Second of two parts
Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviating anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures, quitting smoking and ending alcohol dependence.
Hypnosis achieves focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. When our minds are concentrated, we are able to use them more powerfully.
First of two parts
Q. Can hypnosis help me to quit smoking?
Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods said to be useful by an independent panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The panel found that hypnosis may be helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviated anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures.
Q. Do we get sadder as we get older?
It seems that just the opposite is true. There’s a lot of evidence that we get happier the older we get.
A Gallup telephone poll of 340,000 in the United States concluded that happiness comes with age. However, the poll didn’t uncover the cause of this phenomenon.
Dr. Arthur A. Stone, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was the lead author of a study based on the Gallup survey. He speculated on the causes for this happiness.
Q. What increases my chances of breaking a bone?
For several reasons, seniors are in danger of breaking a bone. As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes. Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems, which can lead to falls. Then there’s osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones more likely to snap.
Q. Whenever I go to the doctor and she takes my blood pressure it is a little high. Then, at the end of the office visit, she takes my pressure again and it’s normal. Do you know what causes this?
What you describe is a common symptom of “white-coat hypertension.” This means that your blood pressure goes up whenever anyone in a white coat (or reasonable medical facsimile) comes near you. I suffer from this myself so I have a visceral understanding of the problem.
Q. Are generic drugs as good as brand-name drugs?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): “ A generic drug is the same as a brand-name drug in dosage, safety, strength, quality, the way it works, the way it is taken and the way it should be used. The FDA requires generic drugs have the same high quality, strength, purity and stability as brand-name drugs.”
More than 70 percent of prescription medications taken today are generics, which are identical, or “bioequivalent,” to a brand-name drug.
Q. My grandson has been told he has a “personality disorder.” What is that?
People with a personality disorder have serious trouble getting along with others. They are usually rigid and unable to adapt to the changes life presents to all of us. They simply don’t function well in society.
People with personality disorders are more likely to commit homicide and suicide, and suffer from social isolation, alcohol and drug addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-destructive behavior such as excessive gambling.
Q. Is Yoga too strenuous for seniors?
If the Yoga sessions accommodate personal physical limitations, there’s no reason a senior can’t start this 4,000-year-old practice. It’s a good idea to find out exactly what you’ll be doing in your Yoga class and discuss it with your doctor first.
Yoga has been shown to help alleviate many of the health problems faced by older adults. The benefits of Yoga are supposed to combat the aging process.
Q. When you have a bypass, what exactly do they do to your heart?
In conventional heart bypass, an incision about one-foot-long is made down the center of the chest to expose the heart. The surgeon takes a section of healthy blood vessel, often from inside the chest wall or from the lower leg, and attaches the ends above and below a blocked artery so that blood flow is diverted around the narrowed portion of a diseased artery.
Q. My 90-year-old mother is extremely independent and doesn’t want me accompanying her to her doctor appointments. It’s frustrating because when she gets home, I can’t get any decent information from her. She doesn’t ask the doctors questions. What can I do about this?
This behavior is familiar to me. People in my parents’ World War II generation are self-reliant, but with a stronger respect for authority than subsequent generations. These folks tend not to challenge their doctors even with simple questions.