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  • Twin study lends new insights into link between back pain and depression

    Depression News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins. Genetic factors affecting both conditions may be involved in the association between back pain and depression, according to the report.
  • 4 Questions to Help Reduce Self Critical Thoughts

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

    Ask the Psychologist: Online Licensed Psychologist
    Dr Peter Thomas, PhD
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:34 am
    Q: Every time I pick up a knife (sharp or blunt) I have to cut myself in the gut with it. Not hard enough to draw blood, but just hard enough to feel a tiny bit of pain… I’m not crazy or anything, I think it’s just a habit. A: You’re right, you’re not crazy. […]Tags: depersonalization, self harm, suicide, therapy
  • Is It Friendship If You Have Nothing in Common Anymore?

    Therapy Blog
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Darren Haber, MA, MFT, responds to our latest reader-submitted Dear GoodTherapy.org question....
  • 5 Reasons You May Not Be Happy and What to Do about It

    World of Psychology
    Laura C. Meyer
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Take a breath. Sit quietly for a moment. Close your eyes, and ask yourself if you are happy. Take your time. For many of us, something inside of us is asking for more. Something is asking us to pay attention. Here are five reasons you may not be happy, and five things to do about it. 1. Acceptance. Acceptance, while necessary, may be used as an excuse. How do you know if acceptance has gone wrong? Look at what’s happening in your life right now. If it’s not what you say you want, then your life is trying to tell you something. Acceptance is meant to give you truth, not cover up the truth,…
 
 
 
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  • Kaiser Continues to Improve, But Can Do Better for California

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    Apparently a $4 million stick wasn’t big enough to encourage Kaiser Permanente in California to offer residents better mental health care in the state. While Kaiser fixed two of the deficiencies originally identified by the government agency charged with oversight of care in California, it still didn’t fix two others to the agency’s satisfaction. The two issues still a problem for Kaiser are: providing timely appointments for behavioral and mental health services, and Kaiser’s inability to share information with patients. What’s the point of offering mental…
  • Psychology Around the Net: February 28, 2015

    Alicia Sparks
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net to learn more about smokers and their relationships to anxiety and depression, how your state ranks regarding the five aspects of life satisfaction, neurons that predict how we might react in particular situations, and more. Neurons That Help Predict What Another Individual Will Do Identified: Scientists have located two groups of neurons in primates that: one that activates during cooperation situations and another that predicts how one will react. The Importance of Good “Emotional Hygiene” for Your Mental Health: We practice…
  • 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Free Your Mind

    Psych Central Staff
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Need to pull yourself back together super QUICK? Here are 3 fixes to ease your mind in no time. Are you like me? Whenever I read the paper or watch the news and see stories about war, starvation, killing rampages, rape, and other atrocities, I feel anxious and worried. In addition to worrying about the fate of the world, on a personal level, I also sometimes feel frustrated by annoying work or family relationship issues. Although I try my best to meditate every day to quiet my stress and remember my inner happiness, after 24 hours, I seem to collect a new array of fears or angers. Recently, I…
  • Failure to Launch

    Linda Sapadin, Ph.D
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    John was never the greatest of students but he did manage to graduate from college in six years. Yay! His parents breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, he had accomplished what he set out to do. Now, three years later, Mom and Dad are feeling increasingly distressed. John is living back home and going nowhere. His motivation to get a job comes and goes. The bulk of his day is spent on social media, video games and getting high. He shows little interest in becoming an independent, self-sufficient adult. If his parents would get him an apartment, he’d move in a minute. But the idea of working…
  • 5 Reasons You May Not Be Happy and What to Do about It

    Laura C. Meyer
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Take a breath. Sit quietly for a moment. Close your eyes, and ask yourself if you are happy. Take your time. For many of us, something inside of us is asking for more. Something is asking us to pay attention. Here are five reasons you may not be happy, and five things to do about it. 1. Acceptance. Acceptance, while necessary, may be used as an excuse. How do you know if acceptance has gone wrong? Look at what’s happening in your life right now. If it’s not what you say you want, then your life is trying to tell you something. Acceptance is meant to give you truth, not cover up the truth,…
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  • Anti-Epilepsy Medication May Reduce The Effects of Stroke

    meg
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Currently, new research suggests that the anticonvulsant medication, retigabine, could dramatically reduce the effects of stroke.  Researchers have already recognized the potential of this medication in treating neurologic conditions, such as migraine, tinnitus and neuropathic pain. By observing mice models, researchers discovered that merely a single dose of retigabine prevented loss of balance and motor coordination following a stroke.  Balance and coordination was tested by using a balance beam.  The mice that were not treated with retigabine following a stroke displayed…
  • FDA Approves Device To Treat Obesity

    meg
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the very first weight loss device that controls satiety.  The Maestro Rechargeable System targets the neural pathway between the brain and the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness. However, this device will only be available to adults aged 18 years of age and older with a body mass index of 35-45 combined with at least one other obesity-related condition (i.e. type 2 diabetes) that have had no success with weight loss programs.How does it work?“The Maestro Rechargeable System consists of a rechargeable electrical…
  • More Than Two Drinks Per Day Can Increase Your Risk of Stroke

    meg
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    According to a new study, drinking more than 2 alcoholic drinks each day in middle-age increases a person’s risk of stroke more than typical risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.Researchers used data gathered between 1967 and 2010 from 11,644 individuals from the Swedish Twin Registry to compare the effects of heavy drinking on risk of stroke. Heavy drinking was defined as 2 or more drinks per day and light drinking as less than 0.5 drinks per day.  Results demonstrated that heavy drinking increased the risk of stroke by 34% in comparison to light drinking.
  • Samsung Develops Gadget to Detect Strokes

    meg
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    In recent news, engineers at the Samsung Electronics Creative Lab (C-Lab) have developed an Early Detection Sensor & Algorithm Package (EDSAP) that has the ability to detect strokes. “The resulting headset is equipped with sensors that transfer data to algorithms that allow you to observe your brainwaves on your Smartphone, tablet or upright computer to make sure you are not at risk.”Interestingly, this device could potentially save lives by ensuring that people obtain proper medical attention in a timely manner.  Samsung claims that it’s even more efficient than hospital…
  • Depression May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain

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

  • Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Rejected by a person you like? Just "shake it off" and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds. The pain of social rejection lasts longer for them -- and their brain cells release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids.
  • Twin study lends new insights into link between back pain and depression

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins. Genetic factors affecting both conditions may be involved in the association between back pain and depression, according to the report.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin, affecting behavior and psychiatric disorders

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper, serotonin is explained as the possible missing link tying together why vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids might ameliorate the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders.
  • Meditation can reduce chronic neck pain, study shows

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to research. Chronic neck pain can lead to serious comorbidities like depression. Patients with chronic neck pain frequently experience distress. Meditation has been increasingly used as a supportive treatment for individuals with chronic pain.
  • Teen girls from rural areas more likely to have undiagnosed asthma, be depressed

