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  • Best of Our Blogs: January 30, 2015

    World of Psychology
    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Imagine trying to live your life normally when you have an injured knee, physical illness or disease. We do the same with emotional problems we try to avoid. We try, for example, to pretend like we can do it all. We blindly hope we don’t need that medication anymore, that we’ll start taking care of ourselves tomorrow or that the stress we’re enduring is not only normal, but necessary in order to have a meaningful, fulfilling life. We think we’re fine, but what we don’t know is how it’s all affecting us, how we have to compensate in other ways to adjust…
  • Diet, nutrition essential for mental health

    Depression News -- ScienceDaily
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaborative study has revealed.
  • Four New Metro Areas To Get Google Fiber As The Network Expands

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    Oli Anderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Comcast should be looking over their shoulder right about now. Google has announced four new metro areas that will be getting Google Fiber, including four metro areas that cover 18 different cities in the Southeast.
  • "Spark", a new public-private project created to develop a drug to fight the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia News From Medical News Today
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    A public-private consortium led by the biotech Iproteos - based at Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB), and comprised by the biopharmaceutical company Ascil-Biopharma, the Institute for Biomedical...
  • Texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness

    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Texting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications.This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.
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  • Blog Post » The Ignorance Project

    Thomas Insel
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    At the recent World Economic Forum, brain research was a hot topic; Dr. Insel reports on statistics presented at the conference that inspire optimism that progress can be made on difficult problems, including mental disorders.
  • Blog Post » Funding Science

    Thomas Insel
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Relative to other countries, U.S. funding of science has declined in recent years; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research and development related to mental illness.
  • Blog Post » What Caused This to Happen?

    Thomas Insel
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Dr. Insel discusses the idea that chance may have as much to do with the development of mental illness as do genetic and environmental factors.
  • Blog Post » Best of 2014

    Thomas Insel
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    Dr. Insel offers an overview of his top ten mental health stories for 2014.
  • Blog Post » Lost in Translation

    Thomas Insel
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Drug testing in mice has been a poor guide to effectiveness in humans; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research approaches that can more reliably guide medication development.
 
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    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Stress shared by same-sex couples can have unique health impacts

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Minority stress -- which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society -- affects same-sex couples' stress levels and overall health, research indicates. Authors of a new study state that the health effects of minority stress shared by a couple can be understood as distinct from individual stress, a new framework in the field.
  • Texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Texting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications.This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.
  • Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    A new study provides strong evidence, using data from animal models and humans, that exposure to a common household pesticide may be a risk factor for ADHD.
  • Diet, nutrition essential for mental health

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaborative study has revealed.
  • Feelings of loneliness, depression linked to binge-watching television

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    It seems harmless: getting settled in for a night of marathon session for a favorite TV show, like House of Cards. But why do we binge-watch TV, and can it really be harmless? A recent study has found that the more lonely and depressed you are, the more likely you are to binge-watch.
 
 
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    World of Psychology

  • Are You an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? Thoughts on the 4 Tendencies Quiz

    Gretchen Rubin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Last week, I unveiled my Four Tendencies quiz, which helps people determine their Tendency. I developed this framework as part of my research on habits for my book Better Than Before. To take the Quiz, click here. I’m very gratified that so many thousands of people have taken the quiz — and even more gratified by the notes at the end. The comments are fascinating. Zoikes. After reading those comments, I’d make a few observations. First, the quiz is meant to be a tool. It’s not infallible. Your evaluation of your own Tendency matters most. The particular questions, the particular…
  • 6 Essentials in Healing from an Affair

    Margaret Rutherford, PhD
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    I got a call from a TV reporter after the infamous “blue dress” incident during Clinton’s presidency. He wanted to do an interview about the likelihood that the Clintons would break up, given the stress of Hillary discovering Bill lying and cheating. I started smiling. Arkansans, and I am one, have a long history with the Clintons. Then I stated, “If most couples didn’t make it through affairs, the divorce rate would be even higher than it is now. You just hear about the ones that don’t.” Working through an affair is tough. It takes tremendous energy…
  • Best of Our Blogs: January 30, 2015

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Imagine trying to live your life normally when you have an injured knee, physical illness or disease. We do the same with emotional problems we try to avoid. We try, for example, to pretend like we can do it all. We blindly hope we don’t need that medication anymore, that we’ll start taking care of ourselves tomorrow or that the stress we’re enduring is not only normal, but necessary in order to have a meaningful, fulfilling life. We think we’re fine, but what we don’t know is how it’s all affecting us, how we have to compensate in other ways to adjust…
  • How to Use Feng Shui to Enhance Love, Clarity, and Energy

    Psych Central Staff
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Looking to create more love, wealth or clarity in your life? Then watch today’s episode of Conscious Living ®, where Feng Shui practitioner and organizational expert Linda Pisani draws on this 5,000+ year art form to share simple, easy tips for clearing clutter, increasing “chi” or energy flow in your environment, and transforming any space into an abundant haven. This article courtesy of Spirituality and Health.
  • Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips that May Help

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Many of us tend to think these kinds of thoughts daily: “I’m sooo busy. Life has been really overwhelming. I feel like I’m being torn apart. I wish I could clone myself, so I could keep up. I’ll relax after I’m done with all the tasks on my list — though I have no idea when that’ll actually happen.” We may feel like we’re in a constant state of stressed out and overwhelmed. Brigid Schulte can relate. She’s an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post – a fast-paced and highly demanding job — and a mom to two kids — which no doubt…
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    Mental Health Blog

  • Depression May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain

    meg
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    New research in Canada reveals that inflammation deep in the brain may be linked to depression.  Specifically, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) studied the brain scans of patients with depression and those without.  Results showed 30% more inflammation in the brains of patients with clinical depression.  In addition, symptoms worsened with the degree of inflammation.  Keeping in mind that researchers only studied the scans of 40 patients, concrete conclusions are a tad premature.Nevertheless, this research does offer new ideas for investigation, which…
  • Commonly Used Medications Linked to Dementia

    meg
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    A new study reveals that higher doses or prolonged use of medications with anticholinergic effects significantly increases the risk for developing dementia.  Although, this is not the first study to discover such a link, it is the first to suggest that the risk of dementia as a result of taking such medications may not be reversible.“An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and the peripheral nervous system. Anticholinergics inhibit parasympathetic nerve impulses by selectively blocking the binding of the neurotransmitter…
  • Mental Illness Can Have More Impact on Life Expectancy Than Smoking

    meg
    23 May 2014 | 7:00 pm
    According to researchers at Oxford University, mental illness has an effect on life expectancy that is equivalent or greater than smoking. A great deal of effort and spending has been invested into smoking cessation programs and smoking awareness campaigns. This new research should prompt the government, health care and social services to shift their focus in an effort to increase life expectancy for those living with mental illness.Researchers reviewed 20 review papers from clinical studies that reported mortality risk among mental health problems, substance and alcohol abuse, dementia,…
  • Late Night Smartphone Use Affects Productivity

    meg
    24 Jan 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Research suggests that you should put away your smartphone at the end of the work day in order to be more productive the following day. Michigan State University business scholar, Russell Johnson and colleagues discovered that workers that tried to continue working on their smartphone past 9:00 p.m. were more worn out and less engaged during the following work day. "Smartphones are almost perfectly designed to disrupt sleep," said Johnson, MSU assistant professor of management who acknowledges keeping his smartphone at his bedside at night. "Because they keep us mentally engaged late into the…
  • Dad's Absence Affects Neurobiology of Offspring

    meg
    2 Jan 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have discovered that an absent father during critical growth periods can lead to social and behavioral impairments in adults. This is the first study of its kind to correlate paternal deprivation and social attributes with physical changes in the brain."Although we used mice, the findings are extremely relevant to humans," says senior author Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a researcher of the Mental Illness and Addiction Axis at the RI-MUHC and an associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. "We…
 
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • New theoretical framework for future studies of resilience

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Stress, traumatic events, and difficult life situations play a significant role in the development of many mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, addiction. However, not everyone exposed to such circumstances develops a psychological disorder as a result. A new approach to studying resilience focuses on the appraisal of stressful or threatening situations by the brain.
  • Stress during pregnancy related to infant gut microbiota

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Women who experience stress during pregnancy are likely to have babies with a poor mix of intestinal microbiota and with a higher incidence of intestinal problems and allergic reactions. This could be related to psychological and physical problems as the child develops.
  • Connection between childhood adversity, psychiatric disorders seen at cellular level

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    An association between biological changes on the cellular level and both childhood adversity and psychiatric disorders has been identified by researchers. These changes in the form of telomere shortening and alterations of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), are important in the aging process.
  • How the brain recognizes danger: New discovery

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Our existence depends on a bit of evolutionary genius aptly nicknamed “fight or flight.” But where in our brain does the alarm first go off, and what other parts of the brain are mobilized to express fear and remember to avoid danger in the future? New research sheds some light on this question.
  • Sexual objectification increases women's fear of crime

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    A new study offers an explanation for why women fear face-to-face crime more than men, despite being less likely to experience most crimes. The findings support the theory that women may have a greater fear of crime due to the potential of also being raped during these encounters.
 
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    Psych Central News

  • Is the Misinterpretation of Gender Intentions Hardwired?

    Rick Nauert PhD
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Misguided relationships with the opposing gender are common and appear to follow a similar pattern around the world. Imagine the following scenario: a woman and a man are having a conversation. She is interested in the conversation, and is friendly, smiling and warm. He interprets her behavior as sexual interest while she believes she is making a new friend. Or maybe: a man is sexually attracted to a woman he has just met, and signals this in various ways. She thinks that he is just being friendly. Do these events seem familiar? If so, you are not alone. A new Norwegian study confirms the…
  • Depression and Loneliness = Extreme Television Viewing

    Rick Nauert PhD
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    New research suggests the lonelier and depressed you are, the more likely you are to binge-watch television marathons or Netflix episodes. Although settling in to watch a series of shows may seem harmless, University of Texas researchers found that younger people use this activity to move away from negative feelings. Yoon Hi Sung, Eun Yeon Kang and Wei-Na Lee conducted a survey on 316 18- to 29-year-olds on how often they watched TV; how often they had feelings of loneliness, depression and self-regulation deficiency; and finally on how often they binge-watched TV. Researchers discovered that…
  • Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

    Rick Nauert PhD
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A new lab study by scientists from several prominent universities suggests a commonly used pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Researchers believe the pesticide alters the development of the brain’s dopamine system, the part of the brain responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function. Scientists from Rutgers University, Emory University, the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Wake Forest University discovered that mice exposed to the pyrethroid pesticide deltamethrin in utero and through lactation exhibited…
  • Quitting Smoking Gradually May Be Best Option

    Traci Pedersen
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    Researchers have discovered yet another reason why it is so difficult to quit smoking: just 12 hours after a person’s last cigarette, the oxygen uptake and blood flow in the quitter’s brain decreases significantly compared to those who have never smoked. Because of this, the researchers suggest that a gradual cutting back on smoking may be the best choice to avoid the severe effects of withdrawal. “Regular smokers experience an almost dementia-like condition in the early hours after quitting, as suggested by brain scans. This can be quite an unpleasant experience, and is probably…
  • Texts Rather than Apps for Mental Health Care

    Rick Nauert PhD
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Emerging research suggests that while cell phones are an emerging channel to communicate mental health information to a provider, texting is the preferred method for communication, rather than an app. This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. Although the prevalence of mental illness is growing, 62 percent of those suffering do not receive treatment for their illnesses, says the…
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • Why should adolescents exhibiting symptoms of mental disorders be asked about hallucinations?

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Visual distortions and hallucinations related to an elevated risk of psychosis are linked to self-destructive thought processes among adolescents with psychological symptoms, according to a recent study. Early indications of the risk of psychosis can usually be detected long before the onset of a full-blown disorder.
  • Caregiver, families with mentally ill members all need help, CWRU researchers find

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Listening to older sisters of mentally ill siblings discuss their mothers' difficult caregiving experiences made a researcher wonder if something important about families was missed in a prior study that focused on women caregivers of mentally ill family members.
  • Bipolar disorder: New MRI imaging provides new picture, new insight

    6 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Using a different type of MRI imaging, researchers have discovered previously unrecognized differences in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder. In particular, the study revealed differences in the white matter of patients' brains and in the cerebellum, an area of the brain not previously linked with the disorder.
  • Wealth, power or lack thereof at heart of many mental disorders

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Donald Trump's ego may be the size of his financial empire, but that doesn't mean he's the picture of mental health. The same can be said about the self-esteem of people who are living from paycheck to paycheck, or unemployed. New research underscores this mind-wallet connection, linking feelings of self-worth to such afflictions as bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, anxiety and depression.
  • Brain scans link frontal abnormalities to suicidal behaviors in adolescents, young adults

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Scientists are closer to understanding how suicidal thoughts and behaviors are generated. According to a study, reduced integrity of white matter in key frontal brain systems that control emotion, motivation and memory was observed in a of study participants who attempted suicide, and the findings showed links between the deficits in the brain's structural connections and the number and medical severity of prior attempts.
 
