Archive for April 29th, 2009


It is clear that this approach is not directly related to the actual cause of the tension. This is an important point. At present there is a popular vogue that the only really satisfactory way to treat nervous illness is to unearth the cause. A little thought shows us that this is simply not true. Many people recover from nervous illness when they are given appropriate drugs, and we must not forget that religious experience, meditation, and philosophical practices have brought peace of mind to many who were disturbed. Furthermore, every psychiatrist knows that many patients can be brought to a full knowledge of the previously unconscious conflicts which caused their condition, but their symptoms will remain. Our own brief review of the causes of anxiety has shown that tension often results from a multitude of minor personal stresses of which the patient may be quite aware.

Our present approach to the relief of anxiety and tension by relaxing mental exercises works by aiding the natural processes of the body. It is effective irrespective of the cause of the anxiety; and above all else it is essentially a natural process.




There are numerous other types of arthritis which could be classified under the common heading mixed arthritis. Arthritis deformans is a term often used to describe a certain type of arthritis. Actually, though, arthritis deformans is more a description of a condition of severe deformation from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other causes than a specific type of disease.

Ankylosing spondylitis is a vicious form of arthritis which mainly strikes down young males under the age of 20. It seldom occurs after age 30. Sacroiliac joints are the most frequent locations of spondylitis.

There are also infectious types of arthritis due to joint infection resulting from tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, etc.

The types of arthritis which are most topical for the purpose of this book, however, are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Together they are responsible for over 90 per cent of all the cases of arthritis in this country. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most painful and crippling type of them all, and it affects people of all ages, particularly those who are in their most active and productive period of fife.