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    Teen girls who live in rural areas are more likely than their male counterparts to have undiagnosed asthma, and they often are at a higher risk of depression, according to researchers. "There's a lot of speculation about why females are more likely to be undiagnosed," says the lead researcher. "Maybe it's because boys are more likely to get a sports physical for athletics and they catch it then. Or maybe it's because girls attribute asthma symptoms to something else, like anxiety. That needs further study."
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Rejected by a person you like? Just "shake it off" and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds. The pain of social rejection lasts longer for them -- and their brain cells release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids.
  • Strong connection between violence, mental illness in Guatemala during civil war lessens in postwar period

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Violence during the civil war in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 resulted in the development of significant mental health problems and conditions for the county’s people, according to a new multi-institution study. It continues to say that the mental health consequences resulting from violent events decreased in the postwar period, suggesting a nation in recovery.
  • Twin study lends new insights into link between back pain and depression

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins. Genetic factors affecting both conditions may be involved in the association between back pain and depression, according to the report.
  • Is your busy schedule affecting your health? Time might not be the problem

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    The modern schedule is infamously frantic, leaving many of us feeling constantly pressed for time. But that feeling may not have much to do with time itself, according to a new study. "Feeling pressed for time impacts how consumers spend time, and how much they are willing to pay to save it. From a consumer standpoint, feeling pressed for time can have many harmful consequences such as poorer health, trouble sleeping, and depression. By pausing to breathe or envision the source of stress in a more positive light, people can enjoy the time they actually have in a healthier and happier way,"…
  • Meditation can reduce chronic neck pain, study shows

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to research. Chronic neck pain can lead to serious comorbidities like depression. Patients with chronic neck pain frequently experience distress. Meditation has been increasingly used as a supportive treatment for individuals with chronic pain.
 
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    Psych Central News

  • Aggressive Boys Tend to Develop into Physically Stronger Teens

    Traci Pedersen
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Boys who are aggressive tend to develop into physically stronger teens than boys who are not aggressive, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. “This work was motivated by a long-standing controversy over the relationship between physical development and personality,” said psychological scientist Joshua Isen, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. “The physiques of boys and girls increasingly diverge during adolescence, leading to a profound sex difference in physical strength, and there’s also an observable sex difference in personality…
  • Great Recession Tied to More Older Adult Suicides

    Janice Wood
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Suicide rates for adults in the United States between the ages of 40 and 64 have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007, according to a new study. A possible explanation for the jump could be the detrimental effects of the economic downturn of 2007-2009, which had a disproportionate effect on the house values, household finances, and retirement savings for people in that age group, according to the study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers found that external economic factors were present in 37.5 percent of all suicides in 2010, up…
  • Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

    Janice Wood
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder. According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the findings could help improve diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) or systemic exertion intolerance disease. They also could help identify treatment options for the disorder’s symptoms, which…
  • Rejection Seems to Hurt Depressed People Longer

    Janice Wood
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    The pain of social rejection lasts longer for people with untreated depression, according to a new study. That’s because the brain cells of depressed people release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Conversely, when someone they’re interested in likes them back, depressed people do feel better — but only momentarily, the study found. A team from the University of Michigan Medical School, Stony Brook University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago worked together on the study,…
  • Things Not to Try for Autism

    Rick Nauert PhD
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies — many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It is only natural for a loving parent to want to exhaust all possible solutions to help their child, however, this places the family in a vulnerable position. The desire of a parent to understand an autistic child’s thoughts, needs, and wants make the autism community especially vulnerable to interventions and…
 
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Hidden gene gives hope for improving brain function

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The mechanism a novel gene uses to affect brain function and elicit behavior related to neuropsychiatric disease has been identified by an international team of researchers. They discovered that a gene called Gomafu might be key to understanding how our brain rapidly responds to stressful experiences.
  • Deconstructing mental illness through ultradian rhythms

    21 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Might living a structured life with regularly established meal times and early bedtimes lead to a better life and perhaps even prevent the onset of mental illness? That's what's suggested by a new study.
  • Schizophrenia: Impaired activity of the selective dopamine neurons

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Schizophrenia is not only associated with positive symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, but also with negative symptoms e.g. cognitive deficits and impairments of the emotional drive. Until now, the underlying mechanisms for these negative symptoms have not been well characterized. Now a team of researchers reports that a selective dopamine midbrain population that is crucial for emotional and cognitive processing shows reduced electrical in vivo activity in a disease mouse model.
  • Schizophrenia and weight gain: A new explanation?

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    Cannabinoids may be involved in the weight gain that occurs in people with schizophrenia who are treated with the antipsychotic olanzapine, according to a pilot study.
  • Why should adolescents exhibiting symptoms of mental disorders be asked about hallucinations?

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Visual distortions and hallucinations related to an elevated risk of psychosis are linked to self-destructive thought processes among adolescents with psychological symptoms, according to a recent study. Early indications of the risk of psychosis can usually be detected long before the onset of a full-blown disorder.
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  • March 1st is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Awareness Day

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Non-Suicidal Self-injury (NSSI) – is any deliberate, non suicidal behavior that inflicts physical harm on one's body to relieve emotional distress.People who engage inNSSI usually do not involve a conscious intent to die by suicide, though many believe that people who harm themselves are suicidal. There are also numerous myths that surround NSSI, which create a stigma for those struggling with kind of coping behavior. Individuals who use NSSI are often trying to:* Distract emotional pain* End feelings of numbness* Calm overwhelming feelings* Maintaining control* Self-punish* Express…
  • Adult vs. Child Depression

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
                Did you know that depression presents differently in children than it does in adults? Though the disorder of depression can occur in in kids, teens - and even babies, the symptoms don’t always look like adult depression. Take a look at the differences below so you can learn how to detect this serious, but treatable disorder. For more, read my award-winning book “Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.”   Signs of Depression in Adults Signs of Depression in Children Depressed mood…
  • Paperback Launch of "Depression and Your Child"

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

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

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

  • Developing a Compassionate Voice as a Step Toward Living With Voices

    ronunger1
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    By Ron Unger ... a video has just become available which, in 5 minutes, very coherently explains how a compassion focused approach can completely transform a person's relationship with their voices and so transform the person's life! … [click on title to read the rest]
  • Letter to the Mother of a “Schizophrenic”: We Must Do Better

    Will Hall
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Again and again I am told the ‘severely mentally ill’ are impaired and incapable, not quite human. I am told they are like dementia patients wandering in the snow, with no capacity and no cure, not to be listened to or related to. I am told they must be controlled by our interventions regardless of their own preferences, regardless of the trauma that forced treatment can inflict, regardless of the simple duty we have to regard others with caring, compassion, and respect, regardless of the guarantees of dignity we afford others in our constitution and legal system. I am told the “high…
  • Social media and blogging hiatus

    Monica Cassani
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    Update: other regular authors who have dashboard access may be publishing while I continue to take hiatus. -- The front homepage of the blog has been reorganized with posts that include collections so folks can peruse the archives more easily while I'm not actively posting. Please also visit the drop down menus for more access to the archives. (...) I've not posted anything for 5 days now. A few of you have reached me to ask what is up. It's very unusual for me to not post even one day, so yes, you're right, I've had a shift. … [click on title to read the rest]
  • Love and sex and attachment

    Monica Cassani
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    I have shared Helen Fisher's work before on Beyond Meds. She has done important work looking at how psychiatric drugs affect bonding and love. That post is here: Psych drugs damage ability to love/bond. I also consider in it what might be happening to young people who are going through sexual development while growing up on these drugs in that post. What I'm sharing today is much more generalized and not specifically about psychiatric drugs. There are a lot of details about romantic love in 21st century. I found it quite interesting and often quite optimistic while also taking a sobering look…
  • Understanding our bodies…a skill to develop and trust. MDs often don’t support this.

