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  • Mental illness not usually linked to crime, research finds

    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders, only 7.5 percent were directly related to symptoms of mental illness, according to new research. Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by 143 offenders with three major types of mental illness and found that 3 percent of their crimes were directly related to symptoms of major depression, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • What Panic Attacks Have Taught Me

    Anxiety, Panic & Health
    Mike
    29 Jun 2013 | 1:32 pm
    All anxiety disorders can devastate your life. But panic attacks are unique in their ability to spread fear and uncertainty into every minute, every daily activity, every relationship. You become a virtual prisoner of that fear, with all your freedom to act snatched by the awful anticipation of the next panic attack. I had my […] Related posts: Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Yes! No! Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Conquering Your Panic: Dave’s Success Story Are You Having a…
  • Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Yes! No!

    Anxiety, Panic & Health
    Mike
    19 Jun 2013 | 11:09 am
    The good news is that Anxiety and Panic Attacks can be cured. The bad news is that Anxiety and Panic Attacks cannot be cured. It depends on your definition of “cure.” Let me explain: A previous post, Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured?, has been the most commented-on opinion article on AP&H since […] Related posts: Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Are You Having a Panic Attack? What Can You Do? Conquering Your Panic: Dave’s Success Story Medications for Anxiety,…
  • Concussion in teens increases risk of suicide attempts

    Mental Health News From Medical News Today
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion are at "significantly greater odds" of attempting suicide, being bullied and engaging in a variety of high risk behaviours, a...
  • Your Struggle Does Not Have to Define You

    Lawyers With Depression
    Dan
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    A blog from Caren-Baginski at Tiny Buddha, who writes that we are much more than our depression.  Read the Blog
 
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    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Life stressors trigger neurological disorders, researchers find

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some forms of autism. Until now, it has been unclear how much these stressors have impacted the cells of a developing brain. Past studies have shown that when an expectant mother exposes herself to alcohol or drug abuse or she experiences some trauma or illness, her baby may later develop a psychiatric disorder later in life. But the new findings…
  • Mental illness not usually linked to crime, research finds

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders, only 7.5 percent were directly related to symptoms of mental illness, according to new research. Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by 143 offenders with three major types of mental illness and found that 3 percent of their crimes were directly related to symptoms of major depression, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Proposal: Managing most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers. A panel of specialists in senior mental health hope to spark better teamwork among those who care for dementia patients at home, in residential facilities and in hospitals and clinics.
  • Treating depression in Parkinson's Disease patients: New research

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Interesting new information has been found from a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's disease. The study, which assessed cognitive function in depressed and non-depressed patients with PD, found that the dopamine replacement therapy commonly used to treat motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease was associated with a decline in cognitive performance among depressed Parkinson patients.
  • Boosting depression-causing mechanisms in brain increases resilience, surprisingly

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    New research uncovers a conceptually novel approach to treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience.
 
 
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    The World's Stage

  • 10 Random Things that Reality TV Shows are Looking For

    Leland
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Have you always dreamed of being a reality TV star? If you’re like me, idle hours of watching guilty pleasure television has probably led to an unhealthy daydream. Watching strangers date, fight, and compete on the myriad of reality shows on television today, I can’t help but wonder what I would do if I were on a reality show. For some, this is just a fun train of thought, but for others, it’s a serious quest. If you’re looking for reality stardom, check out these open casting calls. Most are available on the casting sites Backstage.com or RealityWanted.com. 1. San Diego Partiers…
  • 5 Highlights of the MTV Movie Awards

    Allison
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    If you didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards last night (let’s face it, GoT was on), here are a few quick highlights that you can catch on YouTube. 1. Mark Wahlberg‘s acceptance speech Mark Wahlberg won the Generations Award last night, because apparently all of MTV’s viewers are 12 years old and think that Marky Mark is old. Whatever. He spent the majority of his speech dropping f-bombs, and it was pretty hilarious. 2. The opening montage Conan was a great choice to host, because he has no shame, mostly. The MTV Movie Awards montage is always a great tribute to all the…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Graduation Season

    Leland
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Graduation season is coming up for high school and college students across the nation. Commencement is a proud and joyous occasion that marks a turning point in a young person’s life. Both college and high school graduates are closing the door on one chapter of their lives and embarking on a new journey with new freedoms and responsibilities. Friends and family members cherish these celebrations with their loved ones and are often invited to both the commencement ceremony and a graduation party that celebrates the graduate. But along with this exciting time come many questions of etiquette:…
  • 10 Ways to Get the Color of the Year into Your Life

    Mikalah
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    I’m not sure how exactly Pantone was granted the gift of naming the color of the year, but they do a great job. Maybe I am the only one who eagerly awaits the unveiling of the new year’s color, but even if you’re not a fan, there are plenty of reasons to get Radiant Orchid into your decor. The color goes well with a number of pallets, and the vivid bright (without being overbearing) color is sure to inject some happiness into your life. 1. A Kiss of Color With just slightly more of a purple hue than a berry lipstick, orchid is still a very wearable lip color. Pair an orchid…
  • Seven Registry Items You Didn’t Think Of

    Leland
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    When you and your fiancé registered for your wedding gifts, what did you ask for? Something traditional like a blender, a slow cooker or a toaster oven? Something romantic like a gift card to the spa at your honeymoon resort? Despite the fact that you got everything you wanted, you may have missed out on a few useful items that you later had to buy for yourself. Newly-engaged couples, take note! Here are seven of the best registry items that everyone forgets about! Cleaning gadgets: Register for a portable vacuum to stow in the living room closet, a full-sized vacuum (especially if you have…
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    World of Psychology

  • 3 Signs You’re In an Ego Battleship Instead of a Relationship

    Eve Hogan
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Would you ask your poorest friend for financial advice? While they may be well intentioned, they likely don’t have the skills to make good suggestions when it comes to money. Instead, you would likely turn to higher source of reliable information, someone whose financial decisions you admire. However, when it comes to love, we turn to our egos to make the decisions, rather than our spirits. The problem with this is that the ego doesn’t have any relationship skills. Instead, the ego tries to manipulate as a means to give and receive love. In an effort to protect ourselves, the ego…
  • Strategies for the Chronically Overworked

    Tracy Shawn, MA
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    The following is an interview with Dr. Greg Marcus, founder of the Idolbuster Coaching Institute. Q: Dr. Greg, I recently read your book, Busting Your Corporate Idol: How to Reconnect with Values & Regain Control of Your Life. I was impressed with how well you described the dysfunction behind the “company-first” identity, which so many corporations adhere to. Please share more about this, what you mean by corporate idolatry, and what people who work in these environments should be aware of. A: In many companies, you are expected to be on call 24/7. This includes checking email and…
  • Best of Our Blogs: April 22, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    “Helping begins with listening.” – Gloria Steinem There is a single word solution that can heal yourself and the ones you love. Listen. Listening wholeheartedly to your tired body. Listen to the sorrow that sits on a breaking heart. Listen to the fear that rests under anger. Listen to your child sighing, your cat purring, the gentle sound of water falling upon your rooftop. As you read our posts this week, listen to what each is trying to teach you. Can a post on relationships teach you you’re moving too fast? Can lessons on self-compassion remind you you’re…
  • Ending the Addictive Cycle

    Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST, CSAT
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    For love and sex addicts, periods of intense pleasure followed by periods of profound isolation create a circle of suffering that wears down the body, mind and soul. An overwhelming desire to connect and have intimacy with others exists, alongside a deep fear of closeness. Life is filled with highs and lows; a seemingly unending cycle of seeking love or sex and the experience of an intense emptiness without love and sex. There are seldom moments of peace. The mind-altering chemicals of romance are either in full swing or there is withdrawal, in the same way one can be in withdrawal from…
  • 7 Tips for Getting Chores Done for Adults with ADHD

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    An ADHD brain thrives on interesting tasks. So it’s not surprising that most adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have a hard time getting chores done. Chores such as cleaning, washing dishes, and doing laundry are tedious and boring. According to Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach, “Broadly speaking, chores are typically left undone, poorly done or often put on the back burner unless there’s a sense of urgency.” That sense of urgency might be guests coming over or not having any clean clothes. When adults with ADHD do start on their chores, they…
 
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    Depression News -- ScienceDaily

  • Mental illness not usually linked to crime, research finds

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders, only 7.5 percent were directly related to symptoms of mental illness, according to new research. Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by 143 offenders with three major types of mental illness and found that 3 percent of their crimes were directly related to symptoms of major depression, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Proposal: Managing most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers. A panel of specialists in senior mental health hope to spark better teamwork among those who care for dementia patients at home, in residential facilities and in hospitals and clinics.
  • Treating depression in Parkinson's Disease patients: New research

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Interesting new information has been found from a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's disease. The study, which assessed cognitive function in depressed and non-depressed patients with PD, found that the dopamine replacement therapy commonly used to treat motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease was associated with a decline in cognitive performance among depressed Parkinson patients.
  • Boosting depression-causing mechanisms in brain increases resilience, surprisingly

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    New research uncovers a conceptually novel approach to treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience.
  • Internet use may cut retirees' depression

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Spending time online has the potential to ward off depression among retirees, particularly among those who live alone, according to research. Authors report that internet use reduced the probability of a depressed state by 33 percent among their study sample. Late-life depression affects between 5 and 10 million Americans age 50 and older. This new study shows that the Internet offers older Americans a chance to overcome the social and spatial boundaries that are believed to fuel depression.
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Neurotics don't just avoid action: They dislike it, study finds

