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  • Simple blood test gives early warning of Alzheimer's

    New Scientist - Mental Health
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Patients showing mild early symptoms of cognitive decline could soon learn if they will develop Alzheimer's thanks to a new blood test
  • How To Ask For Help

    Dr. Deb
    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…
  • Sleep Salon – Get Healthy Sleep

    Mazzastick Personal Growth Blog
    Justin Mazza
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Do you suffer from sleeping problems? Medical studies have proven that unrestful sleep may lead to a host of health problems like weight gain, mood disorders and high blood pressure to name just a few. Wouldn’t it be nice to be one of those people that can just fall straight into a deep sleep, the moment their head hits the pillow? Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed that way. Many people spend endless hours staring up at the ceiling each night, wondering whether blissful slumber will ever arrive. And if you’re one of those people, I’d like to introduce you to a brand new…
  • Using TV and other media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of guilt and failure

    Anxiety / Stress News From Medical News Today
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    It seems common practice. After a long day at work, sometimes you just want to turn on the TV or play a video game to relax, decompress. This is supposed to make you feel better.
  • How to Deal with the Side Effects of Your Meds

    World of Psychology
    Michael Hedrick
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia eight years ago, the first medication I took was called Abilify. It was a new drug, one that was supposed to protect against metabolic issues like gaining weight. It would’ve been fine but it had a nasty side effect no one told me about — the constant, restless feeling of needing to move. I couldn’t sit still and I was so uncomfortable that I’d take miles-long walks every day just to ease the feeling. I felt like I was about to jump out of my skin. That was a side effect called akathisia. Needless to say, it was so unpleasant that I demanded…
 
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    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Computerized ADHD testing

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    A new technology can now be utilized on patients called the Quotient® ADHD Test. t is FDA-cleared for the objective measurement of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention, as an aid in the assessment of ADHD. ADHD is a common childhood condition characterized by more than normal difficulty with focus, behavior control, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
  • Teens pay high psychiatric toll when raised in conditions of political conflict

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Israeli youths exposed to protracted conflict suffer far higher levels of anxiety, phobia, fear, depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and paranoia than their counterparts in the US. The largest cross-sectional empirical study of its kind, the research assessed youths exposed to terrorism, missile attacks, war, forced residential relocations, and military operations.
  • How stress hormones promote brain's building of negative memories

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Scientists have discovered a key component to better understanding how traumatic memories may be strengthened in women. Their study's findings suggest that developing clinical treatments that could lower norepinephrine levels immediately following a traumatic event might offer a way to prevent this memory-enhancing mechanism from occurring.
  • Controlling childbirth pain tied to lower depression risk

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery is linked to reduced risk of postpartum depression, says a perinatal psychiatrist, based on a new study. The study showed postpartum depression rates doubled for women without pain control. Significant numbers of women have acute and chronic pain related to childbirth and need to consult with their physician if pain continues for several months.
  • Extra exercise helps depressed smokers kick the habit faster

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.
 
 
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    World of Psychology

  • Think You’re Not Guilty of Verbal Abuse? Think Again

    Psych Central Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Never speak badly about yourself. It’s a simple statement, one many of us would agree with in concept. But do you follow it’s advice? Probably not. Because our inner critic speaks to us in a voice so familiar we rarely notice it’s presence. Recently, I had a friend say out loud with absolute conviction: “God, I’m such a (expletive) idiot.” She said this more than once, and I was taken back to my childhood where this type of mental patterning was more commonly accepted. I used to say this out loud to myself all the time. Now, I just say it internally. If we want to be free and…
  • The Best Way to Learn a Foreign Accent

    Dave and Greta Munger
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    One common way to improve foreign-language skills is to watch videos in the foreign language. But if you’ve ever tried watching a foreign film, you know it can be quite difficult to follow along. Characters in movies talk in idioms, and faster than your high school French or German teacher might have done. Even if you are fluent in a language, you might find it difficult to understand regional accents. A native English speaker from Texas who learned French in school could actually struggle more to understand Scottish English accents than textbook Parisian French. Holger Mitterer and…
  • 5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Racing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in bipolar disorder, ADHD and other medical conditions, according to Marla Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders. For instance, anxious thoughts may be a string of worries. Deibler shared this example: “I don’t have a date for the party tomorrow. I can’t go by myself. What will everyone think? What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have a date?
  • How to Deal with the Side Effects of Your Meds

    Michael Hedrick
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia eight years ago, the first medication I took was called Abilify. It was a new drug, one that was supposed to protect against metabolic issues like gaining weight. It would’ve been fine but it had a nasty side effect no one told me about — the constant, restless feeling of needing to move. I couldn’t sit still and I was so uncomfortable that I’d take miles-long walks every day just to ease the feeling. I felt like I was about to jump out of my skin. That was a side effect called akathisia. Needless to say, it was so unpleasant that I demanded…
  • 8 Ways You Can Avoid Turning Help into Hurt in Relationships

    Eve Hogan
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Fortunately, we live in a society in which helpfulness and kindness are fairly common values. We typically consult with our friends on our troubles, help a neighbor out and offer problem-solving assistance to our spouses, family and friends. This is a beautiful thing. However, if we are not mindful, helpfulness and advice giving can be one very small step away from the less attractive behaviors of being passive-aggressive, manipulative, judgmental, attention-seeking and invasive. Here is when helpful crosses the line to hurtful: Giving advice when not asked. Advice and assistance are great…
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    Depression News -- ScienceDaily

  • Controlling childbirth pain tied to lower depression risk

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery is linked to reduced risk of postpartum depression, says a perinatal psychiatrist, based on a new study. The study showed postpartum depression rates doubled for women without pain control. Significant numbers of women have acute and chronic pain related to childbirth and need to consult with their physician if pain continues for several months.
  • Extra exercise helps depressed smokers kick the habit faster

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.
  • Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.
  • Low strength brain stimulation may be effective for depression

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Brain stimulation treatments, like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), are often effective for the treatment of depression. Like antidepressant medications, however, they typically have a delayed onset. For example, a patient may receive several weeks of regular ECT treatments before a full response is achieved. Thus, there is an impetus to develop antidepressant treatments that act to rapidly improve mood. Low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) is one such potential new treatment with rapid mood-elevating effects, report scientists.
  • Mental health issues in children with relatives who participated in manhunt after Boston Marathon

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a study that included surveys of Boston-area parents and other caretakers.
 
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Teens pay high psychiatric toll when raised in conditions of political conflict

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Israeli youths exposed to protracted conflict suffer far higher levels of anxiety, phobia, fear, depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and paranoia than their counterparts in the US. The largest cross-sectional empirical study of its kind, the research assessed youths exposed to terrorism, missile attacks, war, forced residential relocations, and military operations.
  • How stress hormones promote brain's building of negative memories

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Scientists have discovered a key component to better understanding how traumatic memories may be strengthened in women. Their study's findings suggest that developing clinical treatments that could lower norepinephrine levels immediately following a traumatic event might offer a way to prevent this memory-enhancing mechanism from occurring.
  • Mental health issues in children with relatives who participated in manhunt after Boston Marathon

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a study that included surveys of Boston-area parents and other caretakers.
  • Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers examined two treatment programs in a large number of primary caregivers of a child with a disability. Participants in both groups experienced improvements in mental health, sleep and overall life satisfaction and showed less dysfunctional parent-child interactions.
  • Experts urge new discipline combining benefits of neuroscience, psychology treatments

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    For some conditions, such as bipolar disorder, psychological treatments are not effective or are in their infancy. A 'culture gap' between neuroscientists and clinical scientists is hindering mental health treatment, say the life scientists, who call on scientists from both disciplines to work together to advance the understanding and treatment of psychological disorders.
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    Psych Central News

  • Supportive Women Turn Men On

    Rick Nauert PhD
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    New research suggests that the emotional connections and desires established on a first date, determine the fate of a potential relationship. Responsiveness, or the support for another’s needs and goals, may be one of those initial “sparks” necessary to fuel sexual desire and land a second date. However, it may not be a desirable trait for both men and women on a first date. A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin investigates if responsiveness increases sexual desire in the other person? Also, does the perception vary by gender? Researchers from the…
  • Mechanism by Which Child Abuse Influences Adult Health Identified

    Rick Nauert PhD
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new study demonstrates that childhood abuse affects the way genes are activated, thereby influencing a child’s long-term development. Previous studies focused on how a particular child’s individual characteristics and genetics interacted with that child’s experiences in an effort to understand how health problems emerge. In the new study, researchers were able to measure the degree to which genes were turned “on” or “off” through a biochemical process called methylation. This new technique reveals the ways that nurture changes nature — that…
  • Best Practice for Weight Control Targets Preschoolers and Parents

