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  • Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S.

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

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    Jules Asher
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Researchers have shown in patients’ cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene disrupts the expression of dozens of other genes underlying neural connections.
  • In rat model, exposure to toxins makes great granddaughters more susceptible to stress

    Mental Health News From Medical News Today
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scientists have known that toxic effects of substances known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), found in both natural and human-made materials, can pass from one generation to the next, but...
  • Three-quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive treatment for depression; new approach could transform care

    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Three papers reveal that around three-quarters of cancer patients who have major depression are not currently receiving treatment for depression, and that a new integrated treatment program is strikingly more effective at reducing depression and improving quality of life than current care.
  • Add-on Guanfacine Helpful for Stubborn ADHD

    Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health Headlines
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Children and adolescents who don't respond well to psychostimulant monotherapy may benefit from adding guanfacine extended-release, research confirms. Medscape Medical News
 
 
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    Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health Headlines

  • Add-on Guanfacine Helpful for Stubborn ADHD

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Children and adolescents who don't respond well to psychostimulant monotherapy may benefit from adding guanfacine extended-release, research confirms. Medscape Medical News
  • Brain Area Drives Exercise, Reward Motivation

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    The brain's dorsal medial habenula may be responsible for motivation to exercise and other rewarding activities - a finding that could lead to improved treatments for depression. Medscape Medical News
  • WHO Calls for Strict Global Regulation of e-Cigarettes

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    The WHO is calling for global regulation of e-cigarettes and similar devices as public health concerns gain momentum, especially as they affect youth and nonsmokers. Medscape Medical News
  • Ketamine May Curb Suicidal Thoughts

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Ketamine administered to patients expressing suicidal thoughts was associated with an increased wish to live and a decreased wish to die independently of the drug's rapid antidepressant effect. Medscape Medical News
  • Does Urban Living Cause Mental Illness?

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    A new study suggests that environmental factors might not be as important as previously thought in the development of mental illness. Medscape Psychiatry
 
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    World of Psychology

  • Best of Our Blogs: August 29, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    We’re gearing up for a long weekend. For those who have the day off on Labor Day, how will you spend your time? I’ve noticed recently that doing no-thing does not feel restful, healing, nor meditative. It feels uncomfortable and anxiety provoking. Forced to lay still in my yoga class, I realized that all that busy-ness made doing, achieving, and checking things off my to-do list feel normal. But nothing wasn’t empty. Nothing wasn’t void of meaning. Nothing was rich of possibility, potential and faith that if I were to surrender to the moment, all of my questions would…
  • How a Little Space and Time Can Help Heal a Relationship Crisis

    Psych Central Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to go forward.” – C.S. Lewis When you’re in the middle of any sort of relationship crisis, the very last thing you want to do is let go. Conflict with someone you love often makes you want to do the very opposite, especially when the other person is already doubting the future of the relationship. When we’re feeling threatened by the loss of someone we love, we act from a place of fear. Our stress hormones skyrocket as we react with our fight or flight…
  • Soul Mates: Do They Really Exist?

    Lauren Suval
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Lately, I’ve perused articles regarding soul mates, and I couldn’t help but note how a soul mate may often be conceptualized as an individual’s “other half to their whole,” synchronizing with Plato’s theory. A news article on Psych Central even relayed that those who perceive their partner as their soul mate, as being part of that kind of unity, were more dissatisfied in their relationship when conflict arose. After all, if you are with your soul mate, the perfect counterpart, why should trouble even surface? Couples who viewed their relationship as a journey, a journey…
  • Turning Worry into Productive Action

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Many of us worry. A lot. We worry about anything and everything — from work to the weather to money to appearance to social situations, according toAndrea Umbach, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders at Southeast Psych in Charlotte, N.C. We also “ruminate about things that happened in the past, usually experiencing guilt or regret,” and “about what might happen in the future — the ‘what ifs.’” We assume that our worrying helps us to plan and prepare. However, “real preparation requires action,” Umbach said. Worry only…
  • 3 Ways to Cultivate Hope

    Therese J. Borchard
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’m not a mental health professional. I’m a hope builder. I feel like that, more than anything else I do on this earth, is my purpose. Because hope, when you really think about it, is the only thing you need to get better (besides lots of drugs, exercise, fish oil, probiotics, friends, self-help books, doctors, sleep, therapists, nutritionists, support groups, meditation, yoga, divine intervention, etc.). Once you stop believing in a better tomorrow, you’re in trouble. But hope doesn’t happen in our sleep. It takes practice and patience. Here are a few ways I cultivate hope. Maybe…
 