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Neurotics don't just avoid taking action. By their very nature they dislike it. A study of nearly 4,000 college students in 19 countries has uncovered new details about why neurotic people may avoid making decisions and moving forward with life. Turns out that when they are asked if action is positive, favorable, good, they just don't like it as much as non-neurotics. Framing communication messages that get around this roadblock is a key to success communication with neurotic folks.
  • Inhibited children become anxious adults: Examining the causes and effects of early shyness

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Three little girls sit together in a room, playing with the toys surrounding them. One of the girls -- "Emma" -- has clearly taken charge of the group, and the others happily go along with her. A fourth girl -- "Jane" -- enters the room, hiding her face while clinging to her mother. The first three continue to play, while mom sits Jane down with some toys a few feet away from the group. After mom leaves, however, Jane sits alone against the wall. Emma makes her way over to Jane, inviting her to play with the rest of the group. Jane -- looking trapped -- starts to cry, then stands up and tries…
  • Boosting depression-causing mechanisms in brain increases resilience, surprisingly

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    New research uncovers a conceptually novel approach to treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience.
  • Intravenously administered ketamine shown to reduce symptoms of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    For the first time, evidence that a single dose of IV-administered ketamine was associated with the rapid reduction of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with chronic PTSD was demonstrated in a proof-of-concept, randomized, double blind crossover study. These findings could be the first step toward developing new interventions for PTSD.
  • Local homicide rate increases cause more elementary students to fail school

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    A new study finds that an increase in a municipality’s homicide rate causes more elementary school students in that community to fail a grade than would do so if the rate remained stable. "This finding is a source of concern because exposure to environmental violence is highly prevalent in contemporary societies and is unequally distributed along socioeconomic lines," said study co-author.
 
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    Psych Central News

  • Improve Dementia Management – Without More Drugs

    Rick Nauert PhD
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A panel of specialists in senior mental health has developed a new approach for handing agitation, aggression, and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia. Researchers believe the strategy may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers. Experts believe the new guidelines will improve teamwork among those who care for dementia patients at home, in residential facilities, and in hospitals and clinics. The approach, termed DICE, has been incorporated by the federal agency that runs Medicare as…
  • Brain Risk from Fluctuating Blood Pressure

    Jane Collingwood
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Older people whose blood pressure fluctuates more than average are at a higher risk of impaired cognitive function, recent research suggests. Dr. Simon Mooijaart of Leiden University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, and colleagues explain that elements of the vascular system (arteries, veins and capillaries) may contribute to the development and progression of dementia. They point out that some cardiovascular risk factors may be reversible, potentially cutting the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. The team investigated the link between variability in blood pressure and cognitive…
  • Selective Memories of Atrocities Linked to Social Group

    Rick Nauert PhD
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The memory of wartime atrocities committed by American soldiers while on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan is often incomplete. Researchers now believe the omission of details can lead people to have different memories for the event depending on social group membership. “We started thinking about this project around the time when stories began to emerge in the popular media about atrocities committed by American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said lead researcher Alin Coman, Ph.D., psychological scientist at Princeton University. “We wanted to scientifically investigate the effect of…
  • Crime Rarely Associated with Mental Illness

    Rick Nauert PhD
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Despite high-profile crimes associated with mentally ill suspects such as the school shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, new research discovers less than 10 percent of crimes are directly related to symptoms of mental illness. “When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes so they get stuck in people’s heads,” said Jillian Peterson, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study published  online in the journal Law and Human Behavior. “The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, not criminal…
  • Teachers’ Tough Talk on Exams May Do More Harm Than Good

    Rick Nauert PhD
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    As the end of the school year approaches some teachers believe in reminding students of the negative consequences that may occur if a student fails an exam. New research finds that this can be the wrong approach as students may focus on failure and actually become less motivated. “Teachers are desperately keen to motivate their students in the best possible way but may not be aware of how messages they communicate to students around the importance of performing well in exams can be interpreted in different ways,” said lead author David Putwain, Ph.D., of Edge Hill University in…
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • Mental illness not usually linked to crime, research finds

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders, only 7.5 percent were directly related to symptoms of mental illness, according to new research. Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by 143 offenders with three major types of mental illness and found that 3 percent of their crimes were directly related to symptoms of major depression, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Inspiration linked to bipolar disorder risk

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    Inspiration has been linked with people at risk of developing bipolar disorder for the first time in a study. For generations, artists, musicians, poets and writers have described personal experiences of mania and depression, highlighting the unique association between creativity and bipolar disorder -- experiences which are backed up by recent research. But, until now, the specific links between inspiration -- the generation of ideas that form the basis of creative work -- and bipolar disorder has received little attention.
  • First stem cell study of bipolar disorder yields promising results

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    What makes a person bipolar, prone to manic highs and deep, depressed lows? Why does bipolar disorder run so strongly in families, even though no single gene is to blame? And why is it so hard to find new treatments for a condition that affects 200 million people worldwide? New stem cell research may help scientists find answers to these questions.
  • Study identifies most common, costly reasons for mental health hospitalizations for kids

    17 Mar 2014 | 5:45 am
    Nearly one in 10 hospitalized children have a primary diagnosis of a mental health condition, and depression alone accounts for $1.33 billion in hospital charges annually, according to a new analysis. The study is the first to examine frequency and costs associated with specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children, and is a step towards creating meaningful measures of the quality of pediatric hospital care.
  • Improving safety, effectiveness of lithium therapy: Closer than ever

    11 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am
    Lithium, one of the oldest and most widely used drugs to treat neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, has a serious drawback -- toxicity. In a continued effort to find a safer form of lithium, researchers have discovered that lithium salicylate, an alternative salt form, might be the answer.
 
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Life stressors trigger neurological disorders, researchers find

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some forms of autism. Until now, it has been unclear how much these stressors have impacted the cells of a developing brain. Past studies have shown that when an expectant mother exposes herself to alcohol or drug abuse or she experiences some trauma or illness, her baby may later develop a psychiatric disorder later in life. But the new findings…
  • Mental illness not usually linked to crime, research finds

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental disorders, only 7.5 percent were directly related to symptoms of mental illness, according to new research. Researchers analyzed 429 crimes committed by 143 offenders with three major types of mental illness and found that 3 percent of their crimes were directly related to symptoms of major depression, 4 percent to symptoms of schizophrenia disorders and 10 percent to symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Protein researchers closing in on the mystery of schizophrenia

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Schizophrenia is a severe disease for which there is still no effective medical treatment. In an attempt to understand exactly what happens in the brain of a schizophrenic person, researchers have analyzed proteins in the brains of rats that have been given hallucinogenic drugs. This may pave the way for new and better medicines.
  • Researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    A single molecular mechanism in the developing brain has been identified that sheds light on how cells may go awry when exposed to a variety of different environmental insults. The findings suggest that different types of stressors prenatally activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that may make exposed individuals susceptible to late-onset neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Genetic predisposition to liking amphetamine reduces risk of schizophrenia, ADHD

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine -— the active ingredient in Adderall -— are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), report scientists. "Some of the variants that make you like amphetamine also appear to make you less likely to develop schizophrenia and ADHD," said study leader. "Our study provides new insights into the biology of amphetamine and how it relates to the biology of risk for these psychiatric diseases."
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  • 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…
  • 12 Films That Feature Mental Illness

    4 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    In celebration of the 2014 Oscars is my list of movies that feature mental illness. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn't. As we roll out the red carpet and honor this year's best films, keep in mind that there's no shame in having a mental illness. 1. Ordinary People (Depression, PTSD, Suicide)This is my absolute favorite movie of all time because it portrays the human experience of loss so well and it also features psychotherapy in a realistic way.  This was Robert Redford's directorial debut, which also starred. Mary Tyler Moore,…
  • An Open Letter to Doctors

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Dear Doctor,I can’t begin to convey the frustration I experience as a patient waiting to see you. If it’s not the overbooking that tests my patience, or the rudeness from your overworked office staff, it’s the brisk ten minutes of time I have with you to discuss my symptoms that ends up being misused because you don’t listen.Let me write this again. You. Don’t. Listen.Maybe it’s because you’re pressed for time. The health care system isin crisis, and well, you need to see more patients per hour in your clinical practice to offset your financial costs. Perhaps you're having a bad…
  • The Power of "What."

    17 Feb 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Sometimes the question "Why?" is a good one. Like, why can't we live in a more peaceful world? Or why did I eat all those cookies? Or why don't we call mustaches mouthbrows?But there are times - especially during a crisis - when "why" may not the best puzzle to solve. When you're in an emotional entanglement, a difficult predicament or a physical hardship, asking "what" will do more.Positive: What has directionality. Negative: Why keeps you stuck in circular thinking. Positive: What offers solutions. Negative: Why offers no game plan.So, the next time you find…
 
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    Beyond Meds

  • What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway?

    Monica Cassani
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    From a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over. Here’s the revolution: What if grief is a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway? Grief and the love of life are twins, natural human skills that can be learned first by being on the receiving end and feeling…
  • Today is earth day. Really EVERYDAY is earth day. Love our mother.

    Monica Cassani
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Recycle, re-use, buy local, walk, ride a bike, take public transport. Save our planet. It’s up to you and me. There are no other causes as important as this one because without the earth, well, we won’t have to bother fighting for the rights of human beings anymore, will we? This is it. This is the most critical issue of our time. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • ‘Angels and demons’: the politics of psychoactive drugs

    Monica Cassani
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Originally posted on Joanna Moncrieff:The FIAT (Financial Incentives for Adherence Trial) study, published last year, highlights the paradoxical nature of our current attitude to the use mind-altering drugs. In this randomised controlled trial people with ‘psychotic disorders’ were paid £15 a time to take an injection of an ‘antipsychotic’ drug (1). The payment increased…
  • Yoga: variations on some traditional poses that allow the body to MOVE

    Monica Cassani
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As my regular readers know, I'm all into moving the body in many different ways. In yoga too I've been practicing (some of the time) like the guy in this video is teaching. My favorite yoga class at the moment is one that allows dance and movement of all kinds. We are told at the beginning of the class to do whatever we want including ignoring the teacher entirely. It's an incredibly healing and dynamic class where movement and sound (vocalization) are both encouraged. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Do antidepressants work?