    Monica Cassani
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    This issue comes up again and again among the folks I frequently hang out with online. People so badly want to find the perfect doctor and get very frustrated when again and again they are disrespected and/or given treatments that further harm them. I figured out a long time ago that I understand my body far better than any doctor does and the only MDs I'll work with now (on an ongoing basis) are people who actually appreciate this. I never enter a new relationship with a health professional with any expectations as well. It allows for much less frustrating experiences. At the very best I'll…
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • My Big Fat Bipolar Pregnancy 2: A Video Blog on “The Birth Plan”

    Mentally Interesting
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    …or perinatal care plan. Whoops, this is 2 months late, I’m sorry! I didn’t want to just leave the last entry hanging, but I’ve had horrendous writers’ block on this subject for reasons I explain in my very first video blog! I am as shattered as I look. My first go was much better but Robert walked in in his pants. This video talks through, “The birth plan” that was coming up in my last entry. So, I explain what perinatal psychiatry would like to do when the baby comes, and my feelings on that. And if the baby ever comes- I’m 40 weeks and three…
  • Have a disability and/or MH condition and want a career in hospitality? Channel 4 want you!

    Mentally Interesting
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    Posting this for my friend, who’s making this programme. She is fantastic, sensitive and clever and can vouch for her being good people. See below and please direct all questions yonder… Are you struggling to find a job? Would you love a career in the hospitality industry? Do you have a physical, sensory or other impairment or a long term condition? Twofour, one of the UK’s most respected TV Companies, is producing a ground-breaking series for Channel 4 Television Corporation. We are looking for disabled people or those with a variety of conditions, who want to seize the…
  • 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…
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  • Why talking about “the dress” is a good thing for humanity

    Josh Kruger
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The infamous dress from Tumblr and reported first by BuzzFeed. Yesterday, the Internet exploded with one of the biggest questions of our time: What colors are this dress? It sounds ridiculous at first glance. After all, our eyes can clearly see a white and gold dress. Or, is the dress black and blue? That dispute led to over 29 million people poring over a BuzzFeed article by Cates Holderness mined from Tumblr, and it led to celebrities like Mindy Kaling and Taylor Swift to weigh in with their opinions, too. Even Kimye had something to say about it. (If you were wondering, Kim says…
  • Leonard Nimoy deserves a million Vulcan salutes

    Stephen H. Segal
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    I’ve been steeling myself for years now against the moment I knew would be coming too soon, and now that it’s here, I’m no less grief-struck. Leonard Nimoy, the man who brought Mr. Spock to life, who put a forever iconic face on the very idea of approaching the universe with rational inquisitiveness, died this morning. But I am at peace. Geeks notoriously have difficulty expressing emotion. That’s why Spock became our great hero: He, too, dealt with the confusing struggle of his feelings by burying them beneath a near-fanatical devotion to intellectual calculations…
  • Margaret Cho talks bisexuality, sex positivity and whether rape is ever funny

    Josh Kruger
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    After all these years of provocative hilarity, Margaret Cho isn’t just a cultural trailblazer: The comedian’s still touring and getting laughs nationwide. After all, part of being an artist like she is involves constantly working and, in her own way, stirring the pot. Cho garnered criticism earlier this year for her lampooning of North Korea’s autocratic surrealism, but she’s not just a gadfly. The San Francisco native’s got serious insight into American culture and sexuality. Starting Sunday, Cho’s in Philadelphia at Helium Comedy Club for four special…
  • 30-Second Reviews: “What I Did For Love” and “The Illusionists”

    Bill Chenevert
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Light the Lights! presents “What I Did For Love” at L’Etage Mon., Feb. 23. creperie-beaumonde.com Overall vibe: On a cold Monday night in February, co-hosts R. Eric Thomas and Donald Harrison welcome you into the second floor lounge above Beau Monde like it’s their salon. It’s dimly-lit, cozy and—thus far—not too crowded. Thomas and Harrison volley off each other quite nicely. You can tell they’re pretty tight as friends, and both tell personal stories and introduce a wildly-talented cadre of singers they’ve culled from their respective local…
  • Down with the king: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels’ visit to Grays Ferry

    Bill Chenevert
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    “I was that little nerdy weird kid that wore the glasses, and I had A’s across the board, but my world was comic books,” Darryl “DMC” McDaniels said last week to an eager audience of junior and senior scholars at Universal Audenried Charter High. “I got teased and bullied and called four eyes because I wore a uniform. Then this thing called hip-hop came over the bridge.” The legendary emcee was referring to his youth in Hollis, Queens, N.Y. when rap music moved over the Whitestone Bridge from the Bronx. McDaniels gave an animated and impassioned presentation in the school’s…
 
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  • Peer to Peer Support Proves Effective In Fighting Postpartum Depression

    Miranda Wicker
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    Those of us active in the PPD community have long hailed the benefit of peer to peer support when it comes to helping mothers combat postpartum depression and anxiety. Now a new study has been published which strengthens the claim that moms helping moms makes a difference. The anecdotal study, “Quasi-experimental evaluation of a telephone-based […] The post Peer to Peer Support Proves Effective In Fighting Postpartum Depression appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsHi Therese, I have just emailed you some resources.
  • Self Forgiveness in Healing

    Alexandra Rosas
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Most of us have heard that forgiveness is a healing step toward recovery. When we read these words, we think of applying the act of forgiveness to the people in our lives. But do we think about the character most central to our lives, and our healing? I’m talking about us. Me. Ourselves. Do we […] The post Self Forgiveness in Healing appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you for this article. Getting past PPD was a challenge ... by traciThank you! I'm hoping one day I can accept ppd as part of my ... by…
  • Dear PPD & Gang — A Poem About Surviving Postpartum Depression

    Becky Schroeder
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Postpartum Progress Private Forum is a special place. Hundreds of moms come together online, day in and day out, to support one another through their battles with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The conversations there are uplifting and full of hope. Recently, a mom on our forum shared a beautiful poem with us and […] The post Dear PPD & Gang — A Poem About Surviving Postpartum Depression appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsHugs to you too, mama by Becky Schroederamazing and perfect! Nails my…
  • Connecting is Just the Beginning: How Blogging and Online Community Supported Me Through PPD

