How Belief In Yourself Can Enhance Dry Eye Treatment
What is the Placebo Effect?
In today's world, we've become so accustomed to dealing with diseases and ailments with medications. Which drug works best? What pill can I take to feel better? What eye drop is going to cure my dry eye?
Unfortunately, these are questions doctors now hear on a daily basis. But have you ever considered the role of your mind in healing your dry eyes? Since it may be much easier to simply take a pill or even make diet changes to control dry eyes, we often forget about the power of belief and the way we interact with the world around us.
Past studies have suggested a strong power in the placebo effect, meaning that the patient will feel relief even when no medication is truly given (the effects are much greater when they believe they have actually been given the medication). It is truly fascinating that the effects of a drug are greater when the subject actually believes they're receiving the drug (or they see it being administered) vs. when they are unaware of the drug being delivered.
This suggests that the simple belief that they will get better may actually make them better. So, what does this mean for you?
Can Your Beliefs Help You Find Relief?
Recent studies imply that there's not just an objective aspect to disease, but that there is a subjective aspect as well (which may be difficult to measure in studies). You may very well have dry eye disease, but your belief that you will get better plays a dramatic role on your treatment journey.
One of the greatest tools you have is belief in yourself. Without this, none of the results you wish to achieve will occur. If you want to live a healthier life and finally find relief for your dry eyes or other ailments, you just have to believe you can do it. It sounds cheesy, but it can very well be the missing link in your search for health. For example, we often see patients stop their treatment regimen when it's not going well or even make changes to it constantly. You just have to keep pushing forward and BELIEVE that you can get through the tough time.
If you're setting out on a healthy lifestyle journey and you truly believe you can make positive changes that will affect not only your eyes but your overall health as well, it's the belief in yourself that will get you to the top successfully.