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Why should adolescents exhibiting symptoms of mental disorders be asked about hallucinations?

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Visual distortions and hallucinations related to an elevated risk of psychosis are linked to self-destructive thought processes among adolescents with psychological symptoms, according to a recent study. Early indications of the risk of psychosis can usually be detected long before the onset of a full-blown disorder.
  • Finding shared pathways for psychiatric disorders

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    A study on shared genetic risk factors and common pathways for schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder is currently underway, with the hopes of finding more and improved treatments for a number of psychiatric disorders for where there is a gap in treatments.
  • Development of psychosis: Gray matter loss and the inflamed brain

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    The thickness of cortical brain tissue progressively reduces as individuals develop psychosis, according to researchers of a large, multi-site study of young adults at clinical high risk. Onset of psychosis typically occurs during the transition from adolescence to early adulthood, a period of time when the brain is also maturing, they note.
  • Less than half of UK prescriptions for antipsychotics issued for main licensed conditions

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Less than half of UK prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs are being issued to treat the serious mental illnesses for which they are mainly licensed, reveals research. Instead, they may often be prescribed 'off label' to older people with other conditions, such as anxiety and dementia, despite the greater risk of potentially serious side effects in this age group, the findings indicate.
  • Neuronal circuits filter out distractions in brain

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Scientists have hypothesized for decades about how the brain filters out distractions, but it has been challenging to find evidence to support the theories. Now, researchers have identified a neural circuit in the mouse brain that controls attention and sensory processing, providing insight into how the brain filters out distractions. The work has implications for devastating psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia that are characterized at least in part by significant attention deficits.
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  • Paperback Launch of "Depression and Your Child"

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
                                            My award-winning book"Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers"is now available in paperback!
  • Mindful Tips For Keeping New Year Resolutions

    31 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's that time of year again. Out with the old, in with the new. And for many, it's resolution-making time.Research reports about 45% of the American population make one or more resolutions at the turn of each New Year- with some of the top resolutions involving weight loss, exercising more, getting finances in order, stopping smoking or drinking, spending too much or other "bad" habits.Studies shows that only about 25% of those who make resolutions fail at the 1 week mark, with another 40% reporting failure at 1 month. And those who fail at keeping their resolutions…
  • Toys for Depressed Kids

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Shopping for toys during the holiday season always takes a bit of resourcefulness. You need to learn what’s new, what’s out, what’s flying off the shelves - and then carefully consider whether your purchase will add to your child’s entertainment stockpile. But if you have a child with special needs, especially one who is struggling with depression, finding the right toy can feel even more daunting.Though there are many different kinds of games and toys, here are 8 categories that I teach parents to consider thinking about when holiday shopping. These themes help with…
  • Psychology Offers Tips as Ebola Concerns Mount

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    What the Public Needs to KnowQ. What scares people the most about a threat from a natural disaster, contagious disease or terrorist attack? Are fear and anxiety a normal response?A. Experts on public health and risk perception say that fear about catastrophic incidents often originates from a feeling of lack of control and a perceived inability to prevent the problem or threat. Some level of anxiety is constructive in that it motivates people to take appropriate action (assuming such actions are available and recommended). But without any recommended course of action, anxiety around…
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    October 5th -11th 2014 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in the United States and Canada. Since 1990, mental health advocates across North America have joined together during the first full week of October to sponsor awareness, create outreach and provide screenings in the name of mental health.Also sponsored this week is  National Depression Screening Day on October 9th and World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Mental health, a component of well-being, is just as essential as physical health and spiritual health. Learn how to take action, find support and dilute…
 
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    Beyond Meds

  • During the pressurized years

    Monica Cassani
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    During the pressurized years, she was in effect bottled, labeled, and capped -- she started a relief fund in the name of Sanity. She collected rare humor, kind words, large-breasted hugs, a variety of pats on the back, and above all the wisdom to know it would eventually pass. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Rocks in my Pockets: a crazy quest for sanity

    Monica Cassani
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    “Rocks In My Pockets” is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving five women of the filmmaker’s family, including herself, and their battles with depression and suicide. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. The film is packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and a twisted sense of humor. It is an animated tale full of art, women, strange daring stories, Latvian accents, history, nature, adventure and more. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Lincoln’s Depression | Joshua Wolf Shenk | Madness Radio

    Will Hall
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Celebrated US President Abraham Lincoln also suffered from life-threatening depression. Did he view his “melancholy” as a treatable illness, as a punishment from God — or as a source of his gifts? How did Lincoln’s extraordinary leadership abilities arise from his struggle with extreme pain? Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, explores the famous President’s battle with despair, suicide, and intense sorrow, and discusses what people with depression – and the medical establishment empowered to treat…
  • Healing the body/mind with the willingness to feel

    Monica Cassani
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    What is split off, not felt, remains the same. When it is felt, it changes. Most people don’t know this. They think that by not permitting the feeling of their negative ways they make themselves good. On the contrary, that keeps these negatives static, the same from year to year. A few moments of feeling it in your body allows it to change. If there is in you something bad or sick or unsound, let in inwardly be, and breath. That’s the only way it can evolve and change into the form it needs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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    27 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
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  • Vincent Hughes ‘in contemplation’ of U.S. Senate run against Pat Toomey

    Josh Kruger
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Earlier this week, PoliticsPA reported the registration of a few web domain names that suggested a possible U.S. Senate run by current State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia). We’re not talking about subtlety here — we’re talking “Hughes4USSenate2016.com.” Rumor promptly began swirling about whether or not Hughes, a state legislator for nearly 30 years, was serious about trying to make the leap from Harrisburg to Washington. Today, Hughes sat down in Philadelphia Weekly‘s offices for a wide-ranging interview. When those domains came up in the…
  • Report: Philadelphia home to one of the “hottest” neighborhoods nationwide

    Josh Kruger
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Earlier this month, the New York Times named Philadelphia the third top destination to visit in 2015. The Times specifically cited the city’s recent growth and friendliness to progressive changes as rationale for the auspicious recognition. The listing even led the head of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to offer a few suggestions about how the city can, more or less literally, stay on that positive track, too. The positive Philly vibes don’t stop there, though. Also this month, Philadelphians were given more evidence of the city’s newfound status:…
  • Opera Philadelphia making history with its East coast premiere of “Oscar”

    Bill Chenevert
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    You may not know it, but here in Philly, we have one of the most progressive and desirable opera companies in the country. Opera Philadelphia’s 40th anniversary season is cruising along now, and with its second production, Oscar, they’re breaking down barriers and boldly going where no opera companies have ever gone before: a same-sex love story inspired by Oscar Wilde. “Finally, finally we’re not just seeing a man and a woman onstage. To see two men on stage and in love and interacting in that way is wonderful and also huge,” Heidi Stober, a Berliner who stars as Wilde’s…
  • Jim Kenney on resigning, the mayor’s race and Chris Christie Twitter beef

    Josh Kruger
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    On Tuesday, after it became clear that the expected snowstorm would never materialize, Councilman Jim Kenney released a surprising bulletin: He was resigning from Philadelphia City Council and discussing his next moves from his office in City Hall. Journalists from across the city packed into his office, huddled together and waited for the man who’s been representing Philadelphians as a whole for 23 years. The mood was relaxed; while everyone had suspicions—even expectations—about what he was going to say, Kenney stayed true to following the law. After all, in Philadelphia, you…
  • Hot guys talk honestly about what it’s like to be handsome

    phillynowstaff
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Timaree Schmit For several weeks, I’ve been bothering innocent young men about their appearance. I introduce myself as a sexologist and writer and ask if we can talk about what it’s like to be good-looking. Being conventionally attractive leads to all sorts of benefits, from career success to the chances a jury will convict you and access to a more exclusive dating pool. There are downsides to being really, really, ridiculously good-looking, though most of them overwhelmingly affect women. Females have been denied jobs and fired for being distractingly attractive. Pretty women face…
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    NEW! from PostpartumProgress.com

  • Mental Health After Postpartum

    Anne-Marie Lindsey
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Mental health, after postpartum “ends,” becomes a rough path. The only thing rougher is trying to leave the path and walk alone. I don’t recommend trying to walk alone. I’ve been seeing doctors and therapists since I was twenty-years-old, and the darkest times in my life have been before therapy and between therapists. I’m also […] The post Mental Health After Postpartum appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         
  • Warrior Mom Conference Countdown

    Susan Petcher
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s nothing like connecting with another mom who has been through postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis, or has experienced any of these illnesses during pregnancy.  An instant understanding and sisterhood binds you together, as you share your story and recognize yourself in a kindred spirit.  The truth is that, though there are many brilliant medical […] The post Warrior Mom Conference Countdown appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent Commentswill you be sending info out on who can attend and costs? ... by…
  • Mental Illness Didn’t Crush My Dream of a Family

    Jennifer Marshall
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: carf via Compfight cc I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after experiencing two manic episodes in the same month, each requiring hospitalization. At the time I was devastated and felt as though my dream of having a family had been shattered. I knew I wanted to be a mom from a young age. I […] The post Mental Illness Didn’t Crush My Dream of a Family appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         
  • Research uncovers various classes of PPD

    Lauren Hale
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Humans compare themselves to others around them. She has prettier hair. He has a nicer car. Why does she get the corner office when I have worked just as hard? Or the ever popular gym comparisons: I do the SAME exercises as her and yet, nothing. Then we beat ourselves up because we are not […] The post Research uncovers various classes of PPD appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsReally good piece, Lauren. by Susan Petcher 
  • How Women of Color Can Manage The Impact of Acculturative Stress and Discrimination During Pregnancy

    ADriane Nieves
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today I’m thrilled to have Dr. Lekeisha Sumner with us to share insight on two very common types of stress women of color may experience during pregnancy and tips on how we can manage both. Dr. Lekeisha Sumner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified clinical psychologist with specialization in both clinical psychology and medical psychology. She is currently […] The post How Women of Color Can Manage The Impact of Acculturative Stress and Discrimination During Pregnancy appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you so…
 
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    A Splintered Mind

  • Do We Have What It Takes to be Helpful with Suicidal People?

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    (credit: Kendrea Johnson Family)Recently, I read about Kendrea Johnson, a six year old girl who allegedly hung herself with a jumprope. Her case has bothered me deeply not just because it was a senseless death of an innocent child, or because of the sadness she must have experienced by being put into the foster care system, or even just because the idea of a six year old struggling with suicidal ideation is so disturbing. I was bothered because I do not know how I could have helped such a child if I had been given the opportunity. “I’m sorry.” “I’m sad for what I do.”These notes,…
  • Training Myself to Write, Part Two

    11 Jan 2015 | 12:56 am
    It has been one month since I decided to train myself to be a writer. You may recall I was inspired by the output of other writers. I just didn’t compare well to their prolificness. I had all these great ideas covered in cobwebs in my head because I didn’t write fast enough. I wanted to take my writing to the next level and worried about all my downtime. Yes, yes, I am disabled and sick all the time. However, if I wanted to make a living as a writer there had to be some changes. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized there wasn’t much I could do about that…
  • Training Myself To Write

    10 Jan 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Today I was reading an article by Dean Wesley Smith about Pulp Speed. He talked about the golden age of pulp fiction where writers who were disciplined could write 1,000,000 words a year or more. That's only 2778 words per day he calculated, working everyday of the month. Of course, you might want to take the weekend off, so subtracting four Sundays & Saturdays from a thirty day month would mean you'd need to write 3788 words per day to get the same results. At 1000 words an hour, that's just under four hours of work daily—part time status. If you doubled that and worked an eight hour…
  • Here's to Ten Years with A Splintered Mind

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Just a brief break from book writing to mark this amazing date. Ten years online. I still can't believe it. Thank you for all of your support.I originally began this blog because a neighbor told me that ADHD didn't exist. She was a school teacher, and she felt that ADHD was just an excuse parents used to get kids out of doing homework. I was more mad at myself than her, however. I stood there gobsmacked instead of helping her understand how wrong she was. I was still ashamed then to tell people about my ADHD, but I was more ashamed of myself for not standing up to her misconceptions. I…
  • Suicide: No One Cares? It Depends on Who You Listen To

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    Do you struggle with suicidal ideation and keep it to yourself because so many people let you down? Do you have a hard time opening up to people about these dark feelings because you’re afraid of being rejected? You might be surprised to learn you’re in good company. A lot of suicidal people receive a slap in the face instead of a hand of support, metaphorically speaking. I’ve confided in family members, ecclesiastical leaders, and friends only to be let down time after time. Some people simply can’t handle the conversation. Their mind flees out of their ear in search of sunshine the…
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • Science-Based Spiritual Healing

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The scientific method of dream interpretation discovered by Carl Jung and simplified by me gives you scientific explanations and spiritual guidance at the same time. This happens because the unconscious mind that produces your dreams is God’s mind. You have scientific explanations about all matters in your dreams. Through dream translation you can understand how God’s spiritual healing works. Your mental health problems and your physical problems are eliminated because you transform your personality and your spirit. God’s healing method is not based on dangerous medications and surgical…
  • The Psychological Meaning Of Facts And Dreams

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Carl Jung discovered that our dreams are produced by the unconscious mind, and I managed to prove to the world that God is the dream producer. The unconscious mind is not a natural organ without a personality. This is why the information you find by relating facts and dreams helps you solve your psychological problems. In the beginning you may have the impression that God gives you answers like a computer, but as you keep translating the meaning of your dreams you understand that God has feelings. His answers are made for you. The dream messages are specific messages about your problems, your…
  • How Intelligent Are You?

