I was talking with a friend about ways to deal with recurrent troubling thoughts. From years of experience with my own thoughts and many discussions with friends, it appears we all have thoughts that are unhelpful. If you are like me and have not found the off switch for the negative thought stream, here is an analogy that may be useful. Thoughts are like horsd’oeuvres. If you don’t like tomatoes, the bruschetta is not a problem if you don’t put it on your plate. The thoughts, like horsd’oeuvres being served at a party, will keep passing by but if they are not useful you can just leave them on the tray.
Dr. Oswald earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from The Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency training at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University. She is Board Certified with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Integrative Medicine. Theresa Oswald, M.D. is currently an attending physician at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. She currently resides with her husband in Dallas, Texas, while her grown young adult children explore the world of work, academics, fun and fellowship.