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Three-quarters of depressed cancer patients do not receive treatment for depression; new approach could transform care

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

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Parents whose children suffer from anxiety often fall into the 'protection trap' that may influence their child's behavior. A new study examined behaviors that may enable anxiety through reinforcement, punishment and modeling.
  • Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    In contrast to evidence that the amygdala stimulates stress responses in adults, researchers have found that the amygdala has an inhibitory effect on stress hormones during the early development of nonhuman primates. This finding adds to evidence for a developmental switch in amygdala function and connectivity.
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    Psych Central News

  • Understanding the Brain of Teenage Boys

    Rick Nauert PhD
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Pushing boundaries and taking risks during adolescence is common, but for some the behavior becomes maladaptive. Emerging research is now illuminating the source of this behavior providing insights that will be helpful in reducing unsafe teen conduct. In a new issue, Florida State neuroscientist Pradeep Bhide, Ph.D., brought together some of the world’s foremost researchers in a quest to explain why teenagers — boys, in particular — often behave erratically. The result is a series of 19 studies that approached the question from multiple scientific domains, including psychology,…
  • Imaging Studies Distinguish Imagination from Memory

    Rick Nauert PhD
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    In a new study, Brigham Young University researchers explore where and how imagination happens in the brain. Graduate student researcher Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor developed a methodology that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in a series of experiments that helped them distinguish pure imagination from related processes like remembering. “I was thinking a lot about planning for my own future and imagining myself in the future, and I started wondering how memory and imagination work together,” Ashby said. “I wondered if they were separate or if…
  • Sincere Appreciation Leads to New Friendships

    Rick Nauert PhD
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    A new Australian study suggests that the act of expressing gratitude to a new acquaintance for their help makes it more likely that they will seek an ongoing social relationship with you. Thus, the courtesy of saying “thank you” has value far beyond the literal connotation. “Saying thank you provides a valuable signal that you are someone with whom a high quality relationship could be formed,” said psychologist Dr. Lisa Williams, who conducted the research with Dr. Monica Bartlett in the U.S. The study, to be published in the journal Emotion, involved 70 university students…
  • No Easy Online Answers for Divorcing Co-Parents

    Rick Nauert PhD
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Online educational and support classes are often required for divorcing couples with children. But new research finds that standard content is often inappropriate as each parent has his or her own specific emotional needs. The concept of online education to teach parents how to deal with children’s needs and responses to their family’s new situation is sound but unique tracks are often necessary. Tailored material is required if special circumstances such as intimate partner violence or alcoholism are part of the environment. “There is no cookie-cutter divorcing couple, and…
  • Mice Study Suggests Lack of Serotonin Not Behind Depression

    Rick Nauert PhD
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    New evidence challenges the conventional wisdom that the brain chemical serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression. In a study, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains did not show depression-like symptoms. The study is published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience. Donald Kuhn, Ph.D., and colleagues at Wayne State University School of Medicine set out to study what role, if any, serotonin played in the development of depression. To do this, they developed “knockout”…
 
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • Sleep drunkenness disorder may affect one in seven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S.

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

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

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

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

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Asking for help can be easy for some, and painfully tough for others. There are many myths that tend to keep others from asking support or assistance. Here are a few:Myth: Asking for help makes us look vulnerable.Truth: Asking for help actually creates an atmosphere of empowerment. It communicates to others that, while you may not have the answers, you are willing to find them and make things better.Myth: Holding things in and keeping personal issues under wraps keeps us feeling secure.Truth: In reality, not allowing yourself to be "known" actually keeps you socially isolated, and…
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    Beyond Meds

  • The middle way to eating (intuitive eating) #foodie friday

    Monica Cassani
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    I've not read the below book, but I like the way it's talking about food, because although I've needed to change my diet in all sorts of radical ways during this healing process I find myself in, I actually do have a practice around food that looks much like what this quote from this book speaks to. I am actually quite flexible within the restrictions I have no choice but to impose while my body heals. I am not generally afraid of food and I routinely introduce new foods as I heal. It's been an amazing and lovely learning journey in so many ways. When people have very real food intolerances…
  • A way to be on this earth and not shy away from the pain