    Robin Farr
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today’s guest post is an excerpt from The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life—Online and Off by Sarah Granger. The summer of 2005 found me in a distressing place. I was on vacation in London with my husband—and was six months pregnant with my daughter—when I started experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. […] The post Connecting is Just the Beginning: How Blogging and Online Community Supported Me Through PPD appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         
  • Mommy Shoes – Parenting While Recovering From PPD

    Susan Petcher
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Please welcome Mirjam Rose to Postpartum Progress today, as she shares her experience of parenting while recovering from PPD. Mirjam is an elementary school teacher and blogger who lives in the Netherlands with her husband and three children. She has battled and survived 3 postpartum depressions. You can find Mirjam at her blog Apples and Roses, where she […] The post Mommy Shoes – Parenting While Recovering From PPD appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you! That must be so hard. Some days I found it really…
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    A Splintered Mind

  • ADDitude Magazine: Keeping Promises Despite ADHD

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    I recently posted a new article about procrastination over at my Family Guy blog. It was originally intended to be about keeping promises, but became about finishing projects. I have this project, you see. A glorious, unfinished project that I’ve been dying on for some time. It’s a rundown, formerly gorgeous dollhouse, and if I’m not careful, my daughter will have daughters before I get around to refinishing it! Three years have passed now since I said I’d finish it by Christmas, so I’ve decided to do something about it. Projects are easy to procrastinate when…
  • Articles

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Articles Published in ADDitude Magazine:Quiet the Riot: Blocking Out ADHD DistractionsHow I Learned to Make Deadlines...Despite These 7 Major ADD DistractionsProcrastination: Break Away from the Shame“Family Guy” Articles Published at ADDitudeMag.com:Losing It over Losing My WalletI Remembered I Forgot (Just in Time)ADHD and Adrenaline: Perfect Together?!The Day I Over-Shared about My DaughtersI Can’t Get on the Same Page as Everyone ElseHow My ADHD Anger Hurt My Marriage and KidsNo One Wants to Live with the HulkDid I Really Say That — Or Was I on ADHD Autopilot?Crazy, Stupid…
  • FanX 2015 – Where I Cosplayed as a Healthy Mundane

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    I'm not sure what you perceive about me from what I write here, but in my daily life I focus on pushing myself beyond my limits. I haven't met a limit I respect yet, and I am always looking for ways to do an end run around them. However, I do recognize limits. I have to. You can't design effective coping strategies if you don't recognize your limits. The important distinction is that recognizing isn't the same as accepting. For instance, I know that in order to write for a living, I will need to write thousands of words a day—thousands of focused words on a defined project, not random…
  • Do We Have What It Takes to be Helpful with Suicidal People?

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

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

  • First Steps for Disillusioned Lawyers

    Dan
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    You are not alone in your discontent with law practice.  Lawyers continue to ask whether other work, either in law or another field, would better suit their interests and improve their quality of life. Here are some tips from career coach Edward Honnnold about steps you can take now to make changes.  Read the Blog
  • New ABA Book Leads Lawyers to Less Stress Through Yoga

    Dan
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    The legal profession can be extraordinarily stressful.  Lawyers need techniques to dial down pain, worry and stress, and now an American Bar Association book helps them to do so through yoga. Read the News
  • How Woman Lawyers Can Manage Stress and Find Balance

    Dan
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Women struggle to find balance between the demands of being a lawyer and time not only taking care of their family, but themselves.  Read the Blog
  • Worry and Anxiety in Depression: Anxiety May Try to Help, But Then it Hurts: What Should You Do?

    Dan
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Anxiety is a normal human feeling. Anxiety is what you feel when you are faced with uncertainty. When you do not know what is going on or what you should do about it, you react with a feeling of anxiety. What makes anxiety pass? Resolving the ambiguity. Figuring it out. What’s happening or what to do about it. Then the feeling is gone, and you are relieved. You may still have work to do or a problem that needs to be fixed, but the anxiety about it is finished. When people suffer from depression they often also feel anxiety and spend too much time worrying, which increases their…
  • How Do Highly Successful People Deal with Depression

    Dan
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Alice G. Walton at Forbes magazine asks the question, “How do highly-succesful people deal with their depression when it does strike – do the types of traits that help a person attain uber-success in the first place – i.e., motivation, stick-to-itiveness and resilience – also enable them to fight depression better?” Read the News
 
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • Scientifically Analyzing Ancient Discoveries

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The protective function of dreams was observed in dream interpretations found in the Bible, and in dream interpretations of Native Americans. Dream predictions always protect the dreamers from bad events. However, in our historical time the meaning of dreams is not considered to be a valid source of information. It became a chaotic matter that cannot be understood. There are so many dream theories and so many dream interpreters who follow subjective methods that many people don’t know which method of dream interpretation could be trusted. My work clarifies this obscure matter, since I…
  • Decisions Based On Dream Warnings

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Dream warnings protect your mental stability and your life. You have frequent warnings when you make mistakes or when you are facing dangerous situations and you need special protection. Your dreams protect you from problems you didn’t believe you could have before you will face unbearable situations, and they keep helping you while you are dealing with them. A dream warning can save your life and show you hidden dangers, or help you avoid bad consequences. Dream Symbols That Reflect Danger Most dreams contain warnings because most people make many mistakes, and because our reality is…
  • Analyzing Real Possibilities And Delusions Based On Safe Information

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    The information contained in dream messages is real and safe because all dreams are produced by God as Carl Jung had discovered, even though he didn’t have a religious attitude. He maintained his scientific identity, concentrating his attention on the therapeutical power of dreams. I continued his research even though I was young and ignorant because I paid attention to the religious importance of God’s existence, and I precisely obeyed the guidance I had. My obedience was the result of my rational conclusions, besides being also the result of the preparation I had thanks to my life…
  • The Blueprint Of Your Personality In Dream Codes

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is an extremely long macromolecule that is the main component of chromosomes and is the material that transfers genetic characteristics in all life forms. The DNA is considered the blueprint of life. We can verify if someone is a child’s mother or father by comparing the genetic information contained in their DNA. The same way, we can learn the characteristics of a person’s personality by analyzing the meaning of their dreams according to the scientific method. The dream images show us the psychological type of the dreamer and the characteristics that he or she…
  • How A Mental Health Therapy Can Really Be Effective

    admin
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Dreams seem to be confusing images that don’t make sense. However, all images are meaningful. After mastering the dream language you will understand the dream messages and find a mental health therapy that helps you evolve without limits. This is the right therapy for your case because all dreams are about your personality and your life. The dream images will stop being incompressible when you will understand their symbolic meaning and their logical sequence. This is a simple matter now that I simplified Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation. The unconscious treatment is…
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • Coming to the Table, Leaving, Coming to the Table ... Realpolitik