    Rick Nauert PhD
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    New research finds a key element in the treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers is parental involvement. Investigators discovered traditional approaches to overweight prevention and treatment focusing only on the child are outdated, with interventions targeting both parent and child more effective. The research, conducted at the University at Buffalo and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is published in the journal Pediatrics. Children enrolled in the study were overweight or obese and had one parent who participated in the study who also was overweight or obese. During the…
  • Inspiring Purchases Can Fuel Happiness

    Rick Nauert PhD
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    New research suggests material items designed to create or enhance an experience can make shoppers just as happy as performance of life activities. San Francisco State University researchers discovered the products satisfy a different, but equally powerful, psychological need than experiential purchases. While life experiences help consumers feel closer to others, products such as books, sporting goods, video games, or musical instruments allow them to utilize and develop new skills and knowledge, resulting in similar levels of happiness. The study sheds additional light on how consumers can…
  • Babies Recognize Familiar Rhyme in the Womb

    Traci Pedersen
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Babies in the womb begin to respond to the rhythm of a familiar nursery rhyme by 34 weeks gestational age and are able to remember a set rhyme just before birth, according to new research by the University of Florida. The study also highlights the important role of the mother’s voice in the baby’s learning capabilities. For the study, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, pregnant women recited a rhyme to their unborn babies three times a day for six weeks, starting at 28 weeks of pregnancy, the beginning of the third trimester. “The mother’s voice is the…
 
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • 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.
  • Difference found in way bipolar disorder affects brains of children versus adults

    18 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Bipolar children have greater activation in the right amygdala -- a brain region very important for emotional reaction -- than bipolar adults when viewing emotional faces. The study suggests that bipolar children might benefit from treatments that target emotional face identification, such as computer based 'brain games' or group and individual therapy.
  • Low cortisol levels may increase risk of depression in bipolar disorder

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    Depression is almost twice as common, and poor quality of life almost five times as common, in people with bipolar disorder who have elevated or low levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong disease that causes recurrent episodes of both mania and depression. Stress is a known trigger for these episodes, and depression and mania also adds to the accumulated stress load.
 
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients: Closer than ever?

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    For the first time, scientists generated induced pluripotent stem cells lines from skin samples of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and further, they developed an accelerated protocol to induce these stem cells into becoming oligodendrocytes, the myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system implicated in multiple sclerosis and many other diseases.
  • Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison?

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    A link between Medicaid policies on antipsychotic drugs and incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals has been uncovered by a new study. Researchers found that states requiring prior authorization for atypical antipsychotics had less serious mental illness overall but higher shares of inmates with psychotic symptoms than the national average. The study concluded that prior authorization of atypical antipsychotics was associated with a 22 percent increase in the likelihood of imprisonment, compared with the likelihood in a state without such a requirement.
  • Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.
  • Schizophrenia's genetic 'skyline' rising as genetic code linked to illness grows

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    The largest genomic dragnet of any psychiatric disorder to date has unmasked 108 chromosomal sites harboring inherited variations in the genetic code linked to schizophrenia, 83 of which had not been previously reported. By contrast, the 'skyline' of such suspect variants associated with the disorder contained only 5 significant peaks in 2011. Researchers combined data from all available schizophrenia genetic samples to boost statistical power high enough to detect subtle effects on risk.
  • Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcoholism

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    A rare gene variant discovered is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research. People with the variant are around 2 to 3 times more likely to develop schizophrenia or alcohol dependence, researchers report. The study is based on genetic analysis of 4,971 people diagnosed with one of the three disorders compared with 1,309 healthy controls.
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    Dr. Deb

  • 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…
  • The Power of Positive Direction

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:31 am
    Remember this scene from Star Wars ?Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification. Obi-Wan: (influencing the stormtrooper's mind) You don't need to see his identification. Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification.Obi-Wan: These aren't the droids you're looking for. Stormtrooper: These aren't the droids we're looking for. Obi-Wan: He can go about his business. Stormtrooper: You can go about your business. Obi-Wan: Move along.Stormtrooper: Move along. Move along.This snippet of dialogue showing how "The Force" works is similar to the technique known as Positive Direction.Positive…
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    Beyond Meds

  • In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love

    Monica Cassani
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all...that in the middle of winter, I finally found that within me there lies an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger--something better, pushing right back. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Physical punishment (spanking etc) actually alters the brain

    Monica Cassani
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized" kind of way but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain" kind of way. "Exposing children to HCP (harsh corporal punishment) may have detrimental effects on trajectories of brain development," one 2009 study concluded. Harsh corporal punishment in the study was defined as at least one spanking a month for more than three years, frequently done with objects such as a belt or paddle. Researchers found children who were regularly spanked had less gray matter in certain areas of the…
  • Crash course in Urban Shamanism

    Will Hall
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    By Will Hall Urban shamanism is a broader approach, rediscovering the roots of tribal mind for modern people and putting ancient patterns to use in new forms. Urban shamans reinvent spirit healing for ourselves. All of us have ancestral links to shamanic cultures if we go back far enough, because all societies have origins in tribalism. There are no rules and no end to learning and creativity, as we reawaken our indigenous minds and recreate spirit healing in new ways. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • We accept a cultural value that annihilates the Earth (making us all sick and in denial)

    Monica Cassani
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don’t change, we are going to our own extinction. This is precisely what addicts do. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Be brave

    Monica Cassani
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Saturday mellow video: … [click on title for the rest of the post]
 
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • 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…
  • And usually I support squatting…

    Mentally Interesting
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    My other website (google my name Seaneen Molloy, you’ll find it) has been nicked and is now being squatted. I have no idea if I can get it back, I seem to have lost everything on it. Just so you know, there’s nothing there now but spam. I am a twat. I forgot to send the Paypal to renew it and now it’s gone forever.  Thanks so much to Bekki Williams for hosting me so generously for so long. I’m sorry I’m a forgetful eejit. If anyone has any ideas about how I can get my stuff back, I’d love to hear them Archive has saved a fair amount though:…
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    NEW! from PostpartumProgress.com

  • Reward and Risk: My Decision to Stay On An SSRI During Pregnancy

    Lindsay Maloan
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nearly two years to the day after my overdue diagnosis of postpartum depression and anxiety, I found myself pregnant and still on an SSRI. We had been trying; I had done my research, consulted my OB and my Pediatrician for their thoughts on wether or not I should taper off of my medication prior to […] The post Reward and Risk: My Decision to Stay On An SSRI During Pregnancy appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you so much for sharing your story.
  • Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2

    Esther Dale
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Trigger Warning: This is part 2 of a 2 part story (part 1 can be read here) of my misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis after giving birth in 2009. This post contains some references and details about Postpartum OCD, Intrusive Thoughts, miscarriage, and D&C. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and prone to triggers, you may […] The post Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2 appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsI'm four months postpartum with my third. I was diagnosed with ... by…
  • Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 1

    Esther Dale
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Trigger Warning: This is part 1 of a 2 part story of my misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis after giving birth in 2009. This post contains some references and details about Postpartum OCD and Intrusive Thoughts. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and prone to triggers, you may want to avoid this post until a later […] The post Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 1 appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.        Related StoriesMisdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2How My Doctors Missed My Antenatal AnxietyWhen…
  • The emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss

    Esther Dale
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Trigger Warning: pregnancy loss, D&C If you are feeling particularly vulnerable/sensitive, you may want to skip this post or may need to stop reading part way through. If that’s the case, here’s a video of pandas playing on a slide. Actually, even if that’s not the case you may still want to watch the video […] The post The emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you for this post. All too often we don't discuss infant ... by Lauren…
  • What if you’re not better?