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    The IQ test is widely known. Many other methods for measuring the intelligence of a human being in different aspects of life can be found today, but can these tests really show you how intelligent you are? What happens if these tests are based on erroneous concepts, as if they were written by people who lived in previous centuries, before modern science became part of our lives? Perhaps these tests are valid like many discoveries of ancient Greek mathematicians like Pythagoras and Archimedes, which are used until today. However, they can also be based on erroneous conclusions like the idea…
  • The Deep Psychotherapy Of Dreams

    admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Thanks to Carl Jung discoveries about the meaning of dreams and thanks to my discoveries after precisely following his lessons, today we know that our dreams are produced by the wise unconscious mind, and not by our imagination. The unconscious wisdom proves God’s existence into practice. Why did God choose this method to speak with us? When we sleep we stop listening to the thoughts of our wild conscience (anti-conscience). God has the chance to send special messages to our human conscience in dreams, in a symbolic form. God speaks through images because this way He can say many things at…
  • Are You Safe When You Trust A Mental Health Treatment?

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Many people doubt that a person can be cured from a mental illness by translating the meaning of their dreams. However, this is a tested and safe natural mental health treatment that always has positive results. These people should in fact be afraid of psychiatry. With all my respect for the professionals who truly desire to help their patients even though the scientific knowledge of our historical time is so rudimentary, I must condemn the mental health treatments that are accepted and respected today as if they were scientific treatments, while their ‘science’ is based on dangerous…
 
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • Call for Papers: “Innovation and digital technology: Between continuity and change”

    Peter Jones
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    QWERTY - Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology, Culture and EducationGuest Editors Gisella Paoletti (University of Trieste) Stefano Cacciamani (University of Valle D’Aosta)The theme of this special issue is the same of the V National Congress of the CKBG, that will be held in Trieste, September, 10th -12th 2015. The aim of this special issue is to collect the most interesting papers about technological innovation that may be reference points for the conference.Since decades the scientific community reflects upon the innovation capability of technology. Nevertheless the conditions under…
  • Do you have a spirit level? Yes, try this one...

    Peter Jones
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    When an individual becomes a group -individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupRichestSpirit  1%LevelHalf Global  PopulationOxfam:Wealth: Having it all and wanting moreAck. Thanks to Archbishop Sentamu & Channel 4 News for reminding me of The Spirit Level book.
  • Dream Away

    Peter Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroup
  • Book Review: Illness

    Peter Jones
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    As mentioned on W2tQ before this book has been feigning illness for over a year, sitting static on the bookshelf. Brushing it off has brought great reward that was quickly delivered as the book is just 160 pages plus references and index. My review copy is the revised edition from 2013.The book is well structured with five chapters, that tread a consistent path through what is a very objective-subjective landscape. The author's aim and orientation is clear from the beginning. Each chapter provides a phenomenological account of how illness affects the life of individual. The shadow that is…
  • Social Care is dry in January

    Peter Jones
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I bought The Times today and on the front page is the news from University of Oxford:Dehydration ‘common’ among patients admitted from care homesWhen nursing and residential homes are struggling to manage an individual's care and look to refer to mental health services (usually) they know they need to asked the 'question'. This is about physical health: does the resident have an infection, are they eating and crucially drinking, are they in pain, constipated. ...Although the headline augers badly and points to an ongoing (politically) 'inflammatory' problem within the sector, there is a…
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Licensed Psychologist

  • Choosing Whether to Stay in an Abusive Marriage

    Dr Elizabeth Chamberlain, PhD
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:34 am
    Q: I’ve been with my husband for 12 years. We do not often fight, but when we do I tend to withdraw and wall up. He has significant abandonment issues, and there have been times that he has become mildly or moderately physically abusive in his complete panic that I am going to leave when […]Tags: abuse and trauma, affair, marriage, relationships
  • Video Game Addiction: “All your base are belong to us”

    Dr Peter Thomas, PhD
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Q: Is there something wrong with someone who plays games on a computer all the time, with time out for work and meals only? A: Anyone who plays video games knows how addictive games can be. Let me first say that gaming is not just for teenagers, but adult gamers are rapidly growing in number […]Tags: relationships, self awareness, social skills
  • I’ve Been Taking This Medication a Long Time

    Dr Jeff Temple, PhD
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    Q: Does using Fluoxetine for more than 20 years cause any serious damage or adverse effects? A: The short answer is “probably not”. The longer and more nuanced answer is that, while we cannot say definitively, most indications suggest that there is little to worry about in this regard. If taken as directed, selective serotonin […]Tags: depression, medications, psychiatry
  • Sacrificing Passion in a Potential Marriage Partner

    Dr Elizabeth Chamberlain, PhD
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Q: I am currently going through a lot of confusion. I became close friends with a girl (let’s call her G) with whom I shared a deep emotional and intellectual connection even though there was no physical attraction. However, our emotional intimacy led us to start dating. We dated for a few months and I […]Tags: love, marriage, relationships
  • Socially Anxious and Troubled!

    Dr Peter Thomas, PhD
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Q: My girlfriend has trouble socially and she always tells me how her friends ignore her and that she feels people don’t like her. I always give her advice as to what she should do like go to a psychologist, confront her friends about it, or visit a school counselor and talk to them about […]Tags: anxiety and stress, relationships, social skills
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    Una Vita Bella

  • What It’s Like to Be Alone

    Abeeliever
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    So, I’m not really alone alone but I’m enjoying some “alone time” and it’s glorious. I’m sitting in a coffee shop, in the corner, in possibly the most worn out red chair I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The seat cushion might actually be so sunken that it’s creating a vacuum to my rear end, but I could care less. I might as well be at The Ritz. Time alone is a new kind of treasure to me. My life is absolutely full in the most wonderful way, but as a mom to five, one of which who lives with severe autism, I think I am on sensory overload most of…
  • Why We’re All Dying To Catch What Kara Has {& giveaway winners}

    Abeeliever
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Abeeliever:If you haven’t heard about Kara Tippetts and the amazing grace with which she is living life with cancer you will want to read this post, find her blog and book AND find the peace and comfort that’s waiting for you in God’s love shown so wonderfully by her example! Originally posted on CampClem: Wow, so many of you poured out love and grace on my post in your comments to Kara Tippetts. Thank you for that. Such grace. Thousands are praying for this dear one and her family. Oh but dear ones, a comment that stood out to me: “Do not doubt for a minute that God is…
  • Trying Something New: Stitch Fix

    Abeeliever
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Disclaimer: I have not been asked, paid, bribed or in any way encouraged to write this post by Stitch Fix. This was written purely from my own personal desire to share this experience with my readers! So I’m trying a couple new things out here! One, I’m writing a post about fashion and clothing and a fun new service that I tried out. I realize this is entirely new for this blog and for you. You may want to just leave now (but please don’t) or you may really enjoy the post, so in that case, sticking around is a good thing. Two, Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is entirely new to me…
  • A Beautiful Life is Full of Changes

    Abeeliever
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Life is ever-changing isn’t it? Sometimes changes are transitions like the rolling hills on a country road and other times the changes are more like the first deep plunge of a roller coaster ride. Many times, it’s a combination of both! Life has been full of so many changes for me and my family. Lucky for me, they are beautiful, life-giving changes and gifts from God. As it is, changes still require adaptation and periods of transition. My life has been renewed this last year and a half. I have been given the love of my life and I became his wife. I have a much larger family now…
  • Moving Through the Moments

    Abeeliever
    20 Oct 2013 | 8:52 pm
    I have had the most tear-filled weekend this weekend that I can recall experiencing for months. It’s not a secret to some who are close to me that I can be sensitive and emotional, but tears don’t surface for me all that easily, usually. In the midst of one of the most blessed times I have ever experienced in my life I am also facing some of the hardest challenges internally and circumstantially that I have faced in a long time. It’s odd to be in the face of a miracle and abundant gifts and at the same time to experience issues that literally bring you to your knees. So with…
 
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    Chipur

  • The Heartache and Healing of Substance Use Disorder | The Scoop on Cathy’s Inspirational Ebook

    Bill White
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    If you’re visiting a site chatting mood disorders and anxiety disorders, I’m guessing drug and alcohol abuse isn’t unfamiliar subject matter. Chipur friend Cathy Taughinbaugh has a sweet ebook waiting for you. I think you’ll find it inspirational, so I’m bringing you the scoop… It has been my privilege to interview all 28 of these amazing people, to listen to their experiences, their advice and their hopes for the future. What I’ve learned is that we are all in this together and together we can make a difference. Cathy started her website,…
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    Angela Brooks - Nurse Burntout to Thriving Entrepreneur

  • Top Three ways to get unstuck

    Angela Brooks
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Top Three ways to get unstuckEvery person who is in business gets stuck in a rut at some point. Most of what you do is repeating itself. After a while it even gets boring. In a stuck moment you begin to slide back and forget to see the positives points of where you are. Fear steps in to be a jerk remind you of being stuck and then ole panic shows up with more fear that you will not get out of the sliding hole your in.People are not hardwired to be grateful. It is a skill that requires practice to see the happier days.Pay close attention to what you say. The words you hear the most are your…
  • Ward off negative energy and help ease anxiety

    Angela Brooks
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    When you think they are just essential oils in a bottle – you make a special delivery like I did recently that teaches you they are so much more.My nurse friend of 20 years whom has been fighting cancer for the last couple of years has been using frankincense for the last 3 months daily in her diffuser, on her feet and in the bottle by her bed. A co-worker called to chat with her and ask “Can I do anything?” Her reply was Yes – find me some more Frankincense I am about out.My co-worker immediately called me. I had what she needed in my oil cabinet.My husband and I took…
  • 40 hours a week for 40 years

    Angela Brooks
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    You have heard the same line for many years.Get a good education… a four year degree is the ticket.Find a good job with a big company with lots of benefits (insurance, 401K they match what you put in)Work for 40 hours a week for 40 years and then retire to enjoy the golden years.Yes I agree an education or some education is better than no education at all. I have a son in college to further his baseball career, so I am always planning on how he can come out with the least amount of debt – even though I can not pay for it all out of pocket right now. He is almost at the end of his…
 
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    SCOTT D Miller - For the latest and greatest information on Feedback Informed Treatment

  • What do clinicians want anyway?

    scottdm
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    What topics are practitioners interested in learning about? If you read a research journal, attend a continuing education event, or examine the syllabus from any graduate school course, you’re likely to conclude: (1) diagnosis; (2) treatment methods; and perhaps (3) the brain.  As I’ve blogged about previously, the brain is currently a hot topic in our field. Ask clinicians, however, and you hear something entirely different.  That’s exactly what Giorgio Taska and colleagues did, publishing their results in a recent article in the journal, Psychotherapy.  Here’s…
  • Therapist Wanted: Dead or Alive

    scottdm
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Do you get those letters about the top healthcare providers in your area? At the beginning of the new year, our city’s local magazine publishes a list of the top healthcare providers.  It’s a big deal.  Organized by location and specialty, the issue contains full-page photos, glossy spreads, and breezy write-ups.  Impressive stuff with a wide and hungry readership anxious to sort the best from the rest. So, how do the publishers separate the proverbial “wheat from the chaff?”  The answer, depending on whether you are a provider or potential patient, may…
  • Dinner with Paul McCartney (and others)

    scottdm
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Growing up, my family had a game we frequently played around the dining room table.  “If you could invite anyone to dinner,” it always started,”who would it be?”  Invariably, my father chose historical figures: Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Leonardo Da Vinci.  My mom was more inclined toward the living: Jackie O., J.D. Salinger, Lucille Ball.  My brothers, Marc and Doug, usually went for sports figures.  I recall Wilt Chamberlain and Willie Mays being popular choices–although there were many others whose names I’ve now forgotten. Me?  Always the same…
  • Is Documentation Helping or Hindering Mental Health Care? Please Let me know.

    scottdm
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    So, how much time do you spend doing paperwork?  Assessments, progress notes, treatment plans, billing, updates, etc.–the lot? When I asked the director of the agency I was working at last week, it took him no time to respond. “Fifty percent,” he said, then added without the slightest bit of irony, “It’s a clinic-wide goal, keeping it to 50% of work time.” Truth is, it’s not the first time I’ve heard this figure.  Wherever I travel–whether in the U.S. or abroad–practitioners are spending more and more time “feeding the…
  • What articles have 140,000 of your colleagues read to improve their practice?