    Monica Cassani
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, psychiatrist and senior lecturer, University College London: speaks. Also lots of more info on antidepressants. To refer to SSRIs as no better than placebo is misleading because while it's technically true in clinical trials -- SSRIs are also very different than placebos...they are NOT inert...they are very active and they make EVERYONE feel differently. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • 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:…
  • Control- Or, Why I Haven’t Written a Book

    Mentally Interesting
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:54 pm
    People ask me why I haven’t written a book. And because I promised to clean the kitchen earlier, I’m going to sit down and tell you. And it might sound really pretentious. In short, I wasn’t mentally or emotionally capable of writing a book and dealing with the fall out. In long… I actually had a literary agent in 2009-2010.  A proper one. I met her by accident. She casually emailed me, having found this blog, to ask me in for a chat. So I went.  I’m always up for a chat. I will speak to anyone. A beautiful office off Leicester Square, with this beautiful…
  • Dear Edwina, Thankyou for last night. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. #bigbenefitsrow

    Mentally Interesting
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:23 am
    Mentally Interesting:I love Jack Monroe. Originally posted on JACK MONROE: Dear Edwina; It’s 9 o clock on Tuesday, the morning after the night before, where we were both on a panel on The Big Benefits Row on Channel 5. I haven’t watched it back, I was there, and know what I look like when I’m angry. I need to get this out – because it’s everything I wanted to say last night but couldn’t, as I kept being rudely shouted over by you. Honestly, my three year old behaves better than that. At least he knows that when Mummy does her ‘will you just be QUIET and LISTEN to me’ then the…
  • Self conscious post

    Mentally Interesting
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This is a self conscious, “Ooh, I have a few new readers at the moment and it might be a bit depressing round these parts so here’s something silly at the top” post. It’s been a tricky year but 2014 will be better. In the meantime, you should listen to this song. Filed under: Mental health
  • Withdrawal

    Mentally Interesting
    17 Jan 2014 | 7:10 pm
    So once again, I am attempting to get off Quetiapine.  Oh so many reasons (weight gain, think I might have developed diabetes, flatness, spending ALL my spare time sleeping, not being sure I have manic depression, not being sure I believe in manic depression actually existing), but the biggest one being I don’t think I need it. My psychiatrist agrees with this. (Although recommends keeping an, “In Case of Emergency” stash). It’s been six years on varying doses. I am doing it sensibly this time- i.e titrating. Everyone around me, including my manager, knows what…
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    NEW! from PostpartumProgress.com

  • Educating mamas-to-be one story at a time

    Jennifer Marshall
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    I think of mental illness the same way I view cancer. It can strike anyone at anytime. For me, the time came at the age of twenty-six. I was blindsided. Two manic episodes two weeks apart; two stays in two different psych wards at the end of 2005. If the first time was a complete and […] The post Educating mamas-to-be one story at a time appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.        Related StoriesJennifer Marshall: On Coming Out Stronger After Postpartum PsychosisNavigating Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy and Beyond, Part…
  • Ease depression by clearing clutter

    Robin Farr
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A few weeks ago, my mom and my husband both retweeted an article on 10 ways to show love to someone with depression. I thought it was sweet that they took the time to read and share it, figuring it was the usual advice. But then I clicked on it and had a total lightbulb […] The post Ease depression by clearing clutter appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsIt seems like such a simple thing, but living with clean ... by Lady LazarusIt's so true! Clearing the clutter can really help. by Cristi…
  • Lighthouse

    Robin Farr
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It’s my week for content on Postpartum Progress. My week, as a member of the Warrior Mom Leadership Team, to share something about postpartum mood disorders and help you feel less alone. I’ve known this week was coming for a while, and yet on this Monday night I’m sitting here staring at a blank screen. […] The post Lighthouse appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsOh my goodness Robin, what a letter you received! There is ... by Cristi ComesGood reminder. I too feel a sense of…
  • Big News!!! Announcing the 2015 Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference

    Katherine Stone
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    In 2004 came Postpartum Progress the blog. In 2011 came Postpartum Progress the nonprofit. In 2013 came Postpartum Progress’ Climb Out of the Darkness, the world’s largest event raising awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. And in 2015 … ANNOUNCING THE FIRST-EVER WARRIOR MOM CONFERENCE, a patient-centered, community-focused conference for survivors of perinatal mood […] The post Big News!!! Announcing the 2015 Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.
  • Letting Go Of The Guilt

    Susan Petcher
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    I suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety with a side of OCD for two years after my first child was born.  And though I sought treatment and began my path to wellness after my baby had her 5 month birthday, it took every last day of that additional 19 months for me to feel like […] The post Letting Go Of The Guilt appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you for the reminder! xoxox by ramsmommyDon't stop fighting. You are not alone, ever.
 
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    A Splintered Mind

  • ADDitude Magazine: Oversharing Time for Daddy

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Parent/Teacher conferences and IEP meetings are the bane of my existence apparently. This blog from last May over at ADDitude Magazine is all about those ADHD moments when your mouth starts running and your brain can't catch up. I'm sure you can't relate. Well, you probably can't. I mean who talks about their daughters' bra sizes at a table filled with female educators? Oh, I do. Read Oversharing Time for Daddy at the Family Guy.
  • What Willem Defoe Was Warning Me About

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I am sick today and alone with my thoughts. It's probably a nice day outside, but my shades are drawn, and I am in the dark. I'm quite happy, however, so you needn't worry about me. I'm as happy as one can be with a stomach bug.I wish I could say that the most notable thing about today was my success in a new freelance job. However, I can't shake from my mind this morning's vivid dreams. I overslept for hours, obviously because I was ill, and I dreamed. I haven't done that in a very long time. It was at first a very bland dream. I was at a baseball game and we were trying to convince some…
  • ADDitude Magazine: Who Needs Sleep Anyway?

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Almost exactly a year ago this little fiasco was posted to ADDitude Magazine. Who needs sleep when you can stay up all night filling out the paperwork you promised to finish and turn in? That reminds me, the Leprechaun is eagerly awaiting a packet of papers I was supposed to have finished and submitted the other day. Good thing she can't fire me. You can read all about Who Needs Sleep Anyway? over at the Family Guy.
  • In the Aftermath of the Pittsburgh Mass-Stabbing, Where Do We Draw the Line To Feel Safe?

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    In Pittsburgh there was a mass-stabbing at a high school today. At least twenty victims, but no deaths. In a small way this is comforting. At least parents in Pittsburgh will not be grieving for the loss of their children tonight. Since anti-gun people jump on mass-shootings immediately, though, I’m wondering if it’s too soon to demand all kitchen knives be regulated. Perhaps Eric Holder’s gun bracelet idea can be modified so that only authorized, federally registered owners can use knives. Also, we need to do something about weaponized No. 2 pencils. Those things are sharp, ya know.
  • 59 Disability Bloggers You Probably Didn't Know About

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I learned the other day that my blog, A Splintered Mind is one of the top 60 disability blogs according to Alexa and curated by Dr. Joe Reddington. He removed blogs from the list that were featured on heavy hitting sites like CNN.com (where Alexa doesn’t break down individual stats for the blogs versus their parent sites) to come up with a balanced, more grassroots list of disability bloggers. Now, these sort of things go up and down. I was #27 out of sixty when he compiled the list, but I could drop off the list entirely next month. Who knows? I’m just excited to be there. Assuming you…
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    Anxiety, Panic & Health

  • Comments – Important Information

    Mike
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Comments are an essential part of this website’s success. There has grown up a community over the years that support each other and new commenters. Unfortunately, there has been of late a flood of “comment trolls” touting everything from fake Vuitton bags to aluminum siding (really!) to enlargement pills for your err… umm… member. These […] Related posts: Important Research Finds Brain Cells Related to Fear
  • Panic Attacks Can’t Hurt You–Really!

    Mike
    11 Aug 2013 | 4:29 pm
    The article I’m Dying: What a Panic Attack Feels Like is one of the most popular posts on this site, with over 350 comments. Many of the comments–some are very long–are heartbreaking: relationships wrecked, jobs lost, fear trailing like a shadow. Over and over people describe how panic attacks affect them: In response to heart […] Related posts: Are You Having a Panic Attack? What Can You Do? What Panic Attacks Have Taught Me I’m Dying: What a Panic Attack Feels Like Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks…
  • What Panic Attacks Have Taught Me

    Mike
    29 Jun 2013 | 1:32 pm
    All anxiety disorders can devastate your life. But panic attacks are unique in their ability to spread fear and uncertainty into every minute, every daily activity, every relationship. You become a virtual prisoner of that fear, with all your freedom to act snatched by the awful anticipation of the next panic attack. I had my […] Related posts: Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Yes! No! Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Conquering Your Panic: Dave’s Success Story Are You Having a…
  • Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Yes! No!

