Dr. Curt Misko from Cherokee Women’s Health gives his advice about how to get rid of guilt.
A: Guilt is a “hard wired” as well as a learned protective mechanism to help us recognize an action that will eventually harm us.
Q: What is a positive affirmation someone can use to help deal with guilt?
A: Prayer is a fabulous way to help deal with guilt. Developing self-discipline and control is best. Seeking help with the appropriate counselor is key.
Q: Are feelings of guilt associated with health ailments?
A: Yes, most definitely. This depends on what action precipitates the guilty feeling. Common guilt-causing actions include overeating, not exercising, illegal drug use and alcohol abuse, and they all have associated health ailments
Q: What are the negative side effects of guilt?
A: Feeling guilty can precipitate a stress reaction, and a prolonged stress reaction can lead to clinical depression.
Q: Who can you talk to about guilt?
A: If your guilt is health-related, talk to your doctor to help you make a positive change in your life. It really can be a matter of life or death.