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Last day to register! chronic illness chronic pain mentalhealth rare disease Sep 25, 2022

“Self-management is the number one, most important part of the multidisciplinary model because medications may help some, but not completely, and we’re living day to day with pain that goes up and down." (From U.S. Pain Foundation's article bit.ly/3BxCNy3)

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Listening to your body with chronic illness isn't straight forward. chronic illness chronic pain rare disease Sep 20, 2022

The interesting thing about listening to your body with chronic illness is sometimes it's:

"I acknowledge you and will make some needed accommodations in this moment, AND I'm going to keep pushing because this event/work is important/worth it."

If I always listened to what my body wanted, I...

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LIVE Event! September 26th at 1pm Central Time. chronic illness chronic pain empowered relief mental health psychologist rare disease Sep 13, 2022

Empowered Relief™ is an evidence-based, single-session pain class that rapidly equips patients with pain management skills. It was developed at Stanford University.

Here's how you will benefit:

  1. You will learn about the science of pain and what you can do to help yourself.
  2. You will gain...
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I am a complex medical patient and a pain psychologist. I get it. chronic illness chronic pain empowered relief mentalhealth program psychologist Sep 07, 2022

I am a complex medical patient and a pain psychologist.

I get it.

Join me for a Live 2hr 15min Zoom class to learn pain management skills.

Register today to reserve your spot!

https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/store

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Dr. Melissa Geraghty is now a Certified Empowered Relief™ Instructor! chronic illness chronic migraine chronic pain empowered relief mental health rare disease Aug 09, 2022

I am excited to now offer Empowered Relief™ classes!

Empowered Relief™ is an evidence-based, single-session pain class that rapidly equips patients with pain management skills. It was developed at Stanford University.

Here's how you will benefit:

  1. You will learn about the science of...
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Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is coming to a close, however advocacy and awareness needs to occur all year round! acceptance & commitment therapy chronic illness chronic migraine chronic pain migraine psychologist Jun 30, 2022

Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is coming to a close, however advocacy and awareness needs to occur all year round!

View my 2017 interview with INvisible Project, 1st Migraine Edition, online:

https://invisibleproject.org/dr-melissa-geraghty/

Also checkout my article, "Medical History...

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Podcast Guest of Heads UP: "Migraine Medication Failures" chronic illness chronic migraine chronic pain medicalgaslighting migraine podcast psychologist Jun 13, 2022

Heads UP - Episode 126: Migraine Medication Failures

National Headache Foundation

"Have you had a migraine medication fail you? Or have multiple migraine medications failed you? How did it make you feel? In this episode of Heads UP Lindsay Weitzel, Ph.D. talks to Melissa Geraghty Psy.D. about...

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I am excited to be a guest on 3 podcasts today! chronic illness chronic migraine chronic pain eating disorders healthcareprofessionals mental health migraine parenting parents psychologist Jun 03, 2022

I am excited to be a guest on 3 podcasts today covering:

Eating disorder myths (for now, check out my program, The Ultimate Eating Disorders Bootcamp for Parents https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/opt-in)
How we feel when medications fail us
What to do when we are stuck in bed with pain

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Honored to be featured in Rare Revolution Magazine! chronic illness chronic migraine chronic pain disabled life mental health psychologist rare disease May 11, 2022

Dr. Melissa Geraghty Psy.D of Phoenix Rising with Dr. G

11 May 2022

Drawing on her own experience of rare disease Dr Melissa Geraghty is on a mission to provide mental health support to those with chronic illness and pain to ensure no one feels alone on their RARE journey.

RARE entrepreneur...

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[Podcast] To the patient who wants to die: A psychologist’s perspective chronic illness chronic pain mental health suicide Jul 06, 2021

It was an honor to be on the KevinMD.com podcast. We discussed my article, “To the patient who wants to die: A psychologist’s perspective.”

https://youtu.be/pTNLmebDPLY

 

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain acceptance & commitment therapy act chronic illness chronic migraine chronic pain mental health migraine Jun 15, 2021

Check out my talk on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain (with a focus on Migraine Disease)!

Therapy can be vital for navigating life with Chronic Illness.

A big thanks to the Association of Migraine Disorders for supporting people with complex neurological diseases.

Watch,...

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The Keyboard Warriors will never Stop—but we can stop Reacting. chronic illness chronic pain disabled life mental health rare disease May 19, 2021

The Keyboard Warriors will never Stop—but we can stop Reacting.

I’ve seen a lot of personal attacks in some online communities, particularly in the chronic pain community.

I have been the brunt of this many times when people make assumptions about me off of a few 100 words. In some of...

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To the patient who wants to die: a psychologist’s perspective chronic illness chronic pain disabled life mental health rare disease suicide Apr 26, 2021

To the patient who wants to die: a psychologist’s perspective

I’ve been there. In my first two years of severe, chronic pain, I was right where you are at. I felt hopeless, mentally exhausted, and didn’t want to keep living with an extreme level of pain anymore. I felt there was...

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Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: My Body Is Trying To Kill Me anaphylaxis chronic illness chronic pain epi pen mast cell disease naughty mast cells rare disease warrior yet another new normal Feb 23, 2021

I thought my time away from social media would be focused on adjusting to not having my infusions due to insurance issues (still an ongoing battle but I’m not dropping it!), but my body had other ideas.

After experiencing anaphylaxis for the first time as well as a bunch of other...

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I Got COVID 9 Months Ago and Still Have Symptoms (Newsweek) chronic illness chronic pain covid disabled life neurosurgery rare disease Dec 16, 2020

My Turn

'I Got COVID 9 Months Ago and Still Have Symptoms'

Dr. Melissa Geraghty
On 12/2/20 at 5:51 AM EST

At the beginning of 2020, when COVID-19 was still only in the peripheries of our awareness, I was recovering from neurosurgery. I have a rare neurological disease, tethered cord syndrome,...

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Today marks the one year anniversary of my neurosurgery. chronic illness chronic pain disabled life neurosurgery rare disease Oct 07, 2020

Originally I had planned to publish a compilation of my experiences with tethered cord syndrome, rare disease diagnosis, neurosurgery, and CSF leak, in time for my one year anniversary. My body and mind are currently not up for this seemingly monumental task, so I will be brief.

I have mixed...

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Check your ableism. I’m not bragging. chronic illness chronic pain disabled life rare disease Sep 17, 2020

Written in 2017. Edited in 2020.

Each day I see more and more ableist attitudes. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have a word to describe this before, or maybe it’s because I have experienced so much ableist trauma that parts of my brain had to block it out. More likely it’s a...

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