Not only does it have the potential to make one feel better, but think of the knowledge one gains in the process as well...according to the report blogging might also trigger dopamine release, just like music and and other stimulants do for us...it can certainly offer some comfort in discussing common problems and diagnosis and treatments plans with health problems...there's comfort anywhere in not being alone, or feeling like you are alone...so open the process and start self medicating through a little bit of journalism...BD
Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.
Whatever the underlying causes may be, people coping with cancer diagnoses and other serious conditions are increasingly seeking—and finding—solace in the blogosphere. “Blogging undoubtedly affords similar benefits” to expressive writing, says Morgan, who wants to incorporate writing programs into supportive care for cancer patients.
Blogging--It's Good for You: Scientific American
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