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  • The Meditation Hack That Saves You 70,000 Hours

    Panic Attack Away
    Karl Moore
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    “Exploring the brainwave hack that turns you into a Zen monk – in minutes.” We’ve all heard about the powerful benefits of meditation: Less stress, greater relaxation, sharper thinking, improved memory, enhanced creativity, and more. Yet how many of us have experienced this for ourselves? Meditation holds some amazing benefits for those that practice it […] The post The Meditation Hack That Saves You 70,000 Hours appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Shining a fresh light on mental illness trends with the help of Twitter posts

    Anxiety / Stress News From Medical News Today
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Johns Hopkins computers scientists, who have already used Twitter posts to track flu cases, say their techniques also show promise as a tool to gather important information about some common mental...
  • Domestic abuse may affect children in womb

    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Domestic violence can affect children even before they're born, indicates new research. The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment.
  • One in 6 Ontario adults say they've had a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime

    Mental Health News From Medical News Today
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nearly seventeen per cent of adults surveyed in Ontario said they have suffered a traumatic brain injury that left them unconscious for five minutes or required them to be hospitalized overnight...
  • Could laughing gas be used to treat severe depression?

    Mental Health News From Medical News Today
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A small pilot study suggests treatment with nitrous oxide or laughing gas may help patients with severe depression whose illness is not responding to conventional therapies.
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  • Blog Post » Best of 2014

    Thomas Insel
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Dr. Insel offers an overview of his top ten mental health stories for 2014.
  • Blog Post » Lost in Translation

    Thomas Insel
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Drug testing in mice has been a poor guide to effectiveness in humans; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research approaches that can more reliably guide medication development.
  • Blog Post » Can We Prevent Psychosis?

    Thomas Insel
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
  • Blog Post » P-Hacking

    Thomas Insel
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
  • Blog Post » Depression, Daughters, and Cellular Aging

    Thomas Insel
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    An early sign of depression risk may provide not only a biomarker for depression but a clue to the relationship between depression and risk for medical illnesses; Dr. Insel blogs.
 
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    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
  • Severely mentally ill criminals: who goes to prison and who goes to psych institutions?

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    People with a severe mental disorder who commit a crime and who are incarcerated have different characteristics compared to people who are hospitalized after committing an offense, say researchers who focused on the differences of these people and their places of incarceration.
  • Domestic abuse may affect children in womb

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Domestic violence can affect children even before they're born, indicates new research. The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment.
  • Depression in dementia more common in community care, study finds

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Those residing in long-term care homes are less likely to suffer from depressive symptoms than those living in the community, an English study of over 400 people in eight EU countries with severe dementia has found.
  • Research into aggression reveals new insights

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    A new study is underway to learn more about aggression. "This is a really ambitious project, but I am hopeful that by looking at the areas of the brain and genes linked to (aggression), we will develop a better understanding of how it responds to existing treatments. We will be using both adult and juvenile zebrafish since they are genetic model organisms which may respond in a similar way to drugs as humans," a researcher notes.
 
 
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    World of Psychology

  • Gone but not Gone: Robin Williams’s Legacy of Love, Not Sadness

    Sarah Newman, MA
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Robin Williams died long before the winter chill settled in, but there is a new movie coming out this Christmas that will feature him once again. When I saw the trailer for “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” with Robin Williams playing Theodore Roosevelt and being his usual funny, exuberant self, I had to wonder how many wonderful, new moments we had left with him on film before he was gone forever. Someday explaining to my kids who Williams is will require me dragging out a bunch of movies they’ve never heard of. The first film that came to mind when I learned Williams…
  • 7 Ways to Manage Mixed Emotions During the Holidays

    Eve Hogan
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    As the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions — mine and that of those all around me. On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magical holiday lights and decorations. Regardless of a “bah hum bug” mindset, it is hard to deny the spectacular beauty of homes and businesses bedecked with twinkling lights. If you have little ones and family in your life, there is the excitement, enthusiasm and anticipation of the magical appearance of gifts and delectable feasts. There is the fun of honoring friends and family with tokens of love and…
  • 3 Ways to Answer Kids’ Questions about School Violence

    Matthew M. Leahy, PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Extreme school violence continues to be a major problem in the United States. As such, stories about school violence are frequent on news programs. No matter how much a parent may try, children may see and hear instances of school shootings. A study out of my research lab four years ago (McDonald, Leahy, et al., 2010) found that 80 percent of kids exposed to trauma often ask their parents about that trauma. So parents need to be equipped to answer these questions in helpful ways. Our research has uncovered three helpful tips to guide your discussions about school shootings and violence. Be…
  • 6 Ways to Beat Homesickness at Christmas

    Nicole Davies
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    It’s a Christmas thing. Even if you find yourself in the most beautiful corner of the Earth, you’ll still feel a little lonely. After all, there’s nothing like a festive season spent with one’s friends and family. Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can manage this sense of nostalgia. Here are some tips for beating homesickness when you’re far away from home during Christmas: 1. Avoid self-victimization. When you’re feeling homesick, you’re more likely to blame other people and external factors. That’s when you need to remember that…
  • You Can’t Please Everyone

    Michael Hedrick
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    I’ve had an interesting couple of weeks. I’ve been talking to an agent about a book proposal. The book is already written, but in talking to the agent I’ve come to realize that in order for him to take me on as a client, I would need to entirely rewrite the book. I gave his suggestions a shot with a few pages the other day and he still wasn’t happy. This is after a series of rejections about another book proposal with the same agent. I kind of have the feeling that no matter what I do, no matter how I rewrite the book, there’ll be parts of it he’s not satisfied with. This is a…
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    Depression News -- ScienceDaily

  • Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
  • Depression in dementia more common in community care, study finds

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Those residing in long-term care homes are less likely to suffer from depressive symptoms than those living in the community, an English study of over 400 people in eight EU countries with severe dementia has found.
  • Early results indicate potential for focused ultrasound to treat OCD

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    The potential of focused ultrasound to treat certain patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been supported by new research. "There is a need for non-invasive treatment options for patients with OCD that cannot be managed through medication," says the lead investigator. "Using focused ultrasound, we were able to reduce the symptoms for these patients and help them get some of their life back without the risks or complications of the more invasive surgical approaches that are currently available."
  • Laughing gas shows promise for severe depression, pilot study suggests

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies. The pilot study is believed to be the first research in which patients with depression were given laughing gas.
  • Twitter posts may shine a fresh light on mental illness trends

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Computers scientists are tracking tweets to gather important information about common mental illnesses. By reviewing tweets from users who publicly mentioned their diagnosis and by looking for language cues linked to certain disorders, the researchers say, they've been able to quickly and inexpensively collect new data on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
 
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
  • Parkinson's patients identify balance, anxiety among top 10 research priorities

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Patients with Parkinson's, medics and carers have identified the top ten priorities for research into the management of the condition. People with personal experience of the condition worked together to identify crucial gaps in the existing evidence to address everyday practicalities in managing Parkinson's. Top of the list, which was narrowed down from a list of 94 uncertainties, was the need to identify what treatments help reduce balance problems and falls.
  • Early results indicate potential for focused ultrasound to treat OCD

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    The potential of focused ultrasound to treat certain patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been supported by new research. "There is a need for non-invasive treatment options for patients with OCD that cannot be managed through medication," says the lead investigator. "Using focused ultrasound, we were able to reduce the symptoms for these patients and help them get some of their life back without the risks or complications of the more invasive surgical approaches that are currently available."
  • Twitter posts may shine a fresh light on mental illness trends

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Computers scientists are tracking tweets to gather important information about common mental illnesses. By reviewing tweets from users who publicly mentioned their diagnosis and by looking for language cues linked to certain disorders, the researchers say, they've been able to quickly and inexpensively collect new data on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
  • Wealth, power or lack thereof at heart of many mental disorders

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

  • Common Factors for Teens at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

    Traci Pedersen
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Neuroscientists are homing in on key brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk for alcohol abuse even before they start drinking, according to new research at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). So far, they have found that teens at risk for future alcohol abuse tend to have reduced connections in vital brain regions, greater impulsivity, higher sugar consumption, and lower levels of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary building block of the human brain. The Adolescent Development Study, which was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, was…
  • Average Faces Considered Trustworthy

    Rick Nauert PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    New research suggests typical or average- looking faces are considered more honest than attractive, or unattractive faces. The way people judge faces is especially important in cultural environments where face typicality, or the similar structure of faces, often influences face-related judgments. “Face typicality likely indicates familiarity and cultural affiliation — as such, these findings have important implications for understanding social perception, including cross-cultural perceptions and interactions,” said lead researcher Carmel Sofer, Ph.D., of Princeton University and…
  • Work Connections Turn Stress Into Better Performance

    Rick Nauert PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    Challenging new research suggests that well-connected employees adapt well to pressures caused by changes in the workplace. Industries often have to implement pay cuts, reduce working hours, and provide fewer training and promotion opportunities as methods to cope with economic downturn and industry competition. Where previous research has suggested cut backs result in a demotivated and unhappy workforce, experts from Monash University and the University of Iowa say this might not necessarily be the case. As discussed in study findings published in the Journal of Occupational and…
  • Learning In Infancy Reaps Long-Term Benefits

    Rick Nauert PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Developmental psychologists believe that talking to babies in their first year can provide learning benefits that are seen as much as five years later. Experts say the benefits are particularly associated with naming things in the infant’s world, as this can help the infant make connections between what they see and hear. “Learning in infancy between the ages of six to nine months lays a foundation for learning later in childhood,” said Lisa Scott, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “Infants learn labels for people and things at a very early…
  • Eating More During Menstrual Cycle Hikes Eating Disorder Risk

    Rick Nauert PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    A new study links the biological stimulus that causes women to eat more during their menstrual cycle to an increased risk of developing eating disorder symptoms. Michigan State University Foundation Professor Dr. Kelly Klump found monthly hormonal changes and commensurate increased food intake causes some women to become much more preoccupied with their body weight and shape. In turn, this intensified obsession can increase the risk of developing eating disorder symptoms. The challenge is that women are biologically wired to increase their food intake during their monthly cycle in preparation…
 
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • Wealth, power or lack thereof at heart of many mental disorders

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

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Scientists are closer to understanding how suicidal thoughts and behaviors are generated. According to a study, reduced integrity of white matter in key frontal brain systems that control emotion, motivation and memory was observed in a of study participants who attempted suicide, and the findings showed links between the deficits in the brain's structural connections and the number and medical severity of prior attempts.
  • Women with bipolar disorder at 50 percent greater risk of delivering preterm babies

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Women who have been previously hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness, according to a new study.
  • Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A nano-sized discovery helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness, researchers report.
  • YouTube as peer support for severe mental illness

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder use a popular social media website like YouTube to provide and receive naturally occurring peer support, researchers report.
 