    Peter Jones
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:23 am
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupThe 'Periodic' Table PoloniumMemorialBoris NemtsovImage: By Greg Robsonhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Electron_shell_084_polonium.png
  • A "science for safety": getting the formula - and the grid right

    Peter Jones
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The grid holds great fascination for me.It didn't start with The Grid in TRON, nor obviously TRON Legacy - even though the realisation is superb.No, the first grid was in the cobbled back alley at my grandparent's house in St Helens. As a kid staying over in the summer I would take a spoon and the melting tar between the cobblestones was a syrupy invitation.I must have got in trouble, as spoons were lost down the grids.In the here and now the "science for safety" report bears further consideration:If healthcare is to significantly reduce patient harm, a holistic perspective is necessary to…
  • Wasted: The lessons of history

    Peter Jones
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:53 am
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupView of Grave on the Mass after a siege, 1675 Syrian conflictImages:Valentijn Klotz (op.1669-1697). View of Grave on the Mass after a siege, 1675.Pen and ink (brown) and watercolour (grey) on paper The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London. Visited 31 January 2015.Homs. The Telegraph. AFP/Getty…
  • H5P February release note (Drupal, TEL)

    Peter Jones
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:18 am
    Here is an update on what H5P can offer. My interest lies in the Drupal module and this update includes news of:experience API (Tin Can)Now you may store more and more data about what your user is doing with the H5Ps you create. How many attempts did she use? What scores did she get? How much time did she spend? All of this is available now, and more statements will be added - when did she stop the video? What did she answer when? What slides has she seen?H5P triggers javascript events every time a xAPI statement is generated. ...You may also use the xAPI to adapt to what the user does in the…
  • Individual: :Rights [ A work still in progress ]

    Peter Jones
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:48 am
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupInventing the IndividualThe Origins of Western LiberalismLarry SiedentopHuman Rights and the Uses of HistorySamuel MoynOhlin, The Assault on International LawThe Twilight of Human Rights Law, PosnerMy sources:The Independent on Sunday 22 February 2015 and FT Weekend 21-22 February 2015
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Licensed Psychologist

  • Gender Dysphoria

    Dr Peter Thomas, PhD
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    Q: I am a 33-year-old married man, and I have one baby girl. I have secretly dressed in girls’ clothes since I was 5 years old. It made me feel good but I kept telling myself that the feelings would disappear when I grew older; instead, these feelings developed into a desire to become a […]Tags: relationships, self awareness, self-esteem, sexuality
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

    Dr Peter Thomas, PhD
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:34 am
    Q: Every time I pick up a knife (sharp or blunt) I have to cut myself in the gut with it. Not hard enough to draw blood, but just hard enough to feel a tiny bit of pain… I’m not crazy or anything, I think it’s just a habit. A: You’re right, you’re not crazy. […]Tags: depersonalization, self harm, suicide, therapy
  • Choosing Whether to Stay in an Abusive Marriage

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

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

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

  • Who. What. When. Where. Why

    Abeeliever
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Abeeliever:A friend of mine just started a new beauty blog! I’m so excited to learn from her and I think you will be too. She has always stunned me with her natural skills with cosmetics and fashion. Check it out! Originally posted on Talk Beauty by britt: Hello my BB’s (Britt’s Beauties) I’m finally doing it! I have been asked on numerous occasions if I went to school to be a makeup artist? What Products do I use? How and when do I apply them? Where do I shop? What are my favs? Am I subscribed to any subscription boxes/bags if so which ones? What was a complete waste of my money…
  • Find Your Spark

    Abeeliever
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    Spark Click on the word “Spark” above. This is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen. Find your spark. Light it up. Shine. Glow. Live in the moment. Be you. Give yourself grace. Darkness will again be light.
  • What It’s Like to Be Alone

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

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

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

  • Pleasure Principle

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    The pleasure principle is a term originally used by Sigmund Freud to characterize the tendency of people to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Freud argued that people will sometimes go to great lengths to avoid even momentary pain, particularly at times of psychological weakness or vulnerability. About the Pleasure Principle In psychoanalytic theory, the id is the part of the
  • Reality Testing

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Reality testing is a concept in Sigmund Freud?s psychoanalytic theory in which the ego recognizes the difference between the external and internal world. In other words, it is the ability to see a situation for what it really is, rather than what one hopes or fears it might be. Ego Testing and Personality In ego psychology, a primary task of development is the integration of the parts of the
  • Facebook Improves Efforts to Prevent Suicide, and Other News

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Taking steps toward suicide prevention, Facebook recently simplified steps users can take to report when they suspect someone may be suicidal....
  • Is It Friendship If You Have Nothing in Common Anymore?

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Darren Haber, MA, MFT, responds to our latest reader-submitted Dear GoodTherapy.org question....
  • 9 Tips for Talking to Teens about Dating and Relationships

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    As Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month draws to a close, we offer some effective strategies for helping your teen transition into the dating world....
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    Chipur

  • “Low-serotonin doesn’t cause depression? You’re kiddin’ me, right?!”

    Bill White
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    “Just when I thought I understood my depression, and the meds that are supposed to help me manage it. And now you’re suggesting low-serotonin has nothing to do with it? You’re kiddin’ me, right?!” It’s time we rethink what we are doing. We are taking people who are suffering from the most common forms of depression, and instead of helping them, it appears we are putting an obstacle in their path to recovery…Dr. Paul Andrews Seems someone filled-in our friend on the gist of a recent research paper. He’s pretty frustrated, isn’t he? And…
 
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    Angela Brooks Retired at 48 working 4 hours a day from home

  • Top 5 Reasons you cannot join me

    Angela Brooks
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Top 5 Reasons you cannot join meI have been in marketing for over 5 years. I have used email marketing, phone prospecting (and now I don’t use the phone), auto responder marketing. social media marketing, face to face, mailing cards handing out business cards, working events booths, giving away products (only to my committed team now)Even after 25 years of working as a nurse in mental health I have heard lots of excuses and lots of rejection to live the dream life. However, people still amaze me by the replies they give me.Honestly – you’re not going to hurt my feelings if…
  • Tell me your story

    Angela Brooks
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    It’s snowing in Kentucky and I am bouncing from one task to the other without getting one whole task done at once. I folded clothes and then found myself standing on the back deck taking snow pictures. When I came in I grabbed some of the clothes to put away and then found myself fixing a bowl of soup. Then I remembered I was folding clothes but before I was able to put those away I got a ding on my phone. I stopped to read the message still holding the clothes and noticed my soup was getting cold.Working from home takes focus and on days where things are a little out of character…
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    SCOTT D Miller - For the latest and greatest information on Feedback Informed Treatment

  • Is Time Speeding Up?

    scottdm
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Is it me or is time speeding up?  We’re already 40 days into the New Year. Seems like only yesterday, I was planning for the Holidays: meals, get-togethers and, of course, gifts. Gifts.  Since the turn of the century, researchers tell us our tastes have changed.  Forget toys, aftershave, lingerie, or perfume.  Men and women, young and old, we all want the latest gadget. What might account for this change?  Surveys tell us it’s about “staying in touch.”  We are busier than ever.  The latest technology extends our reach, keeping us connected to opportunities,…
  • What do clinicians want anyway?

