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  • Family dinners good for teens' mental health, could protect from cyberbullying

    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents, a new study shows, but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also be beneficial for their mental health.
  • Regular family meals may reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents

    Mental Health News From Medical News Today
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new study from McGill University in Canada finds adolescents who have regular family meals are less likely to experience problems associated with cyberbullying.
  • When a Friend Struggles with Anxiety, Fear, and Depression

    World of Psychology
    Stan Popovich
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are 5 suggestions on how to help your friend cope. 1. Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the…
  • Blog Post » Manipulating Memory

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    Thomas Insel
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A pair of articles published this week in two of the most prestigious science journals describe the manipulation of memory with neurotechnologies capable of precisely targeting brain circuitry. One study used optogenetics to turn on and turn off memory associations, changing negative associations to positive ones, in mice. The other study used magnetic stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging to improve memory for words associated with faces, by boosting connectivity in a human brain memory circuit. As the field moves from descriptive studies to more mechanistic tuning of brain…
  • Survivors of childhood burns at increased risk of mental illness

    Mental Health News From Medical News Today
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research at the University of Adelaide.
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  • Blog Post » Manipulating Memory

    Thomas Insel
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A pair of articles published this week in two of the most prestigious science journals describe the manipulation of memory with neurotechnologies capable of precisely targeting brain circuitry. One study used optogenetics to turn on and turn off memory associations, changing negative associations to positive ones, in mice. The other study used magnetic stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging to improve memory for words associated with faces, by boosting connectivity in a human brain memory circuit. As the field moves from descriptive studies to more mechanistic tuning of brain…
  • Science News » Suspect Gene Corrupts Neural Connections

    Jules Asher
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Researchers have shown in patients’ cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene disrupts the expression of dozens of other genes underlying neural connections.
  • Science News » Follow that Cell

    Jules Asher
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The National Institutes of Health is challenging science innovators to compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000, by developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time.
  • Blog Post » Robin Williams

    Thomas Insel
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    In referring to the recent death of Robin Williams, Dr. Insel talks about the continuing need for research to develop better treatments for serious mental illness.
  • Blog Post » Funding Research – It Takes a Village

    Thomas Insel
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about the importance of recent large philanthropic gifts to fund basic research on the brain.
 
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    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Family dinners good for teens' mental health, could protect from cyberbullying

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents, a new study shows, but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also be beneficial for their mental health.
  • Report advocates improved police training

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    A new report identifies ways to improve the mental health training and education that police personnel receive. "The most important part of the report and what comes after is making sure people living with mental illness are involved in the delivery of training," says one expert.
  • Intervention needed for survivors of childhood burns

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research. A 30-year follow up of childhood burns victims has found that 42% of people surveyed had suffered some form of mental illness and 30% suffered depression at some stage in their lives.
  • Three-quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive treatment for depression; new approach could transform care

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Three papers reveal that around three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression, and that a new integrated treatment program is strikingly more effective at reducing depression and improving quality of life than current care.
  • Brain networks 'hyper-connected' in young adults who had depression

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Functional magnetic resonance imaging may help to better predict and understand depression in young adults. The researchers found many regions that are "hyper-connected -- or talking to each other a little too much -- among those who have a history of depression," one researcher said. These hyper-connected brain networks were related to rumination, with individuals thinking about a problem over and over without actively trying to come up with a solution.
 
 
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    World of Psychology

  • When You Feel Worthless

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    A sinking self-worth usually starts early. Maybe your caregivers criticized your every move, or maybe they criticized themselves and you learned to do the same with yourself. Journalist Anneli Rufus struggled with self-loathing for over 40 years. “I hated myself unreservedly, as if it was required,” she writes in her latest book Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself. “Why? Was I a murderer? A thief? Had I committed genocide or bombed the Prado? Was I mean? Did I have seven swollen, scaly heads? Whose children had I thrown down wells? Which city did I plunder? Had I put soap in a…
  • Best of Our Blogs: September 2, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    It’s not enough that we’re here, we’re alive, we’re together reading this. We need to be conscious parents so we can create responsible, compassionate, confident, yet humble, emotionally intelligent and bright human beings. We should be mindful of our actions, successful at work, dependable, creative, and unique yet socially adept. We need to be flexible enough to lean into everything. We need to prioritize our relationships, work hard so we can retire early and be available for our kids and our jobs 24/7. If we had enough time to catch our breath, we’d realize…
  • 5 Ways to Tell if You’re Having an Emotional Affair

    Psych Central Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Would your partner really be OK with this? Successful relationships are built on safety and trust — and a betrayal of that trust can derail a partnership before you know it. Both in the media and in our personal lives, we tend to associate such betrayals with physical affairs; however, an emotional affair, even without sex, can be just as threatening to your relationship. What is an emotional affair? Simply put, an emotional affair is an intimate connection with someone other than your partner. More to the point, it’s when that person becomes central in your life and, in some…
  • Is It Guilt or Shame?

    Therese J. Borchard
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    I started this column about guilt — why it stalks me. Why, no matter how hard I try to be a good girl, I can’t get rid of the knot in my stomach that says I’ve been busted, just like I was with a bottle of vodka at band camp in high school. However, upon doing a little research on this topic, I don’t think guilt is so much my problem as shame. They are related but different. In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, shame expert Brené Brown explains: The difference between shame and guilt is best understood as the differences between “I am bad” [shame] and “I did something…
  • When a Friend Struggles with Anxiety, Fear, and Depression

    Stan Popovich
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are 5 suggestions on how to help your friend cope. 1. Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the…
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    Depression News -- ScienceDaily

  • Intervention needed for survivors of childhood burns

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research. A 30-year follow up of childhood burns victims has found that 42% of people surveyed had suffered some form of mental illness and 30% suffered depression at some stage in their lives.
  • Three-quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive treatment for depression; new approach could transform care

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Three papers reveal that around three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression, and that a new integrated treatment program is strikingly more effective at reducing depression and improving quality of life than current care.
  • Brain networks 'hyper-connected' in young adults who had depression

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Functional magnetic resonance imaging may help to better predict and understand depression in young adults. The researchers found many regions that are "hyper-connected -- or talking to each other a little too much -- among those who have a history of depression," one researcher said. These hyper-connected brain networks were related to rumination, with individuals thinking about a problem over and over without actively trying to come up with a solution.
  • Neuroscientists reverse memories' emotional associations: Brain circuit that links feelings to memories manipulated

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings. A new study from neuroscientists reveals the brain circuit that controls how memories become linked with positive or negative emotions.
  • Serotonin deficiency? Study throws into question long-held belief about depression

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin -- a chemical messenger in the brain -- plays a central role in depression. Scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been 'depressed' by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.
 
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Intervention needed for survivors of childhood burns

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research. A 30-year follow up of childhood burns victims has found that 42% of people surveyed had suffered some form of mental illness and 30% suffered depression at some stage in their lives.
  • Three-quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive treatment for depression; new approach could transform care

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Three papers reveal that around three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression, and that a new integrated treatment program is strikingly more effective at reducing depression and improving quality of life than current care.
  • Link between prenatal antidepressant exposure, autism risk called into question

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. Now researchers have called that into question with further studies -- and complex answers.
  • Sleep drunkenness disorder may affect one in seven

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called “sleep drunkenness.” The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves confusion or inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm, during or following arousals from sleep, either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by a forced awakening, may even cause violent behavior during sleep or amnesia of the episode.
  • Parents of anxious children can avoid the 'protection trap'

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Parents whose children suffer from anxiety often fall into the 'protection trap' that may influence their child's behavior. A new study examined behaviors that may enable anxiety through reinforcement, punishment and modeling.
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    Psych Central News

  • Family Dinner with Teen Provides Protection from Cyberbullying

    Rick Nauert PhD
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    As simple as it sounds, making family dinner with your teen a routine provides a double benefit as the support helps adolescents cope with cyberbullying and improves their overall mental health. Researchers from McGill University studied the association between cyberbullying and mental health and substance use problems, and, if family contact and communication with a teen via family dinners would make a difference. As a background, researchers were aware that about one in five adolescents has experienced recent online bullying and cyberbullying, like traditional bullying, can increase the…
  • Plants Grow Workplace Productivity

    Rick Nauert PhD
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    New research suggests adding plants to a sterile office could increase productivity by 15 percent. Further, a green office was found to make workers happier. British investigators examined the impact of ‘lean’ and ‘green’ offices on staff’s perceptions of air quality, concentration, and workplace satisfaction. They also monitored productivity levels over subsequent months in two large commercial offices in the UK and The Netherlands. Lead researcher Marlon Nieuwenhuis, from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, said, “Our research suggests that…
  • Overeating Linked to Viewing Specific Type of Television Program

    Rick Nauert PhD
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Emerging research suggests that not all TV is alike when it comes to overeating. Cornell University researchers discovered that some TV programs might lead people to eat twice as much as other programs. “We find that if you’re watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too,” said Aner Tal, Ph.D., lead author on the new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine. “In other words, the more distracting the program is, the more you will eat.” In the study, conducted by researchers at the Cornell Food…
  • Train Brain to be Addicted to Healthy Foods

    Rick Nauert PhD
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    A new study using brain imaging suggests it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods. As published online in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, researchers from Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital performed a brain scan study in adult men and women. They believe the results suggest that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods. “We don’t start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat…
  • Volunteerism Helps Older Adults Stay Happier, Healthier

    Rick Nauert PhD
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Volunteering appears to play an important role for improving the health and happiness of older adults with the activity perhaps even more beneficial for seniors with a chronic health condition. A new study, published online in Psychological Bulletin, is the first to examine peer-reviewed evidence regarding the psychosocial health benefits of formal volunteering for older adults. Nicole Anderson, Ph.D., led a team of Canadian and American academics in an examination of 73 studies published over the last 45 years, involving adults aged 50-plus who were in formal volunteering roles. To be…
 
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • Sleep drunkenness disorder may affect one in seven

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called “sleep drunkenness.” The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves confusion or inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm, during or following arousals from sleep, either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by a forced awakening, may even cause violent behavior during sleep or amnesia of the episode.
  • Pioneering online treatment for people with bipolar disorder

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    The first effective web-based treatment for Bipolar Disorder based on the latest research evidence has been developed by psychologists. 92% of the participants in the trial of the online intervention found the content positive -- and one said it had changed her life. People with Bipolar Disorder have problems getting access to psychological therapy and this online intervention may offer a round the clock solution at a reduced cost.
  • Why people with bipolar disorder are bigger risk-takers

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Circuits in the brain involved in pursuing and relishing rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorder, guiding them towards riskier gambles and away from safer ones, researchers report. The study used brain imaging to identify neural pathways that are responsible for the symptoms of the disorder. The findings will help to design, evaluate and monitor therapies for bipolar disorder.
  • Temperament may contribute to cardiac complications in high blood pressure

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Temperament has been traditionally associated with high blood pressure. A new study has substantiated this issue. Major depression and coronary heart disease have a strong, bidirectional relationship.
  • Smartphone app may revolutionize mental health treatment

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    A new technology is poised to transform the way in which patients with mental illnesses are monitored and treated by clinicians. Their new smartphone-based system detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns, and then transmits them to professionals in real time. It has the potential to greatly improve the response time and efficacy of clinical psychiatrists.
 