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Neuronal circuits filter out distractions in brain

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

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    A novel drug target that could lead to the development of better antipsychotic medications has been discovered by researchers. Current treatment for patients with schizophrenia involves taking medications that block or interfere with the action of the neurotransmitter dopamine. However, because this D2-blocking action may cause unwanted side-effects, such as slow gait, stiffness and tremor, the team looked for new ways to interfere with the action of D2 receptors, without causing these side-effects.
  • Medications for patients with first episode psychosis may not meet guidelines

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Many patients with first-episode psychosis receive medications that do not comply with recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, researchers have found. Current guidelines emphasize low doses of antipsychotic drugs and strategies for minimizing the side effects that might contribute to patients stopping their medication. A NIH-funded study finds that almost 40 percent of people with first-episode psychosis in community mental health clinics across the country might benefit from medication treatment changes.
  • Schizophrenia may be triggered by excess protein during brain development

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new research. Researchers saytoo much protein expressed by the NOS1AP gene, which has been associated with schizophrenia, causes abnormalities in brain structure and faulty connections between nerve cells that prevent them from communicating properly.
  • Mental disorders due to permanent stress?

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to the brain. This may result in mental disorders. Medical researchers are studying the effects of permanent stress on the immune system.
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    Beyond Meds

  • Has the rug been pulled out? (again)

    Monica Cassani
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I am in a bit of a flare in my healing process. My nervous system got challenged beyond what it was ready for when I attempted Bikram yoga. No, not all yoga is alike, and Bikram, I discovered is the military boot camp style of yogas, oh my. That is another story, but take is as […]
  • MDs that can help are not always available

    Monica Cassani
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    This was inspired by a tweet stream in response to someone asking about finding an MD to help with drug withdrawal…unfortunately they’re simply not always available and we have to deal with that reality. Pretending it’s not the case helps no one and can be dangerous. I’ve reposted the tweets below and then cut and pasted various supporting […]
  • A horrifying journey through the medical system

    Monica Cassani
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A story of iatrogenic injury caused by SSRIs and other psych meds presented at TEDMED. It's important that these stories be told at these mainstream venues. Spread this one around your networks. There will be people who will recognize themselves and perhaps also find the courage to escape this sort of situation that happens to 1000s everyday all over the country and the world. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • The newly mindful Anderson Cooper (he drinks the kool-aid)

    Monica Cassani
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Anderson Cooper went to this retreat having never meditated. I found the clip quite enjoyable and if you're new to meditation it might be quite informative too. On a "mindfulness" retreat, Anderson Cooper puts down the microphone and learns to love silence, as well as life without a cell phone. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Everyone suffers

    Monica Cassani
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A response to a reader on Facebook who was considering with me the nature of suffering: You know, everyone suffers. I frankly had to stop myself from assuming that I had it worse than the person I was next to. We really don't know. I started to practice realizing I don't know what others have suffered. I started realizing that competing for having suffered more than everyone else was a losing battle...especially for me...and yeah, it does lend itself to just having a bad time. We really do have to accept ourselves before others will accept us. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • My Big Fat Bipolar Pregnancy- feat. the perinatal psychiatry team and The Fear

    Mentally Interesting
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Mental illness isn’t the bogeyman. I’ve been quite quiet here. It’s not as though I haven’t been trying. See? Those drafts were mostly interrupted by bouts of exhaustion and blankness. I’d tried to write something funny and light, but it felt quite forced. What’s prompting me to write today is the heartbreaking death of Charlotte Bevan and her four day old daughter, Zaani.  What’s known is that Charlotte had a history of mental health issues- namely schizophrenia and depression, according to her family- was severely sleep deprived and had stopped…
  • Insert blog about bipolar and pregnancy here

    Mentally Interesting
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    It’s in progress. I will post more soon. I am really struggling at the moment.  I’m sorry.Filed under: Mental health
  • Pregnant, Mental and Fat

    Mentally Interesting
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Bloody hell. It’s taken me 18 weeks to write this post. I imagined a dam would burst when we told everyone at week 12. And I, who diarises everything and have done since I was a child. Anyway- better late than never. This is my news… Whomp whomp whomp she says I found out I was pregnant on the day Rik Mayall died. My already not inconsiderable boobs seemed to have become zeppelins of ache, so I decided to grab a pregnancy test on my way to work to  wee upon in the peaceful surroundings of the disabled toilet. I yawned as I waited for the results, expecting it to be negative like…
  • On being lonely

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

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

    Josh Kruger
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Talk radio is the la-la-land of the angry, one of the last mass media rocks under which humanity’s reptilian brains still slither. This is nothing new. What is new, however, is that Philadelphia’s talk radio station WPHT 1210 AM seems to have taken that slithering to all new low. Rob Tornoe reports for Philly.com that sports radio morning personality Chris Stigall took an opportunity yesterday to take a potshot at a woman living with stage four cancer. The whole grotesque situation started with an episode of Ellen: “On Monday,” explains Tornoe, “cancer…
  • Genevieve Spoils Everything: I’ll Take Manhattan

    Genevieve Valentine
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    The new Annie happily dismisses nearly everything about the stage musical, but the thing Annie wants to get farthest from is the confines of the stage itself. It’s a movie as much about spaces as about people—and it really loves New York. The camera lingers on the neighborhood restaurant where Annie keeps vigil for her parents; the bodegas and fire escapes of uptown are set against the steel gleam of midtown. And when millionaire Will Stacks finally explains to Annie why he doesn’t go above 96th Street, it’s a quiet association of geography as identity. Now, because it’s Annie, it…
  • Seven kinds of culture: How to do Philly right ’til 2015

    Bill Chenevert
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The year’s not over yet, friends! Go and enjoy some of this while the getting’s still good: Charles Dickens. Whether it’s the smart and innovative production of Great Expectations at the Arden or the Walnut Street Theatre’s for-kids production of A Christmas Carol, both through Sun., Dec. 21, Dickens does Christmas right. Is it the way that Dickens has always been fascinated by status and wealth, and using them as catalysts to tell stories about the power of humane warmth and loving family? Either way, his attention to some of the important things in life—love,…
  • Let’s talk about D’Angelo

    Bill Chenevert
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Don’t you just love a fat album surprise to wake up to? I can remember when I woke up to BEYONCE at pretty much this time exactly last year and felt like I’d been given this delicious gift to savor for months. Thing is, when you build up a record with “leaked” and non-leaked singles, when the hyped record finally drops, you feel like you know it all too well already. (Lookin’ at you, Ms. Minaj.) So, to get a full-ass record that we haven’t heard a note or lyric to date from a legend like D’Angelo? Literally the day after we heard “Sugah Daddy,” the first single from it via…
  • Photo gallery: This year’s “Running of the Santas” Mega Fest

    J.R. Blackwell
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Photos and text by J.R. Blackwell When I was a child, seeing one Santa Claus was an truly exciting experience. At the local mall, the jolly, crimson-suited ol’ man would be in his own little Christmas kingdom, surrounded by ever-smiling helpers with a long line of kids, like me, who were anxious to get on his lap. However, this past Saturday, I watched hundreds of Santas running in the streets of Philadelphia. The annual “Running of the Santas” Mega Festival is a day-long Christmas event in which a host of fun-loving costumed Santas, Mrs. Clauses, elves and reindeer take to…
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  • Headspace Subscription Giveaway

    Becky Schroeder
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Mindfulness meditation is an effective way to train your mind and body to relax and to be more welcome and accepting of whatever comes your way. If you’ve never tried it, here’s your chance! Headspace makes learning meditation through mindfulness easy. You learn online (on your computer or using an app on a tablet or […] The post Headspace Subscription Giveaway appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsI haven't tried mindfulness meditation before, I've only done ... by SarahI am familiar with meditation a bit. I…
  • Hanging on By a Thread: What flossing taught me about postpartum depression and intrusive thoughts

    Susan Petcher
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am honored to introduce my friend Susan Goldberg who is courageously sharing her story of postpartum depression for the first time.  Susan’s discussion of how parenting books exacerbated her struggle resonated with me in a way I hadn’t anticipated.  That’s the power in sharing our stories here isn’t it?  No matter how long I’ve […] The post Hanging on By a Thread: What flossing taught me about postpartum depression and intrusive thoughts appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsPowerful and…
  • Gaiam Yoga Mat Giveaway

    Becky Schroeder
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    The holidays are here and we know it’s not always the brightest and most fun time of year for everyone, especially those mamas who are struggling through PPD and other related illnesses. We want you to know we’re always thinking of you, our loyal Warrior Moms (and those that support Warrior Moms too.) You are […] The post Gaiam Yoga Mat Giveaway appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsBreathe – try to sleep and remember my house and family do ... by JoseyExercise is what helps me cope with stress over the…
  • Bye-Bye, SSRI

    Lindsay Maloan
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m not on my SSRI anymore. It happened accidentally-I would get so scatterbrained with work and taking care of the twins plus the preschooler that I would totally forget for a day, then take it the next day and swear I wouldn’t do it again. That happened over and over for months. Then one day […] The post Bye-Bye, SSRI appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsI enjoy walking around the top level of the mall or baby and me ... by Nora Zehnderthank you a million times over. xo by ramsmommyHi. I am not an expert at…
  • Adult Time-Outs: Lessons From Postpartum Rage

    Lindsay Maloan
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    As part of my recovery from PPD, I learned through lots of expensive therapy that I also experienced what’s called postpartum rage. What could be a simple annoyance to a regular person could send me flying off the handle. My rage manifested itself in yelling, lots and lots of yelling. Occasionally there were slammed doors […] The post Adult Time-Outs: Lessons From Postpartum Rage appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsYou've definitely been through a lot. I'm glad you're getting ... by Lindsay MaloanAdrienne-that is a…
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    A Splintered Mind

  • Six Journal Ideas to Deal with Depression

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I have been writing in a journal almost all of my life. In the beginning I wrote about movies I saw and my Superman trading card collection, but by the time I was a teen I learned that journaling helped me work out my moods, worries, and problems. Sometimes there was no more therapeutic a process I could do for my ADHD & Depression than hold an internal conversation with myself. This was the power of the journal: to provide a constructive environment for me to explore private issues and often resolve them.Here are six ideas for journals that can provide a constructive method of…
  • ADHD Intensity and the Flying Fingers of Fearless Focus!