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

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

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

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

  • HSPs And Developing Self-Compassion

    Ritu Kaushal
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:54 am
    If you are someone like me, you know that are you are sensitive, and yet, you often struggle to integrate this knowledge in your life. If you are someone like me, you also have an incessant voice in your head that keeps on discounting the little onward steps that you are taking. It feels really hard to extend yourself the same compassion that you can extend to others. It’s very easy to get impatient with yourself as you try to make changes. It’s only lately that I have started developing more compassion for myself in this process. I have started seeing that my hesitant, baby steps are…
  • Kicking Up Your Heels?

    Maria Hill
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:45 am
    I did a survey awhile back and one thing that struck me was how many highly sensitive people would love to enjoy life more. Naturally that is difficult because of the challenges of being highly sensitive. Hearing the desire to enjoy life caused me to create a course on energy mastery based on the survey responses. Before I release it though, I have a quick question to make sure I have not missed anything. What would you most like to know to master your highly sensitive energy? This is the link to the survey: Energy Mastery Survey. Thank you  for taking the time to share your thoughts.  …
  • What Happened To The Sacred?

    Maria Hill
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:13 am
    Source: Morguefiles   The word “sacred” is one that we hardly ever use outside of religious settings or events. For a number of reasons it has become a word that we shun. It is, however, and important idea about an important subject that transcends cultural definitions about it meaning. Because it has been so misused, it deserves a look to see if we can reclaim it in a productive way. What Does Sacred Mean? According to Wikipedia, The word “sacred” descends from the Latin sacrum, which referred to the gods or anything in their power, and…
  • HSPs And Self-Care: Putting Yourself First Is Not Selfish

    denmarkguy
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
    Source: Emergency Brake – Evil Erin – Flickr Highly Sensitive Persons– as a group– tend to be very giving individuals, often putting the needs of others ahead of their own. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having a giving nature, but the issue many HSPs end up facing is that they “give and give and give” and end up burning out, at which point there’s nothing left for them to give to the people who are– perhaps– dependent on them. Is Saying “No” Selfish? Over the years I’ve met a number of HSPs suffering from…
  • Sensitive And Powerful: Can You Be Both?

    Maria Hill
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:26 am
    Source: Andre Taylor – Flickr Powerful? Then you can’t be sensitive. This is the message we receive from the time we are young. Of course it is based on an idea about strength and power. So perhaps we need to reexamine these ideas and see if they make any sense. What Is Power? According to Merriam Webster dictionary, power comes basically in two forms: personal and institutional: power is the ability to get something done or create an effect of some sort. It is a skill. power can also be assigned as in institutional power. This power is the ability to control. It is the province…
 
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    CogniFit's blog

  • The ‪CogniFit Personalized Brain Fitness program is...

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    The ‪CogniFit Personalized Brain Fitness program is now available in ‪Hebrew. Mazel tov!
  • CogniFit partners with Telefónica Educación to provide better education for children in schools

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    The CogniFit for Schools platform is specifically designed for teachers to assess, train and track their students’ cognition. The CogniFit personalized brain fitness program is a scientifically validated tool to train 20+ key cognitive skills such as concentration, memory and attention.Read more
  • 11 Stress Management TipsLet’s be honest here, having a little...

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    11 Stress Management TipsLet’s be honest here, having a little stress in life can be quite beneficial. Do you remember how stress motivated you to perform well during your exams or for a job interview? But often — like when you’re stuck in traffic — stress does not do you any good. Having an excessive amount of stress can lead to many issues both physical and mental. For the record, turning to drugs, unhealthy foods and alcohol are not good ways to cope with stress. There are many more healthy alternatives to reduce the amount of stress.Here are 11 stress management tips on reducing…
  • Fascinating Facts About the Brain – Part 2In part one of...

    13 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    Fascinating Facts About the Brain – Part 2In part one of Fascinating Facts About the Brain, we looked at the complexity and main characteristics of the brain. We looked at the human brain size and established that it is not correlated with intelligence. Let’s discover today more fascinating facts about this incredible organ in the human body.1. The human brain is comprised of 60 percent fat. In fact, the brain is regarded as the fattest organ in our entire bodies. This is the highest concentration of fat that is present in a single organ in a healthy human being.2. 75% of the total brain…
  • CogniFit’s grant program offers new support for brain health in children with Down syndrome

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    200 children will benefit from a personalized brain-training program tailored to their specific cognitive needs thanks to CogniFit’s scientifically validated cognitive assessment and brain fitness program.Read more
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    SocialWork.Career

  • 10 Skills Clinical Social Workers Must Develop

    Dorlee
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    Are you a new social worker or current student of social work, with a focus in clinical practice, looking for some career guidance? As a recent graduate who is interested in continuous learning and growth, this was of interest to me and I thought it would be of great value to you as well. Therefore, I […] The post 10 Skills Clinical Social Workers Must Develop appeared first on SocialWork.Career.
  • Best in Mental Health (2/9/15-2/22/15)

    Dorlee
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I’m watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don’t have to… This post is part of a weekly (or bi-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. Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare: Five Point Plan to Improve the […] The post Best in Mental Health (2/9/15-2/22/15) appeared first on SocialWork.Career.
  • Feeling, Writing, Empowering: Book Review and Author Interview

    Amy Knitzer
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:46 pm
    How Therapeutic Journaling Can Empower You/Your Client Have you wanted to use journaling as a therapeutic method with clients? Or have you wanted to try to engage in writing as a method of self-care or self-expression? If yes, you are likely to find Dima Dupéré’s book: Feeling, Writing, Empowering [Integrating Therapeutic Writing into Practice with Groups and Individuals], most helpful. Amy […] The post Feeling, Writing, Empowering: Book Review and Author Interview appeared first on SocialWork.Career.
  • How Every Social Worker Can Succeed in Private Practice

    Dorlee
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:26 am
     Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC Key Therapy Practice Success Strategies Are you a social worker or other mental health provider thinking about entering private practice? Or are you looking for a way to boost your private practice business? Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC, provided some valuable guidance on how to do so in her talk  “Navigating the New Psychotherapy Marketplace”  at […] The post How Every Social Worker Can Succeed in Private Practice appeared first on SocialWork.Career.
  • Best in Mental Health (1/25/15 – 2/8/15)

    Dorlee
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    I’m watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don’t have to… This post is part of a weekly (or bi-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. Side Note: Social Work.Career [formerly Social Work Career Development […] The post Best in Mental Health (1/25/15 – 2/8/15) appeared first on SocialWork.Career.
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    StayOnTop: Depression