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Difficulty assessing effort drives motivation deficits in schizophrenia, study finds

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Individuals with schizophrenia often have trouble engaging in daily tasks or setting goals for themselves, and a new study suggests the reason might be their difficulty in assessing the amount of effort required to complete tasks. The research can assist health professionals in countering motivation deficits among patients with schizophrenia and help those patients function normally by breaking up larger, complex tasks into smaller, easier-to-grasp ones.
  • Happiness in schizophrenia: Research suggests mental illness doesn’t preclude enjoying life

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Schizophrenia is among the most severe forms of mental illness, yet some people with the disease are as happy as those in good physical and mental health, according to a new study. “People with schizophrenia are clearly less happy than those in the general population at large, but this is not surprising,” said the lead author. “What is impressive is that almost 40 percent of these patients are reporting happiness and that their happiness is associated with positive psychosocial attributes that can be potentially enhanced.”
  • Suspect gene corrupts neural connections: Diseases of synapses' demo'd in a dish

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Researchers have demonstrated in patients' cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene corrupts the turning on and off of dozens of other genes underlying synapses -- the connections between neurons. In a 'disease-in-a-dish' study, induced neurons of patients from families affected by a mutation associated with schizophrenia and other major mental illness expressed 80 percent lower-than-normal levels of a protein made by a suspect gene.
  • Stuck in neutral: Brain defect traps schizophrenics in twilight zone

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    People with schizophrenia struggle to turn goals into actions because brain structures governing desire and emotion are less active and fail to pass goal-directed messages to cortical regions affecting human decision-making, new research reveals.
  • Mind and body: Scientists identify immune system link to mental illness

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Children with high everyday levels of a protein released into the blood in response to infection are at greater risk of developing depression and psychosis in adulthood, according to new research that suggests a role for the immune system in mental illness. The study indicates that mental illness and chronic physical illness such as coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes may share common biological mechanisms.
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  • September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Every 41 seconds someone's left to make sense of it.That's over 1 million people who die by suicide each year. And millions more who grieve and mourn the loss of their loved one.Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death. Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many…
  • Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S.

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A recent 2014 Gallup Poll cited levels of well-being in the USA. Research was done with over 85 thousand Americans and focused on 5 levels of well-being: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community and Physical. Below are more detailed definitions of these categories.Purpose well-being is composed of questions about having an inspiring leader, daily activity, goals, and strengths.Social well-being includes questions about relationships with friends and family, personal time, and received encouragement and support.Financial well-being is made up of questions about standard…
  • The Myths that Society Holds About Mental Illness

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is an undisputed fact that individuals who experience mental health issues are often faced with discrimination that results from misconceptions of their illness. As a result, many people who would benefit from mental health services often don't seek treatment for fear that they will be viewed in a negative way. The World Health Organization agrees and says that in the 400 million people worldwide who are affected by mental illness, about twenty percent reach out for treatment.Take a look at the common myths society holds about mental illness. MYTH: Mental illness is not a…
  • Is It Ever Right For a Therapist to Cry?

    1 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    During my morning surf for psychology stories, I came across this one at the BBC asking "Is it ever right for a therapist to cry?"I wondered as I sipped my English Breakfast Tea (a perfect coincidence) why this was a worthy subject the BBC felt needed covering. Surely, people know that therapists cry. Especially if a patient's narrative is moving, upsetting or emotionally tragic. Right? The article, though, reported that some patients were surprised that a therapist might tear up in a session, finding the response off-putting and even unprofessional.The BBC article brought into view a…
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    1 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I'll be giving away 2 autographed copies of my award winning book "DEPRESSION AND YOUR CHILD: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS."Research shows that children, even babies, experience depression. The clinical term is called Pediatric Depression, and rates are higher now than ever before. In the United States alone, evidence suggests that up to 1% of babies, 4 percent of preschool-aged children, 5 percent of school-aged children, and 11 percent of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression.Suicide is significantly linked to depression,…
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    Beyond Meds

  • It gets better: Healing sometimes goes so slowly you don’t know if it’s happening

    Monica Cassani
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This collection is intended to help those who are currently dealing with the iatrogenic (medically caused) injury from psych meds...so that they might know that we can heal from it all. It is also intended to help educate the masses to the realities that we face. Protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal is real. It's also sometimes gravely disabling. The fact is it's largely denied in the medical community. We are routinely blamed and told that the experience is psychiatric...this leads to more drugging and sometimes forced drugging with the very drugs that have harmed us. This must end. We…
  • Risks of SSRI antidepressants to newborns

    Monica Cassani
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Mind-boggling to me that this isn’t a no-brainer. When my psychiatrist started asking me when I’d have children I told him it was ridiculous to consider having children while on drugs…I knew even 25 years ago that it was a high risk I wouldn’t impose on an innocent life. Never mind that the Risperdal also rendered me infertile (by nature of the fact that I did not menstruate for 15 years) Harmless drugs, NOT. … [click on title to read and view more]
  • A critique of genetic research on schizophrenia – expensive castles in the air

    Monica Cassani
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Originally posted on Joanna Moncrieff:In the light of the much trumpeted claims that recent research has identified genes for schizophrenia, it is important to review the track record of this type of endeavour (1). Despite thousands of studies costing millions of dollars, and endless predictions that the genetics of schizophrenia would shortly be revealed,…
  • Shame: a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace

    Monica Cassani
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I think of shame as an unclean emotion. It's laden with ideas of unworthiness and inferiority that are separate from the root emotions. These ideas attached to emotions, make shame extra tricky to sort out. Pure emotions without the baggage are much easier to deal with, process and integrate. It's worth thinking about shame and how we experience it. … [click on title to read and view more]
  • Does long-term use of “antipsychotic” drugs cause more disability & more psychosis?

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    by Ron Unger This sounds like a weird question – everyone knows that psychosis is often very disabling, and antipsychotic drugs are widely recognized for their effects in reducing psychosis in at least most people, and most often taking effect in just a few days. And when people become psychotic again, it’s often understood that it’s because they “weren’t taking their meds.” But what if it’s trickier than that? What if “antipsychotic” drugs make things better in the short term, but make long term problems worse? How would we even know? … [click on title to read and view…
 
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  • Head Vs. Heart: Why Postpartum Feelings Matter

    Miranda Wicker
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    My (baby) cousin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this week. The night before her delivery, I got a text from her: “Is it normal not to be excited?” My heart sank a little. Just a smidge. She was having a scheduled c-section for breech presentation and it wasn’t the birth she’d had in […] The post Head Vs. Heart: Why Postpartum Feelings Matter appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsPowerful words to remember Miranda! Thanks! by SaraYes! Nailed it. I am sharing the heck out of this article! by…
  • Authenticity Instead of Perfection

    Lauren Hale
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Authenticity is defined as real, not false or imitation. Original. Genuine. This is what we should strive for as women, as mothers, as people. To be that which we are deep down instead of cookie cutter copies of those around us. It’s only when we dare to step out of our comfort zone that we […] The post Authenticity Instead of Perfection appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsYes to yoga pants and ice cream! by Becky SchroederIt is absolutely okay to say screw it and be how you feel in ... by Lauren HaleHoly moly,…
  • You Can’t Tell A Mom Has Postpartum Depression By Looking

    Katherine Stone
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    You can’t tell when a mother has postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD or PTSD just by looking at her. People assume it should be fairly obvious, except it isn’t. We can get pretty good at hiding how we are feeling and what we are thinking. So to all the people who say, “But you look great!” and […] The post You Can’t Tell A Mom Has Postpartum Depression By Looking appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThese really resonate with me. My husband has been hugely ... by AprilThis is so true. We are…
  • When You Are Thinking About Suicide

    Katherine Stone
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Suicide is a terrible thing. The loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams is a somber reminder to all of us that depression is a horrible disease and it can drag anyone down. That is why we try to be ever so vigilant here at Postpartum Progress in encouraging you nonstop to take care of yourself and […] The post When You Are Thinking About Suicide appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you so much for writing this. I'm mom to a 2 year old and ... by Abigail FeldmanI was surprised to find your website, and really…
  • Navigating Your Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder

    Jennifer Marshall
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    As a mom with bipolar disorder who blogs openly about my experiences surviving a postpartum mood disorder, people often ask my opinion on ways to deal with and manage their diagnosis. I am not a medical professional, so I hesitate to even answer these emails. But my heart tells me I need to address their […] The post Navigating Your Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         
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    A Splintered Mind