    Robin Farr
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Last week was a big week here at Postpartum Progress. It was the site’s 10th anniversary, and therefore the 10th anniversary of Katherine’s start as a powerful advocate for women with postpartum depression and similar mood disorders. In celebrating that anniversary, you may have seen stories from a whole list of women who credit Katherine and […] The post What if you’re not better? appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you for this. by KassOh how I wish I had read that six…
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    A Splintered Mind

  • 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…
  • ADHD & Fearing Failure

    11 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    “It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There's almost no such thing as ready. There's only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I'm about to go bungee jumping or something - I'm not. I'm not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” ~Hugh Laurie That quote drifted across my Facebook stream sometime last weekend. Normally, I snort disdainfully at inspirational quotes overlaid on gauzy photos full…
 
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    Lawyers With Depression

  • How Lawyers Can Increase Focus and Productivity With Mindfulness

    Dan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Wonderful overview of the stress response that goes on in our bodies and how meditation counteracts it.  Read the Blog
  • 5 Things I’d Tell My Young Self

    Dan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Great piece from a lawyer who has been out of school for 10 years who asked himself, “What would I tell my first year lawyer self knowing what I know now?”  Read the Blog
  • Depression Isn’t An Addiction: It’s An Illness

    Dan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Blogger, Therese Borchard writes, “There are those who believe that people become addicted to depression much like a kid becomes reliant on his blankie.  These negative thought patterns, if left unchallenged, create a false sense of security.  Some believe that a person can get too comfortable with the apathy and emptiness of depression.  Read the Blog
  • The Psychology of Scarcity: Learn to Avoid the Deprivation Thinking Trap

    Dan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    When we experience emotional deprivation in childhood, this feeling of not being important or lovable enough can persist into adulthood as a “deprivation mindset.”  We may never feel as if we have enough of the things we need.  This sense of insecurity can harm our close relationships. We may expect our loved ones to let us down, never express our needs directly or choose romantic partners who are avoidant of intimacy. Feeling deprived of important resources like love, food, money, or time can lead to anxiety or anger. We may obsess about the thing we are deprived of.  Or we may feel…
  • The Great Depression: Why So Many Lawyers Struggle With Depression

    Dan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Jay Coulter of The Worry Cure podcast show contacted me to talk about my own experiences with depression and explain why so many lawyers struggle. Listen to the interview here.
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • Shocking Explanations And Metaphysical Solutions

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I was excited with all the knowledge I found in the dream messages. I couldn’t imagine that this was only the beginning of a very long journey. When I became a dream expert and I discovered the existence of the anti-conscience – which is our wild conscience and has satanic characteristics – I understood that human beings are not really human. The anti-conscience occupies the biggest part of our brain and psyche. We are in fact demons with a tiny human conscience. In the beginning I was not shocked with my shocking discovery because I was insensitive and ignorant. I…
  • Proving God’s Existence In The 21st Century

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The supposition that we could be able to understand God’s words was considered to be absurd in the 20th century. This attitude was not based on the big distance that separates God from imperfect human beings, but based on the atheism and materialism that characterized this historical time. God didn’t seem to be necessary. Our scientific and technological progress seemed to give us answers to all questions. However, posterior scientific discoveries revealed that life couldn’t have appeared on our planet thanks to the successful of molecular permutations made by chance in four…
  • Finding Good Mental Health And The Meaning Of Life

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The meaning of your life is closely related to your mental health. You will carry on your mission in life if you will manage to acquire sound mental health and become a good person. You may believe you are free to decide what to do in life, but this is a false impression. If you won’t develop your human conscience, you will waste your precious time. Thanks to my discoveries after continuing Carl Jung’s research, you know that: * All mental illnesses are generated by your anti-conscience, which is your wild conscience * All dreams are produced by God, who works like a natural…
  • How To Have God’s Protection In Life

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    As I already told you numerous times, I discovered the existence of a wild conscience into the human brain and psyche, after continuing Carl Jung’s research. Thanks to my lessons you know that everything you have learned about the human mind is based on suppositions and theories. I already showed you all the absurdity existent in the human brain, and the absurdity of the world. The knowledge given by the hypocritical world about the human brain cannot be trusted. Human beings ignore the internal functioning of the human conscience. My discoveries after precisely following Carl Jung’s…
  • Is Art Important For Your Mental Health?

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My words had to follow the scientific model because this way they would be convincing. However, I’m basically an artist who had to become a scientist. I was born to be a literature writer. Everybody could understand this fact by reading my poems and stories. Unfortunately, when I was 18-years-old I had to abandon my country (Brazil) and I lost the Portuguese language. I had to live in Greece and get adapted to the complicated Greek language. I could speak Greek because my parents are Greek, but I didn’t know the meaning of many complicated words. Then, I had to learn the…
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • NW England: Greater Manchester AHSN Hackathon 'Young Carers'

    Peter Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Date: Thursday 31st JulyTime: 8.30 – 17.00Lunch and refreshments will be providedOn the 31st July GM AHSN invite you to an all-day hackathon focussed on developing solutions that can make a difference to the lives of young carers.There are currently over 700,000 carers in the UK. In the addition to the difficulties of caring for a sick relative, many are placed at a disadvantage in terms of their academic and social lives. The hackathon is your opportunity to make an impact, test your skills and work collaboratively to help develop solutions to this often overlooked social…
  • Gender models role models and cognitive models... Discuss?

    Peter Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    As a male nurse I have been aware of gender throughout my career ever since my student days (late 1970s-early 80s) - mental health - and then as a student again for two years general nurse training. The cultural, professional and global changes over the past three decades and more have been quite profound all influencing the perspectives and realities of gender in nursing today.Since 1987-88, when I discovered Hodges' model I was also bound to wonder about gender in terms of:the number of male nurse theorists and their contribution (should this matter!)?; other male nurse theorists…
  • The Cost of Things: The quality of what is fixed and what is marginal

    Peter Jones
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupInternet of Things (IoT)The Zero Marginal Cost SocietyIoT is not just an incredible prospect it is an incredible happening.Let us not forget howeverthe Fixed Costs of Social CareShould some of the costs that assure High Qualitybe fixed, or remain intangible?Amortisation
  • Slides: Workshop on Hodges' model at 5th Threshold Concepts Conference Durham 11 July 2014

    Peter Jones
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    See also previous post:http://hodges-model.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/h2cm-workshop-at-threshold-concepts.html
  • The Global Health Research Process Map

    Peter Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    As a conceptual ready reckoner Hodges' model helps us locate, isolate and contextualise the commonly cited 4Ps. In the h2cm matrix below I have related the 4Ps, as before, to the four care domains:individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupPURPOSEPROCESSPRACTICEPOLICYI raise this learning of a new process oriented resource for global research produced by The Global Health Network.Processes are critical.  Think of the relationship of purpose, practice and policy in relation to triage and emergency care? When I reflect on a situation even if the…
 
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Clinical Psychologist

  • 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
  • I’ve Fallen Out of Love But is That Enough to Divorce?

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Q: I am a 56-year-old woman. I know the emotional abuse I received from my dad for many years affected my life and marriage. Therapy over the years made no difference. My husband was in the armed forces when we got married 22 years ago. His personality was that of a very strong and capable […]Tags: divorce, love, marriage, relationships
  • I’ve Been Seeing Things and Thinking I Can Predict the Future

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Q: I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone I know about what I’m going through but I think I should get help. About a year ago I started seeing things that other people couldn’t see, I had no idea what was going on and it was scary. Now I don’t think of them as scary really […]Tags: delusions, hallucinations, neurology, psychiatry
  • Do I Need Abuse to Be Motivated?

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Q: As a child I had a very verbally abusive father. Because of his control issues I rebelled and therefore excelled at everything I ever tried to do, from grades to sports to music. I’ve been to counseling in the past and now that I seem to have worked through my issues, I have no […]Tags: abuse and trauma, depression, motivation
  • How Do I Self-Treat My Social Anxiety?

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:29 am
    Q: I am a junior in high school painfully living with social anxiety. I spend every day by myself. It’s like I am physically unable to talk to people. I get shaky, my heart beats rapidly, I turn bright red, and I am at a loss for words. I wish so badly to make friends […]Tags: anxiety and stress, panic, phobia, social skills
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    Chipur

  • Major Depressive Disorder & Ketamine | Fanning the Flame of Hope

    Bill White
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Hope is a matter of spirit. And it sure as heck helps to have some cold, hard facts to fan the flame. Ketamine has rushed to the possibilities-forefront of major depressive disorder treatment. And I’m here to tell you why, including the very latest… Tons of flame-fanning to do, folks, so we’re gonna’ jump right in. Good to go? Okay, let’s start with a ketamine thumbnail. What is Ketamine? Seems a research team from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NY) has the first controlled evidence that an intranasal ketamine spray produced an unusually rapid…
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    Choosehelp.com

  • Addiction Recovery: How to Protect Your Privacy While Getting the Help You Need

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Staying anonymous in a social media world - how to balance getting the recovery support you need with maintaining anonymity. The word “anonymous” appears in the names of most respected recovery programs. There is a clear expectation of membership that we not identify others as belonging to or participating in organizations like AA, NA, FA, Al-Anon, and many others. For some of us, being identified in the mainstream as a member would be personally and/or professionally disastrous. For others, being identified would be humiliating or shameful. Social media has made protecting anonymity…
  • 8 Item Recovery Wellness Checklist – Avoid Relapse and Get Healthy and Happy