  • Status Update

    Henk van Setten
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    February 8, 2015 – Dear friends, dear StayOnTop followers: First of all, let me thank those of you who contacted me with their best wishes (and questions, and all kinds of advice) about my health situation. As you know, I don’t like writing too much about myself. But after months of silence, I feel you’re […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • I put my daughter in the bin

    nochnoch
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:34 pm
    A few tepid evenings ago, I was working at my desk whilst my 6-month-old baby played nearby by herself – and with a few of the outcast bears in my Bear Room. I scribbled something on draft paper, decided it was crappy, scringed it up, and threw it with a near-miss parabola into the bin next to my desk. My daughter looked up and was still and quiet. She was fascinated by the rustling sound of paper crinkling up and getting thrown into the waste paper basket. She gazed at me with quizzical eyes, asking, “What was that sound?” So, with a swoop, I picked her up from the carpet and dunked…
  • walking down another street

    nochnoch
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:35 pm
    I would like to share this poem by Portia Nelson. No grand explanation from me or 10 lessons to be learnt from it. Simply, it is a reminder to me to take ownership and responsibility for my challenges. Perhaps this could be an inspiration for you in other ways… Autobiography in Five Short Chapters By Portia Nelson I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes me forever to find a way out. II I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I…
  • Wrapping my head around Arabic

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

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

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

  • “Love is the voice…”

    songtothesirens
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Originally posted on the secret keeper:“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…” — e.e. cummings
  • Happy Valentine’s To Everybody

    songtothesirens
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    I just wanted to say Happy Valentine’s to everybody who have been so supportive and kind to me. I appreciate your comments, the conversations I have had with people, and getting to “know” so many wonderful and interesting people! I know Valentine’s day can be rough for a lot of people, and it has been […]
  • Has My Universe Come Crashing Down Or Is This A Life Lesson?

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

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

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

  • Side Effects of Psychotherapy

    Michelle
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    I am a therapist and I believe in the power of therapy to alleviate suffering and contribute to people’s quality of life. I have seen it happen many times. In this post I would like to discuss some of the potential risks of therapy, these potential side effects are not widely discussed. Dependence: Some clients start to depend on their therapist for every decision they need to make. A related issue is when the client effectively channels the therapist in his everyday interactions with friends and family. When the client overly identifies with the therapist it can lead to awkward social…
  • 16 Mental Health Digital Resources that I Found Interesting

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

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

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

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

  • Resources for Coping with Infertility

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Going through infertility can be a devastating, confusing, frustrating and lonely experience. Understanding more about your options can help you feel more in control of a situation out of your control and help prepare you for decisions you may be faced with. You may make choices to build your family in different ways than you ever imagined. ...Read the rest...The post Resources for Coping with Infertility appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating, eating disorders, anxiety…
  • Relationship Drifting Apart? Take These Steps to Reconnect

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    When Sarah and John met, he worked during the day and played in a band at night; she was working towards her masters. Spending time together was easy and fun. They made each other laugh. They couldn’t get enough of each other.   Fast forward ten years. Sarah and John are having a hard time ...Read the rest...The post Relationship Drifting Apart? Take These Steps to Reconnect 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…
  • Conducting a Job Search After Job Loss

    Joan E. Mullinax, M.Ed., LPC
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    As a Career Counselor, I work directly with professionals who are unhappy or dissatisfied with their careers to take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve. Many people begin to panic after a job loss and begin to sell themselves short. While there may be pressure to find something, ...Read the rest...The post Conducting a Job Search After Job Loss 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…
  • Too Much or Too Little: The Many Faces of Eating Disorders

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    Jennifer has long been told by friends, family, magazines, and movies that to be beautiful is to be thin. Jennifer’s sister has never struggled with her weight; growing up, Jennifer listened to countless friends and family members remark how pretty and put-together her sister appeared.   As Jennifer’s sister seemed to float effortlessly over all ...Read the rest...The post Too Much or Too Little: The Many Faces of Eating Disorders appeared fist on Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX - Houston Therapists and Career Counselors. Psychotherapy services include help for binge eating,…
  • 4 Questions to Help Reduce Self Critical Thoughts

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

  • This Pill-Free Therapy May Improve Sleep

    Iulia Filip
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    A bad night of sleep once in a while is no big deal, but it can turn into a serious health issue for some. Many treatments — even some that don't require medication — may help patients with these sleep problems.
  • What Your TV Habits May Say About Your Mental Health

    Nancy Maleki
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Watching TV can be a great way to unwind after a hard day — but only in moderation. Watching too much TV may be a sign of depression.
  • Anticholinergics May Carry Surprising Risk for Older Adults

    Iulia Filip
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Medications for allergies, depression and incontinence can be lifesavers. However, they may have some surprising effects on mental health.
  • Get Help for Depression in Pregnancy

    Beth Greenwood
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    Depression can take all the fun out of being a new mother. Researchers are trying to find better ways to diagnose the problem early.
  • Fighting the Blues Was a Winning Battle

    Sheryl Wood
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When a period of feeling blue gets worse or doesn't go away, you may be depressed. Getting effective treatment can be the key to your recovery.
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    Kmareka.com

  • New Ideas, New Funders: Has the Asset Building Movement Finally Arrived? – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

    Kiersten Marek
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Recently we talked with Bob Friedman about the early days of the asset building movement and how this work drew in funders. Here, in our second article based on that conversation, we hear his thoughts on where the movement is today and where it may be going. via New Ideas, New Funders: Has the Asset Building Movement Finally Arrived? – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.
  • Hope on Mental Health, With an Unusual Funding Model – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

    Kiersten Marek
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Mental health is easily the most frustrating corner of a healthcare sector rife with shortcomings and unmet needs. What’s maddening in this case is that government funding has declined even as the potential for improving mental health has increased. Worse, perhaps, is how a backward mental health system routinely inflicts harm on those people who come in contact with it. via Hope on Mental Health, With an Unusual Funding Model – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.
  • Whitehouse and Cornyn Meet with Obama on Criminal Justice

    Kiersten Marek
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    From the Whitehouse Press office: Washington, DC – Today President Obama and Vice President Biden convened a meeting at the White House to discuss criminal justice reform efforts with key members of Congress, including U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Whitehouse, a lead sponsor of the CORRECTIONS Act along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), released the statement below regarding the meeting: “Both Republican and Democratic leaders agree we can pass meaningful criminal justice reform measures this year, and I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss how to best move forward. Senator…
  • The Funders Who Can Claim Some Credit for the Massive Uptick in ACA Enrollment – Inside Philanthropy

    Kiersten Marek
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Back in the spring of 2013, when plans for the first enrollment period for ACA were underway, funders were skittish about the public knowing of their support for enrollment efforts, fearing negative backlash from conservative critics. Now, with the White House’s recent announcement that 11.4 million Americans have successfully signed up for Obamacare, funders are more openly acknowledging their support for enrollment efforts. via The Funders Who Can Claim Some Credit for the Massive Uptick in ACA Enrollment – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside…
  • Behind a Corporate Funder’s Big Push to Help Kids Learn About Money  – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

    Kiersten Marek
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    Money for financial education is flowing pretty steadily these days from banks and other financial services corporate foundations. Now PwC, one of the Big Four auditors and the world’s second largest professional services network, is coming through with grants big and small to improve financial education and skills development for children. via Behind a Corporate Funder’s Big Push to Help Kids Learn About Money  – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.
 