  • Rainy Trip to the Mysterious Goblin Valley

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Sometimes you just need to drop everything and live. Plans are nice, and they help me get from Point A to Point B without traveling through the rest of the alphabet most of the time, but there's something to be said for spontaneity.My oldest daughter, Bri'anna, was visiting from Germany. She attends school there, and we don't see her much anymore. One day during her visit she called and said, "Hey, wanna go to Goblin Valley for a day next Wensday?" Just like that. And I said, "Heck yeah!" Although I began to have my doubts that the trip would actually happen the closer Wensday approached, I…
  • Reviewing "Depression and Your Child" by Deborah Serani

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    One of the best psychology books I’ve read in a long while is “Depression and Your Child – A Guide for Parents and Caregivers” by Dr. Deborah Serani. Her publisher approached me to review the book[1], and although I could not review it in the window of time that they dictated, I did eventually make my way through it. The book starts with an understanding of child development, then shows how Depression in children is a verifiable occurrence. Information is given on diagnosing, then treating, Pediatric Depression. Dr. Serani even takes time to cover holistic approaches before moving on…
  • ADHD: Reverie Revolution

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Last June I watched “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with friends. Here was a man, like me, who daydreamed excessively. I wish I could say that Hollywood made a laughable exaggeration of how epic daydreams could be, but I'm afraid they were fairly comparable to mine. Although I don't drift away into a reverie in the middle of conversations or when on the job, I do drift away—far, far away beyond the restraints of this mortal world or time. The original short story portrayed Mitty as a noble Everyman who fought the banality of his life with the only weapon he had on hand: his…
  • Three Tiny Things to Prevent Illness from Triggering Depression

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I don’t walk around all day with my face pulled into a frown while I vocally worry about my disabilities—contrary to what some people claim I do. Instead, disability is more like a land mine rudely placed into the middle of my day when I’m otherwise trying to get things done.I am clinically and chronically depressed, which means I am depressed almost all the time. I also have a chronic motor tic disorder—a label that covers the involuntary ticking, both vocal and muscular, but not the curling, extending, locking, and all around neurological meltdown that often happens as well. As you…
  • ADHD: Four Rules To Fake It When You Forget Somebody's Name

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I attended a church picnic the other day. The sun was bright, yet the weather was cool. It was a perfect day for outdoor frolicking. I wasn’t sure if I would attend at first because my girls weren’t with me. Watching other people’s families have fun isn’t high up on my things to do on a lovely Saturday afternoon, especially if they are happy li’l nuclear families, but I decided to go anyway. It was the first activity since being assigned to the new ward[1] and I wanted to meet & mingle.Since it was a stake picnic, all the wards in our stake were in attendance, including the one…
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    Storied Mind

  • The Healing Garden

    John Folk-Williams
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Healing Garden   There is a healing garden at my house, thanks to my partner in life. She is an artist who works in many media. She fills the space around us, inside and outside our home, with beautiful things. Her gardens crowd with daily works-in-progress as she adds one more spot of life to a year-round creation. It unfolds in time as the season and color for one group of living things peaks and then fades, in a cycle that never ends yet is never quite the same. Her natural works of art speak for themselves. I’ve put a few images here, and you can find many more on Flickr.
 
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • The Scientific Meaning Of Hell

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    You don’t live in order to be happy as your selfish ego desires. You live in order to transform your wild conscience (anti-conscience) into a positive component of your human conscience. In order to do so, you have to obey the divine guidance. Your life must be dedicated to the transformation of your personality. You will be helped by following the unconscious guidance in your dreams. The unconscious mind discovered by Carl Jung is God’s mind. I continued his research by obeying the divine guidance in dreams. The hypocritical world makes you believe that you should care about having…
  • Why Do We Have So Many Nightmares?

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Everyone has many nightmares in their lives. Some people have recurring nightmares, even if they seem to be happy and they cannot relate their bad dreams to what is happening to their lives. All dreams are produced by God (the unconscious mind discovered by Carl Jung) with the intention to protect our human conscience from the attacks of our absurd and evil anti-conscience, which is our wild conscience. God sends us nightmares when we are becoming mentally ill for being influenced by our satanic anti-conscience, or when we already are mentally ill. Many nightmares also reflect dangers that…
  • The Criminal Mind Of Every Human Being

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Aggressive people have more violent tendencies than people who seem to be calm. However, since all human beings inherit a wild conscience (anti-conscience), which is absurd and evil, this means that all human beings have a criminal mind . The anti-conscience is a primitive conscience that didn’t evolve with time. It has a distorted nature that calms down with violence and feels pleasure with terror. Its satanic nature is the tragic result of its disorganized formation. The anti-conscience is the fist live conscience that appeared on the universe by chance, before God’s existence. The…
  • Discovering Your Mission In Life

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The human nature is as violent as the animal nature. All wild animals reflect our own violence. This information is found when we translate the meaning of dreams according to Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation. Our planet was specially created by God in order to eliminate our violent tendencies. This information is confirmed also when we relate many scientific discoveries that prove God’s existence to the world, along with scientific discoveries that prove our satanic nature. These discoveries helped me trust the unconscious mind that produces our dreams and is in fact God’s…
  • Dealing With Mental Health Stigma

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Mental health stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discrimination against individuals with mental health problems. People with mental health problems are considered to be dangerous, hard to talk to, and unpredictable. Nobody wants to employ someone with a mental health problem, or have a relationship with a mentally ill individual. There are many attempts to eliminate mental health stigma based on the intention to reduce discrimination. These attempts are characterized by the idea that we should consider the people who have negative beliefs about mental health problems, as if…
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • Four domain link pages updated

    Peter Jones
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    The four links pages are still out there and recent interest prompted a review. Given the total number of links included, it is no surprise how url domains are taken over - vape, fitness... It felt good using a links checker and finding and deleting these 'broken' sites and some that are plain dead-ends: the 'domain for sale'. There may be a few more to sort in there...The pages are archaic in terms of approach - they are not responsive but the format is fine on a desktop and should work on a tablet. The pages started in 1997-98, you don't do this now! People search in real-time for what they…
  • Welcome to the QUAD to be archived by British Library

    Peter Jones
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The old website is archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine going back to 1999 and so is W2tQ. The British Library also has a web archive, UK based of course. The website's there and now I've news that Welcome to the QUAD will be too.
  • In a 'paperless NHS' - let's not forget...

    Peter Jones
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    The benefits of information technology across all sectors are well recognised when they are realised:individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupcreativityusabilityreadiness to handcontext information storage and retrieval, access, efficiency, space, security, information sharing, patient safety, legibilitydigital inclusion cost, savings, governance, reporting (locally, nationally, internationally), policy integrationAs we head towards a paperless NHS let's not forget that health care is both an art and a…
  • Technology Enhanced Learning: A Medical Student Conference, Belfast, 3rd October 2014

    Peter Jones
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Abstract submissions are open for the Technology Enhanced Learning: A Medical Student Conference being held on Friday 3rd October in Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, Stranmillis, Belfast. The team welcome abstracts reporting on innovations in technology enhanced learning within medical education. This could include the development of electronic materials as well as medical education research. Further details on abstract submissions including the categories and the types of presentation opportunities can be found on the QUB website.Deadline for receipt of abstract submissions: Wednesday 17th…
  • Compare and contrast potential - Energy for Change Index and Hodges' model

    Peter Jones
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    The biopsychosocial model is quite all encompassing used as it is to help explain and represent pain, explain human development and balance the physical excesses of psychiatry. For all its scope the biopsychosocial model is two domains short of Hodges' model.Hodges' model is dated though, a child of the mid-1980s. The biopsychosocial model predates Hodges' and as models of nursing have fallen out of favour in terms of the attention they receive the biopsychosocial is subjected to critique as per:Ghaemi, S.N. (2009). The rise and fall of the biopsychosocial model. Br J…
 
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Clinical Psychologist

  • Panic Attacks When I Leave Home or Talk on the Telephone

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Q: For as long as I can remember I have had depression due to being born with only one arm. Everywhere I went I felt like every single person had to stare at me. I got embarrassed and frustrated, and I started to go out of the house on my own less and less. About […]Tags: anxiety and stress, panic
  • My Partner Gets Angry When I Call Him By My Ex-Husband’s Name

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Q: I am newly divorced after a 16 year marriage yet have just started the most beautiful new relationship. The problem is that my ex-husband’s name is very similar to my new partner’s name. When my new partner and I were first dating I occasionally slipped and called him my ex’s name a few times. […]Tags: divorce, relationships
  • My Boyfriend Cuts Himself off From His Depression

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:53 am
    Q: My boyfriend of two years recently revealed that he suffers from depressive moods. I have known about it, to a degree, and have always been there to listen and help him. Until recently, however, he never revealed the extent of his depression. His method of coping with it is, usually, to think logically about […]Tags: depression, relationships
  • Is it Normal to Forget Events from When I was Depressed?

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    Q: Five years ago I had post-partum depression. During the following year the emotional and psychological abuse I suffered from my ex-husband was at an all-time high. I was fat, worthless and unlovable. After leaving, I had a very difficult time with depression, and feeling completely shut down. I have since recovered, but I only […]Tags: abuse and trauma, depression
  • I Thought I was Lesbian, But My Parents Doubt It

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Q: I am eighteen years old and for the past two and a half years I have been identifying as lesbian. I’ve never really been attracted to boys, even at a young age. I met my best friend in high school and we had an ongoing relationship for a long time — it was the […]Tags: parenting and children, relationships, self awareness, sexuality
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    Chipur

  • Escaping Your Personal Prison | How to Access Your Inner Self and Inner Peace

    Bill White
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    “Happiness!” For most, it’s THE goal. Especially for those wrestling with mood disorders, PTSD, other anxiety woes, psychosis, and more. But, really, what is it? For my dough, THE goal is inner peace. So let’s chat how to secure it by accessing the Inner Self… In Part 1 of this two-part series, I introduced the concept of securing inner peace through finding and freeing the imprisoned Inner Self. This powerful notion was presented to me during a therapy seminar a few weeks back. The Inner Self Is?For the troubled soul, the IS is typically imprisoned by the…
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    Choosehelp.com

  • Fear of Fear Itself - Is Excessive Fear Holding You Back?