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Wow. Just wow! A wave of gratitude arriving on the shores of a radical earth based faith that is lived, a faith that is in and of itself, nature being natural. Nature engages constantly with itself like this. I'll share here that there is this heartbreak in me, a general sadness and despair I feel about many of the issues we face as a collective earth and as a human species. The suffering on this planet often overwhelms me. I sense along with many other animals that whether by natural events or by our own human hands, probably a convergence of both, this earth our home and everything that…
  • You’re invited to celebrate UNHAPPY HOUR

    Monica Cassani
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    You're invited to celebrate Unhappy Hour. It's a ceremony that gives you a poetic license to rant and whine and howl and bitch about everything that hurts you and makes you feel bad. During this perverse grace period, there's no need for you to be inhibited as you unleash your tortured squalls. You don't have to tone down the extremity of your desolate clamors. Unhappy Hour is a ritually consecrated excursion devoted to the full disclosure of your primal clash and jangle. … [click on title to read and view more]
  • Training the wisdom body: adverse experience allow us to connect with others

    Monica Cassani
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sitting still in meditation may be the common image that comes to mind when one thinks of Buddhist practice—but just as important is cultivation of awareness through movement. … [click on title to read and view more]
  • The anger and rage collection: what we don’t engage we cannot transform

    Monica Cassani
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Anger is an emotion many people have so much trouble with that what happens is that is they end up denying that it's how they feel and also then, in turn, become unable to be present to it in others. This is not an effective way to heal if one has good reason to be angry. In fact it becomes impossible. Most people have good reason to be angry. We live in a culture of abuse and trauma and we've all been hurt. We also see a world where forces that feel much bigger than us are hurting many 1000s and millions of people all over the world. We also watch as our world and planet is being destroyed.
 
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • An apology

    Mentally Interesting
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I’m really sorry that for the longest time I have been awful at responding to comments. This is because, for ages, I haven’t received notifications for them. And I’ve tinkered around in both emails and the site and still don’t get them. I see comments when I read back posts so I *always* read them. I am very often on mobile Internet so struggle to type and tend to read late at night half asleep. But I massively appreciate comments and absorb them all and I’m sorry if I’ve seemed rude not responding. Quite honestly whatever the excuse I’m a very…
  • On being lonely

    Mentally Interesting
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    I’ve written about pissing into bottles when I’ve been depressed, and yet to me, this is a blog  whose responses I fear the most. Because admitting that you’re lonely seems to be the most shaming thing you can do. We’re meant to be glitzy! Instagramming! Vineing our awesome lives! And this will sound like one long self pitying tract, which it is, really. All I want from it is to get some thoughts out of my system. It is not a plea for contact because as I will explain I must do those things on my own terms and not be forced into them or feel obligated because I find…
  • A World without Rik Mayall

    Mentally Interesting
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    I don’t write about other things much in this blog, but the death of Rik Mayall means that I bloody well will. Because Rik Mayall was brilliant, and now he’s dead, and I just wanted to write a short bit about how ace he was. I’m not one to sneer at people who show emotion when a celebrity dies.  Although the hyperbolic, competa-bituaries sprout up as soon as the heart-clutch hits the ground, I don’t think that it means that the grief isn’t genuine. Of course we don’t know the celebrities who die. We grieve for the person as they were to us, a little piece…
  • Living in a Scar Suit- the summer edition

    Mentally Interesting
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Edit: Before I start, I want to say that these are my feelings on my own self harm. I’m not talking about yours, or anyone elses’. This is my post about my body and my experiences. Just a bit of a whine really.  When I’ve written about self harm here before (take a wee look at the comments page of this entry, it’ll lead you to the others), it’s been with reflection and optimism. I don’t feel that way today about my scars. Just pissed off. Stupid. Now that the sun is out, I look like a bloody zebra. A slither of sunlight on my arms turns my skin red and the…
  • Dropping out of 10k

    Mentally Interesting
    1 May 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I’m just letting you all know that I won’t be running the Bupa 10k this month.  Lots of people have sponsored me and it won’t be in vain- I’m in touch with Addaction to do another fundraising thing later in the year, something bigger than 10k when life isn’t totally shit. I’m not just sacking it off and I promise I will earn the sponsorship. The reasons I’m dropping out- over the past few months a lot of stressful stuff has happened.  I’ve been struggling with my mental health and with resulting exhaustion.   I have found it much harder…
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    NEW! from PostpartumProgress.com