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    http://xkcd.com/386/ This past week I forgot my first rule of Internet engagement: Understand and acknowledge the other person’s feelings before disagreeing with their facts. When I follow this rule, more times than not the conversation goes well, even if we ultimately disagree. Yes, there are some people who just want to see the world burn, or more specifically, see you burn, but they’re in the minority. Most people on Twitter and Facebook simply feel just as strongly about their opinions as you do. This is why finding common ground with them before you disagree with them is so…
  • News Alert? I Still Have ADHD & Depression

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
     I wanted to jot down a few things before going into the weekend.  First, I'm in the last stretch of my book's final draft. I have had a devil of a time with this one particular chapter on using faith or meditation to overcome suicidality, but I'm finally making progress with it. In the end it has become one of my strongest chapters. Finishing this book is what I'm supposed to be working on instead of blogging and breathing, so your patience, please. It will soon be done.  Second, as much as I use social media to let my hair down, so to speak, I try to share useful links. I also collect…
  • Sometimes ADHD Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing?

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    ADHD Autopilot ErrorsIt isn't unusual for ADHD to help me out with its upsides. For instance, I sometimes rely on ADHD's penchant for distraction to alleviate Depression. When writing here, however, I tend to focus on the outlandish goof-ups for laughs. This is why today's event was so unusual. An ADHD mistake that worked to my benefit? I'm still astounded.It all began last Friday. I replied to an editor at PsychCentral after she emailed me to let me know that the recent interview on Depression was posted. I thanked her for including me in their article. I then offered to answer any questions…
  • How Would You Describe Depression?

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was contacted in September to contribute to an article for PsychCentral. The questions I was asked were “What did/does depression feel like for you? How would you describe it?” Margarita Tartakovsky, an editor at PsychCentral, put together a group of nine authors and bloggers who write about Depression to answer that question. I was thrilled to be included in such a project–not just so that I could contribute, but because I knew that people who suffer from Depression needed to know that they weren’t alone. With so many different voices describing a common condition,…
 
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • The False Power Of Positive Thinking And The Real Power Of Dreams

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    You probably believe that positive thinking has the power to make you achieve your goals. Therefore, you want to expect what is good, and you want to be enthusiastic. This is what most people believe they should do, even if they don’t manage to be this way. Everyone tries to believe that good things will happen to them and they will find happiness. However, now that I could discover that we inherit a satanic anti-conscience – which generates mental illnesses with our conscience through absurd thoughts – I proved to the world that we cannot control our thoughts as we believe…
  • Why You Can Trust Dream Predictions Without A Doubt

    admin
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:58 pm
    In my last article I showed you the dreams I had when I was prepared to meet my perfect match, and when I met him. You understood the vision I had thanks to the dream messages, and how my behavior was modified thanks to this information. However, I had a partial vision of the truth. I had partial predictions that showed me one side of the future, but not everything at the same time. God was gradually showing me that my perfect match was an evil man and I had to stay far from him. He didn’t show me the entire truth because I wouldn’t obey His guidance if I knew many details I ignored.
  • Eliminating Complications That Can Ruin A Perfect Relationship

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Today I will show you that finding the right person for you is not enough. You won’t automatically have a perfect love relationship only by finding the ideal person. If you want to have a perfect love relationship you have to be mentally healthy and your partner too. This is why the unconscious mind begins by transforming your personality, before showing you who your perfect match really is. I already told you my story with my animus. Many people cannot understand why I couldn’t be happy with my perfect match after finding him. The truth is that he was mentally ill before meeting…
  • Achieving Perfection Through This Process Of Transformation

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    All dreams contain important information and guidance, but only Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation helps you understand the divine guidance, and only my simplifications help you understand Jung’s complicated and obscure method. I completed and clarified his work, simplifying the dream language and the process of transformation you have to follow through dream translation. The hypocritical world is misleading you by showing you that you have to feed your ego and care about having a good time. You don’t live in order to be happy and enjoy many material pleasures, without…
  • The Mental Health Treatment Your Ancestors Couldn’t Follow

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Your dreams have a psychotherapeutical effect because they are specially produced in order to help you acquire consciousness. Consciousness is basically the comprehension of your mistakes. Your human conscience is one-sided and under-developed. You are either an introvert or an extrovert. You must learn how to have a balanced attitude. You have four psychological functions: * Thoughts * Feelings * Sensations * Intuition Your psychological type is defined by the psychological function that is more developed in your conscience and a second psychological function, half-developed. This second…
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • Axis of rotation: reflected images & imagination

    Peter Jones
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupimagine a mirror here self image: REFLECTION place a mirror hereREFLECTION: body imagewhat about here ...and here?
  • two cultures? physical care-mental health care : healthcare-social care : Hodges' model axes

    Peter Jones
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Val Scura  C P Snow The Two Cultureshttp://www.newstatesman.com/cultural-capital/2013/01/c-p-snow-two-culturesMy source:Robbins, T. (2014) On the straight and narrow, FT Weekend, Travel, 6-7 December. p.8.Val Scura - image source:http://www.proguide.it/index.php/2011/02/23/valscura-sassongher/?lang=en©Francesco Tremolada
  • A new network to promote evidence-based research

    Peter Jones
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The text below is forwarded from the EQUATOR network.Caroline StruthersEducation and Training Manager, EQUATOR NetworkAs Iain Chalmers and colleagues have been saying for many years, to embark on research without reviewing systematically evidence of what is already known, particularly when the research involves people or animals, is unethical, unscientific, and wasteful. On 3 December 2014, following the Evidence-Based Research meeting in Bergen, Norway, an international Evidence-Based Research (EBR) Network will be inaugurated (http://www.ebrnetwork.org/) to press funders, regulators,…
  • "You're a nurse? How much do you know?"

    Peter Jones
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupYes, I am a nurse - thanks for asking.So come on - how much do you know?Actually, I know very little.Eh?Why is that?Surely you have to be quite knowledgeable,all the lectures, the training on wards, clinics, out in the community, staying updated too?ethics, giving bad news, communication, self-awareness, empathy and rapport, recovery model, education... anatomy & physiology, healing, homeostasis, medicines, basic life support, drug side effects, risk of falls,…
  • CfP: SPECIAL ISSUE on Reimagining Interfaces for Older Adults

    Peter Jones
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    *****CALL FOR PAPERS*****http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/1549SUBMISSION DUE DATE: 23.01.2015SPECIAL ISSUE on Reimagining Interfaces for Older AdultsINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOBILE HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION (IJMHCI)Official publication of the Information Resources Management Associationwww.igi-global.com/IJMHCI Guest Editors: Emma Nicol, Mark D Dunlop, Jutta TreviranusINTRODUCTION:Many countries have an increasingly ageing population. In recent years, mobile and related technologies have had a massive impact on social and working life. As the older adult…
 
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Licensed Psychologist

  • Sacrificing Passion in a Potential Marriage Partner

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

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

    Dr Elizabeth Chamberlain, PhD
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    Q: I guess there’s always something we wish we could forget, but normally it’s something bad. I have a situation where the memory is actually a wonderful memory and held so much meaning for me. The problem is, it is kind of holding me back and I need to be able to move on from […]Tags: self awareness
  • We’ve All Done Weird Things

    Dr Jeff Temple, PhD
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Q: When I was a little girl I had severe depression and some anxiety issues along with ADD. I am now 19 years old and still have anxiety and ADD but I don’t know if any of these problems could have caused me to exhibit such odd behavior when I was a child. I think […]Tags: ADHD, anxiety and stress, depression, OCD
  • Dealing with a Dual Relationship with My Therapist

    Dr Peter Thomas, PhD
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Q: I have been in a dual relationship as a friend with my therapist for 4.5 years now and things are starting to crumble and get complicated. I feel unsafe and I feel like if I pull out, there are consequences to my life that will happen. I have been friends with her for 4.5 […]Tags: boundaries, ethics, psychology profession, relationships, therapy
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    Chipur

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder | SADly Misunderstood (as in it can occur in the summer and include mania)

    Bill White
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Seasonal affective disorder, SAD, seasonal depression – all supposedly meaning the same thing. And all tossed-around freely this time of year. But do you know what SAD really is? It’s often misunderstood, and that’s a big no-no when it comes to the mood disorders. What say we get it right? Okay, so I get all sorts of come-on’s from folks wanting me to feature their work, product, brilliance, scams, etc. on Chipur. Flattering, I suppose. However, the vast majority of the dogs don’t hunt. I was contacted recently by a rep of Yellowbrick – a private,…
 
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    Angela Brooks - nurse transition from burntout to thriving entrepreneur

  • How do the most successful people start their day?