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Decrease your relapse odds and increase your happiness, resilience and health by focusing on balanced wellness. Here’s an 8 item wellness checklist with suggestions for small changes you can make today. Avoid relapse by improving recovery wellness. How’s life in recovery? Well, if you’re past the early days and life is anything but perfect (so this is for basically everyone…) take stock of what areas of life need a tune-up and get some ideas for self-improvement, because the more wellness you enjoy, the stronger your recovery becomes. Read on for an 8 item wellness checklist. Evaluate…
  • Dangerous Anniversaries: Avoiding Recovery Pitfalls at 30 Days and 3, 6, 9 and 12 Months

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Recovery milestones like the first 30, 90 or 365 days can increase your relapse risks. Learn about the specific dangers and pitfalls at each stage and get prepared to avoid them Recovery is filled with perilous moments. Most who travel the path find that there are benchmark stages when you need to be especially careful and well-supported. The most common of these are: thirty days, three months, six months, nine months, one year and annually. Surviving Dangerous Anniversaries As the literature of AA states, the disease of addiction is “cunning, baffling, and powerful.” The disease may…
  • A Guide to Getting into Rehab without Insurance

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Step by step instructions on finding rehab treatment when you don’t have insurance. Getting into rehab without insurance takes a little work and patience, but it is possible. With good insurance, finding a rehab is easy. However, even if you don’t have insurance and/or the money to pay up-front, you can still find rehab treatment - you’ll just have to work harder to find it and you may have to sit on a waiting list for a while before a treatment slot opens up. Here are some ideas on how and where to find a low-cost rehab that’s billed on a sliding scale that’s related to your…
  • How to Create Your Own Bucket List - 5 Practical Exercises

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Try a few of these 5 quick and easy exercises to help you identify what matters most in life so you can maximize the time and energy you spend on what's truly important (some of your results may surprise you.) "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault There's no shortage of wise advise out there - "live a life with no regrets" or "dance like no one is watching" - but how, in the middle of our whirlwind of days, work, career, family, children, running, running, running....  do we begin to figure out what is truly…
 
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    The Business Incubator

  • Back to School Business Incubator Special

    Angela Brooks
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tired of sacrificing family time, money, and tons of energy in the hopes of growing your business and bottom line? You’ll be surprised to learn that you don’t need to have huge launches and massive promotions to make lots of money It is time for the kids to go back to school once again – it seems like summer just got started and they are getting thier pencils sharpened and paper ready go again. You have used the kids as your excuse for the summer that you could not build your business…well… The kids are back in school and it is time for you to get serious about that…
  • Bringing Success Through Social Media, Angela Brooks Is Making It Happen

    Angela Brooks
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Despite being a working nurse and a busy mom, Angela Brooks founded The Business Incubator (www.angelabrook.com) to help business professionals harness the power of social media, blogging and even, their smart phone. Her own search for a business coach to help her breathe life into her struggling second business gave her the inspiration she needed to move in to that line of work herself. Overworked as a nurse, Brooks wanted to break out on her own and develop a more reliable income from her second business. As she navigated the Internet from her smartphone and tablet, she realized that she…
  • Tour Aha Moments with The Mutual of Omaha

    Angela Brooks
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    A few weeks ago I went to Bowling Green, Ky too interview with The Mutual of Omaha Aha Tour What an experience it was! [ Read that story here] For years I have listened to people’s stories and love to do so. The only part about the ones I have heard are so sad…with such tragedy behind them that caused them to eventually end up in the hospital that I worked, a mental institution. I have talked too and had coffee with murderers, rapist, child molesters, masters degree scientist, inventors, mothers, teachers, homeless, nurses and even one doctor. All under the roof of a state…
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    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..
  • Is your therapy making your clients worse? The Guardian Strikes Again

    scottdm
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Last week, an article appeared in The Guardian, one of the U.K.’s largest daily newspapers.  “Counselling and Therapy can be Harmful,” the headline boldly asserted, citing results of a study yet to be published.  It certainly got my attention. Do some people in therapy get worse?  The answer is, most assuredly, “Yes.”  Research dating back […] The post Is your therapy making your clients worse? The Guardian Strikes Again appeared first on Scott D. Miller, Ph. D..
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    HSP Health Blog

  • Tips For The Urban HSP

    Sara
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    Source: Colin Mutchler – Flickr As an HSP, I sometimes think I must be truly nuts to be living in New York City, a place that seems like the very embodiment of the word “overstimulation.” Crowded, loud, bright and always on, it can be a nightmare for the senses. If you let it. I’ve lived here for nearly 15 years now, and I’ve found ways to make it work. (I have a bit of a dream writing job, and this is one of the only places I can really do it, which is why I don’t leave, in case you’re wondering. Also, nearly everyone I love is here, which adds…
  • Stuck In The Spider Web Of Approval?

    Maria
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    Source: Morguefiles I like getting approval. I suspect we all do. Yet I hate wanting or needing it. I hate all the games that go with approval: the withholding of it – treating it like it is a prize or a weapon. the distortion of information to manipulate approval the overvaluation of approval when we are really all in this together. We are social creatures, so social issues are important to us. Since none of us survive alone, our social life has great weight and can cause us pain or provide us  with immense joy. Often we personalize social issues and judge each other, while…
  • Self Pity And Grieving: 6 Ways To Feel Better

    Maria
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – Fallin Self pity and grieving are very different.  Self pity is the stuckness of despair. It can be a bitter feeling of longing for something you cannot have but need. Often what we want does not seem like too much to ask, which is why self pity can be so painful. Sometimes it feels like the end of the world. Self Pity And The Loss Of The Self Self pity can be very difficult to handle not only because it can be tied to our dreams but also because it can be tied to the expression of the good in ourselves and…
  • Tyranny of the Clock

    Maria
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
      Clock © by Earls37a Flickr People in an economic system based on production learn to live with the tyranny of the clock.  Although people have been tracking time since the early days of humans, our relationship with time has become different. Time used to be related to something going on in nature.  People measured the hours of sunshine, the seasons, and how long crops took to grow.  The day began when the sun came up and ended when it set. Our survival was directly related to what nature offered us and so our relationship to time was related to nature also. Since the Industrial…
  • Love Your Defenses!

    Maria
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    Source: Morguefiles So many defenses. I feel like my life is often about bumping into defenses of one kind or another. Dealing with defenses feels like walking through a field of hay.  With each step you meet  a new stalk(defense) that obscures your vision and parts as you walk only to reveal a new defense. Often the defenses I bump into are the defenses of other people. I dislike bumping into them because in doing so the relationships changes – often not for the better. When defenses show themselves, the relationship door usually closes even if only for a moment and we realize we…
 
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    CogniFit's blog

  • Exercising the body and the mind may prevent...

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Exercising the body and the mind may prevent Alzheimer’s Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s according to the Alzheimer’s Association. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death. However results from one of the largest randomized prevention trial to date suggest that seniors at risk for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s may help safeguard their memory and ability to think by adopting a healthier lifestyle. During the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark,…
  • Eye and smell tests may detect Alzheimer’s onset  Alzheimer’s...

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Eye and smell tests may detect Alzheimer’s onset  Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive brain condition that damages and destroys brain cells. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One of the main issues is that current clinical diagnostic tests can only be detected in its late stages. However, 4 new studies suggest that eye and smell tests could be used for early detection of Alzheimer’s. The studies presented during the week of July 12-17, 2014 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen,…
  • 99.6 percent of drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease...

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    99.6 percent of drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease fail Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and causes memory, thinking and behavior problems. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there is no current cure, though some symptoms are treatable. However, more than 99% of drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease during the past decade have failed, according to a study. Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health shared an alarming message in the July 3 issue of the journal Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy: We’re not doing enough to develop…
  • CogniFit is celebrating Independence Day with a 25% discount on...

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    CogniFit is celebrating Independence Day with a 25% discount on personalized brain training program for individuals! Simply log in or register for free on cognifit.com and click on this link.
  • CogniFit launched a dedicated brain fitness platform for...