    scottdm
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Each week, I upload articles to the web about how to improve effectiveness. There are a lot to choose from, but here are the top ones read by behavioral health professionals around the world: Measures and Feedback 2014 This is the latest version of the most widely-read upload on the site. It summarizes all of the available research about using feedback to improve retention in and outcome of care, including studies using the ORS and SRS. How to Improve your Effectiveness A short, fun article that highlights the evidence-based steps for improving one’s effectiveness as a behavioral health…
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    HSP Health » Blog

  • Self Sacrifice Can Make You Sick

    Maria Hill
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Source: Tobertz Chavez – Flickr Self sacrifice is very hard to escape. It is so conditioned into us that whether you are an HSP or non-HSP doesn’t matter. You are subject to the expectation. Self sacrifice carried to an extreme will make you sick, emotionally and physically. Why is self-sacrifice such a problem? Self Sacrifice Solves A Lot Of Problems Self sacrifice solves so may problems: if there are scarce resources, self sacrifice ensures that there is “enough” if someone is abusive, expecting self sacrifice from victims “erases” a problem and injustice…
  • Inner Peace Improves Creativity

    Maria Hill
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    Source: Patrick Hoesley – Flickr< Inner peace improves creativity. Based on my experience as a creative person, inner peace takes us to a different place that improves our ability to come up with fresh ideas. Brainstorming Is Not Creativity I have nothing against brainstorming – either by yourself or with others. But here’s the thing: brainstorming is often about what we already know. When we get together with others we each take what we know and pool it with everyone else’s knowledge and come up with an idea or strategy. This is great up to a point and in…
  • Why HSPs Need To Reclaim The Creative Process

    Maria Hill
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    Source: Josef Stuefer Most people think the creative process is just about coming up with ideas. Our culture separates ideas from making things, but treats even the process of generating ideas as something to be manufactured. As a result, our relationship to our creativity is affected by our cultural model. Manufacturing is not a natural HSP energy and can cause a feeling of disconnection in highly sensitive people who are more creative and holistic. One way highly sensitive people can embrace their natural energies and creativity is by reclaiming the creative process. How Culture Can Affect…
  • HSP Toolbox: Mindful Walking

    ladyakery
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    Source: Morguefiles As highly sensitive people, it’s easy for us to get stuck in our heads. Sometimes we’re unable to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations, which influence us to replay situations over and over in our heads. “Did I say the wrong thing?” “Is she angry with me?” These and other familiar scripts rob us of time and energy. How do we break the cycle and rejuvenate? Mindful Walking Mindful walking is taking a stroll in nature and gently coaching your mind to stay focused on the present moment and your current surroundings. If possible, make…
  • HSP Toolbox: Breathing Meditation

    ladyakery
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    In the article How You Breathe Matters, Maria Hill discussed the importance of breath and oxygen to the body, especially for highly sensitive people. She explains that when we are stressed, our body runs on emergency stores of oxygen as our breath becomes quick and shallow. In a stimulating and extraverted world, highly sensitive people need to begin the habit of stopping and tuning into the breath to make sure they are nourishing themselves with stress-relieving oxygen. Breathing Meditation This exercise is great for meditators of every level and easy to do in any environment. Direct your…
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    CogniFit's blog

  • Fascinating Facts About the Brain – Part 1The brain is arguably...

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Fascinating Facts About the Brain – Part 1The brain is arguably the most vital organ in our entire body. Without it, we are notable to function. In a way the brain is like a giant computer that stores an immense amount of information. With that said, there are many fascinating facts about the brain.Check out these fascinating facts about the brain.1. The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. In fact, the human brain is so complicated that it remains an exciting frontier in the study of the body: clinicians, psychologists, and scientists are continually endeavoring to…
  • 5 Best Ways to Nurture your Brain with Love (and Some...

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    5 Best Ways to Nurture your Brain with Love (and Some Sweat) Your brain is the command center of your entire body. It allows you to think, feel and store memories, and it controls and coordinates your body’s actions and reactions. Despite the fact that it only accounts for 2 percent of your entire body weight, the brain consumes more than 20 percent of your daily energy intake. So you should give it some love! The health of your brain, like the health of your body, depends on many factors. While some factors such as your genes are out of your control, many powerful lifestyle factors are…
  • CogniFit Brain Fitness for iPad is in the iTunes Top 10 paid...

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    CogniFit Brain Fitness for iPad is in the iTunes Top 10 paid iPad Apps in United Kingdom Click here for the link 
  • 6 Ways Music Affects the Brain A lot of people listen to music....

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    6 Ways Music Affects the Brain A lot of people listen to music. However, many people do not know the effects music has on the mind. Since music plays such an integral part of our daily lives, we decided to write about the ways music affects the brain functions. Here are 6 ways music affects the brain. 1. The Type of Music You Listen to Reflects Your Personality: Research has shown that your music preferences may have a reflection on your personality. For example, people who listen to pop music tend to have extroverted personalities. People who prefer pop music tend to have high self-esteem.
  • 5 Must-Have Features for Your Brain Training Program New Year’s...

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    5 Must-Have Features for Your Brain Training Program New Year’s Day is a sacred self-proclaimed starting date for healthier habits. And this year, you have decided your brain health matters. Brain health drives our ability to concentrate, problem-solve, and be creative. It is an important, but often overlooked, component of success. The brain fitness industry is a fast growing business, and new brain training programs appear every day, either online or on smartphones. They claim to improve your brain health, but how many of them really work? Here are 5 features you should consider before…
 
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    Social Work Career Development

  • What Would You Like to See in New Blog?

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:17 pm
    The purpose of today's brief post is to let you know that blog is currently "at the shop" getting a make-over.In addition, I wanted to take this opportunity to ask you: Are there any special features or topics that you'd like covered once the new blog is up and ready for you?Please do share your thoughts below!=======================Why Is Blog Getting a Make-Over?The short answer is that it is long overdue !The longer reply is that I wanted to:Improve its User-friendliness:New blog will feel more intuitive and user-friendly. It has a different layout which will help you easily find the posts…
  • Best in Mental Health (12/29/2014 - 1/11/2015)

    11 Jan 2015 | 2:22 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.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:Why Can’t someone Give Me the Perfect Managed Personal Health Record (mPHR)?The Health Care Blog (Alan Pitt, MD)"propose... a managed PHR (mPHR).... owned by the…
  • Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, January, 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    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 all the free webcasts that Social Work Career Development could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health.As you can see, a wide range of topics are covered in this month's selection from: ADHD, sex addiction, suicidal disorders,  housing protections for survivors, impact of pornography to finding…
  • My 3 Words for 2015: Clear, Reach & Embrace!

    3 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    My Three Words for 2015Have you come up with some new goals or resolutions for the new year? If yes, you may want to consider putting them in writing.Writing down your goals will significantly increase the likelihood of your achieving them. As Brian Tracy eloquently states, “Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines."Read more »
  • Best in Mental Health (week of 12/22/2014)

    27 Dec 2014 | 6:58 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.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:First scientific report shows police body-cameras can prevent unacceptable use-of-forceMind & Brain News -- ScienceDaily"cameras induce 'self-awareness' that…
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    nochnoch

  • Wrapping my head around Arabic

    nochnoch
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    During a recent conversation over dinner, I mentioned that I would like to “wrap my head around Arabic by next year.” I started learning Arabic 2 years ago. It was a sporadic venture, intertwined with migraines, exhaustion and then a pregnancy. I had not gone beyond counting to 10 or conjugating verbs in one tense. I was frustrated at the non-progress, but did what I could. When Poo Loo Poo Loo was born, I decided to shelf the endeavour till another opportune time. These days, I feel more in a rhythm with the baby and less spiteful of the role of being a mother. So, I wondered, perhaps…
  • The Airport

    nochnoch
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    I read Alain de Botton’s “A Week at the Airport” in one sitting a few years back. People come, people go. A space that seems to put time on hold, for it is a place, where we are neither here nor there but in between destinations. Especially when in transit. Psychologists have commented on the airport being a transitional space, which, as originally stated by Winnicott in the 70s in his research, is the process through which children move from a dependent self to understanding their autonomous selves. Usually, there is a transitional object involved – explaining why babies and toddlers…
  • Siem Reap – I did nothing

    nochnoch
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    In 2007, I took a short holiday break with my high school best friend, Slo, to rejuvenate. She was one of those girls who would sleep through class and ace all the examinations. We hardly talked or emailed but we would see each other every now and then in different parts of the world, and catch up like we had never separated. We spent a few days in Siem Reap among the temples of Angkor Wat. Most afternoons were spent lazing around the infinity pool at the boutique hotel. I tried to push thoughts of chapters left untouched out of my head. I was finishing up the Masters in Laws degree that year…
  • Dysfunction

    nochnoch
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    I have kept a journal since the age of 7. I like writing with a pen on paper. The scribbles, the running letters, the crossing out of illegible words… The diary I am writing in at the moment is called “Dysfunction”, published by Knock Knoch.com, a present from a beloved friend. We were both amused as my pen name, Noch Noch, echo’s the publisher’s. The introduction of the book goes like this: I identify with the notebook as it finds the humour in being “dysfunctional”, a sarcastic take on life. I find being able to make fun of myself paramount to accepting myself. As with the…
  • 10 years anniversary of the fish face

    nochnoch
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently had another session for my organizational psychology course. Usually we go out for class dinners or group dinners to debrief the day after a full day’s lecture. Those who stay on campus residence tend to linger around at the bar after the class dinner for a drink. I have never joined the drinks: have always been mentally and physically exhausted for different reasons and wanted some alone time. As we walked back from the bus drop off towards the residence elevator, a classmate and I stepped into the opening doors to head to our rooms whilst a few others strayed over to the bar…
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    Therapy Consumer Guide

  • My therapy works because my feedback counts

    Emily
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    I have never suffered from depression and general anxiety until recently.  I have no history of mental illness besides social anxiety, but I have always had pretty good control over it. It never held me back from things.  I struggled internally, but I could cope well in situations where I was uncomfortable. I was overwhelmed with my daughter’s diagnosis.  I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t turn my mind off, and I was shutting down every emotion I was feeling. It was apparent that I was in over my head when my daughter was born.  She was born with an…
  • A Recent Experience in Psychotherapy

    Don
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    This personal story is provided by one of our guest authors, Don. In this essay I will present my experience in a therapy of about six months, which occurred in the middle of 2014. In order to provide useful background to the reader, I will give a brief history of psychological issues I have dealt with in my adult life, and also some significant events that occurred to me before the start of the recent therapy. I am a male of about 65 years of age. In my middle twenties I developed panic attacks after a single bad episode of smoking marijuana. They were very severe, with the mental fear being…
  • Am I Crazy? Gaslighting in Therapy

    Marina Tonkonogy
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:19 pm
    If you Google the word “gaslighting,” here is what comes out as its definition: manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. Unfortunately, gaslighting (or in other words, crazymaking), is not an uncommon occurrence in therapy. Damaging, as it would be in any relationship, gaslighting may cause tenfold harm when it is taken place in therapy, as the client is usually under the significant psychological pressure to accept the therapist’s suggestions, since the therapist is in the expert’s role in this relationship. When you are a…
  • Why This Site?