    Mike
    19 Jun 2013 | 11:09 am
    The good news is that Anxiety and Panic Attacks can be cured. The bad news is that Anxiety and Panic Attacks cannot be cured. It depends on your definition of “cure.” Let me explain: A previous post, Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured?, has been the most commented-on opinion article on AP&H since […] Related posts: Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Are You Having a Panic Attack? What Can You Do? Conquering Your Panic: Dave’s Success Story Medications for Anxiety,…
  • Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder: Good News! (Maybe)

    Mike
    27 Mar 2013 | 8:33 am
    The most commented on articles on Anxiety, Panic & Health are those about Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder (ASAD)   The comments can be heartbreaking: confusion, mental anguish, strained and broken relationships, and the frustration of no “official” diagnosis. All that is about to change. A revision of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual […] Related posts: Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder: Not Just Kids, Part 1 Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder and Attachment Style Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder: Not Just Kids, Part 2…
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    Perinatal Pro Weekly Blog

  • Megan Huntsman, infanticide and maternal mental health.

    dickens3927
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Stories about infanticide are heartstopping and thankfully rare occurrences. But when we are confronted with infanticide, and in this case, allegedly serial infanticide which may have occurred across a decade, we must again consider how and when we decide that a pregnancy or postpartum mood disorder had any role in these infant deaths. It is gratifying that one reporter from the Salt Lake City Tribune, Lindsay Whitehurst, made it her business to speak to those who could help guide the public’s impression away from a simple diagnosis of postpartum depression. This tragic situation…
  • Rare Program for New Fathers Merits Review!

    dickens3927
    26 Nov 2013 | 9:39 am
    Whenever I have the opportunity to speak to a group of fellow professionals, it is always incredibly rewarding. Not only because of the fabulous clinical feedback received from dedicated colleagues, but the discovery of creative, effective facility based programs which the world needs to know about. Last month, I addressed a room of perinatal professionals at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital. As always, I am in awe of the fantastic work that is helping move our issue forward. The energy and interest in the room made it an inspirational evening for all of us, courtesy of Jo Leonard RN MA FACCE who…
  • The preventable death of Miriam Carey

    dickens3927
    7 Oct 2013 | 8:50 am
    Miriam Carey While the nation’s attention is once again focused on the preventable tragedy of Miriam Carey’s death, we wonder if this horrific event which leaves a motherless child and a family in mourning will lead to anything beyond another sensational headline. And the inevitable damnation of any mother whose post birth experience includes mental illness. My attempts to field media inquiries regarding her reported status as having suffered from postpartum depression led to the usual futile attempts to clarify the differences between postpartum depression and the rarer mental…
  • Postpartum Support International Press Release in Response to the Miriam Carey Tragedy

    dickens3927
    7 Oct 2013 | 8:16 am
    POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL URGES MOMS AROUND THE WORLD TO REACH OUT TO SAFETY NET PSI joins with worldwide advocates for prevention through education, early diagnosis and treatment of maternal mental health distress (October 4, 2013) – According to Postpartum Support International (PSI), at least 20% of pregnant and new mothers will experience a maternal mental health disorder, yet most are never screened, diagnosed or treated. “Women, families, and health care providers need to know that pregnancy and postpartum mental health distress and disorders are common, real, and…
  • 2020 Mom Project introduces summary video!

    dickens3927
    30 Jul 2013 | 8:26 am
    The 2020 Mom Project In one of the most concise historic summaries of America’s challenges in maternal mental health, the 2020 Mom Project has introduced a video highlighting the road journeyed thus far and continuing obstacles to helping mom’s and providers access the services they need to recover from pregnancy related mental health challenges. Click here or on the link above to watch the video! Read below for further information on this welcome initiative! LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 – The California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (http://www.camaternalmentalhealth.org/),…
 
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    Lawyers With Depression

  • My Date With Depression

    Dan
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Trish Morrison write abouts depression in The Huffington Post.  Read the News
  • Your Struggle Does Not Have to Define You

    Dan
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    A blog from Caren-Baginski at Tiny Buddha, who writes that we are much more than our depression.  Read the Blog
  • Depression and Loneliness Are More Contagious Than You Think

    Dan
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Depression is known as the ‘common cold’ of mental illnesses and 40% of adults will experience loneliness in their lifetimes. Consequently, the likelihood of you being in close contact with a person who is either depressed, lonely, or both is rather high. Since both depression and loneliness have been found to be contagious in certain situations, how worried should you be when your roommate, close friend, family member, or spouse is suffering from depression or loneliness (read Are You Married But Lonely here), and what steps can you take to protect yourself from ‘catching’ these…
  • 4 Quick Tips for Helping Someone with Depression

    Dan
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    From veteran depression blogger Therese Borchard, some quick and easy tips for how to help the depressed loved one in your life.  Read the Blog
  • Depression Can Hike Risk of Heart Disease by 40 Percent

    Dan
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Scientists have discovered a powerful connection between depression and heart disease.  Read the News
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • The Positive Effect Of Goodness

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Since we have inherited a wild conscience that occupies the biggest part of our brain (anti-conscience) and our human conscience is under-developed and one-sided, we cannot understand the real meaning of goodness. For example, we believe we must be rewarded whenever we show goodness to someone else, but real goodness doesn’t depend on payment. We have to be generous and helpful without expecting anything in return. However, this is very hard for us because we are selfish and lazy. We tend to be influenced by our evil and absurd anti-conscience, and our idiotic conscience doesn’t have…
  • Explanations For Unexplained Phenomena And Mental Health Issues

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    We live trying to have a good life, while we despise our spiritual reality. We should in fact pass through a process of spiritual and psychological transformation, without concentrating our attention on our material reality. We have to learn how to be wise. This is the meaning of the human life in general terms, even though we ignore this truth. The explanations I’m giving you come from the divine unconscious mind that produces our dreams. All dreams contain important messages. Now that I simplified Carl Jung’s complicated method of dream interpretation you can verify this truth by…
  • Understanding Your Reality Thanks To The Information You Have In Dreams

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Even though the superficiality that prevails in our absurd world distorted the real meaning of dreams, Carl Jung’s research and my research help you accurately translate the meaning of dreams with safety. You are able to understand the wise messages they contain. Thus, you immediately verify that this information is valid. Since you have valid information that shows you the truth about yourself, you verify that this is the right translation of the meaning of your dreams. For example, a patient submitted her dreams for professional dream translation for the first time. She was supposed to…
  • God’s Words In Dreams And The Lies Of The World

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The scientific method of dream interpretation is based on Carl Jung’s discoveries about the meaning of dreams and their healing power. My work completes his research, showing you the religious importance of many scientific truths. The existence of God is a very important fact, even though the materialistic and atheistic mindset of the current civilization doesn’t recognize this truth. The wisdom contained in the dream messages proves that the dream images are not produced by chance. They contain precious guidance, which can only come from a superior mind. The ignorant human mind…
  • My Mentally Ill Friend And My Obligation

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    I knew I was born to be a writer because all the words I had to write already existed in my mind. I was an expert from the beginning of my literary career. I seemed to be wise, but I was superficial and naïve. Only when I suddenly lost everything I had, could I abandon my theoretical conclusions and understand my illusions. It happened when I was a teen. I understood I was a ridiculous observer. My words were wise, but my mind was empty. My heart was frozen. My life was dark. I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I didn’t know what I had to find. Certain day, I found Carl…
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • International Council of Women's Health; Multidisciplinary Conference - Beyond 2015: What will it take

    Peter Jones
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Dear Colleagues and friendsFUNDISA with SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL as diamond partner, is hosting the -INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUE (ICOWHI) 20th conference- from 12-14 November 2014 at the ICC in Cape Town. Please note this is a MULTIDISCIPLINARY conference and any discipline working on women's health issues or related topics are invited to submit an abstract. See the call for abstracts.Please distribute to relevant colleagues in your network.Kind regardsHesterProf Hester C. Klopper (PhD, MBA, FANSA)President: Sigma Theta Tau InternationalChief Executive Officer:…
  • Blog birthdays, a missing model and history

    Peter Jones
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    Eight years ago today this blog was born. Last month I came across a backup of some old emails and discovered one of my first related to Hodges' model. This was while attending Bolton College for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1997. I had a project to complete and in researching nursing theory came across a resource by Judy Norris then at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. There was one a model of nursing missing. I'd also visited Alberta (ALTA) twice in 1979 and 1989: wonderful holidays.19 ‎March ‎1997, ‏‎09:28:38Hello there.I'm fairly new to the net and E-mail,…
  • care.data: too much information?

    Peter Jones
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupindividual - personethics'personal'My identity:  lost in numbers Vs. specificity of patterns*my attitude to my 'sensitive' informationhealth literacy personal responsibility, self care, quantified selfmy understanding of care.dataTrust datasets, BIG datahospital episodes, treatments research privacy research anonymising process for nhs data*care.data is a natural step towards personalised medicine?axon - neurobiologyAxon - data warehousestatisticsservice…
  • [ Exclusive* preview ] Wrinkles

    Peter Jones
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    individual, dignity, person, memories, identity,security, communication, perception, meaning, friends,belonging, mood, orientation ...demographics, evidence based care, medication, treatments, physical environment ....policy, standards, inspection, training, organisation, safety, governance, management culture, leadership ...Link:http://www.arrugaslapelicula.com/*Person centered?
  • IEEE Computer, Special issue on Physical-Cyber-Social Computing

    Peter Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Physical-Cyber-Social ComputingFinal submissions due: 1 September 2014Publication issue: May/June 2015Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 15 August 2014Guest Editors: Payam Barnaghi, Manfred Hauswirth, Amit Sheth, and Vivek Singh (ic3-2015 AT computer.org)Computing, communication, and mobile technologies are among the most influential innovations that shape our lives today. Technology advancements such as mobile devices that reach over half of Earth's population, social networks with more than a billion members, and the rapid growth of…
 
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Clinical Psychologist

  • Insecurities from My Past are Harming My Current Relationship

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    Q: My partner and I have been together for almost 4 years but have been arguing more since our daughter was born 16 months ago. I lost my mother 7 years ago when I was 22 years old and my father was virtually absent from my life since I was 2. We have a good […]Tags: CBT, relationships, self awareness, self-esteem
  • I’m Ashamed to take a Low-Class Job

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Q: I know that when it comes to work, everyone has to start somewhere, and that is typically much further down the ladder than we’d like. Still, I find it hard not to identify with the low social status of particular jobs I’m qualified for, such as store clerk. I see my perfectionism as stopping […]Tags: motivation, workplace
  • Managing Pregnant Wife’s Neediness

    Dr Elizabeth Wohl, PhD
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Q: How do I convince my wife to see a psychologist or psychiatrist? She has very low self-esteem. She cannot accept a compliment or make even simple decisions, and she is extremely sensitive. For example, if I do not call her from work to say “hi” a few times a day, she says she feels […]Tags: pregnancy and childbirth, relationships, responsibility, self-esteem
  • What’s the Point of Living Morally if We All Die the Same?

