Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson, Author at New Life Outlook

About Eric

Eric L. Patterson, LPC, is a professional counselor in western Pennsylvania, who has been working for over a decade to help his clients live happier lives. By night, he is a dad, husband, runner and freelance writer specializing in transferring his mental health knowledge and experience into clear, actionable content for his readers.

Recently, Eric’s writing has expanded to a lighter side with Consume Review Repeat. Whether the topic is as serious as the impacts of anxiety or as silly as the best iced coffees around, Eric strives to keep his writing sharp, engaging and enlightening.

Eric loves his daughters, indie rock music and all things zombies. Read more about Eric and his writing on his website.

Eric's Work

Holidays With Fibromyalgia

Tips for Enjoying the Holidays With Fibromyalgia

The holidays with fibromyalgia can be a stressful time. Here are a few ways to enjoy your holidays by setting realistic goals and looking for the positives.
by Eric Patterson on December 11, 2018
Fibromyalgia Stigma and How to Defeat It

Breaking Down the Stigma Attached to Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia stigma is a strong force. Put simply, stigma is a negative and invalid label put on a person or group of people based on a trait they possess.
by Eric Patterson on November 6, 2018
Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia

Strategies for Coping After a Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

Receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis is a difficult thing to cope with. Dina and Hilory share their stories and Eric offer's his tips for coping.
by Dina Newton-Edwards, Eric Patterson and Hilory Gasewicz on April 12, 2017
Why You Should Become a Fibro Advocate

Why You Should Become a Fibro Advocate

Being a fibro advocate represents a task that is the perfect balance of selfishness and selflessness. Everyone wins! Do you want to become an advocate?
by Eric Patterson on April 11, 2016
How to Relax Despite Fibromyalgia

How to Relax Despite Fibromyalgia

Is it possible to relax despite fibromyalgia? Work on stress relief and reduction in order to find state of mind where you can finally relax.
by Eric Patterson on March 28, 2016
Fibromyalgia and Loneliness

Fibromyalgia and Loneliness: How to Fight Isolation

Fibromyalgia and loneliness often go hand-in-hand due to sufferers isolating themselves from the outside world to avoid physical and emotional pain.
by Eric Patterson on March 22, 2016
How Fibromyalgia Affects Your Family

Understanding How Fibromyalgia Affects Your Family

People with fibro are not the only ones suffering. Counselor Eric and fibro sufferer Adriel discuss how fibromyalgia affects your family.
by Adriel Maldonado and Eric Patterson on March 22, 2016
Goal Setting With a Chronic Illness

The Value of Goal Setting With a Chronic Illness

If you have yourself convinced goal setting with a chronic illness is a waste of time, think again. Learn how and why to set goals with fibromyalgia.
by Eric Patterson on February 22, 2016
Self-Esteem With Fibromyalgia

Maintaining Your Self-Esteem With Fibromyalgia

Maintaining your self-esteem with fibromyalgia can be tough, but it is possible to push back and reclaim your confidence.
by Eric Patterson and Adriel Maldonado on January 19, 2016
Fibromyalgia and Suicide Risk

Fibromyalgia and Suicide Risk

The link between fibromyalgia and suicide is stronger than you may think. The question is, what can you do to avoid the situation and stay optimistic?
by Eric Patterson on November 4, 2015