    Marina Tonkonogy
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    This site was created as a project, dedicated to helping people to make sense of the psychotherapy process, inform them about its benefits and potential dangers, as well as discuss a wide variety  of mental health related topics. You can find out more details of what this project is about on the Call to Action page of this website. In this post, I’d like to take a few minutes to explain what it is NOT about. It is not about bashing mental health professionals and the practice of psychotherapy, as many of my colleagues feel, when they come across my posts. Pointing out the systemic…
  • How Do I Know What Is And Isn’t Supposed To Happen In Therapy

    Marina Tonkonogy
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Many times I’ve been contacted by people, who were currently in therapy and wanted to know if their therapists were doing the work competently and/or ethically. Such questions arose out of concerns about the specific actions or non-actions made by the therapists that didn’t seem consistent with what people believed the normal therapy process should entail. Many of those, who contacted me, were confused about their therapists’ methods and had mixed feelings about their therapy. They felt they were helped in some way, that they gained some useful insights about themselves and…
 
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • Has My Universe Come Crashing Down Or Is This A Life Lesson?

    songtothesirens
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    About 2 weeks ago I got a letter from SS Benefits Determination department indicating that my benefits would be ending in March, including Medicare which means Medicaid would stop; the whole house of cards that I have lived under for the last nine years would crash to the ground. I have appealed the decision as […]
  • Rio Grande Gorge, Taos County, NM, USA

    songtothesirens
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Filed under: Nature Tagged: National Monuments, Nature, New Mexico
  • London Bridge Is Falling Down (Warning: Potential Trigger)

    songtothesirens
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
     The unthinkable has happened. In June of 2014, I was sent a packet of forms by the Social Security Disability department. It was the warning flag thrown to alert me to a medical review of my benefits. A medical review?!?! I never applied for benefits for any medical condition. I applied for benefits for mental health […]
  • And The Stevie Ray Vaughn Version of Slight Return

    songtothesirens
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Jimi Hendrix, among others, was one of the biggest influences on Stevie’s Texas Blues style. I was lucky enough to have the privilege of seeing Stevie about a year before he died in one of the most awesome venues in my state: the Paolo Soleirie (?) ampitheatre. It was built to be acoustically perfect…… Filed […]
  • Jimi Hendrix ~ Voodoo Chile Blues (not Slight Return)

    songtothesirens
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Jimi Hendrix is one of my all time favorite guitarists ~ He made a huge impact on the way electric guitars were played from the 60’s through today. He pushed the envelope; he almost made love to his guitar. Jimi did not express himself well in words or in person. It made him very nervous. […]
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    Effective Psychotherapy

  • 16 Mental Health Digital Resources that I Found Interesting

    Michelle
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    Here are a few digital resources that I have found helpful. This is not an exhaustive list, but I have checked these out and found them to be good. Wherever possible I looked for free apps. In no case do I have any commercial connection with these recommended sites. mood chart This tool was developed for suffers of bipolar disorder.   With this tool you can track your mood, find patterns, and track how your mood is influenced by medications, events in your life, exercise, and more.  This could give you an early warning that you are starting a manic or depressive episode, so you can take…
  • Vaginismus – the unspoken sexual dysfunction.

    Michelle
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Vaginnisums is the term used for a condition that affects a woman’s ability to engaged in any form of vaginal penetration. This includes not only intercourse, but also use of tampons, or getting routine gynecological examination. The vaginal muscle becomes spastic in an involuntary way, which makes any penetration either very painful or impossible. (From Wikipedia). People tend to believe that with the sexual revolution, and the widely available knowledge about sexuality, this kind of dysfunction no longer exists.  This is not the case; I have come across the conditions several times…
  • Reading facial expressions – a help for those with Asperger and all of us

    Michelle
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
      People with Asperger syndrome face many challenges as they cope with life and society. From my professional experience, the most painful area is that of interpersonal relationships. There is often a misconception that people on the autistic spectrum are not interested in other people, in friendships or relationships. From my experience, they actually crave relationship and friendship, as most of us do. Many  times people on the autistic spectrum lack the skills to attain the relationships that they want and need. One of the reasons that social skills prove to be so challenging is that…
  • Permission to be an Introvert

    Michelle
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
      In my clinical practice I often see people who feel they need to apologize for being introverts, at times they see it as a character flaw to be corrected. Being an introvert is not the same as being socially anxious, socially awkward or lonely. Introverts tend to have fewer friends, but their friendships are often long term and deep. Introverts tend to avoid small talk; but they love to talk about what really matters. Introverts prefer social interaction in small groups, but are capable of dealing with large gatherings when needed. Introverts can derive great joy from their social…
  • 6 evidence based tactics to Build your Resillience

    Michelle
    11 Nov 2013 | 4:57 am
      Resilience is the ability to manage the stress response. Managing our stress response is critical to us all so that in times of stress we may actually find benefit and not damage our psychical and mental health. Contrary to popular belief, stress in itself is not bad.  Stress can facilitate growth and self-esteem once we have mastered the challenge that induced the stress. Resilience   predicts success in many areas of life. We all face setbacks, but only some of us know how to respond to them creatively and productively. Many environmental factors are not under our control, but…
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    Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy San Diego

  • You Might Not Like What I Have To Say…But You Might Be Grateful To Hear It

    loriunderwood
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Welcome to my first blog of 2015! If we haven’t yet met, you can see a little more of what I’m about at by watching my intro video and if you’d like you can contact me personally so I can “meet you back” (and by the way, infinitely more interesting and fun for me to have a two-way intro!). So, I was driving to the office this morning, salted caramel non-fat (at least I hope it was) latte in hand, listening to a podcast by a well-known speaker. She made an observation I happen to agree with (and will share more about in another blog). However, I was struck by my bigger, more…
  • Introductory Video

    loriunderwood
    11 Dec 2013 | 6:24 pm
    Introductory video Lori Underwood Therapy. The post Introductory Video appeared first on Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy San Diego.
  • Couples Therapy, to Marry or Not to Marry, and the Myth of Perfect Compatibility

    loriunderwood
    26 Mar 2013 | 4:21 pm
    There is no such thing as perfect, but are you and your partner “masters” or “disasters”? In my work with couples in therapy one of the key concerns of couples seeking help is: Should we get married? The couples vary in nature from short-term relationships, to long-term, to relationships involving children. Couples may be experiencing relational bumps and recurring conflicts and are wondering if they should continue to invest time and energy in each other toward a life-long commitment–or just call it quits. Often, the way this is expressed is in terms of “compatibility,” as…
  • I’ve FINALLY found “THE ONE”!!! Why Wait?

    loriunderwood
    4 Feb 2013 | 5:09 pm
    I’m known among clients, colleagues and friends as a pretty positive person. I can find solutions. I did it for 20+ years in the corporate world for companies that needed help matching their products with the right customers and I do it now as a therapist for clients who need help matching their troubles with the right solutions. I am good at “Finding What Works” (one of my mottos). So… (wait for it) here’s a bit of advice that may (at first) take the wind out of your sails, or look like something other than the right solution. If you were hoping for a ring for your birthday, and…
  • A Peer Group is a Powerful Motivator

    loriunderwood
    7 Jan 2013 | 5:14 pm
    Some of us deal with work challenges through one-on-one mentoring or coaching. Some of us deal with personal/relationship challenges through one-on-one counseling or psychotherapy. But there is another form of problem-solving that is arguably more effective for some of us at certain times—peer group coaching/counseling. My brand of peer group coaching/counseling allows for keen insight about self and others in a safe setting that includes goal setting and forward movement. My groups (there are currently six—see below) address challenges specific to work, challenges specific to home, and…
 
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    Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX

  • 4 Questions to Help Reduce Self Critical Thoughts

    Patricia Owens, M.A., NCC, LPC Intern
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    I often talk about The Wizard of Oz with my clients in that the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion had within what they were desperately searching for while on their journey on the yellow brick road.   We all have tools to become more present, mindful and the ability to lessen our ...Read the rest...The post 4 Questions to Help Reduce Self Critical Thoughts appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety counseling, couples and marriage…
  • How to Help Your Child Have a Healthy Relationship With Food

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a parent, you want the best for your child. Particularly when it comes to the arena of food. You don’t want your child to struggle with obesity or an eating disorder and want him/her to have a natural, intuitive relationship with food. What can you do to help your child have a healthy relationship ...Read the rest...The post How to Help Your Child Have a Healthy Relationship With Food appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety counseling, couples…
  • How to Write a Resume: Basic Guidelines

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Your Guide to Writing Your Resume If you are in a job search you know that your resume is your marketing tool. Your resume should present to an employer your potential by illustrating examples of past accomplishments and experiences using the skills necessary for the job you are seeking. If you are a career changer ...Read the rest...The post How to Write a Resume: Basic Guidelines appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety counseling, couples and marriage…
  • Marriage Tips for Couples Who Want to Add a Little Relationship Spice!

    Amber Gray, LCSW
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    When you’re dating, it can be easy to make a new relationship the main focus in your life. Many of us know firsthand that in marriage you have to juggle a lot–kids, jobs, chores, finances, and so on. How you and your partner feel about each other can get swept aside as daily life makes ...Read the rest...The post Marriage Tips for Couples Who Want to Add a Little Relationship Spice! appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety counseling, couples and…
  • Job Hunting 101: Resume Writers? Career Coaches? Are They Worth It?

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    This article recently appeared on the Consumer Media Network. Here is the link directly to the article. It’s reprinted below. http://www.cmn.com/2012/05/job-hunting-101-resume-writers-career-coaches-are-they-worth-it/   Job Hunting 101: Resume Writers? Career Coaches? Are They Worth It? May 30, 2012 Posted by Meredith Deliso When you’re looking for a job, the last thing you want to do is spend money ...Read the rest...The post Job Hunting 101: Resume Writers? Career Coaches? Are They Worth It? appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and…
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    Kmareka.com

  • What Can We Learn from the Trenton Children’s Chorus’ Impressive Five-Grant Windfall? – Music | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy

    Kiersten Marek
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Community-based children’s choirs are so important. Here is a great example of fundraising from Trenton. What Can We Learn from the Trenton Children’s Chorus’ Impressive Five-Grant Windfall? – Music | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy.
  • Disparate Impact: A Key Fight Over Housing and Finance, and the Funding Behind It – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

    Kiersten Marek
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Nonprofits and funders on the side of improving access to housing and financial assets for low-income people are closely watching a showdown in the Supreme Court on “disparate impact.” via Disparate Impact: A Key Fight Over Housing and Finance, and the Funding Behind It – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.
  • Inside Philanthropy is a Year Old. Here Are Ten Things We’ve Learned – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

    Kiersten Marek
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    When you are one, you have only just learned to speak. You move about clumsily and knock things down a lot. You don’t yet know what is possible, but you are burgeoning with life. Inside Philanthropy is a Year Old. Here Are Ten Things We’ve Learned – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.
  • Why 2015 will be a game-changer for financial inclusion in India

    Kiersten Marek
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Originally posted on Quartz: When it comes to digital finance, India punches below its weight. The 2014 Intermedia Financial Inclusion Insight (FII) Survey of 45,000 Indian adults found that 0.3% of adults use mobile money, compared to 76% in Kenya, 48% in Tanzania, 43% in Uganda, and 22% in Bangladesh. This stems from a range of factors, but lack of innovation-friendly regulation has been barrier #1. Most importantly, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) historically allowed non-banks to participate in payment services in two restricted ways. They could build and manage an agent network on behalf…
  • RI Hospital employees and community allies speak out

    Kiersten Marek
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    More than 500 people crowded into the meeting room of Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Benefit St in Providence for the Worker & Community Speakout for Good Jobs and Quality Care on January 17.  At issue was the contract negotiation between Lifespan/Rhode Island Hospital and General Teamsters Local 251 representing some 2,500 hospital employees. According to Local 251, “As a non-profit entity, Lifespan and RI Hospital are supposed to put the healthcare needs of the community first. Unfortunately, management has taken cost cutting measures, causing shortages in equipment and staff that…
 
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    American Association of Christian Counselors

  • Expertness

    Dina Jones
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Expertness Joshua Straub, Ph.D.   Excerpt from The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron  Hawkins.   What is Expertness? Expertness refers to the client’s perception of whether the counselor is competent enough to help him or her successfully work through the presenting problem(s). Factors that can play a role in this perception include the age, physical appearance, and professionalism of the counselor; the counseling office environment; counselor’s educational level; licenses, certifications and credentials; experience or training in a…
  • Finding Rest in Responsibility

    Dina Jones
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    Finding Rest in Responsibility Emily Boyles AACC Intern Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Have you ever felt completely unqualified for your job? When a client has a problem that you simply do not know how to handle? One of those days where the responsibility of being a counselor seems more than you are able to carry? You are not alone. At times, counseling can seem like a heavy responsibility. There are days when we feel underqualified and completely…
  • Christian Counselor Opening!

    Dina Jones
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Bay Life Church of Brandon, FL, is seeking a full-time Christian Counselor to serve in our Pastoral Counseling Center. Applicants must be licensed in Florida as LMHC, LMFT, or LCSW. The ideal applicant should have biblical training and be able to incorporate biblical principles into counseling practices. This person should have a pastor’s heart and be willing to shepherd and lead others on a team. A willingness to work with adolescents would be a plus. More than a job, this position would include assimilating into our church culture in a ministry capacity. Interested applicants can send a…
  • Soul Care

    Dina Jones
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Soul Care Tim Clinton & Ryan Carboneau Excerpt from The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins.   Definition. The definition of soul care is vast and varied. The word soul is translated from the Greek word psuche, meaning “the breath, breath of life” (Vine, Unger, & White, 1996, pp. 588). The Latin words for the care of souls are cura animarum. Cura means the “care of” or “cure for,” and animarum means “breath, breeze, air, wind.” Soul care, according to the strictest sense of the words, involves literally caring for…
  • Remembering Dr. Frank Minirth

    Dina Jones
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
      Christian counseling lost a pioneering leader and dear friend today – Dr. Frank Minirth. “He loved Christ and his family. A leading Christian Psychiatrist, he boldly blazed a trail for all of us to follow. Frank had a brilliant mind, was a true friend and stood alongside the AACC from the beginning. He will be sorely missed,” said Dr. Tim Clinton, President of the AACC. Please pray for his dear wife, Mary Alice, and the entire family. Below is Dr. Minirth’s obituary.     Franklin Brent Minirth, M.D., Ph.D.     Dr. Franklin Brent Minirth, 68 of…
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    Where I Stand

  • You never know whom you’re helping.