  • Head Vs. Heart: Why Postpartum Feelings Matter

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

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

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

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

    Jennifer Marshall
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    As a mom with bipolar disorder who blogs openly about my experiences surviving a postpartum mood disorder, people often ask my opinion on ways to deal with and manage their diagnosis. I am not a medical professional, so I hesitate to even answer these emails. But my heart tells me I need to address their […] The post Navigating Your Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder appeared first on Postpartum Progress.        Related StoriesToward A Better Understanding of Postpartum DepressionA Whole Lotta Warrior Moms Say Thank You, Katherine, for 10 AMAZING…
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    A Splintered Mind

  • ADHD: Reverie Revolution

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

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

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

    21 Jun 2014 | 10:52 pm
    One of my favorite methods of treating Depression is to go out for a simple walk. Another is to exercise creativity in some way. When I combine the two together, it is very effective therapy indeed. I love the challenge of capturing sunsets with my iPhone and playing with filters to get the perfect effect that expresses my mood. Lately, I've been so very stressed because my car is off the road. I've sunk $1600 into it this week and it still didn't pass inspection. So frustrating. Thankfully, Mother Nature has sent me glorious sunsets to lift my spirits.   What types of activities…
  • ADHD: Looking Back & Laughing

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I'm a very lucky individual. I just wish that all of that luck was good. There always seems to be a balance. For every contest I win, there is the EPA letter declaring that I will be fined by the barrel for industrial toxic waste dumping.[1] When I first started this blog in 2005, I used bad luck as one of my topics of choice. You can read a classic entry here. In the end, however, I decided that writing about bad luck was at cross purposes with my efforts to think positively. So bad luck was dropped.That doesn't mean that my luck magically transformed into a rainfall of positive li'l Nestles…
 
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    Storied Mind

  • The Healing Garden

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

  • Why Do We Have So Many Nightmares?

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

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

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

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

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Now that I have already clearly showed you the bitter truth about your mental health, I will better explain various details. Now you know that God is not a myth. God exists and works producing meaningful dreams. All dreams help you protect your human conscience from the attacks of your anti-conscience, which is your wild conscience. Your anti-conscience is a demon that feels pleasure with terror and has the intention to destroy your conscience, and transform you into a cruel murderer. Your human conscience was created by God to help you fight the absurdity imposed by the demon, and transform…
 
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • Compare and contrast potential - Energy for Change Index and Hodges' model

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

    Peter Jones
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    The Global Research Nurses’ network is pleased to announce the second competition for nurses working in clinical research …THE WINNER WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING INTERNATIONAL NURSING RESEARCH CONFERENCE IN NOTTINGHAM, UK, 20th – 22nd APRIL 2015, ALL EXPENSES PAID.SECOND PRIZE – ONE YEAR’S SUBSCRIPTION TO 2 ONLINE JOURNALS:THE JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING & THE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSINGTo enter, research nurses should write a 1,000-1,500 word article to discuss the role of the research nurse: “Using examples from research projects that you have…
  • Heat maps and hotbeds in Hodges' model

    Peter Jones
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroup "Out of area placements are a good indicator of heat within the system and how over-stretched it is." p.5Prof. Paul McCrone,Lintern (2014).Sources:Image: http://www.usability.gov/sites/default/files/images/eye-tracking-full-option1.jpgLintern, S. (2014) Analysis reveals mental health trust funding cuts, Health Service Journal. 124, 6411, 4-5.
  • Paper: Low-cost strategies to improve dementia care

    Peter Jones
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    An interest in health and science invites some thought about chaos, complexity and catastrophe theory. These suggest quite a cold - mechanistic - perspective of reality. So trying to think of clinical and nursing examples beyond fluid dynamics, the heart muscle... to more socially oriented applications demands some creative thinking.In my work within intermediate support in the community for decades my colleagues and I come across cases were husband, wife, partner have looked their significant other to the nth degree. That degree can include hiding the extent of a person's cognitive problems…
  • Disobedient Objects

    Peter Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgrouppersonal ethicsobjectssocial justiceThe Victoria and Albert Museum 26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015Disobedient Objects:From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.Image source: Inflatable cobblestone, action of Eclectic…
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Clinical Psychologist