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Fear can keep us safe; but fear can also keep us too safe. Too little fear may cause too much loss. So what's the difference? How can we tell if we have too much fear or too little? Fear is one of the most primal and ubiquitous of human emotions – it can fuel caution, anger, attachment, sadness and happiness; it can drive us to action, or keep us away and inactive. But how do we know if we are fearful enough, or perhaps allowing fear to hold us back too much? Successful performers on stage and screen often proclaim that they have a great deal of stage fright, and that fear fuels their drive…
  • Advice on Setting a Marijuana Quit Date

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Once you decide it’s time to quit, improve your odds by picking a quit date, telling loved-ones about your plan, and getting prepared. Setting a marijuana quit date gives you a week or two to prepare and get ready for success. Picking Your Marijuana Quit Date Try to slot your quit day on a day you have little else going on – so you can focus all of your attention on quitting. Good Times for a Quit Date On ‘milestone’ dates, such as your birthday or New Year’s Day.On the first day of your vacation.During a low-stress time at work or school.When suffering through a negative symptom…
  • Recovering Alcoholic Michael Botticelli Nominated as Drug Czar

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Michael Botticelli, the man now driving US drug policy, brings 25 years of recovery experience to his post. He’s got 25 years of sober time and with a White House nomination for US Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli brings his recovery experience and treatment focus to the national stage. Sober since getting involved with the 12 steps in 1988, Botticelli was former drug czar Gil Kerlikowske’s deputy director and has served as acting director since March. He was previously the director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. In recent years, the Office of National Drug Control…
  • Stop Smoking Marijuana: Overcome 7 Common Obstacles to Change

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Want to stop smoking marijuana? Here are 7 common problems that can lead to relapse (insomnia, boredom, a need for relaxation, etc.), along with solutions for each problem. Stopping marijuana: overcoming common obstacles to change. If you’ve tried quitting before but always wind up relapsing, take a few moments while preparing for your next quit attempt to look back at what went wrong, and to think about how to overcome any obstacles between you and your goal. Here is a list of 7 common problems that people face when quitting marijuana, along with suggestions for how get past these…
  • States Allowing Medical Marijuana Report Fewer Opioid Overdose Fatalities

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    On average, states with medical marijuana programs saw a substantial drop (24.8%) in opioid overdose fatalities. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania say there’s a significant association between legalizing medical marijuana and reducing opioid overdose deaths. The Numbers To come to this conclusion, the research team looked at overdose statistics from between 1990 and 2010, comparing death-rates in 13 states with legal medical marijuana programs, to all other states. They found: States with legalized medical marijuana programs had a 24.8% lower…
 
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    Angela Brooks - The Business Incubator - Young Living Essential Oils - Social Media Profits

  • Are you a dabbler? Brand it

    Angela Brooks
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    A little dab will do ya Is that how you are living your life? A little dab of this and a little dab of that? Just enough to say your dabbling. Dabblers are usually called hobbyist and never turn what they love to do into a money making business. At the beginning of the month my oldest son moved to college 4 hours away. In 18 years I have never gone that long without seeing him. We text daily – talk often and I pray alot. In the transition period of the first two weeks my business thinking was less than focused and my mind was not on social media as much as it was on my son……
  • Take Steps. Reach Milestones. Achieve Your Dreams

    Angela Brooks
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Take Steps. Reach Milestones. Achieve Your Dreams. I sat on the front porch sipping a cup of hot Hawaiian coffee, it wasn’t luke warm…it was hot. The humming birds whizzed around my head playing around the feeders and the thunder rumbled in the background saying a much needed rain was on the way. I stared out across the hay field that was dancing in the breeze waiting to sip the warm summer rain. If I had to guess the blades of clover were like kids on a play ground excited to get a drink of fresh water. I sat rocking and sipping my coffee with nothing on my mind enjoying the…
  • Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63

    Angela Brooks
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63 – what a talented actor. I will miss him. Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63 - what a talented actor. I will miss him @angelabrooks.Click To Tweet Even though the time I learned about Robin it has not been confirm that it was a suicide, even though he has a long history of Bipolar, a battle he fought – Robin Williams is listed on out wall of fame at the hospital for his Bipolar Disorder. He has struggled with the illness all his life and the down side of Bipolar is the depression that he…
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    Scott D. Miller, Ph. D.

  • Applying Feedback-Informed Treatment in Diverse Settings around the World

    scottdm
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Honestly, I don’t know why I hadn’t noticed it before.  It’s not the first time it happened.  Last week, the ICCE held the “Training of Trainers” and “FIT Implementation” intensive trainings in Chicago, Illinois (USA).  Participants came from all around the world–from the northern-most parts of Alaska to the southern tip of New Zealand.  Geographic diversity […] The post Applying Feedback-Informed Treatment in Diverse Settings around the World appeared first on Scott D. Miller, Ph. D..
  • Want to be more effective? Point North!

    scottdm
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    In June, I spent several days in the air traveling to and from Perth, Australia for a conference.  Too tired to read anymore, I turned on the video system and began watching a program from the Discovery Channel about the North American red fox.  The furry little creatures were shown hunting rodents hidden under three feet of snow.  Three […] The post Want to be more effective? Point North! appeared first on Scott D. Miller, Ph. D..
  • The Sounds of Silence: More on Research, Researchers, and the Media

    scottdm
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Back in April, I blogged about an article that appeared in The Guardian, one of the U.K.’s largest daily newspapers.  Citing a single study published in Denmark, the authors boldly asserted, “The claim that all forms of psychotherapy are winners has been dealt a blow.”  Sure enough, that one study comparing CBT to psychoanalysis, found […] The post The Sounds of Silence: More on Research, Researchers, and the Media appeared first on Scott D. Miller, Ph. D..
  • Public Attitudes Toward Mental Health Services: A Change for the Worse

    scottdm
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    The results are not encouraging.  A recent meta-analysis found that public attitudes toward psychotherapy have become progressively more negative over the last 40 years.  The impact on practitioners is staggering.  Between 1997 and 2007, use of psychotherapy declined by 35%.  Not surprisingly, clinicians’ incomes also suffered, dropping 15-20% over the last decade. So, if not psychotherapy, what do […] The post Public Attitudes Toward Mental Health Services: A Change for the Worse appeared first on Scott D. Miller, Ph. D..
  • Is Supervision Important to you?

    scottdm
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    How valuable is clinical supervision to you?  In their massive, long-term international study of therapist development, researchers Orlinsky and Rønnestad (2005) found that “practitioners at all experience levels, theoretical orientations, professions, and nationalities report that supervised client experience is highly important for their current and career development” (p. 188). Despite the value most of us place on […] The post Is Supervision Important to you? appeared first on Scott D. Miller, Ph. D..
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    HSP Health Blog

  • A Reexamination Of Comfort Zones And Creativity

    Maria
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    Source: Out-of-Comfort Zone: Dance like a Chicken – Mike “Dakinewavamon” Kline Being in one’s comfort zone or not seems to be a marker of all sorts of wonderful traits including creativity and progressiveness. I can even be a path to success and wealth! I consider myself a creative person. However, I find many ideas about comfort zones, and getting out of them, to have very little to do with creativity and creating a good life for yourself. Since I perceive quality of life something that we can and need to create for ourselves, I think that reevaluating comfort zones…
  • 21 Habits of Stress-less People

    Pamina Mullins
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Source: Randy Robertson – Flickr Why, in a world full of potential stress triggers, when exposed to identical stressors, do some people seem to be immune, while others fall over like flies? While researching material for my books, I have ploughed through mountains of scholarly articles, case histories, experiments, research and conclusions about why people succumb to stress – with the statistics to back them up. But there seems to be very little research allocated to success stories. Why is there such an emphasis on the problem? Why aren’t we spending equal or greater amounts of…
  • How Reiki Helps Depression

    Maria
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
      Reiki Hand Position at Bellasante Spa, Boston Can depression be treated? Can depression sufferers find relief without medication? Understanding Depression I think depression is very misunderstood. So often it is treated as a defect or a personality problem. Studies have shown that long term depression comes from the way our brains develop in childhood. The implication is that adverse childhood conditions of abuse or serious neglect, living with problems that we cannot control and cannot solve create changes in how our brains function and  can cause depression. Covering Up Depression…
  • How To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Energy

    Mary Kay Parkinson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    Source: 738run-lilya4ever-secondsky – Flickr   HSPs frequently ask me how to protect themselves from other people’s energy.  I always tell them that there is no quick and easy answer. People are frequently looking for a shield or want to learn how to create an energy bubble.  The truth is, if you know your own issues, then other people’s issues can’t stay attached to you, or not for long.  You need to do your personal work. For me, that personal work involved many years of therapy.  I loved this process because as an HSP I enjoy looking inside and sorting out what…
  • 25 Ways to Handle Anger Productively

    Pamina Mullins
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    Source: Samuel Cockman – Flickr I observe with slack jawed awe as a customer has a meltdown of manic intensity over an account payment query that would bring the New York stock exchange to its knees—the amount in question? Ten dollars! Like a large indignant toad she looms over the cashier who exhibits superhuman maturity and restraint. Without raising her voice, she smiles and gives a logical step by step explanation of why there is no error. This information is obviously not penetrating the customer’s self righteous fog so the cashier offers to credit her account. At this, the…
 
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    CogniFit's blog

  • A long childhood feeds the energy-hungry human brain  Humans are...