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Q: I have had one question lingering in my mind for a very long time, and no one has satisfied me with their answers. Some people hurt everyone so badly with their words, they don’t care about others at all, and they are so deeply selfish. However, they put on a very good act and […]Tags: ethics, miscellaneous, social skills
  • My Wife Threatens Suicide When I Bring Up Separation

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Q: I am 31 years old, my wife is 32, and we have been married for 4 years. We are both students at the same university and I help her with her studies to such an extent that I take very few courses in order to study her subjects and teach her. I am also […]Tags: divorce, relationships, self-esteem, suicide
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    Chipur

  • The Pain of the “Should” Trap (But what would you “expect?”)

    Bill White
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    “Okay, so I experience panic attack symptoms and don’t handle stress well. Years ago a shrink even mentioned ‘bipolar disorder.’ But, come on now, I’m going on 50. I should be over it by now. At least that’s what I expect.” Hmmm. Well, so much for expectations. I’m thinkin’ someone’s caught in the “should” trap. And whether or not s/he even realizes it, the pain just has to be intense (and totally unnecessary). I mean, think about how much angst, symptom-cycling, and stalled growth has been at play. Dang, those…
 
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    Choosehelp.com

  • Pain Catastrophizing – Does Your Negative Attitude Worsen Your Pain?

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    In pain? Your attitude predicts more about your long-term chances of future pain and disability than your disease or your current pain level. Two people have the same serious injury. Both get surgery and start rehab. One person reports manageable pain and gets back to work within a series of weeks. The other person reports unmanageable pain and stays on long-term disability. How can similar injuries and diseases cause such dramatically different outcomes? Well, variables like pre-injury health, genetics and rehab compliance play an influential role, but surprisingly, research shows that the…
  • Starting Recovery with a Criminal Record - Overcoming Barriers to Success

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Don't let a criminal record, probation or parole break your recovery efforts. Read on for 6 tips on building a better future, despite a difficult past. Having a criminal record and/or ongoing monitoring by the criminal justice system makes early recovery even more challenging. Don't allow your past to limit what's possible for today. While probation terms and requirements, 'time hanging', or felony status clearly represent real challenges, they are far from insurmountable. Here are some answers to common questions and suggestions for overcoming the obstacles you may face. What Do I Tell…
  • 5 Reasons Why the California Society of Addiction Medicine Rejects Rapid Opioid Detox

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Though the idea of avoiding withdrawal symptoms while under sedation sounds appealing, the California Society of Addiction Medicine does not endorse rapid opioid detox. Here are 5 primary reasons why they don’t. Thinking about ultra rapid detoxification? Maybe you should think again - here are 5 solid reasons why the California Society of Addiction Medicine says ultra rapid opioid detox isn’t worth the risks. What Is Rapid Opioid Detox? Sedated withdrawal: You are put under anesthesia or placed under heavy sedation and then given an opioid antagonist, such as naloxone.This opioid…
  • 7 Reasons Why Buying Street Suboxone Won't Help You Get Clean

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Why does it matter where you get the Suboxone? Well, when you buy street Suboxone you still associate with dealers, you rarely get counseling, you're not forced to make life changes and you use it more like drug than a medication. Suboxone is a medication for the treatment of opiate addiction. It is available by prescription from clinics and doctors who are specially certified to dispense Suboxone. The purpose of Suboxone treatment is to keep opiate addicts from experiencing withdrawal while they receive counseling for the psychological aspects of addiction. Many people choose to buy street…
  • Marriage Therapy on Your Own? How to Improve Your Relationship when Your Partner Won't Come Along

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Find out how marriage therapy can save your relationship - even when your partner won't get involved. Marriage therapy: sometimes only one of the two partners is willing to come to therapy. How can you work on your relationship if your partner won't come to therapy? Read on for an exploration of your options and some likely outcomes in different situations, such as: When it's your issue that affects the relationship.When it's your partner's issues that affect the relationship.When external factors affect the relationship.When the major issue lies between both partners. Considering Individual…
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    The Business Incubator

  • How to throw a strike in baseball

    Angela Brooks
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    It is spring and that means baseball for our family. If you follow me on facebook you know we are on the go. Last week I was able to be in my my office one hour the rest was mobile marketing. The remainder of time we were at a ball park cheering on my favorite pitchers. Over the weekend was the beginning of the next young pitchers career in our family. My youngest son began pitching for his travel team, the poor fellow was so nervous I thought he was going to puke before we got there. He said “Mom let’s just go home I don’t want to do this.” Good ole mom says…
  • Business Taxes – Internal Revenue Service

    Angela Brooks
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Good Ole Tax Time … Did you know that a business out of your home is a deduction for your taxes? Don’t take my word ask your CPA. Working at home has many advantages other than being your own boss. You fall into a higher tax bracket and working for yourself is hard work that is worth it. Your home has many tax breaks that can save you money being a home business owner. I teach what I have done to change my income and replace my 27 years of nursing income. It is s a deduction to better yourself and learn how to run your business better with  education and training for your…
  • I have finger prints on my windows

    Angela Brooks
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    No this little fellow is not mine (smile) and I cried cleaning them off…. I have enjoyed this week off and being unplugged from my normal business routine of go to work – cook supper – go to my office. Actually I am having a hard time plugging back in – life sometimes feels like a extension cord and everything is plugged in to all of the slots waiting for circuit overload to pop the breaker. Today I am getting back in the swing of being home after a week out of town. Washing clothes, cleaning floors and wiping the many finger prints off the doors and cabinets. Today as…
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    Scott D. Miller, Ph. D.

  • How not to be among the 70-95% of practitioners and agencies that fail

    scottdm
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Our field is full of good ideas, strategies that work.  Each year, practitioners and agencies devote considerable time and resources to staying current with new developments.  What does the research say about such efforts?  When it comes to the implementation of new, evidence-based practices, traditional training strategies routinely produce only 5% to 30% success rates.  Said another way, 70-95% of training fails […]
  • Dumb and Dumber: Research and the Media

    scottdm
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    “Just when I thought you couldn’t get any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!” - Harry in Dumb & Dumber On January 25th, my inbox began filling with emails from friends and fellow researchers around the globe.  “Have you seen the article in the Guardian?” they asked.  ”What do you […]
  • Are you any good as a therapist? The Legacy of Paul W. Clement

    scottdm
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:01 am
    Twenty years ago, I came across an article published in the journal, Professional Psychology.  It was written by a psychologist in private practice, Paul Clement.  The piece caught my eye for a number of reasons.  First, although we’d never met, Paul lived and worked in a town near my childhood home: Pasadena, California.  Second, the question he […]
  • Good News and Bad News about Psychotherapy

    scottdm
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Have you seen this month’s issue of, “The National Psychologist?”  If you do counseling or psychotherapy, you should read it.  The headline screams, “Therapy: No Improvement for 40 Years.”  And while I did not know the article would be published, I was not surprised by the title nor it’s contents.  The author and associate editor, […]
  • Did you know your clients can tell if you are happy?

    scottdm
    19 Jan 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It’s true.  Adding to a growing literature showing that the person of the therapist is more important than theoretical orientation, years of experience, or discipline, a new study documents that clients are sensitive to the quality of their therapist’s life outside of treament.  In short, they can tell when you are happy or not.  Despite our best efforts […]
 
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    HSP Health Blog

  • What Happened To The Sacred?

    Maria
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Source: Morguefiles   The word “sacred” is one that we hardly ever use outside of religious settings or events. For a number of reasons it has become a word that we shun. It is, however, and important idea about an important subject that transcends cultural definitions about it meaning. Because it has been so misused, it deserves a look to see if we can reclaim it in a productive way. What Does Sacred Mean? According to Wikipedia, The word “sacred” descends from the Latin sacrum, which referred to the gods or anything in their power, and…
  • What Happened To Play?