  • My Partner Gets Angry When I Call Him By My Ex-Husband’s Name

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

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

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

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

    Dr Elizabeth Wohl, PhD
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    My wife (20 years together, 13 years married) and I have always felt something was awkward sexually but we were happy and couldn’t quite understand what. Recently she confided that for many years she’s had to fantasize about other men for “extra stimulation” to facilitate orgasms. In addition, she confided that her most favorite sexual […]Tags: marriage, relationships, sexuality
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    Chipur

  • Escaping Your Personal Prison | Finding Your Inner Self (and Inner Peace)

    Bill White
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The never-ending quest for “happiness.” Ask someone enduring mood woes, panic attack symptoms, or chronic stress how that’s going. Spirituality? Other vehicles? Unproductive. Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere for tools to accomplish the escape from your personal prison. What say we turn to your Inner Self? Attended a therapy seminar last week, which served its intended purpose. However, I absorbed so much from the material used to set the table for that intended purpose. It was all about the Inner Self, the home of inner peace. The thought/theory is special, so I want to share.
 
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    Choosehelp.com

  • Recovering Alcoholic Michael Botticelli Nominated as Drug Czar

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    On average, states with medical marijuana programs saw a substantial drop (24.8%) in opioid overdose fatalities. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania say there’s a significant association between legalizing medical marijuana and reducing opioid overdose deaths. The Numbers To come to this conclusion, the research team looked at overdose statistics from between 1990 and 2010, comparing death-rates in 13 states with legal medical marijuana programs, to all other states. They found: States with legalized medical marijuana programs had a 24.8% lower…
  • 10 Things You Can Do to Support Your Loved One’s Recovery

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Supporting recovery - you're probably unsure about what's helpful and appropriate. The list below may surprise you. Here's how you can help. 1. Take Care of You It’s counterintuitive but it’s vital. By the time your loved one enters recovery you may find that you resent the time and energy you've spent on worrying and trying to convince him or her to stop. During those times it’s likely your self care suffered. Choosing to focus on self-improvement is not selfish, it is healthy and it lets you more fully support the important work your loved one is doing. 2. Get Help for Yourself I…
  • Quitting Marijuana – 10 Things to Do before Your Quit Date

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    When quitting marijuana, preparation and planning increase your odds of success. Here are ten easy exercises to complete in the week leading up to your quit date. When deciding to quit marijuana, a little planning and preparation goes a long way. Here are 10 simple exercises to complete in the days leading up to your quit attempt. You don’t have to do them all (you can pick and choose which make sense to you) but none take much time and they’re all quite beneficial. 10 Ways to Get Ready for Your Quit Date 1. Tell a Friend about Your Quit Plan Tell a friend or loved-one about your plan to…
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    Angela Brooks - The Business Incubator - Young Living Essential Oils - Social Media Profits

  • Take Steps. Reach Milestones. Achieve Your Dreams

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

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

    Angela Brooks
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    We took a family vacation in a germ tube Literally…. It started on the airplane where people cough, sneeze, and farted. It started on the airplane where people cough, sneeze, and farted.Click To Tweet The chauffer had a nice clean Cadillac Escalade polished and cleaned with small bottles of ice cold water waiting for us once we got off the plane. The air was on and it was nice and cool… he coughed twice. Yes I counted. We arrived at the hotel that was clean, friendly staff. It was what they called their suite. I called it a larger room. Yes it had a bedroom separate from the…
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    Scott D. Miller, Ph. D.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 21 Habits of Stress-less People

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

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

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

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

    Kathryn Nulf
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    source: Dave Morris – Flickr Do ever get asked a question that hits you like a ton of bricks? Years ago a good friend of mine asked me something that I’ll never forget. At the time I was pretty much all over the place. Feeling emotions very intensely, even taking on other people’s stuff. It was a huge energy suck. At the time I had no idea of my HSP trait. I just thought I was a little crazy. So when I was asked this question it caught me off guard. Like somebody had “found me out.” “Are you ever just content?” Of Course I Feel Contentment! My first…
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    CogniFit's blog

  • Shaklee and CogniFit decided to team up, and provide MindWorks...