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    A long childhood feeds the energy-hungry human brain  Humans are late bloomers when compared with other primates. For example, they spend almost twice as long in childhood and adolescence as chimps, gibbons, or macaques do. Researchers claim to have found out why human children grow slowly and childhood lasts so long in a new study. The study led by anthropologists at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on August 25th 2014, shows that a child’s brain is “an energy monster,” consuming twice as much…
  • Shaklee and CogniFit decided to team up, and provide MindWorks...

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Shaklee and CogniFit decided to team up, and provide MindWorks consumers with a revolutionary program that provides nutritional support and brain training software Are you having problems concentrating or remembering things? Is your mind often racing? Do you often feel fatigued and unfocused? Well, we have the answer for you! Discover a new revolutionary product that is designed to nourish the brain: MindWorks. MindWorks is the latest advancement in brain science from Shaklee Corporation, which includes access to CogniFit’s personalized brain training program. Shaklee Corporation is once…
  • Brain stimulation helps with stroke Stroke is the No. 4 cause of...

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Brain stimulation helps with stroke Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. The disease affects the arteries leading to and within the brain which can affect memory, movement and the ability to communicate. Aside from the infusion, within three or four hours of the stroke, of a costly biological substance, no drugs have been shown to be effective in treating stroke. But a new study may presage a better way to boost stroke recovery by using a cutting-edge technology to directly stimulate…
  • Newborn babies’ brains grow one percent a day A...

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Newborn babies’ brains grow one percent a day A baby’s brain is a mystery whose secrets scientists are beginning to unravel. The first study of its kind shows that newborn babies’ brains are about a third the size of an adult’s at birth, and grow at an average rate of 1% a day to reach just over half the size of an adult’s brain within three months. The study, carried out by researchers from the University of California, the University of Hawaii and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, aimed to map newborns’ brains during their first three months of life. This…
  • Eating baked or broiled fish once a week boost brain health By...

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Eating baked or broiled fish once a week boost brain health By now, most of us are aware that omega-3 fatty acid in fish offers numerous health benefits. But now, a new study suggest that eating baked or broiled fish once a week can make the brain healthier, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains. The research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on, July 29, 2014, adds to increasing evidence that lifestyle factors could add to brain health later in life, perhaps even reducing risk…
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    Social Work Career Development

  • Best in Mental Health (weeks of 8/18 - 8/31/2014)

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:Broadcasting suicide in social media: A failure of responsibilityKevinMD.com by Albert Fuchs, MD"mental health professionals...
  • Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, September 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Do you want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the mental health arena?Attending one of these free webinars is an easy way of doing just that :)This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, featuring free webcasts for this month in the field of social work and mental health.As you can see, a broad range of topics are covered in this month's selection from: the science of happiness, bullying, eating disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, trafficked youth, identity theft, mental health and deafness, to trauma-informed care for…
  • The DSM-5 and Problem Gambling

    24 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    How to Use DSM-5 to Diagnose Individuals with Problem GamblingDo you work with individuals who have a gambling or other type of addiction? Would you like to know how the DSM-5 has impacted addiction definition and treatment?This post will provide you with four excellent webinars (and two presentations) to get you up-to speed on the changes that have impacted problem gambling and the ways in which you may effectively work with individuals suffering from his addiction.Read more »
  • Best in Mental Health (week of 8/11/2014)

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.To get a quick idea of some of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:Alternatives to medication for agitation in dementiaThe Mental Elf  (Andrés Fonseca)"medication seems to be of limited use...
  • A Day in the Life of a CPS Social Worker

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Have you wondered what a typical day of work is like for a social worker in Child Protective Services (CPS)?Thanks to Brock Venture*, who has been in the field for 15 years, and kindly agreed to be interviewed, this post will provide you with an idea of what social work in child welfare is like.You will also have the opportunity to learn what types of questions you might expect on an interview for a CPS position.Brock, let's start with a bit of background. Could you tell us what is your current position? And what does this entail?Currently I am a CPS Screening supervisor in a large East…
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    StayOnTop: Depression

  • In Memoriam: Robin Williams

    Henk van Setten
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Yesterday we heard about the suicide of actor Robin Williams. One more wonderful person who lost a long battle with depression. I was a fan of him, ever since I saw him for the first time way back in 1982 in The World According to Garp. And even in his most comical, manic roles you […]
  • Are You a Genius?

    Henk van Setten
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:54 pm
    First, a brief update because I’ve been silent here for the last six weeks. I’ve been, and still am, so thoroughly depressed that I’m not capable of writing any of my usual brilliant stuff. Sorry.     My psychiatrist is going to put me on heavier antidepressants and if all goes well, the new pills should begin […]
  • Teens and Depression, Worldwide

    Henk van Setten
    16 May 2014 | 12:45 am
    Two days ago (May 14, 2014) the WHO, World Health Organization, released a report “Health for the world’s adolescents”. The report is based on comprehensive research on the health situation of adolescents all over the world, in over 100 countries. Adolescents are defined as the 10-19 age group, in other words, teens. There are 1.2 […]
  • Rebuilding Your Life

    Henk van Setten
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    How long does it take people to recover from months or years of serious depression, if they do recover at all? And what extra problems should you be aware of when recovering from depression? Recovery Chance There is no general answer to the first question because individuals can differ widely when it comes to recovery. […]
  • Depression Thunderbolts

    Henk van Setten
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Depression can hit you like a thunderbolt out of the blue sunny sky. Literally. But first, to explain, I need to discuss the weather with you. A Weather Report This was one of the strangest winters I can remember, and not because of the snow or the ice. For where I live, in the Netherlands, […]
 
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • The Dreaded One Year Anniversary Is Here

    songtothesirens
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today is the one year anniversary of the dissolution of my marriage. I have no idea how I feel today. I do not mean depressed or manic as those are mood states that encompass many other emotions. I am definitely not depressed (well not really depressed; I am always depressed), and I am definitely not manic […]
  • 10 Things You Should Say To A Depressed Person

    songtothesirens
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    We have all seen the lists of things a person, albeit well-meaning, should never say to a depressed person. We also know that periodically experiencing crippling depression can be a symptom of a relapse into illness.Hopefully, if you have either had Bipolar disorder for a while, or are just very attuned to your mental emotional […]
  • Therapy Animals: Service Animals And Family Pets

    songtothesirens
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Since I have been on a rather serious posting binge, I thought I would write about something more positive than depression and suicide and substance abuse: the therapeutic value of both specially trained “service” animals and/or the family cat. The above picture is my 13 year old kitten named Venus. She has kept me sane(ish) […]
  • Yesterday At The Bus Stop

    songtothesirens
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A story about how my mental paradigm shifted about 180 degrees yesterday while having a conversation with a young man with serious psychiatric issues, and his obviously devoted family. They were homeless, and that made me think, a lot.
  • Today, Bipolar Disorder Is A Curse

    songtothesirens
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    I have been having a few problems with crying at “inappropriate” times lately. It is like my whole wounded inner child is exposed to the world and there is no scab or band-aid covering her. And, my outer adult doesn’t know what to do to help this poor child. It is like a science fiction […]
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    Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist

  • Laughing and Crying and Vulnerability

    Michael Salas
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Michael Salas The shock of Robin Williams death by apparent suicide still hovers around today. How can people who appear happy be so unhappy on the inside? People put on a facade that they present to the public. We all do it. We’ll show others that we feel different […] Laughing and Crying and Vulnerability is a post from: Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist appeared fist on Vantage Point Counseling Services
  • Painful Realizations

    Michael Salas
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:29 am
    Michael Salas Not all realizations about the situation that you are in or where you are at in your life will be painful. However, sometimes, when looking back, our defense mechanisms lower enough that we realize how things really were. This can be an enormous let down. A flood […] Painful Realizations is a post from: Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist appeared fist on Vantage Point Counseling Services
  • Love From Within

    Michael Salas
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Michael Salas It’s fair to say that we all want to find someone to share our life experiences with. Humans are wired to want to be in a relationship with someone else. So when is seeking a relationship with someone else not the best idea? It’s when you are […] Love From Within is a post from: Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist appeared fist on Vantage Point Counseling Services
  • Overcoming a Little “t” Trauma

    Michael Salas
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Michael Salas When we think of trauma, we usually think of the most obvious of traumatic events like those that are related to assault, war, accidents, or natural disasters. These experiences are undoubtedly difficult to cope with and often do lead to serious issues with trauma, yet there are […] Overcoming a Little “t” Trauma is a post from: Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist appeared fist on Vantage Point Counseling Services
  • Seeing Through Your Blind Spot

    Michael Salas
    25 Jan 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Michael Salas How do you know what you don’t know about yourself? You listen to others. We all like to think that we have good knowledge about our reactions and emotions about all things. However, we all have things that we are unaware of, which would make us better […] Seeing Through Your Blind Spot is a post from: Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist appeared fist on Vantage Point Counseling Services
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    Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX

  • Relieve Stress: Gain Insight by Identifying Our Needs

    Casey Radle, M.Ed., LPC
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
      Looking for ways to relieve stress?  Ever feel helpless or totally overwhelmed?  Typically, when we feel stressed out, we need something.  Identifying our needs seems like such a simple concept, yet it often can be quite difficult to do.  I have found that most of my clients haven’t even asked themselves what their needs ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Techniques of Stress Management Stress Management Strategies What Causes Stress
  • 29 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Relationship

    Amber Gray
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Keys to Maintaining a Healthy Relationship Why do some relationships last forever and others fall apart? Here are some ways you can make your partner feel appreciated again and maintain a healthy relationship.   Treat your partner as you would your boss, best friend, or best customer. Think about what your partner wants and give it ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Maintaining a Healthy Relationship Improve Your Relationship Through Affirmation Tips for a Successful Relationship/Marriage
  • Uncover Your Core Beliefs so You Can Change Them

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    What Are Core Beliefs? Core beliefs are deeply buried assumptions that guide our behavior, how we see ourselves and perceive situations. These beliefs impact how we feel, how we relate to others and guide our success and satisfaction with life and relationships.   Core beliefs are just that, core to our identity. They can feel ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Change and Transition: The Only Constant is Change Working with Your Inner Critic How Can I Change Careers
  • Tips on Communicating Anger Effectively

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Healthy Communication is Assertive Are you uncomfortable with anger? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many people are uncomfortable with anger because either it was expressed inappropriately in their past or not at all. However, repressing anger can be a dangerous situation. It can lead to passive-aggressive behavior, resentments, even medical illness! You can learn some ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Dealing with Anger Tips For Effectively Working From Home Assertive Communication Tips
  • How to Prevent Back to School Anxiety

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    It’s back to school time! Is your child anxious or nervous about going back to school? Here are some tips for managing back to school anxiety in an article I was recently interviewed for. What Causes Back-to-School Anxiety? Can You Avoid It? By Rheyanne Weaver HERWriter Going back to school is not always exciting like TV commercials ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Dealing with Anxiety & Depression in the Job Search Nutritional Supplements for Natural Anxiety Relief What is an Anxiety Disorder?
 