    Angela Brooks
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    How do the most successful people start their day? 25 years later I am asking – What’s next?What does a good day look like? What is your favorite thing to do? What time would you get up every day? What projects do you want to work on? What does freedom mean to you? What will you tolerate and not tolerate in your day? What kind of clothes will you wear? Would you exercise? Would you have people around you? As a rule people spend their whole life wishing, thinking, planning for more time for themselves and less time to work for someone else. I began planning for my last day on the…
  • Black Friday Special – How to profit with social media

    Angela Brooks
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On Black Friday we had a few technical difficulties. As promised the discount are still being added to the Social Media Profits – and actually I slashed it again.I am very passionate about people learning how to use social media for their business. It is not hard – it is about being consistent.If your connections on social media see you as selling without building relationships, they’ll like you about as much as you like those car salespeople. You know you need to build relationships on social media. But it’s not always as easy as it seems.Especially when you’re new to…
  • When in business you roll with the punches

    Angela Brooks
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I have noticed that when I want something to work for me by a time line, there always seems to be a little mouse that will step in and make sure I learn a new skill from the challenge. I had a nice Black Friday special to send out to you and well…. it was time to learn a new skill. The server was down and the web team were off for the weekend. I had to learn to use my patience which doesn’t always work as well as they should. I am guilty. I sent them an email and it will be up and running on Monday and I will get the coupon out to you for the same three day discount – just…
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    SCOTT D Miller - For the latest and greatest information on Feedback Informed Treatment

  • Dinner with Paul McCartney (and others)

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

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

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

    scottdm
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Actually, it’s more accurate to say, “Everything is new!”  The International Center for Clinical Excellence is coming up on its fifth birthday!   Since its launch in 2010, the ICCE has become the largest, online community of behavioral health practitioners and researchers in the world.  To celebrate, we are launching an entirely new web platform.   All the features you’ve come to expect remain—the discussions with colleagues, the document library, the commercial free atmosphere.   At the same time, everything has been streamlined, made faster, easier, and more intuitive. …
  • Using Feedback Informed Treatment to Improve Medication Adherence and Reduce Healthcare Costs

    scottdm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Medication adherence is a BIG problem.  According to recent research, nearly one-third of the prescriptions written are never filled.  Other data document that more than 60% of people who actually go the pharmacy and get the drug, do not take it as prescribed. What’s the problem, you may ask?  Inefficiency aside, the health risks are staggering.  Consider, for example, that the prescriptions least likely to be filled are those aimed at treating headache (51 percent), heart disease (51.3 percent), and depression (36.8)percent). When cost is factored into the equation, the impact of…
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    HSP Health » Blog

  • 3 Great Herbs For Emotional Health

    Maria Hill
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    Happiness – Summer 2008 © by Neticola – Raúl A. Do you ever feel like an emotional ping-pong ball? Do you have a hard time dealing with life’s emotional ups and downs? Do you suffer from depression or anxiety? Highly sensitive people have a particularly difficult time handling the emotional complexities of daily life. Not because they are weak, but because they notice everything! Herbal Remedies And Emotional Resilience Emotional resilience is challenging for anyone except the most hardened person. In our big and complicated world, emotional openness and compassion do come…
  • How Highly Sensitive People Can Prevent Burnout

    Maria Hill
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
      Source: buRnOut by boldiest If you feel stretched beyond your limit you are not alone. The crushing workloads and stress of so many highly sensitive people  are a prescription for burnout. You would think that avoiding burnout would simply be a matter of not crossing a threshold of fatigue. Burnout is not that simple. Many people in our fast-paced world burn out from the daily demands even if they are not highly sensitive. For highly sensitive people the problem of burnout is amplified by their naturally higher stress levels caused. The overstimulation we experience is caused by a…
  • 7 Paths to Reducing Sensitivity And Overwhelm For HSPs

    Mari J. Dionne
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Source: Brian at Flickr You’re driving your car to work. The heat hasn’t kicked in. Suddenly, you notice that you forgot to cut off a sewn in tag on the back of your shirt collar. It’s irritating your skin. Sadness and frustration wash over you as you witness a child being drug by the arm through a cross walk a bit too fast for her tiny legs to keep up. Down the road despair for the death of a tiny animal creeps in to your heart as you swerve to avoid what others blow off as just road kill. A few minutes later, you walk in the door to your toasty office and the frown on a coworker’s…
  • Identity And Thoughts: Changing The Narrative For Highly Sensitive People

    Maria Hill
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:23 am
    Do your thoughts drive you crazy? Do you ruminate a lot and feel that you are going around in circles? Do you think that your thoughts control you? What Are Our Thoughts? Our thoughts are mental pictures that we create.  They often seem automatic and out-of-control. They are a natural consequence of our interaction with daily life and are your way of processing and dealing with what is happening around you and to you. Our thoughts are our mind’s desire to take care of us. They also are a way of our dealing with the unknown and unknowable. Our thoughts support our assumed identities…
  • Emotional Healing and the Body

    Mary Kay Parkinson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Highly sensitive people come into the world very attuned to the sensory world. We perceive so much from inside ourselves and from observing and sensing others. When we encounter intense pain or even trauma, that same gift of sensing can overwhelm us with too much sensation and information. Our system can shut down to protect us from this “too muchness”. Counter intuitively, returning to sensing in our bodies can also be the path back to wholeness and health. The Necessity Of Pain Processing “Most importantly, I learned that as much as I wanted to, I can’t simply “turn…
 
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  • Now you can challenge your friends and play CogniFit brain games...

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Now you can challenge your friends and play CogniFit brain games together in real-time It is well known that higher social engagement is associated with higher cognitive functioning and reduced risks of cognitive decline. When you use the CogniFit personalized brain training program, you enjoy fun and addictive video games while you are actually training your brain with scientifically validated exercises. CogniFit just got even more fun as now you can challenge your friends and play brain games with them in real-time. Challenge your friends now either via the CogniFit Challenges Facebook app…
  • 5 Things That Can Benefit the Brain Are you looking for ways to...

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    5 Things That Can Benefit the Brain Are you looking for ways to increase brain activity? Perhaps your brain does not perform as well as it used to, and you are looking to improve your brain. In my previous post, we discussed things that can be potentially harmful for the brain. Now, we are going to delve into things that can be beneficial for our brain health. Some of these things are fairly obvious, and some of these things you would not expect. Here are five things that can benefit the brain. 1. Sleep: Despite the fact that many people know that having a good night’s rest is beneficial to…
  • 5 Things That Can Hurt the Brain The brain is a vital organ that...

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    5 Things That Can Hurt the Brain The brain is a vital organ that must be kept in the best shape. In my previous blog post, I briefly touched upon certain brain myths. In this post, I am going to write about things that can severely hinder your brain. Some of the things are internal, and one can easily rectify them. However, there are some external factors beyond our control that can damage our brains. Without further ado here are 5 things that can hurt the brain. 1. Alcohol and Cigarettes: Delayed reaction time, memory problems and slurred speech are some of ways the brain can be impaired.
  • 5 Myths About the Brain The brain is truly an amazing organ. It...

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    5 Myths About the Brain The brain is truly an amazing organ. It is extremely intricate, and without it, we would not be able to function. While the brain has many interesting facts about it, there are many misconceptions that seem to be accepted as fact. These brain myths are often exposed in our mainstream society. Some of these myths are completely wrong, and some of these are simply misinterpreted. Here are five interesting myths about the brain. 1. We Use 10% of Our Brains: This is arguably the biggest and most common misconception about the brain. It has been linked to many sources,…
  • Brain Fitness and the Elderly In today’s society, brain fitness...

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Brain Fitness and the Elderly In today’s society, brain fitness is becoming more and more popular. Brain games are important for everyone of all ages, especially for senior citizens. Why? As we age, our brains tend to deteriorate. Memory loss, slower reaction time and less focus are some of the common things that happen when we get older. With all of this said, brain games are showing up in many retirement communities where brain fitness centers are built, so the elderly can utilize them.  These fitness centers usually have many computers, specific expensive dedicated brain training…
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    Social Work Career Development

  • Top 18 Reader Comments from 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    There is no more valuable resource than your time and I'm most grateful for all the times you have taken the time to visit, read and/or comment.This post highlights 18 thoughtful comments you made this past year.Whether you are a new or regular visitor, reading through these comments can give you an idea of the wide range of topics covered in 2014 from career management and licensure exam tips to trauma-informed care, trigger coping strategies, child protective services, hoarding, self-disclosure in therapy to supervision and more.Please note that your responses are listed in…
  • Can Personal Narratives Help You Be a Better Social Worker?

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography – Book ReviewHave you been looking for a good book to help you gain a deeper understanding of some topics particularly relevant to social work such as cultural competency, end of life, transformative change, and more?If yes, you are likely to appreciate Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography, edited by Stanley L. Witkin.This is a unique collection of personal stories written by social workers in the format of an autoethnography, that is, whereby the author is both the main character and the narrator. The writer conveys his/her…
  • Best in Mental Health (week of 12/1/14)

    7 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:Brain stimulation offers hope for depression, but don’t try it at homeThe Mental Elf (Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo)"In depression,…
  • Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, December, 2014

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Do you want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the mental health arena?Attending one of these free webinars is an easy way of doing just that :)This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals, featuring all the free webcasts that Social Work Career Development could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health.As you can see, a wide range of topics are covered in this month's selection from: pain management, international social work, anxiety, DBT to substance abuse and domestic violence and more.Free Webinars…
  • Best in Mental Health (weeks of 11/17/14 - 11/30/14)

    29 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:Brain regions that encode words, grammar, story identifiedMind & Brain News"brain maps that describe where in the brain you're…
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    StayOnTop: Depression

  • Away For A While

    Henk van Setten
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    November 20, 2014 Dear followers & readers: At the moment a bad physical illness, severe depression, and some other problems combined are keeping me from properly maintaining my blogs. I will be away… and silent… for at least several more weeks. I hope that when better times come along, I will meet you here once […]
  • Brave New Flower

    Henk van Setten
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Yesterday, my daily anti-depression walk took me through a meadow where I saw a small dandelion. So what’s the deal?     Well, this field had just been visited by the Grim Reaper Mower and its friends. First the grumbling monster that razed the waving knee-high grass and left it out to dry. Then the sucking, whining […]
  • New WHO Suicide Report

    Henk van Setten
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The World Health Organization (WHO) just published an extensive report about suicide and suicide prevention, worldwide. With many statistics and graphs, this 2014 publication is based on what we know about the year 2012. It also gives recommendations, and tries to correct some common misconceptions about suicide. Core Data In 2012 about 804,000 people killed […]
  • In Memoriam: Robin Williams

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

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

  • Dysfunction

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

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

    nochnoch
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw I brought up the dilemma I had on stubbornness versus confidence with one of my professors during my psychology course. He drew on the board a spectrum. On one end is Indecisiveness. On the other end is Stubborness. In between are: confidence, persistence, determination… His perspective is that, if we have a scale in our head, we could decide for ourselves whether we were confident of our new…
  • Stubbornnes vs Confidence

    nochnoch
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    I like my Bears. They helped me through my depression. I projected myself onto them – gave them names and personalities that in retrospect, were facets of me. In the organizational psychology degree for which I am studying, I learnt that there was a theory behind this seemingly silly playtime with Bears: transitional objects, creativity, play, projection, play therapy… Bearapy was born long before I could attribute any academic theory to it. Now that I have, I am eager to see if it could help others. I have to write a thesis for the degree. I have not defined a topic yet but…
  • Everyone has an opinion

    nochnoch
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Tell someone you are depressed, and you will get a myriad of responses and opinions. Tell someone you are pregnant, and you will get a hill of unsolicited suggestions on what to eat / not eat, what to do / not do, and how to feel / not to feel. Tell someone you have a newborn baby, and there will be a tsunami of advice, from friends, parents, grandparents, relatives, strangers on the street, and of course, the omniscient domestic helpers, who are but your employees. Many of these comments remind me of those I received during my worst depression days. “You should be grateful.” “You…
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    Therapy Consumer Guide

  • Why This Site?