    Hollyn Donovan
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I was in my dietician’s office the other day, upset because I’d lost weight. Feeling like a failure, I began crying. So she started getting me to talk, to talk about anything, just as a distraction. So I began talking to her about what I want to do with my life after college. I told her I want to work for a non-profit organization & do public speaking (at schools, etc) about mental health & eating disorders, as well as about suicide & suicide prevention. I told her about an opportunity I was given in the spring of my senior year of high school. My dad is heavily involved in…
  • The Power of Friendship

    Lizzie
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Written by Lizzie E. Let me tell you a little bit about one of my best friends, Jackie. She has a way of viewing the world that is simultaneously authentic and introspective. Sometimes I like to just listen to her speak, because she has a way of interpreting things that always makes me feel like everything will be okay. Jackie radiates this amazing duality of Godly-love and tough-love; she knows how to speak the truth in a manner that is unceasingly loving and supportive. I met Jackie in my fourth year at UVA, when I was in the depths of my eating disorder. When she found out that I was…
  • Little Reminders for the New Year

    Erin
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    By: Rachel Moreland I spent New Year’s Eve or ‘Hogmanay’ as it’s referred to in Scotland with my British husband and some New Zealand friends of ours from church and you know what they all had in common? They all had a list of New Year’s resolutions. It’s a universal principle that most people see the New Year as a fresh start, a chance for improvement, refinement and forward progress. The desire self-improvement is cross-cultural. This New Years, instead of focusing entirely on traditional resolutions like going to the gym 5 times a week, I have focused much of my attention on…
  • I do the exact same thing every morning…

    Erin
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    I do the exact same thing every morning. I stare into the yellow box designated for that day of the week. The small round pieces of white, peach, blue, pink and yellow stare back at me. “Do I need these today?” “I won’t die.” “Maybe… just maybe… I don’t need them anymore.” I swallow the handful of pills together, all at once. I know my reality. Throughout my day I think about those pills, what they are doing or not doing in my brain and how they are enabling me to function. I think about what they are taking away from me, the good…
  • The Duality of Mental Illness: What the World Fails to See

    Lizzie
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Written by Lizzie E. Her perfectly straightened, auburn hair swung back and forth against her elegantly curved spine. She had a spring in her step and a smile upon her face that eluded confidence and happiness. People turned to look as she walked by. She was admired for her quick mind, kind heart, and witty personality. This girl had no enemies; she was like by all. Her pristinely Windexed honors diplomas hung proudly, though she was not phased by the impressive nature of her accomplishments. She was simultaneously adored and envied; a powerful combination that made her impossible to hate. To…
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Experts Answer “What Causes Anxiety Disorder ?”

    Experts RoundUps
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    If we know where the problem came from then we know how to fix it, Finding why you have anxiety is equally important as treating it. That’s way this week question for the experts was: “what causes anxiety disorder?” Diane Wall  Mental Health Coach   For some of my clients it’s very easy to see the […] The post Experts Answer “What Causes Anxiety Disorder ?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answers “How to Stop Fearing Another Panic Attack?”

    Experts RoundUps
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Panic attack is a mental state when you find yourself helpless and no where feel safe to you. It come out of the blue with symptoms like heart attack and here is something for you to know, panic attack is NOT a heart attack. Your body is safe. But these symptoms increase your fear from […] The post Experts Answers “How to Stop Fearing Another Panic Attack?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answering “How to Reduce OCD Thoughts?”

    Experts RoundUps
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Sometime a single thought can take over our mind, “I can’t do this I can’t do this” or “this is hard to do” can put us in a bad mental state we don’t need. In other situation a single thought can keep you doing the same thing that you did before over and over again, […] The post Experts Answering “How to Reduce OCD Thoughts?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • How Teens Can Handle Depression with Social Anxiety & Eating Disorder

    Ahmed Hamdy
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Depression can be a tough and hard mental problem, It can make you isolated,alone, Far from people. But it can be harder when we talk about it in teens. specially, when it come with social anxiety and eating disorder.   In this roundup I asked the expert “How teen can handle Depression with social anxiety […] The post How Teens Can Handle Depression with Social Anxiety & Eating Disorder appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • How to Know if You Need a Stress Management Class

    Experts RoundUps
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Most of us feel stressed when things get tight. An important interview,A big family meeting,Wedding,Moving to a know place ect… But that’s a normal stress. But how yo can tell if you need a stress management class or not ? I asked the experts the same question “How do a person know if he/she need a […] The post How to Know if You Need a Stress Management Class appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
 
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    careforyourmind.org

  • What Should Employers Do to Increase Access to Mental Health Care?

    Care for Your Mind
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Ken Dolan-DelVecchio, LMFT, LCSW, DVS, CEAP, SPHR Vice President, Health and Wellness, Prudential Financial, Inc. I read Carolyn Beauchamp’s recent post CFYM with interest, but not surprise. Ms. Beacuchamp discusses the inadequacies of insurers’ behavioral health networks and highlights the challenges … Continue reading →
  • How Can We Achieve Mental Health Parity If There Are Not Enough Practicing Psychiatrists?

    Care for Your Mind
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    A provider’s perspective on the limited access to mental health care Dr. Philip R. Muskin Professor of Psychiatry Columbia University Medical Center As a practicing psychiatrist and patient advocate, I strongly believe that equal treatment and quality care should apply … Continue reading →
  • If Access is Lacking, Do We Have Mental Health Parity?

    Care for Your Mind
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Carolyn Beauchamp President and CEO, Mental Health Association in New Jersey Mental Health Association of NJ Finds Access to Providers Lacking  Rhonda’s story  Rhonda, a young woman living with both bipolar disorder and an eating disorder for most of her … Continue reading →
  • Suicide Prevention Efforts Aren’t Working. Here’s Why.

    Care for Your Mind
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Donna Holland Barnes, PhD President/Co-Founder, National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide Howard University, Department of Psychiatry Now is a frustrating time to be working in suicide prevention. While death rates for the other leading causes of death are mostly … Continue reading →
  • What to Do When You Can’t Afford Therapy

    Care for Your Mind
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Kimberly Morrow, LCSW Practical advice for obtaining quality mental healthcare when money is tight Thanks to mental health parity, many more people have access to psychotherapy than in the past. But two great barriers to treatment remain. The first is … Continue reading →
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    The Fusion Model

  • On Edge? 7 Tips on How to Relax

    Guest Writer
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Just relax! Easier said than done, right? But relaxing is definitely in your best interests: Research shows that taking just 15 to 20 minutes to relax each day can improve memory, sleep, mood, immune-system function and more. Want to know how to relax? Try these suggestions: Meditate For 15 to 20 minutes every day, sit in a comfortable position — on the ground with your legs crossed, or in a cosy chair — and close your eyes. Dim the lights. Take deep breaths and repeat a word or mantra (such as “I’m boosting my metabolism!”) over and over. Whenever a…
  • 4 Natural Anxiety Remedies That Really Work

    Frances Masters
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Do you suffer from anxiety? Try these four natural anxiety remedies that actually work. Mindfulness Meditation Learning how to meditate can completely change your life, making you a much calmer person overall, and when I practice meditation every day, I have no anxiety. I was thrilled when I discovered that mindfulness meditation was super easy. There’s no “right” way to go about meditating. The point is to practice noticing when your mind is wandering and simply bring it back to the present moment. Exercise Mixing frequent exercise into my routine has always been a…
  • The 7 Goal Setting Secrets all High Achievers Know

    Frances Masters
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    ‘If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing’ Coco ChanelClick To Tweet Greg was feeling really pleased with himself. He had just completed the London Marathon. Okay, he didn’t come first or anywhere near the head of the pack. In fact he was one of the last to come in. But for Greg it was a huge achievement. It was the first Marathon he had ever run. Crossing the finishing post was his only goal on this occasion. The reason it was such a huge achievement and meant so much to Greg was that, 12 months before, he had been struggling with health…
  • 10 Effective Techniques to Help Recover from Emotional Abuse

    Guest Writer
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Occasionally, you may become involved with someone who derives pleasure from belittling others and making them feel miserable. An emotionally abusive and manipulative person will take every opportunity to continually make your life difficult. Emotional abuse can have an adverse effect on you if you allow it. For example, it can erode your self-confidence. If you are suffering from constant emotional abuse from your boss, colleague or spouse, your trust in your own perceptions and instincts wear out and you may develop a feeling of inferiority in the relationship. When you allow someone to…
  • Find out how Powerful Beliefs could Change your World View

    Frances Masters
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    ‘There is a wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart’  Charles DickensClick To Tweet Beliefs are powerful things. For thousands of years human beings have been prepared to die in defense of their beliefs or kill to impose their beliefs on others. We all have a belief system. We create models of reality, the internal reference maps we use to navigate our way around the world. Those maps are constructed from interaction with the environment in which we find our self by accident of birth; primarily by our experience of family, society and culture. As a psychotherapist and…
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  • The Grave Consequences of Using Methamphetamine

    Brian Burgess
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, is a serious stimulant drug, and in the United States, it has become an epidemic. In some states, the meth problem is extreme and many people become addicts. The reason methamphetamine use is such a problem is that the drug is cost-effective for users and the high lasts for many hours – sometimes more than a day. However, the people making meth generally don’t do so in a controlled environment, and most are just small-time drug peddlers looking to score a quick buck at any cost. When used regularly, meth can have disastrous consequences....
  • The Scary Truth About Teen Alcoholism in the US

    Brian Burgess
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Alcoholism is a serious problem in the United States among adults who are old enough to consume alcohol legally. Almost everybody who owns a television and watches the news, reads the paper or sees information on the internet knows that the consequences of alcohol abuse can be very serious. However, what may shock a lot of people in the United States is the incredibly high rate of teenage alcoholism in the United States. After all, teens aren’t legally allowed to drink, and most adults probably believe that getting alcohol in the United States is very difficult for boys and girls... Read…
  • 5 Lessons for Alcoholics to Maintain Sobriety During Recovery

    Brian Burgess
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Getting sober is an ongoing process that involves adopting new habits and ways of thinking. After years of using alcohol as a coping mechanism, it is very challenging to learn how to live your life without it. The following details five of the most important lessons that alcoholics must learn to maintain sobriety during recovery: Make a “zero tolerance” policy. As alcoholics cannot use alcohol in moderation, the only way to move on from the addiction is to give it up altogether, regardless of the given situation. Adopt a creative mindset. One common issue among alcoholics is playing the…
  • 8 Foods That Detox and “Purify” Your Body Inside Out

    Brian Burgess
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many alternative health experts will tell you that modern day food causes buildup of toxins in the body. That is why it is important to detox and purify your body. You don’t have to do anything drastic. Consuming certain foods can flush out toxins from your body and boost your health and immunity. Here are some foods that will detox and purify your body: Apples Apples contain fiber, phytochemical, vitamins and minerals. The phlorizidin, a type of bioflavonoid, present in apple stimulates the liver to produce bile. This, in turn, helps the liver eliminate toxins from the body. Artichokes…
  • 5 Best Worldwide Destinations to Ring in the New Year

    Brian Burgess
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is time to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the New Year. If you want to have a memorable New Year’s Eve, here are 5 destinations that offer you one of the best experiences of saying bye to the Old Man! Reykjavik, Iceland Do you believe in partying till the wee hours of the morning? Reykjavik is the place to enjoy New Year’s Eve. The community has bonfires and fireworks that light up each and every corner of the town. The Napa and Sonoma Valleys The secluded and quiet surroundings make it so blissful to spend New... Read More→ The post 5 Best Worldwide Destinations to Ring…
 
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Experts Answer “What Causes Anxiety Disorder ?”

    Experts RoundUps
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    If we know where the problem came from then we know how to fix it, Finding why you have anxiety is equally important as treating it. That’s way this week question for the experts was: “what causes anxiety disorder?” Diane Wall  Mental Health Coach   For some of my clients it’s very easy to see the […] The post Experts Answer “What Causes Anxiety Disorder ?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answers “How to Stop Fearing Another Panic Attack?”

    Experts RoundUps
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Panic attack is a mental state when you find yourself helpless and no where feel safe to you. It come out of the blue with symptoms like heart attack and here is something for you to know, panic attack is NOT a heart attack. Your body is safe. But these symptoms increase your fear from […] The post Experts Answers “How to Stop Fearing Another Panic Attack?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answering “How to Reduce OCD Thoughts?”