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    CogniFit launched a dedicated brain fitness platform for schools  At CogniFit we love getting feedback, we very much value your opinions and greatly appreciate your views. And we have been receiving a ton of feedback from educators, teachers, or professors who want to use the CogniFit personalized brain fitness program with their students. Well, we have heard you and we are very pleased to inform you that we have just launched a dedicated platform for you: CogniFit for Schools.  CogniFit for Schools is a platform for schools to assess, train and track their students’ cognition. CogniFit…
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    Social Work Career Development

  • Best in Mental Health (week of 7/21-7/27/14)

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:03 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:Mapping the Risk Architecture of Mental DisordersNIMH (Thomas Insel)"new report adds to the growing evidence that common variation will…
  • Got Therapy Practice? Create Your Own Website!

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The Minimalist Guide to Creating a Therapist Website Are you a social worker or mental health professional who would like to set up your own wordpress blog?If yes, you are likely to find the WordPress Video course created by Cathy Hanville, LCSW, very helpful.Cathy is a licensed clinical social worker who has a clinical private practice and a business consultancy. Some of you may already be familiar with Cathy's expertise on internet marketing from The Zen of Online Marketing for Private Practice.This post will provide you with a review of the video course for therapists, as well as…
  • Best in Mental Health (weeks 7/6 - 7/20/2014)

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly (or biweekly) 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:3 innovations to improve mental health treatmentKevinMD (Mary Giliberti and Stuart Lustig, MD, MPH)"we need to ensure…
  • Supervision in Social Work: A Book Review

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Are you looking for a good resource to prepare you to take on the role of social work supervisor? Or perhaps you are an educator looking for an excellent book about supervision to use in your advanced practice class?If yes, Supervision in Social Work, Fifth Edition, by Alfred Kadushin and Daniel Harkness may be the perfect book to fulfill your needs!Kadushin and Harkness (2014) provide you with a thorough review of supervision, starting with how it originated, the different types, to recent innovations in the field (such as live supervision). Furthermore, you are alerted about the typical…
  • Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: Key Learnings [2 of 3]

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What are some of the evidence-based practices for trauma-informed care? Have you wanted to learn more about narrative exposure therapy?A few weeks ago, NYU's Silver School of Social Work held an informative one day conference on the "Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: The Essentials." In part one of this series, you had the opportunity to look at what is the essence of trauma-informed care.There are many evidence-based treatments for trauma such as EMDR, yoga, drama therapy, improvisation, movement therapy and rhythmic singing, but this post, part two of the series, will…
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    nochnoch

  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings

    nochnoch
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Photos of weddings, marriage vows, honeymoon, babies elicit warm, fuzzy feelings.   I had not been on Facebook for a while, but recently decided to upload a few photos of my pregnant belly to my private account.   I got a flurry of “likes” and congratulations. Much obliged, and Thank You to everyone for the well wishes.   The smiles in the photographs were genuine, and my husband and I had fun during the photo shoot by a talented friend. I am grateful for what we have, and the opportunity to go through another life experience. Yet, behind the scenes, I had rashes on my legs…
  • Not good enough!

    nochnoch
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    What fuels my fear of not being good enough?     As some of you are aware, I have been developing Bearapy – bear therapy to help those with depression and anxiety issues. This is a project I have been working on in Beijing, and the first step was to start a Support Group for those who have gone through depression, and for those stressed out and needed a safe haven to vent and voice out their concerns. I had hoped to experiment with play therapy techniques, using psychological projection onto objects, to help others find their comfortable boundaries through which they could tackle…
  • Arrogance

    nochnoch
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    “I feel it’s right…” I muttered under my breath, a little bit unsure of my conclusion. Timmie perked up, and said, “What did you say?” “Huh? I said I think it’s right…” “No,” Tim said, “what you said just now…. You said you “feel” it’s right… Finally you stop thinking and feel!” Dumbstruck. I had not even noticed what I said. But Timmie did. He notices even the smallest changes in me. I think he is very wise. But why did I not listen to him? Arrogance. My self-presumed superiority over others, my air of arrogance over Timmie, and my preconceived notion of…
  • Today is a Good Day

    nochnoch
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:29 am
    Today is a Good Day   I slept better last night. Woke up and went for a specialized physiotherapy / massage session.   Came home, ate some lunch and watched TV.   Played with Bamboo.   Made some Cantonese style dessert with egg and milk.   Read a few pages of Carl Jung’s thoughts on dreams and unconsciousness.   Ate my dessert.   Talked to my bears, and rearranged them in the Bear Room.   Now I am writing this.   So, despite being assessed to be in mild to moderate depression recently by my shrink, today was a good day.   We can have good…
  • On Writing

    nochnoch
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    After 6 weeks of hiatus, I am back. I do not know where the last 6 weeks went. I had no energy. I was tired. I could not sleep well. I had no motivation. At least I cooked and ate.   I have also been pondering the purpose of my writing. I read everybody’s comments in my last post. Many of them were encouraging, and helped me regain perspective. I am touched that my written words can be a source of inspiration for those who find me. Some comments probed my thoughts. Direct and honest, my readers challenged me to understand my motivations for writing, and to look into my soul. Was it…
 
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • Constantly Questioning ~ New Question About The Idea Of Being “Disabled”

    songtothesirens
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is another question that came to mind this morning (too much coffee mixed with Adderall :) ) How much of a person’s disability are either mental disorders or developmental disorders, and how much of it is because society has told a person that they are “disabled”? This weekend I had the privilege of meeting […]
  • Well As I Seem To Be Headed Down The Rabbit Hole…..Again

    songtothesirens
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I don’t know if I have posted this before, I may have a long time ago, but as I feel that I am off to tea with the Mad Hatter and The Red Queen has most definitely lost her head, I thought it might be appropriate. So, much for stable madness….I am moving towards the […]
  • The NMIH Study Is Fascinating

    songtothesirens
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Apparently, the study lasted 7 years and included more than 3,000 people with Bipolar disorder in addition to co-morbid disorders which no other study had ever done. All other studies had focused on Bipolar exclusively which did not give a really good “real” life cross section of people with Bipolar disorder as it commonly occurs […]
  • Link ~ Interesting Long Term NMIH Study On Bipolar Disorder

    songtothesirens
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    It’s just a link to a study I came across this afternoon, but what I have read of it is very interesting. It is the longest term study on Bipolar Disorder and treatments to date. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/clinical-trials-for-researchers/practical/step-bdFiled under: Bipolar Disorder, NMIH, Study Tagged: Bipolar Disorder, Long Term Study, NMIH, treatment
  • Steppenwolf ~ The Pusher

    songtothesirens
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    I wish you could stick posts in between each other…..this one really belongs with another post I wrote about my near death experience with substance abuse/self-medication. It also happens to be from one of my favorite movies of all time: “Easy Rider”   Filed under: Addiction, self-medication Tagged: Addiction, Drug Dealers, Drugs, Recovery, Self-medication
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    Psychology One (PsychOne.Net)

  • Exercises to Ease the Symptoms of Depression

    Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    By Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. Depression has reached truly epidemic levels around the globe, with more people everyday falling victim to its effects. According to MentalHealthAmerica.net, depression “affects more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or … Continue reading →
  • The Relationship Between Sex Addiction and Drugs

    Michelle Dunbar
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:14 pm
    By Michelle Dunbar Are you or a loved one convinced that you have sex addiction? Many self-proclaimed sex addicts or those who seem to be unable to control their sexual compulsions often believe that they have an “addictive personality” that … Continue reading →
  • Are Psychologists Who Are Authorized to Prescribe Good for America? The State of Illinois Thinks So

    Alejandro Adrian LeMon, Ph.D., LMHC
    17 Mar 2013 | 8:07 pm
    You might have heard it already. The state of Illinois may become the third state in the nation that gives prescription privileges to psychologists, despite protests by psychiatrists and physicians.  The other two states include New Mexico and Louisiana; as well as … Continue reading →
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Sensitive Mind: The Highly Sensitive Person Survival Guide

    Alejandro Adrian LeMon, Ph.D., LMHC
    29 Jan 2013 | 9:38 pm
    Over the years I have learned that there are always going to be people that are not going to be your fans, and there is not a lot you can do but smile…. and move along. But it got me … Continue reading →
  • All-encompassing Compassion Means All Beings Are Included

    Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT
    6 Jan 2013 | 10:41 am
    By Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT The subject I am about to discuss may be controversial, but I have been sitting with this for almost a week working it through in my own mind and heart. It had been nine days … Continue reading →
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    Depression

  • Being Mindful of Parenting Stress

    Tara Haelle
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Parenting a child with autism and/or other disabilities can be rewarding yet stressful. Learning to manage that stress can help moms be more effective parents.
  • Lending a Hand to Moms of Preemies

    Tara Haelle
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The birth of a new baby, while joyful, can also bring a great deal of stress and anxiety — especially if the child arrived well before the due date.
  • Stroke: A Possible Danger of Chronic Stress

    Natalie San Luis
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A bit of stress here and there in our lives can give us a motivational boost. But when that stress is constant, it can have a serious impact on our health and may even lead to some life-threatening situations.
  • Women with Chronic Illness More Likely to Use Mental Health Care

    Katti Gray
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Ongoing illness can burden the mind as it also takes a toll on the body. Counseling and other therapies aimed at boosting a sick individual’s mental wellness is a common course of action for some, but not for all.
  • Warnings About Suicide and Antidepressant Use Backfired

    Liza Baskin
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:52 pm
    In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued several warnings about a possible increased risk of suicide among young people who were prescribed antidepressants. However, these warnings may have had the opposite effect than intended.
 