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    Depression

  • Depression in Cancer Patients Went Untreated

    Alex Lindley
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Many cancer patients face depression, and they often aren't treated for it. But a new approach could transform their care.
  • Meds Plus Therapy Helped With Depression

    Sean Kinney
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The most common treatment for depression is prescription antidepressants. But a more effective treatment could be to combine the medicine with therapy sessions, a new study suggests.
  • Perfect Parenting Pressures Could Affect Mental Health

    Noelle Bounds
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Becoming a parent for the first time can be hard for some people. But some new parents may risk developing a mental disorder when they also face social pressures to be perfect parents.
  • Robin Williams Dead at 63

    Travis Hill
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died at his home in Northern California August 11.
  • Atypical Depression May Carry Increased Risk of Obesity

    Liza Baskin
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Major depressive disorder and obesity have previously been connected to chronic conditions like cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. But major depressive disorder and obesity may also be connected.
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    Kmareka.com

  • Susan Ochshorn: Play Is Necessary for Children’s Healthy Mental Development

    Kiersten Marek
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Kiersten Marek:Social Worker’s orders: take time to play today and every day. Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog: Susan Ochshorn, a specialist in early childhood education, demonstrates in this post (as she has before, and will again) that play is crucial for the healthy mental development of young children. Ochshorn is the founder of ECE Policyworks and a tireless advocate for childhood. Ochshorn cites the research of Deborah Leong to explain the importance of play. “Self-regulation, as the non-neuroscientists among us refer to executive function, has to do with the…
  • Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market: Peaches, Beans, Tomatoes and Samples

    Kiersten Marek
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    News from the Market: Barden Orchard peaches are still coming in; ripe and juicy, they are here for only a short time so enjoy them now! Early apples are also appearing. Farmer Frank reports that he will have shell beans this week. According to Mother Earth News: “Horticultural beans (also called shell, wren’s egg, bird egg, speckled cranberry, or October beans) come in both pole and dwarf varieties and can produce big harvests in small gardens. The colorful, mottled pods can be eaten like snap beans when young, but most people prefer to use the rich, nutty, red-speckled seeds,…
  • What Nonprofits Can Learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge | GiveModo

    Kiersten Marek
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but a lot of people are pouring buckets of water over their heads. What Nonprofits Can Learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge | GiveModo.
  • Amid job stagnation, a prosperous class grows | Al Jazeera America

    Kiersten Marek
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Scary new trends in American employment… Amid job stagnation, a prosperous class grows | Al Jazeera America.
  • With 15 Days to Go, Air War Intensifies Between Raimondo, Taveras & Pell | Rhode Island Public Radio

    Kiersten Marek
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    With 15 Days to Go, Air War Intensifies Between Raimondo, Taveras & Pell | Rhode Island Public Radio.
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    American Association of Christian Counselors

  • The Secret Place

    Administrator
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    “Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. Christian character grows in the secret place of prayer.” -Samuel M. Zwemer Where do you live? Where do you sleep? Where do you eat? When and where do you pray? Most would respond, "Over food" — "with my kids" — "in church". Common answers. And good answers. But Jesus…
  • The Mirror

    Administrator
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of the reality that the Lord is not a theory but an indwelling power and force in his life, is as a mirror reflecting the glory of the Lord. -Alan Redpath What [others] most need is to see in you a reflection of what God is like and of the transforming power of the Gospel. Your life can create hunger and thirst for God in others’ lives and can be a powerful instrument in the hand of the Holy Spirit to draw their hearts to Christ. -Nancy Leigh DeMoss You look at it a lot, but…
  • How’s Your Heart?

    Administrator
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart.” A. W. Tozer — The Pursuit of God Google “Heart Health” and over 556,000,000 sites pop up. That’s 556 million. Read just a few of those articles and the evidence is overwhelming — there is a direct correlation to what we put into our bodies (diet, exercise, rest, supplements etc.), and the health of our heart. While God is certainly concerned with the well-being of our physical heart, it is the state of the spiritual heart that matters most. Our…
  • Be an Encourager

    Administrator
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato Let me add, be an encourager. It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle. At first glance, this is often not visible. A smile often masks deep feelings. The writer of the Proverbs put it this way, “Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief.” (Proverbs 14:13 NASB) God’s directive to Moses in Deuteronomy 3 is very interesting. The children of Israel had finished 40 years in the…
  • Kentucky set to license pastoral counselors to provide faith-based mental health services

    Administrator
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
      ST. MATTHEWS — For nearly 20 years, Glenn D. Williams has been a professional Christian mental health counselor, helping people with problems such as marital difficulties, addictions and depression. Beginning Tuesday, the state will start licensing Williams and the 30 or so other professional mental and behavioral health counselors in Kentucky who also are pastors. They will be called Kentucky licensed pastoral counselors, and their work will be covered by insurance policies for those who desire faith-based mental health services. “It’s an opportunity for better mental…
 
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion

    Ahmed
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Yoga is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress in body and mind,if you keep doing it every day you body and mind status will improve,cause it combines lots of things in one place like breathing techniques strength body poses and meditation . Being in a very busy world you need to some […] The post Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga

    Ahmed
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
      Now is the time to do yoga to reduce anxious thoughts and daily stress,and because we don’t have much time in our busy day here is an under 10 mins yoga routine with Tara Stiles The post The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Workplace Stress Causes,Signs & Treatments

    Ahmed
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The post Workplace Stress Causes,Signs & Treatments appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Lower Anxiety by Learning How to Breath Correctly

    Barry McDonagh
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Most people who experience panic and anxiety attacks regularly have forgotten how to breathe correctly. If you think about it, consider how you breathe when you’re tense or anxious about something. If you’re like most people, your breathing becomes really shallow and you may even “sink” into your body, rounding your shoulders and slouching slightly. […] The post Lower Anxiety by Learning How to Breath Correctly appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Unmasking The Shame of Anxiety

    Barry McDonagh
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I got a call from a woman the other day who wanted to talk about her panic attacks and general anxiety. She is in her early thirties and lives with her husband and kids in a small town. She told me how anxiety and panic attacks were destroying her quality of life and everyday was […] The post Unmasking The Shame of Anxiety appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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    careforyourmind.org

  • How Can You Find The Right Provider to Treat Social Anxiety Disorder?

    Care for Your Mind
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Lori Blumenstein-Bott, MSW, LMSW Executive Director, The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety Finding a provider to treat social anxiety disorder can be a challenge, especially because so many people—mental health professionals included—do not know how to diagnose or treat … Continue reading →
  • Back to School Anxiety. What is Your School Doing to Help Your Child Succeed?

    Care for Your Mind
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Anne Marie Albano, PhD Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center Classrooms are ripe for social anxiety triggers From being called on in class to navigating the hallways, school … Continue reading →
  • When Young People Suffer Social Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Can Do

    Care for Your Mind
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center Social anxiety disorder (SAD), or social phobia, can have a crippling effect on young people. Children who … Continue reading →
  • Understanding the Unique Barriers for People with Social Anxiety Disorder

    Care for Your Mind
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today we begin a series from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a national organization of researchers and clinicians focusing on science, treatment, prevention, and cure of these disorders. In the coming weeks we will share posts from members … Continue reading →
  • Fixing Mental Health Services without Coercion

    Care for Your Mind
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Harvey Rosenthal Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) In our final post on AOT Harvey Rosenthal explores the role of evidenced-based wraparound services in providing better mental health care outcomes. Outpatient commitment typically involves mandating individuals to … Continue reading →
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    The Fusion Model

  • Harness your Amazingly Creative Mind

    Frances Masters
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    The subject of suicide has hit the headlines again with the tragic death of actor Robin Williams. He was someone who appeared to have it all; Looks, personality, wealth, talent and fame. He had an amazingly creative mind but was famously plagued by internal demons and addictions to drink and drugs. He was a visibly restless soul, with a manic, humorous energy which was both entertaining, yet unsettling in many ways. Some people seem to function at a higher level. They are brighter and sharper. They shine like dazzling stars against a dark night sky. If minds were likened to horses, theirs…
  • 10 Tips to Help you Curb Media Addiction

    Frances Masters
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Do you hit the floor running as soon as you get out of bed in the morning? Are you ‘multi tasking by the time you hit the shower, checking e mails on your phone, catching up on the early morning news on the TV, prepping for that meeting, consulting your I-pad whilst you eat your breakfast? Is this the pattern for your whole day? Many people are still on their laptops up to the moment they close their eyes and expect to get a good night’s sleep. Our phones are constantly ringing, texts buzzing and e mails binging. Every alert sets off a small ‘fight or flight’ reaction.
  • The 3 Steps to Achieving Non Toxic Goals