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

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

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

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

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics months before their first words Baby sounds are cute and funny, but they also represent important developmental milestones in speech, motor, social and cognitive development. A new study shows that despite the lack of comprehension indicated by all that incoherent babbling, when infants of a certain age hear speech their brains kick into gear to try to figure out the mechanics of how to talk. The study by the University of Washington researchers and published on July 14th, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that…
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    Social Work Career Development

  • Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, September 2014

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

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

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

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Have you wondered what a typical day of work is like for a social worker in Child Protective Services (CPS)?Thanks to Brock Venture*, who has been in the field for 15 years, and kindly agreed to be interviewed, this post will provide you with an idea of what social work in child welfare is like.You will also have the opportunity to learn what types of questions you might expect on an interview for a CPS position.Brock, let's start with a bit of background. Could you tell us what is your current position? And what does this entail?Currently I am a CPS Screening supervisor in a large East…
  • Best in Mental Health (week of 8/4/2014)

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:A cruel paradox when it comes to mental disordersKevinMD (Allen Frances, MD)"Neuroscience is an extremely easy sell to Congress and…
 
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    StayOnTop: Depression

  • In Memoriam: Robin Williams

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Things You Should Say To A Depressed Person

    songtothesirens
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    We have all seen the lists of things a person, albeit well-meaning, should never say to a depressed person. We also know that periodically experiencing crippling depression can be a symptom of a relapse into illness.Hopefully, if you have either … Continue reading →
  • Therapy Animals: Service Animals And Family Pets

    songtothesirens
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Since I have been on a rather serious posting binge, I thought I would write about something more positive than depression and suicide and substance abuse: the therapeutic value of both specially trained “service” animals and/or the family cat. The … Continue reading →
  • Yesterday At The Bus Stop

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

    songtothesirens
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    I have been having a few problems with crying at “inappropriate” times lately. It is like my whole wounded inner child is exposed to the world and there is no scab or band-aid covering her. And, my outer adult doesn’t … Continue reading →
  • Robin Williams ~ His Death From A Different Perspective

    songtothesirens
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a link to great, in my opinion, commentary about Robin William’s suicide. It is written very sensitively with a great deal of respect for the actor as a human being. as well as the humanity of all of us. … Continue reading →
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    Dallas Counselor and Dallas Therapist

  • Laughing and Crying and Vulnerability

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

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

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

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

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

  • 29 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Relationship

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

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

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

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

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
                        When Should You See a Therapist? For many struggling with PTSD, chronic depression, or panic attacks for example, it’s clear that it’s important to work with a therapist to help cope with and alleviate symptoms. However, there are many not so obvious times when a ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: What is a Solution Focused Therapist? When Should You Seek Therapy or Consult a Counselor? Functioning Alcoholic: Signs and Symptoms
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    Depression

  • Depression in Cancer Patients Went Untreated

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Secret Place

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

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

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

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

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

  • Workplace Stress Causes,Signs & Treatments

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

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

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

    Ahmed
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Now you have the opportunity to make your life better and free like don’t lose the chance to get this life ACT NOW! You can find all the info you need about panic away program from here The post Panic Away Success Stories appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The Bigger Picture

    Barry McDonagh
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The things that challenge us deeply, also offer us great opportunity. When it comes to anxiety, ask yourself what gift this experience brings to you. There is a hidden gift there and here is how you might discover it… Anxiety is a crash course in self development. You might not remember volunteering for it but […] The post The Bigger Picture appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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    careforyourmind.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Harness your Amazingly Creative Mind

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sports Doping: How Did the Great Names See a Fall

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

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

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

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

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

  • Time to Study: How Parents Can Help With Schoolwork

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

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

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

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

    chattertree fact finder
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    By: Janet Allison Parents of 4, 5 and 6 year olds begin to wonder about first grade readiness: Is he ready for school? How is he ever going to be able to behave in school? He can’t sit still! It is important to think about what schools are asking of children. The pace of education has increased. However, our brain structure and development has not changed since our brains evolved when we were hunters and gatherers. What are we asking our children to do that they don’t actually have the brain structure and development yet to do? When you observe kindergartners or first graders, the boys…
 
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    Mazzastick Personal Growth Blog

  • Why I Don’t Own Pets

    Justin Mazza
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    I don’t own pets. Not even an aquarium. I had three aquariums about 10 years ago. Two 10 gallon tanks and one 55 gallon tank. In the beginning it was cool to have these aquariums in my house. They were beautiful, they were majestic and they were serene to look at. However, over time I looked at them less and less even though they had daily and monthly maintenance to them. Eventually I got rid of the two 10 gallon tanks. I donated one to my old high school, and the other I gave to Goodwill. It was a relief to be rid of the responsibility, however I still had the rather large 55 gallon tank…
  • Secrets of a Spiritual Millionaire by T. Harv Eker