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

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

    Marina Tonkonogy
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    There are three major causes of client harm in psychotherapy:    Therapist unethical, unprofessional or outright abusive behavior;    Therapist’s incompetence;    Systemic flaws of the psychotherapy profession as a whole. The cause of harm is usually a combination of all of the above factors.  Let’s take a closer look at each one. Therapist’s unethical, unprofessional, abusive or otherwise inappropriate behavior is often thought to be a major, if not THE major, issue that creates problems for those unfortunate clients, who happen to have come across such therapists.
  • When Therapy Harms

    Marina Tonkonogy
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The notion that psychotherapy can harm may be novel to the lay public and the professionals alike, or so it seems due to the lack of a broad public discussion of this issue. (Read more about why harmful psychotherapy is not discussed here.) Nevertheless, people do get harmed in psychotherapy, and those instances are not as uncommon as we would like to think. Normally, it’s assumed that the harm is caused by the small number of unethical professionals, the “bad apples”, who do not represent the entire profession. Therefore, the problem is not considered systemic. My…
  • Why Harmful Psychotherapy Is Not Discusssed

    Marina Tonkonogy
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Unlike the cases of medical malpractice, the cases when therapy harms are not discussed broadly enough to be known to the general public, and that is for several reasons. Firstly, the harm received in psychotherapy is very difficult to prove in most cases, since the process takes place in a private setting, where there is no one to witness the interactions between the therapist and the client. Secondly, even if the client can prove that certain events did take place during the therapy, what is and isn’t harmful is often arbitrary, since the practice of psychotherapy, unlike the medical…
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • Buddha Quotes

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    8 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
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  • A Bit Of Buddhist Wisdom

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    8 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    Filed under: Bad Experiences, Blessings, Buddha Nature, Good Experiences, gratitude, humanity, humility, learning, life, searching for meaning Tagged: Finding Blessing In All Phenomena, the Buddha, Wisdom
  • On The Subject Of Madness

    songtothesirens
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
      Words, like the chisel of the carver, can create what never existed before rather than simply describe what already exists.  As a man speaks, not only is the thing which he is declaring coming into existence, but also the man himself.    – Martin Heidegger What exactly is madness? Is madness the result of words, […]
  • This Amused Me…..

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    2 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
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  • Found This On An E-Card Site

    songtothesirens
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    This just about sums up the Holiday Season for me:Filed under: Bipolar Disorder
 
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    Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX

  • Job Hunting 101: Resume Writers? Career Coaches? Are They Worth It?

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

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Do you ever feel that things don’t go as planned during the holidays? Whether it’s staying mindful with food and not uncomfortably over-indulging or feeling disappointed when family members revert to old patterns of behavior, it’s easy to feel let down after the holiday build up. The holidays are a time of joy and celebration, of ...Read the rest... The post Reduce Holiday Stress for a Happier Holiday appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders,…
  • Avoiding the Holiday Spending Hangover

    Joan E. Mullinax, M.Ed., LPC
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Imagine that it’s January. The holidays are over, and the bills start to arrive. Do you think, “I said I wasn’t going to overspend again this year”? Do you beat yourself up for failing to keep your resolve in the face of the barrage of invitations to splurge? Would you be willing to try a ...Read the rest... The post Avoiding the Holiday Spending Hangover appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety counseling, couples and marriage counseling,…
  • Cultivating Gratitude Over the Holidays

    Casey Radle, M.Ed., LPC
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    Recently, a dear friend of mine visited me from out of town, which excited me but also sent me into a cleaning frenzy.  This friend had never seen my apartment before, and I wanted it to be spotless and organized and cool and interesting and all kinds of fabulous.  For some reason, I was putting ...Read the rest... The post Cultivating Gratitude Over the Holidays appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety counseling, couples and marriage counseling,…
  • Self Parenting for a Healing Holiday

    Jody Radoff, LMSW
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    What if there were a time machine that could erase a traumatic past and we got a second chance?  How would our present look if there could be such a machine?  Would we no longer fill an emptiness or void with self destructive behaviors and relationships?  Would we be able to set boundaries with loved ...Read the rest... The post Self Parenting for a Healing Holiday appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety counseling, couples and marriage counseling,…
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  • Can Innovation Help the Poor Escape from Payday Lenders? Ford Thinks So – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

    Kiersten Marek
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The Ford Foundation has been working to close the racial wealth gap for over two decades, a gap much in the news these days, and one part of that effort has been to help “unbanked” low-income people escape from the shady world of payday lending and worse, and access the financial services that middle-class people take for granted. To that end, Ford recently gave $1 million dollars to the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) to continue its work on building financial tools for the underserved Can Innovation Help the Poor Escape from Payday Lenders? Ford Thinks So…
  • Whitehouse Statement Opposing “Tax Extenders”

    Kiersten Marek
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Talk about speaking truth to money! From the Whitehouse Press Office: Floor Statement of Sheldon Whitehouse On H.R. 5771 December 16, 2014 Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr./Madame President, later this week, the Senate will likely take up and pass legislation to extend several dozen expired tax provisions. While I support a number of the individual provisions extended by this bill, I rise today to explain why I reluctantly plan to oppose it. The so-called “tax extenders” package includes the one-year extension of a hodgepodge of over four dozen tax provisions. This extension is not for the year ahead…
  • How the Gates Foundation Tackles Housing Issues – Housing – Inside Philanthropy

    Kiersten Marek
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Think of the Gates Foundation and housing is probably not an issue that comes to mind. But the foundation has actually spent millions to reduce homelessness and boost affordable housing options for low-income people, with nearly all this money going to support work in Washington State.  How the Gates Foundation Tackles Housing Issues – Housing – Inside Philanthropy.
  • Why is the McCormick Foundation Giving to Promote Youth Journalism? – Workforce | Labor | Grants – Inside Philanthropy

    Kiersten Marek
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one funder that’s very attuned to young people’s interests in journalism and, as part of its larger grantmaking in this area, has often supported efforts to nurture that interest. Earlier this fall, for example, the foundation renewed its support of Free Spirit Media in Chicago with a two-year grant of $300,000 to expand its youth journalism program. The foundation also made grants to the True Star Foundation and the Community Television Network to support youth journalism. via Why is the McCormick Foundation Giving to Promote…
  • Behind the New Housing Developments for LGBT Seniors – LGBT | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy

    Kiersten Marek
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    LGBT seniors in Philadelphia now have a new housing option in the “Gayborhood,” the nickname for the neighborhood where the William Way Residence opened. The 56-unit housing development, funded by the Dr. Magnus Hirshfeld Fund, is a haven for elderly LGBT folks who need affordable housing. via Behind the New Housing Developments for LGBT Seniors – LGBT | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy.
 
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  • ICCA Webinar Recap: Dr. Josh Straub — Emotion Coaching: Raising Kids who take Responsibility, Develop Self-Control, and Show Empathy

    Dina Jones
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Webinar Recap: Dr. Josh Straub — Emotion Coaching: Raising Kids who take Responsibility, Develop Self-Control, and Show Empathy Emily Boyles, AACC Intern  On Thursday, December 4th, the AACC hosted an International Christian Coaching Association (ICCA) webinar featuring Dr. Josh Straub. Dr. Straub spoke on Emotion Coaching: Raising Kids who take Responsibility, Develop Self-Control, and Show Empathy. Erica Wright, director of course development at the AACC, and intern Katie Jefferies hosted this ICCA webinar. Viewers from all 50 states tuned in to hear this incredible talk from Dr. Straub,…
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Eight Things Christian Counselors Can Do

    Dina Jones
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
      Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and its challenges – A caring counselor who is familiar with dementia and caregiving can a tremendous resource and comfort on this very difficult journey. It helps to know the basics of dementia and the challenges of caregiving as you journey with individuals and families.   Keep up with the science of Alzheimer’s disease here.   Care for the caregivers – Friends and family who provide care for people with dementia need care just as much as the person with dementia. They experience high rates of depression, burden and weariness.
  • Self-Disclosure

    Dina Jones
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Self-Disclosure Miriam Stark Parent, Ph.D. Description.  Self-disclosure is the communication of personal revelations or information about the self to another. It is the basis upon which relationships develop mutuality and intimacy. All counseling is built around relationships. Self-disclosure is, therefore, essential to the counseling process because “it is the most direct means by which an individual makes him- or herself known to another” (Sue & Sue, 2008, 83). Self-disclosure by the client is a core value and expectation in any type of therapy. However, counselor self-disclosure,…
  • Encouraging God’s Gifts

    Dina Jones
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Gregory Jantz, MA Encouraging God’s Gifts  “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” – 1 Peter 4:10 Betty came to see me in my office and explained that she had suddenly come to a critical turning point in her life. She had worked with enthusiasm for many years as a secretary in a leading law firm but was now obliged by circumstances beyond her control to leave her position. It was not going to be easy for Betty to leave her friends, her boss, and the corporate culture that had become such an integral…
  • Friday Field Notes – 12/5/2014

    Dina Jones
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Friday Field Notes Happy Friday! Once again, the week is drawing to a close. Now that the weekend has almost arrived, there are some great books to check out and updates in the AACC news and the world of Christian Counseling. Here is what you need to know this week:   Books on our Shelf Here are some recently published books now sitting on the shelves at the AACC headquarters. You may want to add these to your professional library: The Good Dad: Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, recently published this book on the importance of…
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    Where I Stand

  • Finding safety.