    Maria
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Source: playingwithbrushes – Flickr What happened to play? Did you make mud pies when you were a child? Perhaps you spent time in a playground, or a sandbox. Did you build castles in the sand? What happened to the joyful spirit of play in your life? Enter Insecurity I was raised in a conservative environment so conditioning started at a young age. I am not good about being indoctrinated so I noticed when anyone tried. To this day, I notice. However, the force feeding of fear and insecurity has an effect whether you like it or not. It causes sadness, pain and loneliness. And insecurity.
  • Breaking The Failure Taboo

    Maria
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    Source: Tinou Bao – Flickr Failure is something that many of us if not all of us have been taught to be afraid of. Unfortunately, failure is a big subject and perceptions about failure are not necessarily innocent. Fear of failure causes so many people to hide and makes them afraid to be themselves. What a loss! Why Failure Is Such A Big Subject Failure has been a big subject throughout human history. If you take a look at ancient myths and stories many of them are as much about failure as about bravery. In early human societies, failure was dangerous. Failure was life threatening and…
  • What Time Pressure Costs Us

    Maria
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    patience © by rosmary How do you feel about the time pressure of this impatient world we live in? Personally, I hate it, yet I often feel that slow is “wrong”. Slow means getting run off the road by someone faster. Slow means “missing the boat” because you can only miss it by being slow. The fast pace of our society has a life of its own. It feels like “reality” and when we drop out of the high speed movement of our economic culture it can seem like a form of death. But if you look at it another way, our fast paced system can feel like a form of death as…
  • A Reexamination Of Comfort Zones And Creativity

    Maria
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    Source: Out-of-Comfort Zone: Dance like a Chicken – Mike “Dakinewavamon” Kline Being in one’s comfort zone or not seems to be a marker of all sorts of wonderful traits including creativity and progressiveness. I can even be a path to success and wealth! I consider myself a creative person. However, I find many ideas about comfort zones, and getting out of them, to have very little to do with creativity and creating a good life for yourself. Since I perceive quality of life something that we can and need to create for ourselves, I think that reevaluating comfort zones…
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  • CogniFit is a nominee for Most Innovative Products in the...

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    CogniFit is a nominee for Most Innovative Products in the SeniorHomes.com Best Senior Living Awards 2014. Click here to vote for CogniFit.
  • Brain scans revealed artistic talent could be innate Have you...

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Brain scans revealed artistic talent could be innate Have you ever heard people say that they tend to be more of a right-brain or left-brain thinker? From books to television programs, you’ve probably heard the phrase mentioned numerous times or perhaps you’ve even taken an online test to determine which type best describes you. Turns out we’re neither; new research shows we should be looking at the size of our neural matter instead. The research, published in NeuroImage on March 29th, 2014, suggests that artistic talent could be innate. Researchers reported that training and…
  • If you visited the CogniFit home page recently, you may have...

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    If you visited the CogniFit home page recently, you may have noticed that things looked different. We decided to give this page a facelift to make it more attractive while keeping a familiar look. We hope you like it!
  • For a brain boost, spend time with your grandchildren … but only...

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    For a brain boost, spend time with your grandchildren … but only once in a while Grandparents often say that spending time with their grandchild gives them great joy. What they may not realize is that their brains can actually benefit from the interaction. A new study finds grandchildren keep grandmothers mentally sharp. The study, published on April 7th, 2014 in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, finds post-menopausal women who spend time taking care of grandkids lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. However, too…
  • Cardio exercise in your 20s could benefit your brain in your...

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Cardio exercise in your 20s could benefit your brain in your 40s Ask any runner and she will tell you that running helps clear your mind and that the oxygen feeding your brain gives you that clear focus. A new study shows that regularly engaging in cardio exercise in young adulthood could potentially protect your memory and cognitive health decades down the road. Researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that better cardiac fitness in young adults translated to better brain fitness 25 years later, adding to a growing body of evidence that links heart health with mental…
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    Social Work Career Development

  • Book Review: Battered Women's Protective Strategies

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Do you work with women who are physically abused and wonder how best to help them? Contrary to public opinion and the views of many domestic violence agencies, leaving the batterer is not necessarily the only or best solution available to intimate violence survivors. Sherry Hamby proposes in her book: Battered Women’s Protective Strategies, an innovative and strengths-based approach to
  • Best in Mental Health (weeks of 3/31-4/13/14)

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to... This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development. To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see
  • Got LMSW Exam Anxiety? 4 Strategies + 10 Practice Questions

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Are you feeling a bit anxious about your upcoming LMSW exam? You are not alone... Many of us feel this way whether we end up taking the licensure test right after we graduate or do so years later. What can you do to feel less anxious about the test? Prepare for the exam: As Alexander Graham Bell stated, "preparation is the key to success." Here are the Ten Tips I Used for Passing the
  • Mental Health Webinars for You, April 2014

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Do you want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the mental health arena? Attending one of these free webinars is an easy way of doing just that :) This post is part of the monthly series, Mental Health Webinars for You, featuring the registration information for free webcasts for this month in the field of social work and mental health. For a quick overview of the topics
  • Best in Mental Health (weeks of 3/17- 3/30/14)

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to... This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development. The two themes that were prominent among this week's round-up were career and
 
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    StayOnTop: Depression

  • Rebuilding Your Life

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

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

    Henk van Setten
    18 Feb 2014 | 4:15 pm
    What is your main identity? And would it be wise to try and shift or change your identity a little? In order to tackle these questions, first we need to be clear about what we mean with the word “identity”.     We could complicate this by making a difference between your “self” (how you see yourself, […]
  • Being Baby

    Henk van Setten
    7 Jan 2014 | 2:55 pm
    There is one particular kind of depression that can make us feel like a crying helpless baby. Is this strange? Not at all: for deep down, we all still are the very same baby as when we were born.     We cannot remember the details of our birth. At that time, our baby brain had not […]
  • Introducing 2014

    Henk van Setten
    30 Dec 2013 | 7:13 am
    There are two big mistakes that we (I mean the depressed) tend to make on the threshold of a new year. The first mistake: looking back and reflecting too much on the miseries, failures, bleak moments and near-suicidal moments of the past unhappy year. Thoughts like “Another Year I Wasted” are not really helpful. Right […]
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  • responding with empathy

    nochnoch
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Me to a few friends recently: “I am going through XXX, I feel miserable because ABC… I do not know why people enjoy this process. I do not. I am very unhappy….” My friends’ responses: “Do not feel like that, it is a blessing what you are experiencing, many people would love to be in your position….” “This change is a miracle, be grateful for the time and opportunity you have….” “Think more positive, try to enjoy yourself through XXX…. Do not think like that…” My initial responses and emotions: cringe in anger for they did not understand where I was coming from…
  • The Pooping Donut

    nochnoch
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I was eating a raspberry jam donut a few days ago. After taking a huge bite and putting it back down on the plate, I noticed that jam was leaking from the other side of the donut. I was in hysterics – by myself at the table. I found it wildly amusing. I took a photo of the donut and put it up on Instagram, sent it to a few friends on WhatsApp, and shared it with my friends on WeChat (a China-based instant message / facebook service). I captioned the photo, “The Pooping Donut”. I did not expect the flurry of responses. I was only entertaining myself. A few friends came back with…
  • Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Canto Pop

    nochnoch
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm
    This post is dedicated to one of my readers, P., — thank you for the suggestion! I started playing the piano when I was 7 years old. Bang bang bang…. When I streamed back into the HK education system after a few years running wild in Australia with my family, I had to learn the piano properly, taking examinations and theories. I learnt to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony – Da Da Da Daaaaaan! Da Da Da Duuuuum!!!!! The relentless hours of practice in order to pass piano exams, which for me bore no importance or significance in my life, made me loathe Beethoven. And for that matter, I…
  • Yoyogi Park – the fragility of my being

    nochnoch
    25 Feb 2014 | 3:13 am
    This post is part of the Travel Series – reflections and muses based on the cities I have lived in or travelled to. My departure was set from Tokyo was set for early June in 2009. For one last time that spring, I savored the chance for hanami, not knowing that all would change from then onwards. Hana meant “flowers”, and mi meant “to look” in Japanese. It was a revered festive fortnight to appreciate the ephemeral beauty of the unique flower, the sakura, the cherry blossoms for which Japan was famous. The sakura would be in bloom for only a few weeks a year and the Japanese…
  • Butterflies

    nochnoch
    13 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    Butterflies petrify me. Such beautiful creatures, so harmless, so delicate, so gentle – their unobtrusive presences anywhere within a radius of 1 meter is sufficient to make me freeze on the spot. When on my own, I would squeal. When others are around, I try to suppress the scream, and walk away calmly. I am in such fear of them that my psychologist decided I needed to undergo desensitization treatment for phobias. I have recurring dreams and nightmares of butterflies. I run down a long hallway, dimly lit by yellow light bulbs. There are wooden doors on both sides, but all closed. I am…
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • On Whether Manic Depression Is A Blessing Or A Curse Or Both

    songtothesirens
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    So, this is a question I struggle with periodically. Is Manic Depression a blessing, curse or both? There is no denying that my life has changed immensely both for the good and the bad since being diagnosed in the early 2000′s. But, is my life really worse than it was before? Was I truly happy, […]
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    songtothesirens
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    From Jennifer KelleyFiled under: Bipolar Disorder
  • Feeling Sappy and Reminiscent

    songtothesirens
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I do promise to finish the series that led me from birth to Bipolar disorder, but allow me to engage in a bit of reminiscent sappiness. This song was recorded when I was three (3) years old in 1974, and has sustained me for the past few days where I have been depressed but not […]
  • The Verve ~ One Day

    songtothesirens
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Once again a song says it better than I can: feeling very down today. One day maybe we will dance again Under fiery skies One day maybe you will love again Love that never dies One day maybe you will see the land Touch skin with sand You’ve been swimming in the lonely sea With […]
  • Being Lonely And Alone Sucks

    songtothesirens
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:48 pm
    …..enough said.Filed under: abandonment
 
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    Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness

  • Functioning Alcoholic: Signs and Symptoms

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    What is a Functioning Alcoholic? Most people associate severe alcohol abuse with the term alcoholic. However, there is a wide range of alcohol abuse from mild to severe. Mild alcohol abuse is often termed functional alcoholism. This is largely due to the fact that the functioning alcoholic functions in most areas of life with perceived ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: Addiction: How to Recognize It and What to Do about It Signs and Symptoms of Clinical Depression Suicide: Warning Signs and Treatment
  • Sexual Assault Counseling & Recovery

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    What is Sexual Assault? Sexual assault occurs when one person forces any unwanted sexual contact onto another person. It can involve a stranger, friend, partner, or acquaintance. It can involve any type of unwanted sexual behavior.   Being sexually assaulted involves both physical and psychological assault. Assault victims experience a range of emotions that include fear, shame, ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: How to Support a Loved One Surviving Trauma When Should You Seek Therapy or Consult a Counselor?
  • Switching Careers in Mid-Life

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Have you considered changing careers? I was invited to interview on mid-life career change. Listen to the interview here. Have you successfully changed a career? Share you comments on how you did it, we’d love to hear from you! If you’re interested in changing your career, join us for an 8-week career coaching program, “Create Your ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: How Can I Change Careers Changing a Career? Start Small by Taking Charge of Your Current Situation Find Your Meaningful Career Path…
  • What is a Solution Focused Therapist?

