one of my favorites…

When I began counseling I planned to stop writing prescriptions. My aim was to concentrate on what I enjoyed and what I had particular skill at, and that was psychological work.

I wanted to leave behind my 10 years of medical training that used surgery and medication, and offer something else.

The problem was that many of the people who came to me were already on medication, and my automatic instinct was to ask them about it. I was glad I did!

So many people were using medication in ways that were totally ineffective, or took much longer than needed, or made their situation even worse. Anti-depressants were stopping people from feeling in control of their lives, blood pressure medication was making people more stressed, nicotine patches were compounding the nicotine addiction, and so on.

I was horrified.

Then there were people who weren’t on medication at all. There were many occasions when they could have avoided coming to me altogether, and had their lives back on track so much sooner, if they had appropriately used a medication.

From pain-killers to anti-fungals, there was an obvious need for people to get control of their medication use.

So one of the first products I put together is called “Self Help Rx”.

“Rx” is the symbol for “prescription” or more commonly treatment.

If you are currently taking medication, or you are currently trying not to take a medication, then you need to be informed. Reviewing the potential side effects and adverse reactions of a medication is not enough.

You need to know how to plan to use a medication, to use the smallest dose, for the shortest time, AND get the maximum result.

Many modern medicines actually can deliver great results when used wisely.

Are you getting the full benefits?

Here is my online course to help you make the most of medication and other treatments:

www.SelfHelpRx.com

-Dr Martin W. Russell

Is Depression Overdiagnosed?

It’s really interesting to watch this debate going on, especially when it gets into very high level medical journals like this Head to Head debate in the British Medical Journal here:

No: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/335/7615/329

Yes: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/335/7615/328

Depression in its various different clinical descriptions over the years has been claimed to be present in anywhere from 1% to 17% of the US population.

As a counselor I am pleased when as a society we recognize the extent to which people having moods that they try to cover up from the rest of society. People have felt alone and isolated with “depression” and “anxiety” for too long.

The destigmatization of depression has however been subverted. It has been taken into the realm of a medical illness needing medication as treatment.

In my work with people I prefer to destigmatize it differently

People come to me saying they have been diagnosed with Depression. I then get them to detail what they expected their life to be, what their life actually has come to at his point, and their likely future outcomes if they continue on their current path.

More often than not I find that I then can ask them this question….

“Having told me all that do you think you should feel anything other than depressed?”

Confronting question? I hope so. Too confronting? For some it can be, and so sometimes I don’t use this approach. At least not in the first session.

Perhaps you’re saying I should be more positive with them about their life.

Perhaps you’re thinking that their depression is causing them to look at their life, past and future, in a bleak way. They really would be happy if they noticed all the good stuff. And that is true. It would be one way to do it.

But it’s not the only way.

In my experience, many people can handle the bizarre idea that their emotions might in fact be honest, direct, warts-and-all feedback about their life.

From this strange ‘negative’ beginning they can start to face their issues for themselves.

I destigmatize such emotions as depression by giving people back the permission to trust their emotions, rather than believe solely in their so-called rational thinking.

That’s what I mean by turning around people’s lives, whether from depression, or other things in life you might have been unable to resolve up to now.

And it is useful for so many of the people who come to me that I put this together:

http://www.SelfHelpMeeting.com

Being depressed is common. Being stuck in it is not useful. The diagnosis of Depression too often leads people to stay stuck, and for me that is overdiagnosis.

-Dr Martin W. Russell

Self Help Resources

Over on the side there, there are a few links to the products I currently offer.

Each of them comes directly from the work I’ve done with people, who have often come to me because nothing else has worked for them.

Here’s a summary of each…

Self Help ‘Meeting’ – At the end of an initial assessment I found myself saying, “I think I’ve done myself out of a job here. You have put alot of time and energy into solving the issue you came to me with, and I hope now that you understand what prevented you from getting the results you wanted. With the changes we have made you may well find that you have all you need from here.”

This wasn’t good for building a counseling practice based on repeat visits!

However I also realized that quite alot of the time the methods I was using in that initial session were similar for a variety of problems.

So I’ve taken this initial 45-minute ‘meeting’ and put it into a format that you can order without ever making the trip to my office.

Self Help-Me-Over – My particular interests in counselling meant that I was not going to be the first point of call for people and their problems.

But one thing that did surprise me was how many people ended up telling me that they thought they had gotten over something, only to find that they hadn’t. It seemed to me that this was an unnecessary step, and that they needed to have some way to check that they were indeed over the issue, experience, relationship, trauma, etc.

This is a set of tools that I wish more people had, and I certainly made sure these people had before they left my office.

Self Help Sleeping Meds – There were a few situations where people would come to me and within a few sentences I would know almost exactly what I would do for the rest of the session. People with sleeping problems were one of them.

If they were already taking something to help them sleep – be it prescription medication, herbal products, or something more exotic – then they were almost always using it in a way that didn’t help their sleep.

Sometimes they were simply scared of risking becoming addicted, and had rejected using the medication in the past.

These valid concerns would disappear when I explained how they could use sleeping aids safely, effectively, and with no risk of addiction. A big raodblock to the rest of their success was then removed.

Self Help Rx – If someone came to me and was on medication, then it turned out that it was worth me asking a few questions.

Even though I was trying hard to focus on ways of helping people so that they didn’t need medication or pills or other treatments, often they were on them already and so I wanted to make sure that they were taking full advantage of this.

Whether I was able to make it finally work for them, or help them avoid unwanted side effects, or get them off the medication altogether, I found that a few simple steps were enough to make a big difference, even before the counselling began.

Self Help Compensation – The research says that people who are in compensation schemes have worse health outcomes than people who aren’t – and from my personal experience it doesn’t surprise me one bit.

The researchers can um and ah about why that is but what I saw in the people who came to me was that being ‘caught in the system’, be it worker’s compensation, victim’s of crime, legal claims… all these had the same basic flaw.

They had people who were in trouble, and the system made it as difficult as it could be to apply self help methods.

That made self help very difficult. But not impossible… and so that’s what I went about teaching to everyone who saw me who was considering being involved in a compensation claim. The sturdiest self help methods I could find. They needed all of them!

Dilemma Self Help – It’s funny being a counselor and being asked for advice in areas where you have no expertise to make the decision.

“What job should I take?” “Is it okay for me to go out with this person?” “What should I do doc?”

And I could sit down and find out all the details, and go through the ‘problem-solving’ methods I had available me from my bag of tricks, and yet this wasn’t what I wanted for people.

How could I give them tools to make their own decisions without teaching them all I had been trained in? Well these are the shortcuts I have taught people over and over again.

These 6 products would cover about 80% of the people I have seen in my counselling practice. What about you?

What is the situation in your life?

Each of these products above solves a particular problem, sometimes addressing an issue you may not have even considered important before.

You can go back above and visit the order page by clicking on the titles. Over to you.

-Dr Martin W. Russell