    Erin
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There is a reason I don’t intentionally put myself into large crowds of people. I quickly become overcome with overwhelming self-doubt and anxiety. Why am I here? Most people that know me on the surface think I’m pretty confident. And, generally if I know my role, my place, my purpose…. I am. I can lead and I can follow. However, throw me into a mix of people and tell me to “mingle” and I wallow. What do I say? I find chitchat dull and exhausting. I say “I’m good” over and over and over again all while wanting to crawl out of my skin. I…
  • Recovery Thoughts

    Erin
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    By: Meagan D.             Today I decided to take a trip down memory lane and rummage through some old boxes. Among other things, I unpacked tons of holiday cards, a deflated birthday balloon, swimming goggles, and some pretty embarrassing pictures. But what stuck out most to me were the journals I found, and reading back through the entries affected me deeply. In 2008 (high school) I was in the middle of a raging eating disorder, but I would have never admitted to it at the time. Balancing tough classes, bullying from peers, a part-time job, and a lot of insecurities…my…
  • Recovery Art:)

    Erin
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
        Recovery art shared with us by Jennifer Packer ♥ If anyone wants to submit pieces, posts, writings, short stories, poetry, letters or photos to Where I Stand feel free to send us a message on Facebook or email Erin at erin@thisiswhereistand with the subject line: Where I Stand Submission. We are looking for anything that works towards eliminating stigma associated with mental illness and bring hope to those healing!!  
  • My Family Survived an Eating Disorder

    Lizzie
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    My Family Survived an Eating Disorder Written by: Lizzie E. I recently came across a picture that said, “my family survived an eating disorder”. Now that I’ve been actively in recovery for over a year, I can objectively look back and recognize the profound truth in this simple statement. Eating disorders may afflict individuals, but they affect entire families. My first stay in residential treatment largely overshadowed my little sister’s senior year of high school; her move to college was marked with my absence, as I was away for another stint inpatient. My mom watched her bank…
  • After the big meal: Thanksgiving one second at a time.

    Erin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Preparing for thanksgiving for someone with an eating disorder is like preparing for the great flood for someone who can’t swim. Logistics. Logistics. Logistics. Who – What – When – Where – Why And it all goes great until it doesn’t. Then what do we do? You make it through the turkey, the stuffing, and even the mashed potatoes and it hits you like a ton of bricks: you feel just a little too full. All the sudden the food in your stomach weighs you down like bricks. You chest tightens and suddenly all you can think about is each and every bite that passed…
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  • The Best Panic Disorder Treatment

    Experts RoundUps
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Panic attacks is a sudden feeling of fear and insecure that comes out of the blue, It can keep you from doing simple things as shopping or going out, Because the fear of having another attack. Panic disorder means having frequent panic attacks that leaves the one in a state of general anxiety after and before […] The post The Best Panic Disorder Treatment appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The Meditation Hack That Saves You 70,000 Hours

    Karl Moore
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    “Exploring the brainwave hack that turns you into a Zen monk – in minutes.” We’ve all heard about the powerful benefits of meditation: Less stress, greater relaxation, sharper thinking, improved memory, enhanced creativity, and more. Yet how many of us have experienced this for ourselves? Meditation holds some amazing benefits for those that practice it […] The post The Meditation Hack That Saves You 70,000 Hours appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • How to Squeeze 1-Hour of Meditation into Just 12 Minutes

    Ahmed Hamdy
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Over 10 million Americans regularly practice meditation, according to Psychology Today magazine. The benefits include enhanced brain power, massive improvements in health, and an increase in happiness and energy levels. Yet with so many profound benefits, the real question is… Why aren’t more people doing it? Why Meditation Can Be So Difficult If you’re anything […] The post How to Squeeze 1-Hour of Meditation into Just 12 Minutes appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • 5 Tips About How To Work Or Write In Front Of Others

    Experts RoundUps
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Some people experience anxious,stressed or fear when they work or write in front of others, Those feelings keeps them from the main action which is writing or working, They focus will only be about ” what will happen if “. In this roundup I asked the expert: “How to overcome the fear of writing or working […] The post 5 Tips About How To Work Or Write In Front Of Others appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Top 3 Stress And Anxiety Management Advice

    Experts RoundUps
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Most of us can feel stressed or anxious because of the daily routine, Work meeting,unpaid bills or family matter. The key different from someone who can deal with this problem and someone who can’t is how you can keep calm and protect your mind from anxious thoughts and from being stressed. In today’s roundup I […] The post Top 3 Stress And Anxiety Management Advice appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
 
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  • What to Do When You Can’t Afford Therapy

    Care for Your Mind
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Kimberly Morrow, LCSW Practical advice for obtaining quality mental healthcare when money is tight Thanks to mental health parity, many more people have access to psychotherapy than in the past. But two great barriers to treatment remain. The first is … Continue reading →
  • The Clock Is Ticking on the 7 Million Uninsured with Behavioral Health Conditions

    Care for Your Mind
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Ron Manderscheid, PhD Executive Director National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors Now is the time to help the 7 million uninsured Americans with behavioral health conditions understand their health coverage. In a recent post, Hannah Sentenac … Continue reading →
  • Are Millennials Receiving Adequate Mental Health Coverage?

    Care for Your Mind
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    By: Hannah Sentenac How hard is it to find the right health insurance, one that covers all of your medical and mental health needs and is affordable? It’s difficult for all of us, but more challenging for some. Now is … Continue reading →
  • The Time to Act Is Now; Help Create a Global Movement for Mental Health

    Care for Your Mind
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    By Kathryn Goetzke Psychosocial disability is one of the more pressing development issues of our time, yet for too long it’s been a low priority. Consider: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in four people will experience an … Continue reading →
  • Despite VA Benefits and Disability Coverage, Jennifer Struggles to Get the Care She Needs

    Care for Your Mind
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Although Jennifer remembers “just not feeling right” in high school and telling a teacher that she wanted to die, she wasn’t diagnosed with major depression until she was nearly 30. An unrelated medical disability required her release from the Navy, … Continue reading →
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    The Fusion Model

  • How to Live your Best Life

    Frances Masters
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    ‘I just want to win the lottery.’ I’ve heard that crie de Coeur from clients many times before when I’ve posed the question ‘What would it take to make you happy?‘ It generally comes in response to working on the coaching wheel of life in the area relating to money. The wheel I use divides life into eight significant areas; work, money, health, partner, family, friends, learning and environment. It’s a very useful and a very visual way of assessing if your physical and emotional needs are being met from your current lifestyle and a useful indicator…
  • You Can Resolve PTSD Quickly

    Frances Masters
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    ‘Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.’- Zen proverbClick To Tweet We all suffer traumas as we go through life. We pick up scars along the way. The longer we live, the more likely we are to experience shock and distress as a normal and natural response to some of life’s events which are actually both shocking and distressing. Things like accidents, burglaries, bereavements, relationship break ups, physical assault, bullying, the list goes on… Often, after the negative experience, we are able to put it into context, pick up the pieces of our life and move on.
  • 7 Steps To A Calm Mind

    Frances Masters
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Mindfulness practice can be as simple as reaching out and touching, seeing, smelling or… well, you get the idea. One of the simplest ways to practice mindfulness is to connect to your senses. Breathe in slowly through your nose and allow your belly to fill with the breath Hold your breath for a few moments then slowly breathe out through your mouth, as if you’re blowing through a straw. Repeat a few times. Focus on five objects near you Spend a few moments looking closely at each object, as if seeing it for the first time. View each one in detail as it really is. Does your mind judge…
  • 8 Ways to Start Living in the Moment Today

    Frances Masters
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Have you ever noticed how children live in the moment? They never worry about past problems or long-term goals. Being present is a bit like channeling your inner child. Try to let go of the tendency to “do” all the time and simply “be.” Here are eight mindful practices that help engage your “being” mode: When waiting in a line, engage your awareness Notice the colors and sounds around you. Or challenge yourself to maintain awareness of your feet in contact with the floor for 10 full breaths. When you’re stopped at a red traffic light, chill out You have a…
  • Understanding and Beating Depression: The Black Dog

    Frances Masters
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    I find it a real joy to work with young people. They absorb information like a sponge and, when they ‘get it’, the moment of insight can be dramatic and heart warming. ‘We’re all worried’ I was contacted by the parent of a 17-year-old boy. ‘We’re all so worried about Ben.’ said the voice on the phone. ‘He’s very down and troubled. He often seems angry yet he doesn’t seem to have any idea what it’s all about. He’s dropped out of college now and stays in his room a lot. He doesn’t seem to have any real sense of…
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    Teen Addiction Treatment Blog Feed

  • How to Remain Sober During Christmas Festivities

    Brian Burgess
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Christmas is a time when many people have difficulty staying sober, no matter how long they’ve been off drugs or alcohol. After all, the holidays are an incredibly stressful time, and for individuals with family issues in their present or past, it can be especially difficult to cope with what’s happening. However, you don’t have to slip over the holiday season. Use these tips to help you stay sober during the Christmas season no matter how long you’ve been clean. Avoid Party Overload Parties can be fun, and even if you’re sober, you may not need to avoid them altogether,... Read…
  • Make Amends to Overcome Your Addiction Stigma