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    What Does a Solution Focused Therapist Do? Most types of psychotherapy involve exploring feelings, being validated, finding explanations, exploring wishes and dreams, setting goals, and gaining clarity. Every therapist has unique ways of working with clients, based on his or her personality, training, and views of how people change. A solution-focused therapist is likely to do the following: ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: When Should You Seek Therapy or Consult a Counselor? Take Charge of Your Life De-Clutter…
  • Bulimia Facts

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Facts About Bulimia The National Eating Disorder Association prepared these bulimia facts in the form of an infographic for eating disorder awareness week, see below. 59-83% of development of bulimia may be genetically related Most people who struggle with bulimia are of normal weight Many people struggling with bulimia also struggle with depression, anxiety, and/or ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: Stories of Weight Stigma Do You Feel Out of Control with Food Behavior? You Could Be Struggling with Disordered…
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    Depression

  • Antidepressants May Increase How Long Mothers Breastfeed

    Sheryl Wood
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Mothers who take prescription medications often worry if they can breastfeed their baby. Stopping antidepressant use may not be necessary and may even help breastfeeding.
  • Understanding the New Daddy Blues

    Tara Haelle
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Becoming a parent brings a host of changes that not every person is prepared for. Depression after a new child's arrival can occur for both mothers and fathers.
  • Balancing Antidepressants' Risks during Pregnancy

    Tara Haelle
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has always involved a balancing of possible benefits and risks. But so does skipping the medication when a mom has depression.
  • Few Spine Surgeons Used Psych Screening Before Surgery

    Nancy Maleki
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Mental health issues may play a role in disabling back pain that can require surgery, and experts recommend mental health screening before spinal surgery. But it seems some surgeons may have missed this recommendation.
  • Depression Can Hit the Heart

    Liza Baskin
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Depression is a mental condition. However, the dangers of this condition can spread beyond mental health, and may even involve the heart.
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    American Association of Christian Counselors

  • The Agile Lifestyle: React, Recognize and Realign

    lcaptari
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, NCGC © Copyright John Chroston and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.   In business management, the agile organization is prized for the ability to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing economy. It seems that some of the characteristics of the agile organization can be applied to help our clients develop an “agile lifestyle” as well. Let’s adapt this complex business concept into three key skills: react, recognize and realign. React A common source of anxiety, depression and relationship problems involves the way in…
  • Healing the Healer: Managing the Daily Stressors of Counseling

    lcaptari
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.  © Copyright Andy Jamieson and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.    As a professional counselor, you commit every day to being at your very best for your clients. That requires energy, focus, proper rest, time for professional reading, and time to complete continuing education. It’s a big commitment to be at the top of your game, every day, as you work with those who put their trust in you. It is not uncommon for the pressures of your job – not to mention daily life stressors – to wear on you. No matter how hard you try, you can’t…
  • Rabboni

    Administrator
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Mary Magdalene. A woman whose entire life and persona had been controlled and dominated by demonic activity. She battled not just one spirit of evil. She was consumed with seven. Until one day, when she had a divine appointment with Jesus — “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out…” (Luke 8:2 ESV) After that encounter, she became a committed follower of Christ. Her story had become His story. Perhaps that is why she was the first person to visit the tomb on that Resurrection morning — even while it was still dark. When she found the stone…
  • Conference Spotlight: Get Advanced Training in Premarital and Marriage Coaching!

    lcaptari
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    photo by clspeace on Wikipedia Commons   Marriage coaches are desperately needed today! Whether it’s in your local church or coaching business, discover how you can come alongside engaged and married couples to provide support, biblical encouragement and practical help. At AACC’s Specialization Counselor Training and Coaching Intensives, seasoned professional coaches, Dwight Bain and Gary and Barb Rosberg, will share hands-on tools to assist couples with their communication styles, and empower them to overcome obstacles, strengthen their love, and thrive—not just survive.
  • He is Risen

    Administrator
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many times before to pray. But this time was different. This time He was in an agony. What’s interesting is that this is the only time this phrase is used in all of scripture. It was not just agony. It was an agony. A battle… a fight…a struggle in deep anguish. “Abba, Father, all things are…
 
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    Where I Stand

  • Let’s be honest: Depression sucks.

    erin casey
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    If you’ve heard me talk you know what I Stand for, you know my story, you know that I advocate very strongly that mental illnesses are NOT death sentences and that there is life (lot’s of it) in learning to navigate and use mental health tools to your advantage. You know that I believe mental health is for EVERYONE. You’ve also heard me talk about how challenging living with a mental illness is. Honestly, most of the time I tend the shy away from the nitty gritty details of depression and anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders, personality…
  • Meet Where I Stand’s newest blogger Dawn Sachleben!

    erin casey
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Dawn Sachleben Current City: Olalla, Washington Topics: Eating Disorders, Body Image, Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, and Recovery. I grew up on the beach of Southern California with two younger siblings. My parents loved us and did everything they could for us but there were problems on the horizon and it was felt in the home. At a young age I developed a love for dance, the only problem was I was much bigger than the other dancers and that was the beginning of my disease. My disease started with restrictions and later turned into bulimia. I had such a unhealthy relationship with food that…
  • Family, Food, & Fun? Coping with Mental Health During a Holiday Weekend

    erin casey
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Happy Easter! You might be celebrating your faith this weekend; or maybe for you it’s all about honey baked hams, Easter Egg Hunts, and Chocolate Bunnies (quite possibly it’s a combination of the two) – or for some of you it’s just a plain old weekend like any other. Regardless, holidays spiritual or commercial bring up a lot of “crap” and many challenges for those suffering from mental health concerns. Family & Friends Family and friends are great, but we all know that in excess they can cause additional stress, frustration, triggers, expectations…
  • A Message from a Lifeline Recipient

    erin casey
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    …..I address this to you as you signed my card you guys were so kind to send. I experienced an immediate lift in spirits as I digested the facts, this card was handwritten, it was from people from the other side of the world, who cared, taken time out and spoke from their heart and experience’s, and whom I very unlikely to meet in my life.You know I have been one of those people, everyone’s else’s rock, and as life has progressed I finally hit the wall, the load had finally become too much…But again thank you and the team, beautiful work. I am humbled as Where I Stand…
  • Here’s a tool for mental health planning.

    erin casey
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Mental health planning and recovery planning can seem daunting. I’ve personally thought to myself “how am I ever going to understand myself and all of this stuff?” But let me tell you there is so much hope and a few key things that EVERYONE can do to help make sure that we stay healthy and aware of ourselves throughout our day. I’ve titled this document “Knowledge is Power”. It’s so true that we often ‘run’ from knowing ourselves, but in reality that hurts us so much more. Knowing just a few key things can make the difference between a…
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    Anxiety Killed The Cat

  • Hypnosis for Anxiety Relief: 7 Easy Steps for Self-Hypnosis

    Ashleigh James
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Using hypnosis for anxiety isn’t a new concept however hypnosis itself is often given a questionable rap. The majority of peoples experience with hypnosis actually stops at having seen it in a movie or television show, where it’s effects are often exaggerated. In the real world however, and in the instance of using hypnosis for anxiety, it’s…
  • Is Your Social Anxiety Ruining Christmas?

    Ashleigh James
    14 Dec 2013 | 10:50 pm
    Fellow social anxiety sufferers, the holidays are upon us! Christmas for most is a magical time of the year where family and friends get together, exchange gifts and generally enjoy each others company. But for those that suffer from social anxiety disorder, Christmas namely consists of a number of social situations and events that they would like nothing…
  • How to Calm Anxiety: Change Your Diet

    Ashleigh James
    4 Nov 2013 | 2:01 am
    Last updated: 13th April 2014 Inline with the natural approach from my article The First Steps, making a few simple changes to your diet can greatly boost your efforts in how to calm stress and anxiety. Today, we’re going to focus on how to calm your anxiety with a healthy diet because studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms…
  • The Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

    Ashleigh James
    30 Aug 2013 | 3:34 am
    The diagnosis of anxiety actually covers a wide array of types of anxiety disorders. On its own, it is a blanket term used to describe acute stress. It is also used more generally to describe moments when a person is feeling anxious. The truth is, we all experience anxiety at one point or other. In fact, some even go as far as to say that -not- feeling anxious could…
  • The Link Between Caffeine and Anxiety

    Ashleigh James
    26 Aug 2013 | 11:23 pm
    Is there a link between caffeine and anxiety? Does caffeine affect anxiety? Let’s find out! Caffeine plays a huge part in the daily lives of many people. Everyone knows that there’s plenty of caffeine in coffee, right? But did you know that caffeine is in tea as well? It’s also most likely in your afternoon can of soft drink and that piece of…
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Are You Motivated By Fear ?