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    Kmareka.com

  • Nellie Gorbea Interview with Bob Plain

    Kiersten Marek
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    This is a great interview with Nellie Gorbea, who is running for Rhode Island Secretary of State.  She looks like the most experienced candidate for the job, and talks about the work she has already done in the Secretary of State’s office, including facilitating the unionizing of the office’s employees.  She does not have the ability to personally bankroll an expensive campaign, so will be depending on grassroots messaging and support. Nellie Gorbea: experience matters for next secretary of state.
  • Microsoft Lays Off 18,000 Workers While Seeking Visas for Foreign Workers

    Kiersten Marek
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Kiersten Marek:All this pressure from Bill Gates and his education reform to make more test-proficient students, and then he goes off and hires foreign workers instead of the Americans he is supposedly so worried about… Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog: Unbelievable. Microsoft lays off 18,000 workers while pressing Congress to expand the number of visas for engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and other workers. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and casino operator Sheldon Adelson wrote an article calling for Congressional action to increase H-1B visas. . Senator Jeff Sessions…
  • A Farmer’s Marriage Proposal and Other News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market

    Kiersten Marek
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    From the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market: Farmers are nothing if not practical, and even when romance is in the air, it’s often difficult for them to get off the tractor, dress up and go out for a special dinner. So when gC Farms’ Chris Mezak decided to propose to his long-time partner Gwen Stokes, he combined business with pleasure by planting beans in a newly cleared field spelling out “WILL U MARRY ME?” When the green letters began to be legible, Chris asked Gwen to go check on the beans. She read the message and gladly accepted; Chris sealed the deal with a…
  • Chair Game

    Kiersten Marek
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Kiersten Marek:Good idea! Originally posted on Just!Us!: Chair Game(HIIP p.190) Goal: To demonstrate the widening economic gap in our society. Have 10 youth each sit in a chair. Each chair represents one tenth of the US population. Ask how they would feel if the wealth was distributed evenly with each of them. Explain that the that is not how the wealth is actually distributed. To demonstrate wealth distribution in 1976, ask 1 person to occupy five chairs and the remaining nine to share the other 5 chairs. Then, demonstrate distribution for wealth today: one person has seven chairs, one…
  • Beans and More at the Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market this Week

    Kiersten Marek
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    News from the Market: This Saturday marks the much-anticipated return of Long Entry Farm. Mike and Allison write: “We’ll be there with Michael & Samuel, of course, along with peppers, eggplant, squash/zucchini, pickling cucumbers, greens, jams & bread. We also have a very large batch of very large zucchini – perfect for stuffing, frying, pickling, belting a neighbor, or making zucchini bread.” A very large welcome back to them! LeFavorite Bakery returns from vacation. We hope they are well rested and ready to fire up the ovens. Thank you to Jessica from Little…
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    American Association of Christian Counselors

  • Forget and be Fruitful

    Administrator
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    “The past isn’t your past if it is still affecting your present.” A personal past. We all have one. And sometimes they are not very glorious. In some cases, painful pasts are consequences of our own bad choices. Self-inflicted wounds. Often however, the heartache from the past has been caused by others. Betrayal. Unfaithfulness. Deceit. Broken trust. Slander. Needle-pointed thorns that have lodged in our hearts and festered into ugly infected wounds. It is impossible to reach and stretch for the future when we live in the pain of the past. The book of Genesis gives us a…
  • Mind Games

    Administrator
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. -Charles Stanley If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can’t be filled with impure thoughts. -David Jeremiah Crazy thoughts… we all have them from time to time. Consuming thoughts… those are the ones that won’t be denied. Unrelenting thoughts… that won’t let you sleep. Private thoughts… that stubbornly fuel emotions of lust, anger, fear, sorrow, and even hopelessness.
  • 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…
  • Open My Eyes

    Administrator
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things…” Psalm 119:18 ESV By the “createdness” of things, man knows there is a God… Not long ago, while preparing to speak to a large group of pastors and counselors, I ran across the following words from Helen Keller; “I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch, or the rough shaggy bark of a pine…. I feel the delightful, velvety texture of a flower, and discover…
  • Celebrate Freedom

    Administrator
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    “Let us remember, as people of faith, that our primary mission is not to have a political ideology; it’s to change the world so that every man, woman, boy, and girl can experience true freedom.” Mike Huckabee “God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom to do as they please but freedom to do as He pleases, which is to live righteously.” John MacArthur “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV On July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence. On…
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    Where I Stand

  • Learning to Listen to yourself.

    erin casey
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    My 12th grade english teacher (Mrs. Bush) had a great impact on my life. She assigned our class narrative essays. At that point I was in the trenches of my eating disorder and struggled to really think about much else. I turned in this first essay that barely said anything at all. In that moment I desperately wanted both to reveal my secret and hide it at the same time. Mrs. Bush sent the first essay right back to me. In a leap of faith I re-wrote the paper with my truth included (the good, the bad and the ugly). It was a life I was afraid and ashamed to admit and call my own. I remember…
  • our beautiful brain – brushstroke your way to zen

    hellorecovery
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
      What you will need: A wide soft brush – or three brushes – one for each color - Black fluid acrylic paint, or 3 different colors of fluid acrylic paint – you could also use water colors - 20 or more sheets of card-stock or heavy paper – a torn up cardboard box works great - How it works: Zen painting is a very simple spontaneous painting exercise, yet it takes great unselfconscious concentration to execute. It loosely involves the spiritual practice of painting one, two or three uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is set free to let the…
  • Returning to the scene of the crime.

    erin casey
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    For the next three weeks I’ll be living with my parents once again in the town where I grew up, Roanoke Va. I just ended my first year working full time at a therapeutic group home for teenage boys and am getting ready to start my graduate program for healthcare communication and advocacy in mid august. It seems like everyone has very distinct feelings about returning home to where they grew from children to young adults. Mine are very very mixed. Roanoke for me reminds me of some pretty wonderful things/people: Loch Haven Lake (where I both swam and was employed during summers), dance…
  • The Meeting That Saved My Life.

    erin casey
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    The Meeting That Saved My Life By: Dawn Sachleben Meeting at a church on a Friday night at 10pm is not usual for me, this was usually the time I spent in the bar downtown on Main Street. Today was different though I was going to attend my first Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting in support of one of my best friends because he asked me to and that’s what friends do. As we entered and went down to the basement there was a square room with four couches, and an odd assortment of chairs, the space is the home for a vast array of women and men who meet weekly to discuss their addiction journey, as…
  • Transition trouble…. Why can’t I just pull it together?

    erin casey
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    My mom says I’ve always hated change. I wish she was wrong. Even the thought and idea of impending changes makes my palms sweat. After everything, you think I’d be used to it by now. My treatment team throws out words: coping, surviving, managing, regulating and I want to scream. Is that really what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life? Is that what my days, weeks, months and years are going to be filled with? Is that what recovery is? It’s hard for me to wonder if I was made wrong or incomplete or broken because as I look around the rest of the world just…
 
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    Panic Attack Away

  • How to Keep Moving Forward on Your Way to Recovery

    Barry McDonagh
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Have you ever wondered why people often experience setbacks when they begin to tackle their anxiety? Setbacks happen because, as you face your anxiety and the situations that make you feel uncomfortable, the avoidant/protective side of your personality becomes active. When you decide to tackle your anxiety issue head on, the protective side of your […] The post How to Keep Moving Forward on Your Way to Recovery appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks – The Myth of the Safe Zone -

    Barry McDonagh
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    There is phobia that is linked to the experience of panic attacks‚ and that is agoraphobia. An agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces or of being in crowded‚ public places such as shopping markets. It is a fear associated with leaving a safe zone‚ such as the home. Because of a feeling of being […] The post Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks – The Myth of the Safe Zone - appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • How Water Will Help Eliminate Anxiety