    Brian Burgess
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    When teens first try drugs, they often do so to impress their friends without thinking about the consequences. As the drug use continues, the stigma attached to drug use can continue for several years, also drug abuse and the subsequent addiction that often follows, can taint a person’s reputation. Teens, who want to break the cycle of drug abuse, need to first recognize they have a problem. The decision to enter rehab can be extremely difficult. It is a conscious choice to want to improve a person’s lifestyle. When a person begins to use drugs, they change. Their outlook,…
  • How Drug Counseling Can Be a Support System in Recovery

    Brian Burgess
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Drug addiction is a serious problem in the United States, and millions of people are afflicted with the issue. That’s why there are programs all over the country set up to help people beat drug addiction. In fact, there are even public and private programs – that’s how much of an epidemic drug addiction is in many parts of the United States. However, there still isn’t as much talk about how drug counseling can aid in the recovery of a drug addict and how counseling should be part of the recovery system. In some places, even rehab facilities, there is... Read More→ The post How…
  • Handling Addiction Triggers During Thanksgiving and the Holidays

    Brian Burgess
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Addiction is a serious problem that many people deal with each day. Even people who are fully on the road to recovery still need to consider how addiction affects them. There’s never a time that this is truer than over Thanksgiving and the holiday season when stress can reach its peak. For many people, spending time with family can be incredibly difficult, especially if they have a history of addiction based around the holidays. This year, do what you can to avoid your triggers so you aren’t tempted to drink or use drugs. You can make it through the holidays... Read More→ The post…
  • Self-Compassion: The Best Tool in Recovery Process

    Brian Burgess
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is too easy to see the faults of people who suffer from addiction, especially if you or someone you love is the person who is addicted. Pointing out the problems, bad decisions, and behavior of those under the influence is something that is much easier than providing the necessary support to get through a difficult time. If you are the person with the addiction, constantly hearing this negativity only increases your feelings of inadequacy and weakness as it breaks down your confidence and desire to overcome the addiction. Even if you have a good support system, it is still... Read…
 
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    Mazzastick Personal Growth Blog

  • Emotional Health and Money Q & A

    Justin Mazza
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Question: How do I keep from losing my mind on this planet? Answer: Understand that it is not just your mind that is being affected here. It is the entire collective consciousness of the planet. The collective mind is something we all share via the body and brain. The brain can tune into whatever aspects of the collective that it is tuned into. So, if you are experiencing emotional unrest that is because you are tuned to that frequency. Question: How do I change the tune? Answer: That is quite simple once you understand the mechanical aspects of doing just that. Your brain is a…
  • Silva Mind Body Healing

    Justin Mazza
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    “90 percent of all illnesses are caused by the mind.” – Jose Silva That’s a famous quote from mind empowerment pioneer Jose Silva, the man credited with bringing modern meditation to the west. Silva was convinced that if most illnesses are caused by the mind, they can also be REVERSED by the mind. He spent over 4 decades of his life studying the human mind and collaborating with scientists and researchers, attempting to understand and awaken this possibility. And what he found may just change the course of medical history. I’d like to introduce you to The Silva Method…
  • Michael Tsarion – Creative Man vs Destructive Man

    Justin Mazza
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Interviewer: What is the difference between a creative man and a destructive man? Michael Tsarion: That’s a supreme question, a very important question. And it’s very important to ask these kinds of questions because there are different kinds of human beings walking around on the Earth. And you know again – using our reason – to not only be able to monitor ourselves, but to be able to judge other people is very, very, important. In the New Age movement there is this whole cult of “Though Shall Not Judge” and all of this malarkey, you know I’m very, very, much against…
  • Site Build It Now Available For WordPress

    Justin Mazza
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Have You Struggled to Create Your Online Business With WordPress? You are not alone. WordPress “as-is” won’t build a business. You need more. Complete step-by-step guide to building a business on WordPress. Keyword and niche research tool that returns thousands of potentially profitable keyword and business ideas. Knowledge base of business-building articles and tutorials, including many WordPress-specific topics. Vetted WordPress plugin recommendations from our experts. 24/7 Customer support, and dedicated, success-focused user forums. Yes, You Can Now Use SBI! With…
  • Bashar – Transformation & Integration

    Justin Mazza
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    “So becoming more of yourself is also becoming more aware, not only of the light, but also of the dark.” – Bashar Bashar: Because every single one of you that are on earth now in some way, shape, or form chose to be on earth now because you knew that you would be going through a transition and a transformation at this time in your planet’s history. And on some level, in some way you wanted to participate. You wanted to be a part of that because it’s a very exciting place to be right now. As you say in your language – “it’s where it’s happening”. It is…
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  • The Best Panic Disorder Treatment

    Experts RoundUps
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Panic attacks is a sudden feeling of fear and insecure that comes out of the blue, It can keep you from doing simple things as shopping or going out, Because the fear of having another attack. Panic disorder means having frequent panic attacks that leaves the one in a state of general anxiety after and before […] The post The Best Panic Disorder Treatment appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The Meditation Hack That Saves You 70,000 Hours

    Karl Moore
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    “Exploring the brainwave hack that turns you into a Zen monk – in minutes.” We’ve all heard about the powerful benefits of meditation: Less stress, greater relaxation, sharper thinking, improved memory, enhanced creativity, and more. Yet how many of us have experienced this for ourselves? Meditation holds some amazing benefits for those that practice it […] The post The Meditation Hack That Saves You 70,000 Hours appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • How to Squeeze 1-Hour of Meditation into Just 12 Minutes

    Ahmed Hamdy
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Over 10 million Americans regularly practice meditation, according to Psychology Today magazine. The benefits include enhanced brain power, massive improvements in health, and an increase in happiness and energy levels. Yet with so many profound benefits, the real question is… Why aren’t more people doing it? Why Meditation Can Be So Difficult If you’re anything […] The post How to Squeeze 1-Hour of Meditation into Just 12 Minutes appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • 5 Tips About How To Work Or Write In Front Of Others

    Experts RoundUps
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Some people experience anxious,stressed or fear when they work or write in front of others, Those feelings keeps them from the main action which is writing or working, They focus will only be about ” what will happen if “. In this roundup I asked the expert: “How to overcome the fear of writing or working […] The post 5 Tips About How To Work Or Write In Front Of Others appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Top 3 Stress And Anxiety Management Advice

    Experts RoundUps
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Most of us can feel stressed or anxious because of the daily routine, Work meeting,unpaid bills or family matter. The key different from someone who can deal with this problem and someone who can’t is how you can keep calm and protect your mind from anxious thoughts and from being stressed. In today’s roundup I […] The post Top 3 Stress And Anxiety Management Advice appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • Buddha Quotes

    songtothesirens
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Filed under: Buddhism Tagged: Buddha, inspiration, quotes, Wisdom
  • A Bit Of Buddhist Wisdom

    songtothesirens
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    Filed under: Bad Experiences, Blessings, Buddha Nature, Good Experiences, gratitude, humanity, humility, learning, life, searching for meaning Tagged: Finding Blessing In All Phenomena, the Buddha, Wisdom
  • On The Subject Of Madness

    songtothesirens
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
      Words, like the chisel of the carver, can create what never existed before rather than simply describe what already exists.  As a man speaks, not only is the thing which he is declaring coming into existence, but also the man himself.    – Martin Heidegger What exactly is madness? Is madness the result of words, […]
  • This Amused Me…..

    songtothesirens
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Filed under: Bipolar Disorder
  • Found This On An E-Card Site

    songtothesirens
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    This just about sums up the Holiday Season for me:Filed under: Bipolar Disorder
 
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    Palchoice

  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

    admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Articles - Aiming for Okay

  • Stop Trying to Get Your Money's Worth

    Kate Parrish
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Each morning I read from a daily meditation book. The idea is that it will provide me with something to focus on during my physical meditation. That's not always the case, but that's the general plan. The reading, good or bad, activates my morning routine. A routine allows my brain and body to work more efficiently than it could if I did each individual step of the routine outside of the routine. If that doesn't make sense, revisit one of my very first articles on The Power of Routine. Suffice it to say, the daily meditation reading is important.I've been reading my current daily…
  • The 3 Words That Can Make or Break Progress

    Kate Parrish
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    When I worked with a life coach earlier this year, she recorded every session and sent them to me at the end of each session. If you've never had the opportunity to hear a recording of yourself cry, lash out at or defy someone trying to help you, or just shut down altogether, well, you're in good company, because neither have I. I've never listened to a single recording she's sent me. I'm 99% sure I would die of embarrassment hearing audio of me acting like a child.Despite having never listened to these recordings, there are certain sessions I can recall with frightening clarity because they…
  • Accepting Help from Others

    Kate Parrish
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Tomorrow my family will bury my aunt. She died tragically and unexpectedly over the Thanksgiving holiday. She, her husband, and her six children play starring roles in so many of my childhood memories: going to the pool, putting on terrible Christmas plays, riding around in her navy blue Previa minivan that just would not die.I am sad for obvious reasons--the tragedy of a life lost too soon, of children without a mother, of a 91-year old woman outliving her daughter--but her death seems to have dislodged some hidden things as well, things I seem to have conveniently packed away in…
  • An Argument for Not Getting Past the Past

    Kate Parrish
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    In the past week, I've had an unusually high number of run-ins with people from my past, people I don't see often or at all. Maybe it's just that time of year as more people are out and about, or maybe there's something bigger at play here, something I need to be looking at more closely. Whether coincidence or say, Universal intervention, it has my attention. Why these particular people? Why at this time? Why one right after the other? What is the message? What is the lesson?The encounters I've had over the last week have been relatively benign--a couple of old friends, an ex-boyfriend, an…
  • Fighting Feeling like a Fraud

    Kate Parrish
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    If you're not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I'm not interested in your feedback.-Brene Brown  Last week someone unsubscribed from my email. The week before that someone else unsubscribed. Yesterday, the number one site on my list of sites I want to see Aiming for Okay rejected my work. When I got the rejection email I thought, "Well, that guy's dumb." Where that voice came from, I have no idea, but I liked it. That voice--mine--read the email, let it pass into my consciousness, assessed it, and immediately filed it away under, "Wrong Opinions," in my mind and in my…
 