    Justin Mazza
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    You can be spiritual and you can be rich at the same time. T. Harv Eker is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation. He is the author of the book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind published by HarperCollins. (Wikipedia). T. Harv Eker has helped over 1.5 million people move closer to their goal of true financial freedom. His strategies and lessons will give you immediate and lasting results. I have good news for you today. T. Harv Eker has just joined my affiliate friends over at Mind Valley. His latest project is Secrets of a Spiritual…
  • Bashar – Emotional Pain

    Justin Mazza
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    With the recent suicide of Robin Williams I decided to see what Bashar had to say about emotional pain and suicide. Questioner: Good day Bashar. Bashar: And to you good day! Q: Thank you for this opportunity. B: Speak up, speak up! Q: Thank you for this opportunity and without getting too dark I have experienced a lot of emotional pain and suicidal feelings in my life. B: How exciting. Q: Quite a rubber band. B: Yes. You do remember what we’ve said about pain? Q: Please elaborate. B: All pain is resistance to the natural self. The longer you resist the true natural you, the more pain…
  • Robin Williams Passes on

    Justin Mazza
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    We lost another great brother today. Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) died today died at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Robin allegedly suffered from severe bouts of depression. I recall as a little boy watching Robin Williams portray Mork from Ork on the popular sit-com Mork & Mindy. Robin Williams just had something about him that made you like him. Perhaps it was his wittiness or his character impersonations, I’m not sure but he will be sorely missed by me and by millions of other people on this planet. Thanks…
  • Bashar Talks About Chemtrails

    Justin Mazza
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    What are chemtrails? Chemtrails are long-lasting aerosol trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft which contain chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for purposes undisclosed to the general public. Some groups believe that chemtrails are being sprayed to create illness and disease to the populace of the planet unbeknownst to them. There have been found to be many toxic chemicals in the chemtrail spray such as barium and aluminum. There are tons of articles, videos and pics of chemtrails online, so please do your own research and come to your own conclusion as with any topic…
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    relationships and society

  • A Role Model

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

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

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

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

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

  • Problems?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Aug 20, Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Workplace Stress Causes,Signs & Treatments

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

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

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

    Ahmed
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Now you have the opportunity to make your life better and free like don’t lose the chance to get this life ACT NOW! You can find all the info you need about panic away program from here The post Panic Away Success Stories appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The Bigger Picture

    Barry McDonagh
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The things that challenge us deeply, also offer us great opportunity. When it comes to anxiety, ask yourself what gift this experience brings to you. There is a hidden gift there and here is how you might discover it… Anxiety is a crash course in self development. You might not remember volunteering for it but […] The post The Bigger Picture appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • 10 Things You Should Say To A Depressed Person

    songtothesirens
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    We have all seen the lists of things a person, albeit well-meaning, should never say to a depressed person. We also know that periodically experiencing crippling depression can be a symptom of a relapse into illness.Hopefully, if you have either … Continue reading →
  • Therapy Animals: Service Animals And Family Pets

    songtothesirens
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Since I have been on a rather serious posting binge, I thought I would write about something more positive than depression and suicide and substance abuse: the therapeutic value of both specially trained “service” animals and/or the family cat. The … Continue reading →
  • Yesterday At The Bus Stop

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

    songtothesirens
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    I have been having a few problems with crying at “inappropriate” times lately. It is like my whole wounded inner child is exposed to the world and there is no scab or band-aid covering her. And, my outer adult doesn’t … Continue reading →
  • Robin Williams ~ His Death From A Different Perspective

    songtothesirens
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a link to great, in my opinion, commentary about Robin William’s suicide. It is written very sensitively with a great deal of respect for the actor as a human being. as well as the humanity of all of us. … Continue reading →
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    Mind Snapshots

  • Breakdown vs Breakthrough

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beck’s Cognitive Model – Part 1 – Application to Therapy

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

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

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

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

    Beppe Micallef Trigona
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Mechanism of Action of rTMS Before I go on to describe the uses and efficacy of rTMS, I will briefly discuss the underlying mechanism of action. Non Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) techniques exert their effects through different neural mechanisms. For its part, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation induces a current able to elicit action potentials in neurons. A single session of rTMS results in changes that are reversible, lasting from just a few minutes to up to more than an hour and largely depend on N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors (Ridding, 2010). Whilst the actual…
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