    Barry McDonagh
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    There is no quicker way to reduce general anxiety than having good eating and drinking habits. One of the most easily implemented and effective additions to your diet is fresh water. Water is a great quencher of thirst — but more importantly here — It is a helpful tool as an anxiety cure. Nearly every […] The post How Water Will Help Eliminate Anxiety appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The 3 Things NOT To Do During a Panic Attack

    Barry McDonagh
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Watch Barry talking about the 3 things not do to during a panic attack and why to avoid doing in the future. Do not resist Do not worry about your body Do not fear future panic attacks  The post The 3 Things NOT To Do During a Panic Attack appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The 6 Common Anxiety Myths

    Barry McDonagh
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    In this video Barry McDonagh will answer about the 6 common myths people think it is true about anxiety Is anxiety a mental illness ? Will a panic attack kill me ? Does distraction end anxiety ? Is medication the only treatment ? Are anxious people weak ? Will my anxiety last forever ? The post The 6 Common Anxiety Myths appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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    careforyourmind.org

  • Reforming Mental Health Care Begins with Rethinking Provider Engagement

    Care for Your Mind
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Harvey Rosenthal Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) Last week, Harvey Rosenthal shared why he believes the answers to improving mental health care for individuals with more serious conditions lie in bringing state of the art engagement, … Continue reading →
  • Fixing Not Forcing Services

    Care for Your Mind
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Harvey Rosenthal Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) In the wake of several recent mass shootings, many are calling for an overhaul of the nation’s systems of mental health care. A national debate has been renewed … Continue reading →
  • Now that the Fireworks are Over, Let’s Really Celebrate the 4th of July Holiday

    Care for Your Mind
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    What’s more American than hot dogs, and fireworks on the 4th July? How about celebrating that we live in a country that allows us to have a voice in public policy and encourages us to exercise our freedom to stand … Continue reading →
  • Readers Reveal Thoughts about HIPAA Reform in Online Survey

    Care for Your Mind
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    During the month of June, Care For Your Mind explored with our readers the nuances of HIPAA regulations. Each weekly post included a short poll to assist in better understanding the views of the CFYM readership around this topic. The … Continue reading →
  • Coordinating Patient Care in the HIPAA Era

    Care for Your Mind
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Leslie Secrest, MD Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas In our final post discussing the effect HIPAA policy and regulations have on both individuals living with a mood disorder and their families, we look … Continue reading →
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    The Fusion Model

  • 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…
  • 4 steps to manage extreme anger

    Frances Masters
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    ‘Football is not a matter of life and death. It’s more important than that!’ Bill Shankley I thought I’d spotted a potential new client in Luis Suarez this week. He’s done it twice before but, with the eyes of the world trained upon him at the football World Cup, you would have expected him to be able to manage to hold back his frustration and extreme anger, and resist the urge to bite an opponent on a third occasion. At first he said he accidentally hit his face on the shoulder of the Italian defender. More recently, he has apologised. It all sounds very…
  • One Powerful Tool to Resolve PTSD

    Frances Masters
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Paul had trained as a design engineer and was very successful in his chosen career. However he was being plagued by increasingly severe panic attacks which had started three years ago. His life was now dominated by the attacks which had sometimes been so severe that he had been taken to hospital by ambulance. He said his goal for our work together was to ‘ just get through 24 hours without an attack.’ We worked together during that first session using a guided visualisation technique where he played and rewound a ‘film’ of the first panic attack on an imagined TV screen…
  • Feeling Sad? Learn to Spot ‘the Elephant in the Room.’

    Frances Masters
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I like elephants! In my office and consulting room there are some quirky objects. But by far the ones that attract the most comments are the little row of elephants which march their way across the mantle piece. Some are made of dark wood, some are made of light wood and some are brass. The number varies according to how many my grand daughter, Mollie, loses or finds whenever she visits and takes them down to play. Over the years, I’ve become aware there are many stories around elephants and I have often re arranged them according to the belief system of my client. ‘There should…
  • Promoting positive emotions. Are you a thought-aholic?

    Frances Masters
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    Do you often feel nervous and wonder why? Or feel you lack the self confidence others seem to have in bucket loads? When you enter a room at a party, do you go in expecting to have a good time and meet new and interesting people? Or do you feel a bit self conscious, a bit edgy? Do you wonder if anyone will talk to you or find what you have to say interesting? Do you jump at the chance of speaking up at meetings or volunteer to give talks and presentations at work? Or do you sit at the back of the room and hope no one notices you or asks for your opinion? If you’re not stepping forward…
 
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    Teen Addiction Treatment Blog Feed

  • 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 .
  • Are E-Cigarettes a Sigh of Relief for Smokers?

    Brian Burgess
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    Smoking is a terrible habit that unfortunately many pick up when they are teens and can’t stop through adulthood. Or, they try to quit smoking for years and eventually go back to smoking. Not only is it horrible for your health and can cause cancer, debilitating health problems and death, it is also a drain […] The post Are E-Cigarettes a Sigh of Relief for Smokers? appeared first on .
  • 6 Promising Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

    Brian Burgess
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are effective and helpful treatment solutions out there for those suffering from drug addiction. All it takes is making that first step toward recovery. The following are well-known and promising approaches for drug addiction treatment that can be utilized right now. 1.Medications in treatment. There are different types of medications that can help with withdrawal […] The post 6 Promising Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction appeared first on .
  • World No Tobacco Day: What Do the Numbers Reveal?

    Brian Burgess
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    In recent decades, the percentage of American tobacco smokers has drastically declined, partly due to government-mandated banning of tobacco in media advertising. A move made a quarter century ago by the World Health Organization (WHO) has led to an annual raise awareness day about the dangers of smoking with “World No Tobacco Day” every May […] The post World No Tobacco Day: What Do the Numbers Reveal? appeared first on .
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    Chattertree's Family Refresh Project

  • Let Our Kids Play!

    chattertree fact finder
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    What would childhood be without time to play? Play, it turns out, is essential to growing up healthy. Research shows that active, creative play benefits just about every aspect of child development.”Play is behavior that looks as if it has no purpose,” says NIH psychologist Dr. Stephen Suomi. “It looks like fun, but it actually prepares for a complex social world.” Evidence suggests that play can help boost brain function, increase fitness, improve coordination and teach cooperation. Suomi notes that all mammals—from mice to humans—engage in some sort of play. His research…
  • Your Brain Could Use a Game

    chattertree fact finder
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    There has been a war on play-time going on with our youth for the past several years. Atari was pretty cool back in the day and Nintendo took the industry to a whole new level.  There is definitely an addiction with video gaming in our society today that produces very similar addictive patterns of behavior within the brain as drug addictions. That is a much bigger conversation that we will start to work on as the year progresses, but seniors need to listen up!  Not seniors in high school or college, you don’t need any more excuses to stay plugged in this holiday season.
  • The Risks of Prescription Drug Abuse

    chattertree fact finder
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Prescription drugs help millions of people live longer and healthier lives. But if you don’t take your medicines as directed, or if you take someone else’s medications, the results can be deadly. Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is all too common in the United States. Misuse of prescription medications affects people of all ages and races. The deaths of Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger have been blamed on dangerous combinations of prescribed drugs. But medication abuse can affect ordinary people—maybe even someone you know—as well as celebrities. A federal survey in 2008 found…
  • Low Back Pain? Try Yoga!

    chattertree fact finder
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
      This summer, as all of us are planting beautiful flowers and veggies in our gardens or chasing our kids outside, sometimes we can over-do it.  As my one year old daughter begs to be picked up many, many times throughout the day, I notice my back hurting more and more. Check out the latest research on how yoga can help your backaches and pains. Namaste and happy stretching! A new study reports that weekly classes of yoga or intensive stretching are equally effective at reducing low back pain and improving back movement. Both proved better than a self-care book, and their benefits…
  • 7 Smart Steps to Aging Well

    chattertree fact finder
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    1. Control Blood Pressure You can have high blood pressure—also called hypertension—and still feel fine. Known as the “silent killer,” it does not cause symptoms that you can see or feel, but is a major health problem. Left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart disease, eye problems, and kidney failure. Normal BP—The systolic (top, or first, number) pressure is less than 120 and the diastolic pressure (bottom, or second, number) is less than 80—for example, 119/79. Prehypertension—If the top number is between 120 and 139 or the bottom number between 80 and 89, you may…
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    Mazzastick Personal Growth Blog