    Experts RoundUps
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Sometime a single thought can take over our mind, “I can’t do this I can’t do this” or “this is hard to do” can put us in a bad mental state we don’t need. In other situation a single thought can keep you doing the same thing that you did before over and over again, […] The post Experts Answering “How to Reduce OCD Thoughts?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • How Teens Can Handle Depression with Social Anxiety & Eating Disorder

    Ahmed Hamdy
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Depression can be a tough and hard mental problem, It can make you isolated,alone, Far from people. But it can be harder when we talk about it in teens. specially, when it come with social anxiety and eating disorder.   In this roundup I asked the expert “How teen can handle Depression with social anxiety […] The post How Teens Can Handle Depression with Social Anxiety & Eating Disorder appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • How to Know if You Need a Stress Management Class

    Experts RoundUps
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Most of us feel stressed when things get tight. An important interview,A big family meeting,Wedding,Moving to a know place ect… But that’s a normal stress. But how yo can tell if you need a stress management class or not ? I asked the experts the same question “How do a person know if he/she need a […] The post How to Know if You Need a Stress Management Class appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • Has My Universe Come Crashing Down Or Is This A Life Lesson?

    songtothesirens
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    About 2 weeks ago I got a letter from SS Benefits Determination department indicating that my benefits would be ending in March, including Medicare which means Medicaid would stop; the whole house of cards that I have lived under for the last nine years would crash to the ground. I have appealed the decision as […]
  • Rio Grande Gorge, Taos County, NM, USA

    songtothesirens
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Filed under: Nature Tagged: National Monuments, Nature, New Mexico
  • London Bridge Is Falling Down (Warning: Potential Trigger)

    songtothesirens
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
     The unthinkable has happened. In June of 2014, I was sent a packet of forms by the Social Security Disability department. It was the warning flag thrown to alert me to a medical review of my benefits. A medical review?!?! I never applied for benefits for any medical condition. I applied for benefits for mental health […]
  • And The Stevie Ray Vaughn Version of Slight Return

    songtothesirens
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Jimi Hendrix, among others, was one of the biggest influences on Stevie’s Texas Blues style. I was lucky enough to have the privilege of seeing Stevie about a year before he died in one of the most awesome venues in my state: the Paolo Soleirie (?) ampitheatre. It was built to be acoustically perfect…… Filed […]
  • Jimi Hendrix ~ Voodoo Chile Blues (not Slight Return)

    songtothesirens
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Jimi Hendrix is one of my all time favorite guitarists ~ He made a huge impact on the way electric guitars were played from the 60’s through today. He pushed the envelope; he almost made love to his guitar. Jimi did not express himself well in words or in person. It made him very nervous. […]
 
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    Articles - Aiming for Okay

  • Make a New Friend

    Kate Parrish
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    I heard this speaker say once that every person in our life is there for a reason, season, or lifetime. I recall thinking that was the hokiest thing I'd ever heard in my life. Then I went home, wrote it down, and stuffed it in a notebook so I'd never forget it. Some people come into our lives to show us the way (or a way), to teach a lesson, to make us laugh, to make us angry. Some people represent entire periods of our lives. And some people are with us for the long haul. But what she didn't say is that we don't ever really know which people are which. And…
  • How Can I Help? vs. How Can I Help?

    Kate Parrish
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    On my computer monitor at work I keep a Post-It note that says in all caps, "HOW CAN I HELP? I keep it there as a reminder to try to bring a spirit of service into everything I do. Conveniently, I work off two monitors so when my spirit swings to one, say, not of service, I can spin my chair to the other monitor to brood in peace without the nagging reminder to be a better, more helpful person. I keep this note not so much as a reminder to ask others, "How can I help?" but rather as a reminder to ask myself, "How can I help?" It's a subtle audience shift but…
  • Do You Value Time?

    Kate Parrish
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    This past weekend I called my sister to catch up. I prepared a brief agenda in my head as I was driving home that looked something like this:- Item #1: Me- Item #2: How I Never Get What I WantUnfortunately, as my only sibling she will forever draw the short straw when it comes to who has to listen to the most of my epic disengagements with reality. As I filled her in on all the atrocities of my life--having goals and not achieving them immediately, wanting something and not knowing precisely how to get it, imagining one thing and getting another--she calmly, "Mmm hmm, mmm hmm"-d in all the…
  • The Road to Awareness Is Paved with Good Attention

    Kate Parrish
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    About a year ago I was visiting a physician in St. Louis for work. It was after hours and the entrance to her practice was locked. I knocked on the glass and she came out front through the patient waiting room to let me in. When she opened the door she said, gesturing to the patient waiting room, "Oh, so this is what it's like out here. I never come out here." Because of my job, I now tend to see most everything through a marketing lens, so the first thought that went through my mind was, what do you mean you don't know what it's like out here? It's six feet from where you spend…
  • So This Is Christmas

    Kate Parrish
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    I'm taking this week and next off from Aiming for Okay to relax and enjoy the last bits of 2014. This project and those of you who read each week have been the best gift and most fruitful teacher this year has given me. You give me tenfold anything I could ever give you simply by being "here" each Tuesday with me. Thank you.I hope the remainder of this year is relaxing, full of joy and naps, and above all else, OKAY. It'll all get done, whatever it is. Stick to your routines, take lots of bathroom breaks, and remember what Terry Bradshaw said, "Good journey. Right…
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    Living Against The River

  • The 5000 Year-Old Medical Secret Exposed Part 2

    latr
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The 5000 Year-Old Medical Secret Exposed: The State Of Health Currently If you have not read part1 of this series, “The 5000 Year-Old Medical Secret Exposed”. Please click here to check out the prequel before going further. (Don’t worry another window will come up so you would not lose your spot) Currently there are numerous organizations that study the effects and advocacy of natural medicine – among which is herbal medicine. Some governments and health agencies openly advocate the use of natural methods since they are inexpensive and relatively risk-free. As their…
  • The 5000 Year-Old Medical Secret Exposed Part 1

    latr
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The 5000 Year-Old Medical Secret Exposed – Prescribed vs. Natural Medicine When you get sick, you go to the doctor. The doctor will, of course, give you a diagnosis and a prescription. You go to the pharmacy to get the prescription filled. You take the medicine, and hopefully, you get well. This is how the health profession goes on nowadays – a cycle of diagnosis and prescription. If anyone were to give you herbs for medicine, you would probably say that that person was a quack. But nowadays, studies are being conducted to see if there are really is any merit to what is called natural…
  • Take your Life To The Next Level With These Inspirational Quotes

    latr
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Take Your Life To The Next Level With These Inspirational Quotes – This Has Changed My Life It might take a little coffee or probably a few rounds of adult beverage you could get your hands on when it comes to relaxing after a hard day’s work. Well, yeah I’m guilty about that one as well, unless I’m caught dead wearing a lampshade over my head after a few rounds of vodka… half-naked! Okay, bad example and I apologize to everyone reading this after getting nightmares about me in that state of drunken stupor. Just don’t ask how it happened, because I was just…
  • The Myth And The Truth About Good IQ Scores Part 2

    latr
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Myth And The Truth About Good IQ Scores: The Rest Of The Story   Welcome to part 2 of our discussion on, ” The Myth And The Truth About Good IQ Scores“. We have covered some interesting things so far in part 1. If you have not seen part 1, then I would recommend clicking here to view the post. In this part of The Myth And The Truth About Good IQ Scores, we will continue with information on other parameters to consider. The Myth And The Truth About Good IQ Scores: Age, another parameter to be addressed When you are young, you tend to be a high IQ scorer. As you grow up the…
  • The Myth And The Truth About Good IQ Scores Part 1

    latr
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Part The Myth And The Truth About Good IQ Scores: Smarter Than The Average Bear? There might be some people who claim to have a very good IQ because they have scored good in some tests. Some go to the extent of displaying their IQ score wherein sometimes the score is said to be as high as 120! The intelligence is directly proportional to the score – so is the prevalent belief. But such a claim and belief is false and biased. Each IQ test is unique, hence a high score in one test may cannot be compared to an average score of another test. A good IQ score is highly subjective. Raw score is…
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    Happiness India Project

  • The Pains of Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Pain is a sensation of hurt. It is experienced in degrees, and tolerated in thresholds. Pain hurts, causes anguish, brings tears. There are pains that you grow fond of, and pains that you never recover from. But there is one thing you have always known about pain: Your pain is fully understood by only… you. Pain is an exact individual experience. The same goes with happiness! Only you can perceive your happiness in entirety. The overall happiness levels of a society is a useless parameter to its finest…
  • 10 Best Happiness Articles of 2014

    Sandip Roy
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Here is a collection of the best articles on Happiness that came out in 2014. While almost all of these are rooted in the science of Psychology, one comes from the Philosophy. This is a nearly homogeneous collection of reads that will enrich you, humor you, and get you to re-think your ideas on happiness. The Best Happiness Articles Of 2014 1. Why Is Happiness Healthy? A CNN article exploring happiness within the domain of science, strictly for beginners. This is a Q&A format article by Elizabeth Landau,…
  • Placebo: An Empty Pill of Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Is your mind capable of healing your body? Are plain sugar pills as effective as prescription drugs? Placebos have been shown to be 75% as effective as antidepressants. Then is Happiness a Placebo? It may come as a surprise to you that brain images reveal that placebo-treated patients have the same changes in their brains as in those treated with prescription drugs! So then, is it time to revise the whole story of the placebos – that these pills are, in fact, NOT fake, fictional, imagined, or sham?
  • How to Achieve Happiness: Just Flow!

    Sandip Roy
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! How can you calm your mind to reach a Zone of Happiness? This is the secret of musicians, artists, and painters who stay blissfully happy for days and months in their work. You can learn their method of creating a calm mind that stays intensely immersed in a state of authentic happiness called Flow or Zone. ‘Flow’ – The Ebb of A Memory I have a distant memory of, perhaps from the winter of 2007-2008, a small pixelated picture that I cut out from a local newspaper and stuck to my clinic board…
  • A Brand Called Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Why will happiness matter as a brand in this decade? How the market growth in the coming years is going to be rooted in Happiness? In fact, Happiness is increasingly being seen as the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) by CEO’s and managers. Any thing that gets made, gets a bit of happiness attached to it before going public. A Brand Called Happiness Happiness is risking its way to getting clichéd, almost. That is, ‘Happiness’ – the marketing jargon. That is, ‘Happiness’ – The…
 
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    Calmer You

  • Self Care and Anxiety

    Chloe B
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Last weekend after a particularly busy week (it’s January and everyone seems to need my services to help with their New Years resolutions!) I was feeling a bit ‘buzzy’ and hyped up. I knew I needed to take some steps to calm myself down and relax. One thing I’ve noticed about people with anxiety, through my own experience with anxiety and working with clients with anxiety everyday, is this; They tend not to take very good care of themselves sometimes. Does this ring any bells for you? Often, when we’re anxious, but put a lot of pressure on ourselves; a lot of…
  • 5 Ways Anxiety can be Managed with Hypnotherapy

    Chloe B
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    Be more mindful. As far as we know, us humans are the only creatures to experience anxiety. A cat doesn’t go about her daily life fretting about what the other cats think of her, or worrying about what she did last week. Although animals experience fear, it’s fairly safe to assume they don’t get anxious, the reason being that they experience their lives in the present moment. If you can develop more of an ability to be in the present moment, often called mindfulness, rather than thinking about the past or future, you will likely experience a rapid reduction in your anxiety.
  • Make New Years Resolutions you’ll stick to

    Chloe B
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    Make resolutions that you’ll stick to this year. If you found this video helpful, I’d be thrilled if you ‘liked’,  shared it of left a comment. Click Here to get your FREE Relaxation MP3 The post Make New Years Resolutions you’ll stick to appeared first on Calmer You.
  • How to Have a Stress Free Christmas – Video

    Chloe B
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:39 pm
    The post How to Have a Stress Free Christmas – Video appeared first on Calmer You.
  • A Calming Morning Routine for Anxiety

    Chloe B
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:28 am
    If your day is generally started in a hurry, running out of the door, grabbing coffee on the way in and you are generally stressed and rushed, your issue may of course be time (who doesn’t have an issue with this), but it could also be that you’re not scheduling in the right morning habits into your routine. However it all comes down to priorities and I’ve found that the benefits to my day of getting up a little earlier to fit these things in makes such a huge difference that it’s worth it for me. Yes, if you were to do all of the following each morning, it could take…
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    Depression Ever After

  • Comments

    Rain Gill
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    It has come to my attention that many of my replies to your wonderful comments have not been recorded successfully. I sincerely apologize! Please do not think that I have not read or replied to your comments. I don't know why my replies were not recorded successfully, and from now on, I will be triple checking to make sure that they are recorded.Please, please, please keep commenting! I absolutely love to hear from my readers. I hope this unfortunate mishap has not deterred anyone from sharing their comments.Much love,RainIf you enjoyed this post, please share it!You can also connect with me…
  • Expressive Therapeutic Writing: 16 Tips For Beginners (Free Download)

    Rain Gill
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Hello, everyone! Remember when I published a blog post about Expressive Therapeutic Writing? Remember how I said to stay tuned for even more tips on how to get started with your own writing? Well, it's finally here! I am pleased to offer a completely free list of 16 tips for beginners (and the pros) for you to download!I hope that this list can give you the inspiration, the courage, and the confidence to begin your own writing journeys. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please share them in the comments section below. Click here for your free download!Much love,RainIf…
  • Thank You...