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    Happiness India Project

  • The Placebo Effect: Empty Pills of Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Is your mind capable of healing your body? Are sugar pills as effective as prescription drugs? Placebos are 75% as effective as antidepressants. Is Happiness a Placebo? Brain images reveal that placebo-treated patients have the same changes in brain as those treated with drugs. Or, is the whole story of placebo effect fictional, imagined, and ‘sham’? Read More The post The Placebo Effect: Empty Pills of Happiness is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of…
  • How to Achieve Happiness: Flow Theory

    Sandip Roy
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! How can you calm your mind to reach a Zone of Happiness? This is the secret of musicians, artists, and painters who stay blissfully happy for days and months in their work. You can learn their method of creating a calm mind that stays intensely immersed in a state of authentic happiness called Flow or Read More The post How to Achieve Happiness: Flow Theory is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip Roy…
  • A Brand Called Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Why will happiness matter as a brand in this decade? How the market growth in the coming years is going to be rooted in Happiness? In fact, Happiness is increasingly being seen as the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) by CEO’s and managers. Any thing that gets made, gets a bit of happiness attached to it Read More The post A Brand Called Happiness is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip Roy…
  • 10 Things To Do To Be Happy Now

    Sandip Roy
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Top 10 Tips from The Happiness Science: Each of these has been picked by psychologists, and proven to be highly effective in making you happier. Quickly read the list if you are short of time. And, if you’ve ample time, read through to the end for a better understanding of each point. 10 Things To Do To Read More The post 10 Things To Do To Be Happy Now is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip Roy…
  • Money, Happiness, and Experiences

    Sandip Roy
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Can money buy happiness? Yes!  This is not just a hypothesis, but what the growing body of research over the last 15 odd years tells us. It has been accepted by the psychologists that lack of money brings both emotional misery and low life evaluation. And money buys us out of misery and low life. More Money Read More The post Money, Happiness, and Experiences is an article from Happiness India Project. Sharing the best ideas on the ‘Science of Happiness’ from global positive psychology research! Sandip…
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    Calmer You

  • Boost your Mood – Video

    Chloe B
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    Tips on Boosting Mood Days are getting shorter and wetting; these tricks will help to pep you up in no time! The post Boost your Mood – Video appeared first on Calmer You.
  • How to Calm your Mind – Video

    Chloe B
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Tips on calming your mind. The post How to Calm your Mind – Video appeared first on Calmer You.
  • What is anxiety like?

    Chloe B
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    What is anxiety like? Anxiety is a very individual thing and everyone is going to experience anxiety differently. I know that in the past, when I felt anxious, it was a sense of impending doom; everything seemed like hard work and a struggle and I didn’t feel safe in my body. I also felt nervous in my stomach and tight in my chest. Symptoms of anxiety may be; Feeling panicky or overwhelmed Sense that you are losing control or losing your mind Trouble breathing Hyperventilation Intense worry that you can’t stop Palpitations Churning in the stomach or butterflies Having to run to…
  • Anxiety Test

    Chloe B
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Anxiety Test This test can serve as a guide as to whether or not you have anxiety and how severe it is. This does not substitute a proper diagnosis from your doctor so always speak to your doctor if you suspect you have anxiety. Add up the points from each question and see how you score at the bottom.   Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?   1) Feeling anxious, on edge or nervous?  – No days (0 points) – A few days (1 points) – Greater than half the days ( 2 points) – Almost everyday (3 points) 2) Had…
  • How to Stop Worrying – Video

    Chloe B
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    How to Stop Worrying – Video The post How to Stop Worrying – Video appeared first on Calmer You.
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    Depression Ever After

  • (Unconventional) Ways To Cope With Depression

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

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

    Rain Gill
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    When I began writing poetry, I had no intention of ever sharing my work. It was for my eyes only. Writing was my therapy when I couldn’t find the help I needed, and nothing I did seemed to work. Recently, I began to wonder about the science behind it. Why has something as simple as writing been such an essential outlet for me during my darkest hours? Is writing something that might be as useful to others as it was to me? Photo by Denise Krebs via FlickrIn an effort to satisfy my curiosity, I have done quite a bit of research on this topic. I would like to share some of this research in…
  • Confessions of a Hypocrite

    Rain Gill
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I have to confess something. And it’s not easy for me to do. But, here goes nothing.I have never engaged in regular therapy or counselling.There, I said it. It’s out there. Feel free to judge me. Photo by John Hain via FlickrI did connect with a counsellor over the phone once, through my dad’s EAP benefits. I was young and terrified. I was confused about what was going on inside my head. And this woman was awful. She minimized my concerns and silenced my voice. Needless to say, I didn’t call again.About a year later (I think), I connected with another counsellor in my hometown. She…
  • Dearest Readers,

    Rain Gill
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    For those of you who may be wondering, I have been neglecting my blog lately due to some personal and professional struggles. I quite simply have not had the time to dedicate to producing posts that would meet my own critical expectations. I can truly say that I dearly miss being able to post regularly and to interact with all of you wonderful readers and supporters. I promise you that I will be back.Rain If you enjoyed this post, please share!You can also connect with me onTwitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest!
 
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    "Every word you talk and share can save millions" - talkshareit.com

  • She Always Blames Me of Not Getting Pregnant

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    “Dear Doctor I am a 34 years husband, I want to share my situation with you. My wife and I have married since 9 years ago. At the recent years we were very happy enjoying our life. But lately, my wife start being anxious since she is not getting pregnant yet. I decided from the beginning that we’re going to start seriously planning to have a baby around two years after married, but since then I felt it’s getting difficult. We tried a lot of methods but she’s still not getting pregnant and any way we tried always fail. Finally my wife decided to resign from her job, she thinks that…
  • Is My Son Gay

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    “Dear Doctor I would like to discuss something with you. I don’t know how to say it, but I feel so pain and failed to be a good parent. One day my son came to me, ask me to discuss seriously, and he said “Mom, I am a gay”. I felt horrified, terrified and sad knowing that my son is gay. I know that I raised my son by being a single parent. His father left me when he was a kid. I realised that he was lack of love from his father, but I didn’t expect him to be a gay. I have warned him that being a gay is not tolerated in our religion. I also warn him not to meet me if he choose…
  • How to Find a Man

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    “Dear Doctor I want to discuss something with you. I am a female 29 years old, and know I am approaching to 30 years old. I am working in a reputable company which is very demanding but giving me a high salary. But the problem of my company is the placement uncertainty. My company is very mobile that places me in various different location throughout my country. With this condition, I am very isolated from the world outside, especially if I want to have a relationship with a guy. This is very hard for me to think how to find a man. But I feel I have no choice because I have to support…
  • When Will I Get Married

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    “Dear Doctor I am female 24 years old. Now I am in a relationship with a guy and we ‘live together’ in the same apartment. We love each other and we have lived like a couple of spouse, I mean like a wife and a husband. One day I ask him to get married but he always avoid my question. He always persuades me to change the topic by saying that he is not ready yet. This is a big dilemma for me. When will I get married? Now I am always haunted if he is leaving me to someone else someday. I realised that my argument has no basis reason but realising I have given all things I have so far,…
  • How to Attract Men

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    “Dear Doctor, I want to ask a question to you. What is the most important part of men that we have to consider to make them attracted to us? or in other words, how to attract men? Among of my friend, I feel like I am the most unattractive woman. I assume that because most of my guy friends seems more enthusiastic to talk to my friends who is more beautiful, more attractive and more confident than me. This condition sometimes make me humiliated and finally I pull myself from the socialisation. I judge myself why I cannot be as attractive as my friends. But on the other side, I am not…
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    Living on the Fault Lines | Dianna Bonny

  • Presence Is A Rare Commodity

    Dianna Bonny
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    The other night, I spent an hour chatting on Facetime with my son who is at college in Santa Cruz. My other son and I were curled up in bed, laughing and talking in front of the computer, and it almost felt like we were all together in one room, which made me smile, and reminded me of days when they were younger, long before they encountered tragedy. Although things are very different now, the smile remained on my face as the sentiment made its way down to my beating heart, pumping molecules of happiness through my veins. I’m certain that this moment was the result of a million tiny other…
  • Grounding: A Healing Practice for Trauma

    Dianna Bonny
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    This post is a reprise but grounding is a good way to cultivate inner peace and stability in the midst of the busy holiday season. When I first started writing about the events that transpired in 2010, I wrote from the space of being a few blocks away, maybe even a few continents. It was something that happened to me, but I held it way, way out at a distance and looked at it with a great deal of confusion. Part of me wished it hadn’t happened, part of me wondered why it had happened and the rest of me wrestled with the details. As a result, my writing was somewhat lifeless, dull and flat.
  • Talk About It: Don’t Allow Never to Define Your Future

    Dianna Bonny
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    This past week, I encountered the same conversation that I have had again and again during the last four years. It goes something like this:  “My [Father/Mother/Sibling/Grandparent] chose suicide [ten/twenty/thirty/forty] years ago, and my family has [NEVER] discussed it.” Never is the common denominator and it is its own kind of wilderness. Never will stop healing dead in its tracks. Then, over the weekend I attended a speaking workshop and found myself in a group of incredibly talented people. Each person had an amazing story and message to share, but we were all terrified to…
  • The Transformative Power of Heartfelt, Active Listening

    Dianna Bonny
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
      When was the last time you felt truly heard? I mean attentively listened to in a way that allowed you to actually hear what you were saying and make sense of it on your own, a time when your words were spoken and witnessed, no need for solutions, just a willing ear openly receiving them. I began to notice a lack of listening in the days and months after my husband died. At times it was barely noticeable, at others exceedingly obvious. I made people uncomfortable, I realized this, and they wanted to contain their discomfort by offering solutions and opinions as quickly as possible. In…
  • The Fine Art of Self-Sabotage

    Dianna Bonny
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
      These past few weeks have been illuminating in a number of ways. As I wind down the edit phase of the book, my mind has begun flashing upon the possibilities in the future. Revisiting the events of 2010 has been no small feat, and kicked up a substantial amount of dust, but I now feel ready to let the past settle into its proper place. The particles that float in my head space remind me of the sparkling sediment that comes off a rough diamond, which would have no value if it wasn’t put under tremendous pressure and shaped in a way that reflects its ultimate beauty. The same holds…
 
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