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A Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Dystonia Symptoms

In this step: CHANGE
Your Understanding of What Dystonia Really Is

Step Three

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 Your dystonia is a parasitic thought pattern that feeds on your emotional state: the more stressed you are, the more fearful, the more hopeless, the stronger and more persistent your dystonia symptoms will get.

 You are not the problem, dystonia is the problem; just like a parasite exploits its host, so will the dystonia occupy your mind - sometimes every waking moment - and stubbornly refuse to leave.

 The solution to this "occupation" is to starve the dystonia of its nourishment; dystonia's nourishment is a combination of negative emotions  and the adrenaline-cortisol in your blood stream.

 You must understand the compound effect of stress: what starts with a specific stressor (a thought, an event, a memory) picks up strength by your body's stress reaction, and produces physical dystonia symptoms; these symptoms are stressful in and of themselves, and they compound the stress in your body.
In simple terms, you stress about being stressed.

 Your parasitic dystonia feasts on all this negativity and grows stronger.

 Cut the parasite's nourishment by doing one thing: focus on the sources of your stress and on the stress that dystonia itself causes.

 Reducing your stress is the only way to break this vicious cycle  : stress --> adrenal-cortisol release --> dystonia symptoms --> compound stress --> hopelessness --> worsening of dystonia symptoms.
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 Specifically, to reduce dystonia's symptoms to any significant degree, you must attack it at the source; so long as you are disturbed by the symptoms and can't focus on anything else, you won't succeed.

 In this step, you must concentrate on the idea that your negative reaction to your dystonia symptoms - while understandable - is completely unhelpful.

 Your fear of dystonia paralyzes you and keeps you firmly in its grip. Have the courage to dismiss it.

 Your anxious state heightens the symptoms' severity. Be smart and cut it off at the source.

 Your focus on what's happening in your body gives you tunnel vision. Broaden your point of view.

 The secret is to do the opposite of what dystonia would have you do. Instead of being dominated by it, you reduce its significance in your life (see the next step for more details). Accepting this concept is the key to your successful symptom reduction.

 Embracing the concept that you can stop feeding your dystonia and that YOU're the solution to this problem  is the path to wellness.  What if I get discouraged, lose hope? 

 It's not an easy concept to implement and - perhaps after many years of suffering - it doesn't feel good, or right to think this way; but not everything that feels good is good for you, and not everything that is good for you feels good.

  Fighting dystonia calls for thinking outside the box and for doing the opposite of what fear and your instincts tell you to do.

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