    Frances Masters
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Do you set yourself goals but find you are not moving forward as fast as you want? Does there seem to be a glass wall between where you are and where you think you should be? Or if you do succeed, do you wonder whether you set the wrong goal in the first place; that it was actually a toxic goal? Not the life I want When I first came across Alan, he was running a successful photography business. His days were full of activity. He went from one appointment to the next, one meeting to the next and one training session to the next. He was highly regarded in his industry. He set off for work in…
  • A Tool to Break Depression and Fatigue

    Frances Masters
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Do you suffer from depression and fatigue? Do you often feel you are ‘running on empty’? Do you wonder if there is something physically wrong with you? You may even have been diagnosed with TATS (Tired all the time syndrome). Depression and fatigue When Agnes came to see me, at the age of 64, she had been experiencing symptoms of depression and fatigue for many years. In fact, as she explained, this has been going on since she was 21. ‘What happened when you were 21?’ I asked her. ‘It began when I got married.’ said Agnes. ‘I’d trained as a…
  • One Word that could Stop Extreme Anxiety

    Frances Masters
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I have been supervising therapists for many years. It has been a professional pleasure to travel alongside many practitioners and watch their skills grow and evolve. In a session recently, I was having a discussion with a Fusion therapeutic coach about developing a private practice at home. The point of our discussion was around the subject of negotiating and clarifying boundaries when your place of work is both a personal and family home. There are certainly many challenges. One which came to my mind was an event when a knock at the door interrupted the supervision session. A neighbour had…
 
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  • Sports Doping: How Did the Great Names See a Fall

    Brian Burgess
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Talks about doping and drugs in the sports world seem to have become all too common these days as you are seeing accusations being levied at new athletes on an alarmingly regular basis. While it doesn’t seem to be greatly affecting sports event attendance or even TV ratings, it does leave some people wondering whether […] The post Sports Doping: How Did the Great Names See a Fall appeared first on .
  • Mutated Enzymes: A New Hope for Cocaine Addicts

    Brian Burgess
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Cocaine addiction is a serious problem for many Americans, and for most, it’s incredibly hard to beat alone. After all, cocaine is an incredibly addictive drug that many users begin to crave and feel dependent on after only a handful of uses. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to the drug makes it much harder to stop using, […] The post Mutated Enzymes: A New Hope for Cocaine Addicts appeared first on .
  • Maintaining Hope and Health During Substance Abuse Treatment

    Brian Burgess
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Recovering from a lifestyle of substance abuse can be one of the most difficult challenges that anyone could face. It can be a trying time for teens sharing community. He or she may find it difficult to maintain a positive attitude during the start of recovery. Sharing living quarters with new and different personalities can […] The post Maintaining Hope and Health During Substance Abuse Treatment appeared first on .
  • Right Care vs Any Care: How to Get the Best Help for Teens

    Brian Burgess
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    Many people think they know what they ought to do if their teen has a problem with drugs or alcohol, but they may be unaware of what not to do. Here are some ways to ensure that your child gets the right treatment for their addiction, and not just any treatment: Have Someone Evaluate Your […] The post Right Care vs Any Care: How to Get the Best Help for Teens appeared first on .
  • Begin the 10 Steps Journey to a New Life

    Brian Burgess
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Alcohol addiction is a problem that faces hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. For some, alcohol addiction can be a lifelong battle that they never win. However, it is possible to turn your life around and start living the way that you want to. Being clean and sober doesn’t have to be […] The post Begin the 10 Steps Journey to a New Life appeared first on .
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    Chattertree's Family Refresh Project

  • Suicide Awareness Can Help Save Lives

    chattertree fact finder
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Suicide is tragic. It cuts a life short, and it devastates the family, friends and loved ones left behind. Those who survive a suicide attempt might end up with severe disability or other injuries. The children of people who die by suicide are more likely to later die by suicide themselves. With such extreme consequences, why would anyone make the dire decision to choose death over life? That’s a question scientists have been struggling to answer for decades. “When you’re in a suicidal state, you’re kind of closing down your options. You see it as the only solution. You’re not…
  • Time to Study: How Parents Can Help With Schoolwork

    chattertree fact finder
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Getting kids to sit down, focus and learn their schoolwork is an age-old problem. Today, parents face the added challenge of cell phones, portable music devices like iPods, and the many distractions of the World Wide Web. There are so many things that can pull your kids’ attention away from what needs to get done for school. How can you help them focus and succeed? Scientists funded by NIH and other federal agencies are trying to find some answers by studying how kids learn, remember and think. They’ve discovered that children are more likely to become successful learners when their…
  • Bullying: An Epidemic You Can’t Ignore

    chattertree fact finder
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    The bullying epidemic going on today is hard to ignore.  More and more kids and teens are being bullied at school, on the playground and now, in social media.  As parents, we need to recognize the signs and what is going on with our children.  The following article defines bullying, the signs and what is involved. This is one you can’t afford to ignore. Bullying Definition Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are…
  • Holding Their Attention: Get the Scoop on ADHD

    chattertree fact finder
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was once considered a problem that children outgrew. If they didn’t, their parents were often blamed for bad parenting. But researchers have found that ADHD is a very real disorder rooted in brain development. Effective treatments are now available, and researchers continue to make progress in understanding what causes ADHD—as well as how to prevent and treat it. Many people blurt out things they didn’t mean to say from time to time, or jump from one task to another, or become disorganized and forgetful. But people with ADHD have more…
  • 4 Healthy Snacks for Your Kids

    chattertree fact finder
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Your child might enjoy trying the following foods: Fresh fruit Small amounts of dried fruits, such as raisins, apple rings, or apricots Fresh vegetables, such as baby carrots, cucumber, zucchini, or tomatoes Low-sugar, whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk Foods that are small, round, sticky, or hard to chew—such as raisins, whole grapes, hard vegetables, hard chunks of cheese, nuts, seeds, and popcorn—can cause choking in children under age 4. You can still prepare some of these foods for young children by cutting grapes into small pieces and cooking and cutting up vegetables. Always…
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    relationships and society

  • A Role Model

    ankita
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    ‘Why did you throw your school bag like that?’Aunt Anna asked John as he came back from school and threw his bag. He looked a bit frustrated.This was a bit contrary to what he generally is, a fun loving and cheerful boy. He was in his 5th grade and the reason behind his frustration was his school friends who spoke badly about David Beckam. He had an argument with his best friend about Beckam’s last match. Perhaps Aunt Anna sensed his mood and started asking him ‘what happened?’John didn’t reply and took his towel. At the same time his mother Mrs. Rose came in and said ‘oh…
  • Exploring the beauty of Nepal : Do-gooders call it Voluntourism

    ankita
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:22 pm
    “What makes you come here?”I entertained a surprising question while trying to justify my wanderlust for Nepal. The man asking this question was a retired army officer, looking at me through his black bordered big spectacles, trying to get hold of a young girl’s motive in an estranged yet beautiful country! My companion, a Spanish expert high school drop-out long term friend Robina had been snoring till then in the bus we boarded to reach our destination. I said as a matter of fact there is a book in which Jeff Rasley quoted "You have to get lost before you can be found" in the thrill…
  • 5 May 2014 | 12:21 pm

    ankita
    5 May 2014 | 12:21 pm
     European dreams - In the midst of lush green valleys and picturesque landscapeAll too often, while sipping a cup of coffee we daydream of visiting places which invigorate our senses, the thought of distant valleys and oceans, the feeling of diving into the pool of wonder makes us ponder ' IF ', if at all we could be there at that moment. Europe is one of those places on Earth which not only satiates our wondering mind but also helps us relieve the ongoing stress of daily life. One Beautiful morning while climbing up the hills to reach our destination in Switzerland, we found some…
  • 4 May 2014 | 2:58 pm

    ankita
    4 May 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Hi All,After a long time again, hope you all are fine.I'm going to write what I came across few months back while I visited a Meditation Center namely Brahma Kumaris in India. Along with a friend I had good experiences which I'm going to share with you.Today most of the problems in relationships occur due to the common 'expectation' we have for the other person. The other person can be your husband/ wife/ boyfriend/ girlfriend/ parent/ friend/ sister/ brother. Anyone close.Sadly, with those we are close and ironically that too, we shouldn't be expecting much. You might relate to quotes you…
  • 19 Dec 2012 | 7:18 am

    ankita
    19 Dec 2012 | 7:18 am
    I decided to write after a long time. But this time only for a 'Cause'. My heart goes out for all the victims who were brutally raped and murdered in our capital. Today the 23 year old girl appeals to our senses, our emotions only after what is done... But before it happened, nobody was concerned. Even after she was thrown out of the bus naked, nobody helped her. How cruel have you become human kind? Dont you have mother's, sister's and daughter's? Why not help an innocent victim and take her to the hospital? Only because of your 'name'? WHat is the importance of your existence if…
 
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    Significant Sentience

  • Problems?