    Rain Gill
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    In appreciation of your patience and continued support, I want to offer my wonderful readers a little something. I have not been able to write as often as I would like, and I know this can be irksome. I have been dabbling with some design work in the hopes of creating some promotional materials for Depression Ever After, and I want to share with you what I have created so far. Please feel free to save these images for your own use in whatever way you wish. I simply ask that you do not alter the images in any way, and that you leave my small watermark on the bottom of the image. Again, I…
  • (Unconventional) Ways To Cope With Depression

    Rain Gill
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo by keeva999 via FlickrThere are a lot of people out there offering advice on how to cope with Depression. With all of the different techniques that you can try to relieve the symptoms of your Depression, how do you decide which ones to use? The coping techniques that you should use are the ones that work for you. Kind of a no-brainer, right? What I mean is that just as each of our Depression experiences are unique, so too are the coping techniques that will work for us. The majority of the advice out there pertaining to coping with Depression includes things like eating healthy,…
  • Top 3 Expressive Therapeutic Writing Tips

    Rain Gill
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Photo by Julie Jordan Scott via FlickrIn my last post, I gave you a taste of the history and benefits of Expressive Therapeutic Writing. My hope is that those of you who read that post have developed an interest in writing, and perhaps you may be wondering how to get started. Lucky for you, I am extremely passionate about writing and am sort of a self-proclaimed expert.Many writers talk about needing to be inspired to write. Well, so do I. But my inspiration is slightly different than the average writer’s. My inspiration comes from within. When it comes to Expressive Therapeutic Writing,…
 
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    How to End Your Suffering

  • Meet the One Life Within You

    Nathan
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve been on the spiritual path for any length of time, you might know what I’m talking about, the day that your life suddenly changes and you’re no longer completely run by your mind. It can be a dramatic or subtle shift. To be clear, I’m not talking about spiritual awakening, at least not yet. In my experience, this change happened prior to awakening, though according to spiritual teacher Adyashanti, it can and often does happen after spiritual awakening. When it happened, I thought I’d just developed a new habit; I didn’t know it was spiritual in…
  • Recover from Relationship Breakups – Fast

    Nathan
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Relationships, especially intimate relationships are important to many people. More often than not, when they end the results can be incredibly painful. Many people, including myself have had a hard time recovering from relationship breakups. I wanted to see if there was a way to hasten the recovery process. As one might imagine, there are many web sites devoted to breakups and recovery, but none were all that helpful. Many just repeated the same information in different words. Then I discovered a fantastic book on relationship breakups and how to recover them in as little as a few days. I…
  • The Importance of Inspiration

    Nathan
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In many of my articles I’ve spoken about overcoming adversity in the form of abuse. I have not spoken much about inspiration, yet inspiration is tremendously important when recovering from adversity. Of great importance, too, is having a mentor, one who has walked the road before you and give you guidance when you need it the most. With that in mind, I want to share the video below. It is truly one of the most inspiring videos I have ever seen. I hope it helps you with your journey. © Nathan Segal 2014 The post The Importance of Inspiration appeared first on How to End Your Suffering.
  • Lessons of Amnesia

    Nathan
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Amnesia is: “A condition in which a person is unable to remember things because of brain injury, shock, or illness.” It`s no secret to anyone who knows me well that I come from an abusive background. It began when I was quite young and continued until I realized how I was being manipulated. Once I knew what was happening I was able to put a stop to it. Growing up, there were many times when the abuse was too much to endure. As a survival strategy, my mind created Amnesia. My first recollection of Amnesia was when I was humiliated by my…
  • Interview by John Colley

    Nathan
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    I was interviewed by John Colley about my site on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. The RSS Feed is available at; http://traffic.libsyn.com/jbdcolley/OLP089.mp3 Show Notes The post Interview by John Colley appeared first on How to End Your Suffering.
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    Living on the Fault Lines | Dianna Bonny

  • Healing Grit Transforms Loss Into Beauty

    Dianna Bonny
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    I love the word grit. I heard it used a couple years ago by Jen Louden and it stuck with me ever since. It is defined in the dictionary as, “courage and resolve; strength of character.” I think it is essential to a well-lived life and also important for anyone on the healing trajectory. Now, the word even has its own book. I think of it as the fuel for our healing endeavors. But where does one find grit? I don’t know that I have always had it. I felt it rush in when I knew I wanted to make things better for my children on this journey. It was a quiet resolve that entered my being and it…
  • Self-Mastery As A Way Of Life

    Dianna Bonny
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Four years into the uninvited (yet now, strangely welcome) life reinvention, I have grasped that there is really very little that we have any control over, other than ourselves. Strangely, very few of us take the time to master this idea as a way of living a better life. When things first happened, I remember looking at myself in the mirror in utter confusion as to how I missed so many details in the midst of the life I had been living, and it sparked an incredible curiosity about my predicament.  I resisted being defensive and reactive, instead choosing to inquire within and ask, “How…
  • Quinoa Bruschetta

    Dianna Bonny
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    I attended a Goddess Gathering this week and was asked to bring an appetizer. It’s a funny thing when you get out of the habit of cooking! I used to have recipe ideas memorized and know just which cookbooks to peruse, but on this day, my usual repertoire was rather illusive. Short on time, I knew I had cooked quinoa in the refrigerator, so I mentally composed this recipe on the way to the store. My son was a fabulous sous chef and, it was such a hit at the event, I thought I would share it here as an easy, healthy and gluten-free dish to make.   Quinoa Bruschetta 1 to 1 1/2 cups…
  • The 4 Step Emotional Cleanse For 2015

    Dianna Bonny
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    I spent much of December in contemplation and confusion, which I am fairly certain was the result of completing the next iteration of my manuscript. It reminded me of the days after my first child was born. Pregnancy was full of planning and excitement and then instantly, I was a mother, with no idea of what to do with the human being in my arms. I have a manuscript, but the next stage is where the real work begins. I came to the realization that this personal body of words needs time to marinate and settle, despite my desire to hurry-it-up-already and send it out to the world. A few fellow…
  • Enhancing the Benefits of Juicing: Green Juice Recipe

    Dianna Bonny
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    I have become enamored with the mind+body connection, as well as the nutrition+healing equation. As I reflect back on my experience, I see that if I had treated my body like a sacred vessel and fortified it, I might not have been so vulnerable to the cascade of hormonal chemicals and chaos of outside forces. As a result, I continue to research nutrition as a way to reverse the damage and supercharge the healing process. In a previous post, I whined about the laborious process of juicing. But, as a way to flood the system with nutrient dense magic, it seems pretty hard to beat. To see if I can…
 
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    Spun In

  • 33 Amazing Anxiety Quotes

    JJ
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    When I’m feeling a bit blah one of the easiest ways to get a little jolt of inspiration is through words. I can’t always find time to sit down and relax with a good novel, so I turn to quotes. I believe anyone whose suffered from anxiety will enjoy these wise (and funny) words. Anxiety Related Quotes (Mostly Serious & Inspirational) “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” – Aesop “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin “Man is not worried by real problems so…
  • Dealing With Dental Phobia and Anxiety

    JJ
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do – Henry Ford Dental fear, also known as odontophobia, is a fear of going to the dentist and receiving dental care. While most ( approximately 75% ) of us feel a little anxious when it’s time for a dental visit, for some the fear becomes excessive. Maybe it started early for you; many patients who experience excessive worry about dental visits remember having a painful experience at the dentist’s office when they were young. Maybe you have a…
  • The Link Between Gut Bacteria and Anxiety in Humans

    JJ
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Over the past few years neuroscientists have been researching the correlation between our gut bacteria and anxiety. A recent study performed at Oxford University has found evidence of a direct link between gut bacteria and our own mental health. Evidence of Gut Bacteria’s Effect On Our Mental Health Neuroresearchers have found promising new evidence that there’s a direct link between the bacteria in our bellies and our mental health. While it’s been suggested for years that there may be a direct link most research up until now has only been conducted on animals. New research…
  • Poor Sleep Lowers Activity In Those With PTSD

    JJ
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Poor Sleep Lowers Activity In Those With PTSD A new study is suggesting that poor sleep quality due to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) leads to a reduction in physical activity. The study was done by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the results are in the latest edition of the Journal of Clinical Science Medicine. The study adds to the evidence that a good night’s sleep can help increase overall health by promoting more physical activity and better cognitive functioning. “It is clear that healthy sleep is an essential ingredient in the recipe for a healthy life.” The…
  • Psychological Screens Needed Before Major Surgery

    JJ
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Study Finds Only 10% of Spine Surgeons Give Recommended Psychological Screens Before Surgery In the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques April edition a team at Johns Hopkins has found that only 10% of surgeons perform routine psychological exams on patients before major surgery. Their focus was specifically on spine surgeons working with patients who were undergoing spinal surgery for major back or leg pain. This oversight might lead to a much slower recovery rate for the patient, the research team suggested. Reports have long found that depression and anxiety disorders lead to longer…
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  • Face It, It Matters

    Brian Douglas
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Do Looks Matter When It Comes To Dealing With People?When you deem yourself as unattractive or have little self worth, do you think people pick up on the fact that you think yourself unattractive by the way you look, or by the way you hold yourself in public and when it comes to dealing with someone face to face?For example today I made a complaint at my bank, and even though I have little to no self worth, believe that I am unattractive and strongly believe that everyone in society sees me as unattractive I was able to face the bank manager and look her in the eye when I was talking. Yet at…
  • A Minefield In Suburbia

    Brian Douglas
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Most people wouldn't think twice about going into town, going for a meal then doing a bit of shopping afterwards, however for someone who has depression, anxiety and social phobia just the thought of going into town either alone or with someone can be as daunting as stepping into a minefield.My mum who's 72 and I decide to go into town for fish and chips, mum's treat this time. It's a ten minute bus ride or a 30 minute walk. I can't cope with getting on buses, so I happily watch mum board the bus whilst I make the 30 minute walk.The good thing about my bank is that I don't have to go to the…
  • Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?

    Brian Douglas
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?In today's society, is beauty really superficial or is crucial to being accepted and being able to live a life we all dream of?Personally I think that society has become lessnot more accepting of people who do not fit the norm. And anyone who isn't deemed as attractive is seen as 'different' but the meaning has been warped and that different actually means 'freaky' or 'ugly'. However you dress it up, being different means you are judged as not being part of society, or that society really wants to include you.Lets face it if you were at a social gathering and you were…
  • Coping With Life When You Are Ugly

    Brian Douglas
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    It's The Chicken And The Egg scenario...Which Comes First Being Ugly or Being Social Phobic?Throughout my life I have been bullied because I was different, 'different' is a clever and polite way of saying you are ugly or you are a freak and don't belong in society. I was never an attractive child, in fact I could see the ugliness in the bucked teeth which were the butt of the playground bullies in school, 'goofy' was a nickname that stuck throughout my school life, being fat didn't help either it just exacerbated the jibes and sick jokes. The cards were well and truly stacked against me. The…
  • Shopping With Social Phobia

    Brian Douglas
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Shopping With Social PhobiaShopping for most of us can be stressful and a chore which we have to do, after all if we didn't shop we couldn't eat. For those of us with social phobia shopping is something to dread and is a hundred times more stressful, knowing that we have to step outside the front door and be amongst other people and being on show. I go shopping once a week and it's like an ordeal, I feel that I am being watched and everyone is looking at me judging me negatively and I avoid looking at people for fear I will meet their look of disapproval. So I take a list with me and I…
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  • Should You Consider Buying A “Smartbed”?

    Oli Anderson
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    The creation of products like Luna, a relatively inexpensive way to take advantage of smartbed technology, shows that this is not as much a luxury item as it once was. But is it worth it?
  • UFC 183 Preview: Meisha Tate Versus Sara McMann

    Shane
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Although the UFC has not officially sanctioned the Tate-McMann bout as a title eliminator, both women are on top of the rankings. Tate is currently ranked #2 in the latest UFC rankings while McMann follows her at #3.
  • Four New Metro Areas To Get Google Fiber As The Network Expands

    Oli Anderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Comcast should be looking over their shoulder right about now. Google has announced four new metro areas that will be getting Google Fiber, including four metro areas that cover 18 different cities in the Southeast.
  • Don’t Look Now, LeBron is Playing Like the MVP

    Shane
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    What’s scarier than having three new key players to add to what is already a formidable line-up is having LeBron James play at an MVP pace. James has won four MVPs in the last six seasons.
  • 5 Apps That Give You A Workout Without Any Equipment

    Oli Anderson
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    We have previously done a post here at Mensbe about iPhone apps that can freshen up your workout. But what about apps for both the Android and iPhone? If you want a constant stream of new fitness recommendations without any equipment needed (except your smartphone), check these five out.
 
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