    Kelli Walker
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    In the thick of experiencing severe anxiety and panic attacks, it can seem like they are your biggest problem. This is natural, your body is in survival mode, it can only focus on what’s happening to it in the moment, like a pounding heart, feeling nauseated, feeling scared and hopeless. However, that anxiety and the […] The post Are You Motivated By Fear ? appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Go In Through The Out Door

    Andrew Morris
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Stress. Now that is a loaded word! Are you a person who lives a stressed outlife ? Do you just seem to stress out all the time? Is your anxiety level high? Does life just seem like one ominous challenge after another? Then You Will Want To Hear This : The great news is that you […] The post Go In Through The Out Door appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Do You Have This “What If…” Thoughts ?

    Kelli Walker
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The dreaded “what if “ thoughts can dominate the minds of us anxious folk, whether we’re aware of it or not. One of the first tips I like to give my clients is: if a thought begins with “what if ” then it can usually be disregarded as nothing more than an anxious thought. It’s […] The post Do You Have This “What If…” Thoughts ? appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Laughter Is The Best Medicine

    Andrew Morris
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Laughter is truly the best medicine. Laughing cures all ills, stresses, anxieties. Laughing feels wonderful and is so good for you. You cannot possibly be mad, upset or disgruntled when you are laughing-it’s impossible! Smiling alone feels good, but laughing feels even better. Relationships can really thrive if they are based on a mutual ability […] The post Laughter Is The Best Medicine appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Useful Ways To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

    Ahmed
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    By : Zack John Have you ever faced something very crucial in your entire life? It could be a new relationship, a new vehicle, a new job or promotion etc. Something happens in life that completely changes your state of mind or potential of thinking. Usually, people who suffer from any crucial happening started losing […] The post Useful Ways To Reduce Stress And Anxiety appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
 
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    careforyourmind.org

  • Can We Reduce Youth Suicides by Understanding and Identifying Risk factors?

    Care for Your Mind
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    William Coryell, MD George Winokur Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Today we begin a five part series on youth suicide prevention. Guest perspectives come from National Network of Depression Centers and the Active … Continue reading →
  • Can You Thrive with a Mood Disorder?

    Care for Your Mind
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Gregory Simon, MD, MPH Investigator, Center for Health Studies Group Health Cooperative Can You Thrive with a Mood Disorder? The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance has designated 2014 as the Year of Thriving. Throughout the year, they are challenging the … Continue reading →
  • Target Zero: Redefining the Clinical Definition of Success

    Care for Your Mind
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The first priority in treating a mood disorder is ensuring that the person is out of immediate crisis. But should this be the end goal? Too often researchers, providers, family members, and peers consider a stable mood as a measurement … Continue reading →
  • Working to Dispel Stigma Among Asian Americans

    Care for Your Mind
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Pata Suyemoto Working to Dispel Stigma Among Asian Americans Cultural stigma and language barriers result in extremely low utilization of mental health services among Asian Americans (8.6 percent versus nearly 18 percent of general population). But individuals and organizations are … Continue reading →
  • Criminalizing Mental Health in the United States

    Care for Your Mind
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Melody Moezzi More than 60 percent of the population in U.S. prisons are minorities, and by some accounts, the three largest mental health facilities in the country are prisons. CFYM continues its interview with attorney, author and mental health activist … Continue reading →
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    The Fusion Model

  • 12 Amazing Sayings about Happiness from Philosopher William James

    Frances Masters
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    It’s often said that William James (1) was to the USA, what Sigmund Freud was to Europe. William James was an elderly man when he finally met Freud at a lecture in 1909. They walked and talked together for a while. Nobody knows what their conversation was about. Must have been interesting. There’s no doubt that James has been one of the world’s most original thinkers and, although written over a hundred years ago, his sayings about happiness add up to a formula for living your best life that’s timeless. During his lifetime, he wrote a whole library of academic works.
  • 5 Top Tips to give your Confidence Level an Instant Upgrade

    Frances Masters
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    ‘I’ve been promoted’ said Angela with a wry smile. ‘That’s great’ I replied ‘Isn’t it?’ ‘Well, yes it is but……there’s a problem!’ ‘I seem to have great difficulty taking the lead. It is something that makes me very nervous and although I will air my views in team meetings, my heart pounds and I feel as if I can’t breath. There’s also a lot of strong characters there and I think a little resentment that I have a senior title when if fact they have been there a lot longer than me, so this is…
  • 7 Quotes about Anxiety that Anxious People Need to Know

    Frances Masters
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    1. ‘Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.’ Haruki Murakami (1) A lot of the anxiety we suffer is self-inflicted. We think anxious thoughts. We look into the future and run scary movies in our head or we drift into the past and are full of regrets and hurts. It’s not really the things which happen to us that cause our anxiety, but our own response to them. No one can make you fearful or anxious without your permission. You have to allow that to happen. Make a decision to deal with life’s ups and downs as and when they happen. Make an assumption that some bad stuff…
  • The #1 Major Life Hack for Raising your Confidence Level.

    Frances Masters
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Ghosts. Maria was a broken woman. My first impressions as I looked into her dark eyes were of someone who was haunted. ‘I haven’t been able to sleep for months now’ she explained. ‘And when I do sleep he is there!’ Turned out Maria had been married to a violent man; a man who was involved in the shady world of drug dealing. He had been abusive to her in the marriage but when he died a violent death, she thought she would be free of him. ‘In my Sicilian culture,’ she said. ‘If you are visited in your dreams by somebody who has died, they are…
  • Depression and The Self-Help Secret all New Mums Need to Know.

    Frances Masters
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:02 am
    I’m angry! I’m feeling really angry at the moment. The newspapers are often full of troubling headlines about inadequate mental health services. But a recent report touched both a personal and professional note for somebody who, more than twenty years ago, suffered herself from postnatal depression. (1) I can now make the professional observation that the medical model of treatment for PND is not appropriate and actually risks lives. The story which disturbed me was that of a young mother who jumped from the top of the multi-storey car park just a few months after giving birth to…
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  • The Role of Antidepressant Drugs in Treating Adolescents

    Brian Burgess
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Antidepressant drugs are one option for teen addiction treatment. Typically they are given in combination with education and counseling. In some instances, omega-3 fatty acids, St. John’s Wort and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are also given. A pediatrician or psychiatrist can prescribe antidepressants. If you are working with a psychiatrist, it is important to make sure […]
  • World Health Day: Adult ADHD Treatment With Vitamins and Minerals

    Brian Burgess
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is an ailment characterized by short attention spans and significant hyper-activeness. People with ADHD cannot remain static for long and have short attention spans, making it difficult to hold a conversation with them. ADHD patients are usually prescribed stimulant drugs that activate the brain circuits responsible for attentiveness and focus. However, […]
  • Treating Cocaine Addiction: Research on Molecular Mechanism

    Brian Burgess
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cocaine is one of the most addicting drugs on the planet. A group of scientists at the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have a pretty good handle on why. Studies show that cocaine ingestion triggers a rapid increase of a specific enzyme in the brain. This enzyme occurs naturally in varying concentrations within the […]
  • Does Marijuana Smoking Actually Decreases Your IQ?

    Brian Burgess
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Marijuana commonly known as pot or herb gives you a mental high when smoked. People who smoke marijuana are often relaxed, or on a mental high that causes them to express severe emotional feeling. For example, they may laugh uncontrollably or suffer bouts of emotional downtime. Marijuana directly alters the chemicals in the brain. IQ: […]
  • ADHD Drugs and Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Brian Burgess
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:24 pm
    There appears to be a connection between ADHD and heroin addiction. Many mental healthcare doctors as well as medical blogs have stated that ADHD has often been a big reason for heroin addiction. The Surprising Link Many heroin addicts are commonly diagnosed with ADHD. The addicts are put on prescription medications such as Dexedrine, Adderall, […]
 
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  • Holding Their Attention: Get the Scoop on ADHD

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

    chattertree fact finder
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Men are four times more likely than women to die from suicide. However, three times more women than men attempt suicide. In addition, suicide rates are highest among young people and those over age 65. Primary risk factors for suicide include: Prior suicide attempt Family history of mental disorders Alcohol or other substance abuse Family history of suicide Family violence, including physical and/or sexual abuse Firearms in the home (the method used in more than half of all suicides) Warning Signs If someone talks about suicide, you should take it seriously. Urge them to get help from their…
  • Tom Izzo Speaks In Tribute To Lacey Holsworth

    Ryan Beale
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    This past Wednesday evening famed MSU coach Tom Izzo gave an impromptu tribute in honor of 8 year old Lacey Holsworth in front of at the historic Spartan Rock. Lacey Holsworth tragically lost her battle to cancer earlier that morning. Tom Izzo’s speech is a reminder of how me must find the lessons within our own and each others struggles in order to make our difference to the world around us. This video is a must watch 8 minute video that will remind you why Coach Izzo is such a well respected leader.  
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over

    chattertree fact finder
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Do you feel the need to check and re-check things over and over? Do you have the same thoughts constantly? Do you feel a very strong need to perform certain rituals repeatedly and feel like you have no control over what you are doing? If so, you may have a type of anxiety disorder called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). What is OCD? Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with OCD feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and…
  • Dealing With the Other Difficult Parent

    chattertree fact finder
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    By: Dr. Noel Swanson Q. My stepson, who is four years old, goes to visit his real mother on weekends if and when she is available because she is constantly in and out of jail and has 86 felonies. These visitations do more harm to our son than good. When he comes back he is very sad and doesn’t say a word for hours. A. This is, indeed, an unusual situation, though it is very common with separated parents. Generally, the child living with the mother goes to the father for the weekend. But the effect of the meeting is the same: the child behaves queerly – either loud and noisy or absolutely…
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