  • Tony Robbins – Unleash the Power Within 2014

    Justin Mazza
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Okay, some of you have read my story about how I became a Tony Robbins student. Long story short, I was just moved out of my father’s basement (17 years ago) and into a little studio apartment. I thought I would be happy to be on my own. Long story short; I wasn’t happy at all. In fact I became a little depressed to say the least. That is until one night, (around 2am because I couldn’t sleep) I happened to be watching a late night Tony Robbins infomercial on QVC. The truth is, I couldn’t fall asleep that night and I was hoping that the infomercial would dull my mind enough so…
  • Bashar – Sex and Marriage

    Justin Mazza
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Bashar: Is there something else specific you wish to know about our civilization? Questioner: Do you procreate? B: We do but it is no longer a physiological act. We are evolving toward more and more energy even though retaining some degree of physicality. Now we simply create an energy field that is dense enough for a soul to take form in if it wishes to belong to our society. It does not happen any longer within the body. Does that make sense? Q: Yes. B: We no longer sleep, no longer eat, we take energy directly; but we used to. Q: Do you blend your energy with another, like a male and a…
  • Sleep Salon – Get Healthy Sleep

    Justin Mazza
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Do you suffer from sleeping problems? Medical studies have proven that unrestful sleep may lead to a host of health problems like weight gain, mood disorders and high blood pressure to name just a few. Wouldn’t it be nice to be one of those people that can just fall straight into a deep sleep, the moment their head hits the pillow? Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed that way. Many people spend endless hours staring up at the ceiling each night, wondering whether blissful slumber will ever arrive. And if you’re one of those people, I’d like to introduce you to a brand new…
  • Genius Code Mindfest – Free Online Event

    Justin Mazza
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Does it seem that only people like Stephen Hawking, Steven Spielberg, and Steve Jobs use their brainpower efficiently? So stupendous do their talents appear to the rest of us, that we tend to look upon such geniuses as divinely gifted, endowed with super powers. But… what if you could develop superior mental powers similar to those from the greatest minds of mankind? Dr. Win Wenger’s 30 years of study shows that genius is not a result of genetic superiority, but a pattern of mental conditioning. This means genius is within your grasp, and you can prove it to yourself during the…
  • 47 Guy Finley Quotes and Key Lessons

    Justin Mazza
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    I am a huge fan and reader of Guy Finley and his Life of Learning Foundation website. He has a most interesting background and more importantly, he has been paramount in my spiritual growth. I’m not perfect and I am not an expert, however I am learning and growing each and every day while sharing what I have learned with like-minded people. If you follow me on social media you have probably seen me link to one of Guy’s articles or quoted one of his many brilliant sayings. I decided to share some of Guy’s words of wisdom with you and to also add a link to Guy’s website at the bottom of…
 
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    Significant Sentience

  • Invictus

    Jeremy Markman
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Out of the night that covers me,      Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be      For my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstance      I have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chance      My head is bloody, but unbowed.Beyond this place of wrath and tears      Looms but the Horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the years      Finds and shall find me…
  • Ten Things to Remember and One Thing to Never Forget

    Jeremy Markman
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Your presence is a present to the worldYou're truly one of a kindYour life can be what you want it to beTake the days one at a timeCount your blessings not your troublesYou'll make it through what ever comes alongWithin you are some many answersHave courage; be strongWish upon a star, and don't ever forget... How very special your areby Collin McCarty
  • Sparx - The Depression Treatment Game

    Jeremy Markman
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    SparxSparx is an interactive game developed by researchers at Auckland University.Sparx was created by Dr Sally Merry, Dr Karolina Stasiask, Dr Theresa Fleming, Dr Matt Shepherd and Dr Mathijs Lucassen. Sparx won the World Summit Award in the category of e-Health and environment in 2011. It is designed as a e-therapy using cognitive behavioural therapy to help teenagers and adults deal with mild to moderate depression. In an experiment testing the effectiveness Sparx, about 43.7%  of adolescents achieved remission in the SPARX group compared to the 26.4% in the usual care. Why don't…
  • Gratitude

    Jeremy Markman
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
  • 10 Signs You Are Truly Happy

    Jeremy Markman
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
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    Depression Blog

  • Jul 24, How to Help Your Family Understand Depression

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    In order for your family to understand depression, it is important that you educate yourself on the nature of depression to explain it to them. As said before, depression is a neurological condition, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jul 22, Smoking Marijuana Increase Depression

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A new study reveals that marijuana abuse has a similar effect on dopamine response as other drugs and may increase depression and anxiety as a result. With the legalizing of recreational marijuana in some states and the medical use in many more, scientists are rushing to discover the long term effects of marijuana use. The results of this study... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jul 21, Looking Upward

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. Charlotte Bronte [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jul 18, 5 Natural Ways To Beat Depression

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Prescription medicine ought to be used as a last resort because there are some natural remedies for depression that have gotten good feedback. In fact, alternative medicine is rapidly increasing as.. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jul 16, What Twitter Users are Saying About Depression

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Twitter is another source to keeping up with news and tips on a certain industry. Search for depression and find out what Twitter users are saying about depression. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Go Panic Free

  • 3 Tips to Reduce Anxiety – Quick and Natural Stress Management Techniques

    Ken A. Powell
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Anxiety serves a vital purpose: it alerts us when a real danger appears and sets off our fight or flight response. When anxious feelings occur, we focus on the situation at hand and start to gather our thoughts on how to react. Will we proceed on the current path? Will we veer off in a
  • Play With Your Panic Attack By Playing With Your Mind

    Ken A. Powell
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    Most people, when they encounter a panic attack, will immediately feel the rushing sensation in their body, and their mind will suddenly go everywhere, unable to be controlled. It might be true for you as well. When you experience sudden anxiety attacking your mind, you will tend to think all over the place. You will
  • Seven Tips to Manage Panic When Panic Attacks

    Ken A. Powell
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    The feeling is not a pleasant one. Between the sweating, the heart racing and the trouble breathing, it certainly feels as though death is beckoning. A panic attack can make a sound, healthy adult feel like jelly. When a panic attack hits, one desperately needs immediate relief. Therefore, the first time it happens, the person
  • Can I Reduce My Anxiety and Panic By Keeping Pets?

    Ken A. Powell
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Having a panic disorder is something that many people go through. They have to figure out the best possible way to live with the panic disorder and to still have a happy and healthy life at the same time. This is not going to be easy and in fact, it is going to be something
  • Can I Use Alcohol To Stop My Panic Attacks?

    Ken A. Powell
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    Panic disorders are something that you need to be in control of. You should not use alcohol or any other type of narcotics to control the effects of panic. This is only going to lead to more damage and give you more problems in life because of the many risks of using alcohol to relieve
 
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    Meditation For Depression

  • 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…
  • Can your habits change your brain?

    Constantine Jones
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    This was a long debate whatever the brain can act like a muscle, to change itself based on how it used or not. Can out thoughts, our habits change for good the way our brain works? Can we “fake it to make it”? This is an interesting question, and the scientist have set up the task to discover if our brain can be changed and how. They started to investigate how the brain can be changed by Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy outcomes and the mechanisms of change that are related to its effects have traditionally been investigated on the psychological and social levels, by measuring…
  • Music Heals – Learning to Fly

    Constantine Jones
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
      Today featured song to heal you is Pink Floyd. Started in 1965 by Roger Waters,Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright they have set the trend for psychedelic music, and a beautiful sound. Their sound and lyrics are in deeply connected with their state of mind, and trauma. This is truth especially for Syd Barrett who left the band because his mental state. But he was not forgotten by his former colleagues who dedicated to him the songs “Wish you were here” And “Shine on you crazy diamond”. The masterpiece of Pink Floyd, in my opinion, is the album “The…
  • Using Facebook: narcissism or empathy?

    Constantine Jones
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The researcher from the University of North Florida have taken the quest to investigate the relationship among Facebook use to see if is encouraging selfishness or empathy. As we already discovered, what we see on Facebook and online, as resulted by a study conducted by Facebook, already influence the way we feel. But can be more as how the social media and the online influence our personality and the way we express ourselves? The rise of social networking sites has led to changes in the nature of our social relationships, as well as how we present and perceive ourselves. Although social…
  • What is connection between sleep and brain age?

    Constantine Jones
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Sleep is a very important component of our life. We need sleep to function through the day, and to allow the brain to rest and sort out what has happened in the previous day. But what are dangers associated with the lack of sleep? We have the risk for serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, stroke. There are also the problems with loosing the cognitive faculty, decreasing the sex drive, it can impact your memory and can lead to depression. But this are temporary side effects from the lack of sleep. But there can be other, more permanent side effects from the lack of sleep?
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