    Jeremy Markman
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Artist
  • Gratitude

    Jeremy Markman
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. As some unknown author said "The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least".Being grateful allow you to start making the most of what you have. This quality is important for Intellectual and emotional wellness. Intellectual wellness is how well you are able to use resources at your disposal to learn skills and expand knowledge which being grateful allows you to do more efficiently. Emotional wellness is how well you regulate your emotions along with the ability to understand ourselves and the ability to cope with life's…
  • A simple test to remind that we are all human

    Jeremy Markman
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
  • Strength

    Jeremy Markman
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”— Sigmund Freud
  • Happiness

    Jeremy Markman
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
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    Depression Blog

  • Aug 20, Wisdom

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    A wise quote [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aug 15, Sadness and Depression: What's the difference

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Robin Williams was found dead this afternoon at his home near Tiburon, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. The actor and comedian was 63. Emergency personnel found Williams unconscious and not breathing at 12:00 p.m., local time; he was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m., according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aug 14, Blog: Depression and Judaism

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have two black dogs. One makes me laugh, and one makes me cry. One of my black dogs is named Jojo. Sometimes we refer to her as Jojo the Clown, because she makes my entire family laugh. She has a dance that she does when she sees new people or favorite people, aka “the Jojo dance,” which consists of her front paws doing a waltz and her back... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aug 13, Robin Williams’ death: The effects on depression

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    The news of Robin Williams’ apparent suicide devastated and surprised many. Several people interviewed about the comedian’s death have noted that Williams never seemed to be unhappy — and yet, he suffered from severe depression. Experts said that’s more common than one might think. Everyone gets sad from time to time. But depression is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aug 12, Family

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    It is sad sometimes because the very people that is suppose to be there for you and encourage you are the ones that hurt you the most. It hurts because [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Meditation For Depression

  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation

    Constantine Jones
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Mindfulness meditation is a process that can help you get in touch with yourself and your mind. This practice, a series of meditation techniques and philosophy, descends from Buddhist teachings. Basically, mindfulness involves having a total awareness of one’s self, their mind and body and consciousness, as well as having a completely open and curious mindset. Most importantly, mindfulness involves slowing the mind down so as to be aware only of the immediate present. Before attaining this mindset, one must clear away all thoughts of distraction. How can you start doing this? Start by…
  • Robin Williams dies battling Depression

    Constantine Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:23 am
    Robin Williams is dead. A great actor and a great comedian. But few knows that he was also battling depression. And he is not the only comedian that is suffering from depression. Jim Carrey, another great comedian is also suffering from depression. And is no wonder, the laughter and jokes can be a relieve from the sadness generated by depression. Sometimes, the laughter and jokes are not enough. The cause of death, in the case of Robin Williams, may be well suicide.   PACIFIC PALISADES (CBSLA.com) The death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has put the spotlight on the issue…
  • Do you judge the trustworthiness based on the looks?

    Constantine Jones
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    You will probably say no to this and maybe you really think that this is not the case. Because in our society we are past judgement based on looks and we value what’s inside. But this is what you consciously think, and what happening inside your brain is different and your mind may be tricking you. Because even if you are not aware of this, you probably judging the trustworthiness of a person based on his face. Not only this, but the mind is doing this even when you cannot consciously see it, as was discovered by a team of scientists.   “Our findings suggest that the brain…
  • Can you predict happiness?

    Constantine Jones
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    I remember when I read “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov; the idea to predict what people will do based on previous events was very interesting. But this future is closer and closer. We, as human beings, follow some patterns and we hardly get out of this patterns. The scientists have come with a way to predict the happiness of the people based on their expectations. And I think this is only the beginning trying to predict human behavior.   The happiness of over 18,000 people worldwide has been predicted by a mathematical equation developed by researchers at UCL, with results…
  • Can video games help with depression?

    Constantine Jones
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    For a long time, video games have been considered a cause for depression. Or it can be the other way around? There are many studies that found out that people that spent a lot amount of time gaming were more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety or social phobias. The conclusion was that gaming was causing depression. But what if the gamers where already depressed, and they just found in the games the relaxation that they craved for? After all, what the studies found was only that the gamers were depressed, there wasn’t a study to get a group of non-depressed people, put them to…
 
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    Z Zoccolante

  • When We Step into the Unknown

    Z
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    The thought of yoga may conjure images of cross-legged meditation or of limbs effortlessly tanged … Continue Reading →
  • 5 Wisdoms (a Bee taught me) to Attain Goals

    Z
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    This afternoon the patio door was open and in flew a bee. It swooped through … Continue Reading →
  • When the Blindfold Falls – Short Story

    Z
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    When I open my eyes the blindfold lies at my feet clinging to the prickly … Continue Reading →
  • What If It Was Okay?

    Z
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Let’s pretend that you’re going through a rough time. You decide that your life sucks … Continue Reading →
  • My Thin Reward

    Z
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    I remember one summer when I’d come back from a trip. My intestines had become … Continue Reading →
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion

    Ahmed
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Yoga is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress in body and mind,if you keep doing it every day you body and mind status will improve,cause it combines lots of things in one place like breathing techniques strength body poses and meditation . Being in a very busy world you need to some […] The post Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga

    Ahmed
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
      Now is the time to do yoga to reduce anxious thoughts and daily stress,and because we don’t have much time in our busy day here is an under 10 mins yoga routine with Tara Stiles The post The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Workplace Stress Causes,Signs & Treatments

    Ahmed
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
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  • Lower Anxiety by Learning How to Breath Correctly

    Barry McDonagh
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Most people who experience panic and anxiety attacks regularly have forgotten how to breathe correctly. If you think about it, consider how you breathe when you’re tense or anxious about something. If you’re like most people, your breathing becomes really shallow and you may even “sink” into your body, rounding your shoulders and slouching slightly. […] The post Lower Anxiety by Learning How to Breath Correctly appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Unmasking The Shame of Anxiety

    Barry McDonagh
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I got a call from a woman the other day who wanted to talk about her panic attacks and general anxiety. She is in her early thirties and lives with her husband and kids in a small town. She told me how anxiety and panic attacks were destroying her quality of life and everyday was […] The post Unmasking The Shame of Anxiety appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • The Dreaded One Year Anniversary Is Here

    songtothesirens
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today is the one year anniversary of the dissolution of my marriage. I have no idea how I feel today. I do not mean depressed or manic as those are mood states that encompass many other emotions. I am definitely not depressed (well not really depressed; I am always depressed), and I am definitely not manic […]
  • 10 Things You Should Say To A Depressed Person

    songtothesirens
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    We have all seen the lists of things a person, albeit well-meaning, should never say to a depressed person. We also know that periodically experiencing crippling depression can be a symptom of a relapse into illness.Hopefully, if you have either had Bipolar disorder for a while, or are just very attuned to your mental emotional […]
  • Therapy Animals: Service Animals And Family Pets

    songtothesirens
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Since I have been on a rather serious posting binge, I thought I would write about something more positive than depression and suicide and substance abuse: the therapeutic value of both specially trained “service” animals and/or the family cat. The above picture is my 13 year old kitten named Venus. She has kept me sane(ish) […]
  • Yesterday At The Bus Stop

    songtothesirens
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A story about how my mental paradigm shifted about 180 degrees yesterday while having a conversation with a young man with serious psychiatric issues, and his obviously devoted family. They were homeless, and that made me think, a lot.
  • Today, Bipolar Disorder Is A Curse

    songtothesirens
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    I have been having a few problems with crying at “inappropriate” times lately. It is like my whole wounded inner child is exposed to the world and there is no scab or band-aid covering her. And, my outer adult doesn’t know what to do to help this poor child. It is like a science fiction […]
 
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    Mind Snapshots

  • Breakdown vs Breakthrough

    Mind Snapshots
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
  • Learning To Forgive Yourself

    Mind Snapshots
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Sometimes we do things that hurt other people. Sometimes we make the wrong decisions. We berate ourselves for our mistakes. After all, we acted in a way that disappointed ourselves. Our words or behaviors caused hurt and harm to others. We have to deal with the remorse and shame that won’t leave our thoughts. The weight of the guilt crushes us and keeps us from moving on. I had a falling out with my best friend because I had made mistakes that hurt her. After I realized my mistakes, I tried to make it up to her. I did my best to change and to improve so that I can show her how much I have…
  • Fear vs Faith

    Mind Snapshots
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
     
  • How Do You Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You?

    Mind Snapshots
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Have you been hurt by someone? Do you find it hard to forgive them? It’s always painful when somebody hurts us. We feel a sense of injustice or betrayal. Especially if that person is someone we trust. Or if that person isn’t showing any kind of remorse. We become angry, sad, or confused. But holding on to our anger can weigh us down and prevent us from truly living. I was having a conversation with a friend last week and she was sharing with me how she needed to learn how to forgive because it was eating her up. She asked me why I don’t stay mad for long. I’m very grateful to…
  • Trust The Process

    Mind Snapshots
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
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    Beppe Micallef Trigona

  • Beck’s Cognitive Model – Part 2 – The First Session

    Beppe Micallef Trigona
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    The first Session During the first session of therapy, I find it useful to use a conceptualisation diagram, in order to make the cognitive model easier for the patient to understand. It also allows me to establish an orderly approach to identifying automatic thoughts, intermediate beliefs and core beliefs. The model I prefer was developed for use in Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (de Oliveira, 2012), but is not limited to this approach, as its components are the same ones found in conventional CBT. Below is a schematic representation I created of a patient, let’s call her Maria, who…
  • Beck’s Cognitive Model – Part 1 – Application to Therapy

    Beppe Micallef Trigona
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Before starting this blog post I’d like to highlight a great initiative called the Blog for Mental Health Project 2014. Here are the original words from the founder herself, which I wholeheartedly endorse: “I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”  Link to A Canvas Of The Minds   Aim of Cognitive Psychotherapy…
  • The Third Wave of CBT – Past, Present or Future?

    Beppe Micallef Trigona
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    The Third Wave of CBT The approaches of the first two generations of BT share the assumption that certain cognitions, emotions and physiological states lead to dysfunctional behaviour and, therefore, therapeutic intervention is aimed at eliminating, or at least reducing, these problematic internal events. Third wave therapies are expanding their targets from the mere reduction of symptoms to the development of skills aimed at significantly improving the quality and quantity of activity in which the patient finds value. Even with seriously ill patients, the new behavioural therapies…
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT – Origins

    Beppe Micallef Trigona
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Published on PsychCentral Brief Synopsis It is well known that Wilhelm Wundt is the father of experimental psychology, founding the first formal laboratory for psychological research at the University of Leipzig in 1879; in reality what was then thought as experimental psychology is a far cry from today’s definition. It is also common knowledge that modern psychotherapy was born soon after in Vienna, the work of a certain Sigmund Freud. What is less well known is that both experimental as well as applied psychology found fertile ground for their development in the United States. In fact,…
  • The Neurobiology of Autism

    Beppe Micallef Trigona
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Introduction – What is Autism? From autism.org.uk: “Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also…
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