There used to be a time when I dealt with so much pain every day, and no doctor in the local hospital in our small city could tell me its cause. Having dysautonomia disrupted my life for months and kept me from doing the things I loved. Then, someone suggested going to a specialist. And what did they find out?
The 2017 MSA Conference happened in Nashville, Tennessee, which was the Annual MSA Patient and Family Conference. Around 200 families attended the event, and 2000 people streamed it online. This event put more emphasis on updates about Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) of the critical advances in the study of the disease, including treatment.
So how does it feel living with dysautonomia?
Living With MSA
Living with dysautonomia means undergoing the necessary treatment for dysautonomia. Life with it also means dealing with the stress, anxiety, and physical symptoms of the condition. However, a patient that is dealing with dysautonomia is not simply managed with medications. Because someone with the illness may have recurring thoughts, worries, and depression, it’s equally important to consider their wellness and manage their stress. This is where therapy can help someone living with a condition like dysautonomia.
Therapy Treatment For Dysautonomia
How is someone living with dysautonomia managed?
Therapy for dysautonomia is different from taking medication. It can show you ways to relax, perceive situations in a new light, and generate better coping and problem-solving abilities. Anxiety disorders vary considerably, some of which are a result of other illnesses like in my case. So when seeking therapy for someone living with autonomic dysfunction, it should tailor to your specific conditions and diagnosis.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Considered a widely used approach, it has shown effectiveness in the alleviation of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias, among many other conditions. Patients with MSA tend to develop mental illnesses. Thus, CBT can help address distorted perceptions of the way patients living with dysautonomia look at the world and themselves. It mainly involves two components:
Examines the contribution of negative thoughts to your dysautonomia-induced anxiety.
Examines your behavior and help in handling the situation.
People with MSA often experience anxiety. They tend to choose to do inconvenient actions to avoid their fears, and it’s only natural to avoid the things that scare you. However, the problem with this behavior is you never get the opportunity to overcome and walk past it. You can be stuck with fear and do irrational behaviors all your life to evade it.
Exposure therapy allows you to confront your fears. Its objective is to expose you to it numerous times until you gain control over your fear.
Thoughts On Dysautonomia
Dysautonomia can be chronic and progressive and adversely affect your mental health. However, the condition won’t be as difficult as it may seem if you have proper support and treatment.
- Can you live fully with dysautonomia?
- What worsens dysautonomia?
- How does an individual with dysautonomia feel?
- What is the role of the neurologist for autonomic dysfunction?
- Is a person with autonomic dysfunction considered disabled?
- What are the different types of dysautonomia?
- What can cause autonomic dysfunction?
- What kinds of mental health professionals can manage dysautonomia?
- What type of dysautonomia is life-threatening?
- What is the lifespan of people with dysautonomia?