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    American Association of Christian Counselors

  • Waiting for Spring

    Dina Jones
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
      Emily Boyles   Photo Credit: Emily Boyles     Deuteronomy 31:6 – And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”   When we are in the middle of winter, it can be agonizing to wait for spring. But there is never any doubt that it will eventually come. Sooner or later, the temperature will rise. Flowers will poke their heads out of the earth. The trees will start to turn green again, and then suddenly, the world will erupt in a splash of color. Even when it’s the…
  • Tackling Emotional Overeating: A Comprehensive Treatment Plan

    Dina Jones
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Rhonda Epstein, Psy.D. When a client comes to you asking for help to address weight and eating issues, it’s so tempting to start goal-setting and planning. However, addressing the emotional and spiritual issues first is a stronger approach in the long run. Look first at resistance and an understanding of what’s kept the client stuck. Take a good history of what’s been going on to discover what keeps a client on the merry-go-round with food and dieting. Ask for details: What specifically is the client overeating? Are they bingeing in spurts and cycles, or eating all the time? Are they…
  • Webinar Recap: Total Intimacy

    Dina Jones
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Total Intimacy A User-friendly Model for Restoring and Enriching Marital Lovemaking.   Recap by Emily Boyles, AACC Intern with Dina Jones, M.A. On February 10th, the AACC hosted another dynamic webinar featuring Dr. Doug Rosenau. Dr. Gary Sibcy and Dina Jones co-hosted as listeners from 49 states, 8 countries, and a packed studio audience tuned in to hear Dr. Rosenau’s talk on Total Intimacy: A User-friendly Model for Restoring and Enriching Marital Lovemaking. Dr. Rosenau began by talking about his goal of “Mobilizing missionaries for sexual wholeness,” before introducing the…
  • We Need Each Other: Counselors, Pastors, and Compassion Fatigue

    Dina Jones
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Paul Van Valin, Ph.D. with Rev. Ron Jones (Originally posted 3/27/14) Compassion fatigue is common among professional counselors and pastors and may precipitate significant depression and anxiety. For a quick self-test and some useful information, click here. Both pastors and counselors are at risk for vicarious pain and trauma, but pastors are more likely to get the midnight text when a child is gravely ill or the “emergency” call when a marriage is blowing up. Pastors are the first to know about hidden addiction and carry the secret pain of many people. While most professional…
  • The Lord KNOWS us and will never leave us

    Dina Jones
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Lord KNOWS us and will never leave us! (Image taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Daimonji_mountain_path_-_panoramio.jpg) Katie Jeffries, AACC Intern O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain…
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    Where I Stand

  • NEDAW 2015: Hollyn’s Story

    Hollyn Donovan
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:32 pm
    My story began back my junior year of high school in 2011. I began restricting by what I believed was “simply” not eating 1 meal or another. Things quickly progressed though and soon I was restricting more than could keep up with. I was in outpatient therapy at the time but it wasn’t doing me a ton of good. My disorder progressed as I continued throughout high school and into college, seeing therapist after therapist all over the city up until I left for college in the fall of 2013. College was supposed to go well. I had a team set up on campus that consisted of a therapist…
  • My heart is purple.

    Erin
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    I get really bogged down sometimes in all the crap that people say and do and the darkness that they seem to so eagerly and happily spread. I’m not going to even pretend that the past few weeks have not been really difficult, because well, they have. I find myself asking: Why do I stay here? What am I even doing? What is the point? If this isn’t working… Why are you not doing something else? A few days ago Where I Stand​ launched the annual Purple Love campaign for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. I’d be lying to you if I told you I was not completely overwhelmed at…
  • Defining Strength

    Erin
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Defining Strength By: Erin Elizabeth Casey   I used to believe The strong were the ones who jumped the highest Lost the most weight Gained the most approval Got the highest grades And still held that perfect smile on their face   I was wrong So incredibly wrong   I saw true strength the day my best friend told her mom on me I see true strength each time I witness an honest and true apology I saw true strength just the other day as my friend cried and said “I am not okay” It takes true strength to be real, not just know the ‘right’ thing to say   I see true strength…
  • On Making It

    Lizzie
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Written by Lizzie E. There are so many days when I find myself asking myself if I can really do this; is the fight really worth it? Recovering from a mental illness of any kind is a struggle. It is, undoubtedly, the most difficult thing I have ever done (and continue to do). I think it is natural to have those moments when you want to give up. It’s like anything; when things get unbearably tough we want to throw in the towel. Think about running a marathon. I’m not a distance runner myself, but I can only imagine that there are numerous moments throughout that race that quitting seems…
  • You never know whom you’re helping.

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

  • Expert Answers – How To Help a Friend or a Relative During a Panic Attack

    Experts RoundUps
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” - Dalai Lama – Source: BrainQuotes Jeffrey Sumber Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy      Anxiety is the perception that my past is out of control or my future will potentially be out of my control […] The post Expert Answers – How To Help a Friend or a Relative During a Panic Attack appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answers “How you can Reduce Stress At Work?”

    Experts RoundUps
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” - William James Christine Kukui Sutcliffe, M.A Marriage & Family Therapy   Stress management is about finding balance. When you are already stressed, your body is in overdrive and you may notice that it is hard to sit still, your thoughts […] The post Experts Answers “How you can Reduce Stress At Work?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answer “What Causes Anxiety Disorder ?”

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

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

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

  • Live! How to Fix Our Mental Health Care System

    Care for Your Mind
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Allen Doederlein President, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) On this Thursday, February 26, I’m excited to participate as a panel member in a mental health policy briefing, Fixing America’s Mental Healthcare System, in Washington, DC, hosted by The Hill. … Continue reading →
  • Now That You Understand Mental Health Parity Issues, How Will You Respond?

    Care for Your Mind
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    Since the first of the year, CFYM has informed and educated our readers  about the issues of mental health parity. Our guest bloggers have asked, “If we don’t have access, do we really have parity?” Others have revealed the tragic … Continue reading →
  • Tragic California Case Exposes Failings in Our Mental Health Care System

    Care for Your Mind
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Rusty Selix Executive Director, Legislative Advocate California Council of Community Mental Health In April 2012, Fred Paroutaud, a California man with no history of mental illness, experienced a psychotic episode. Mr. Paroutaud was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Just … Continue reading →
  • Disparity, Not Parity, Describes Mental Health Status and Access in America Today

    Care for Your Mind
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    Paul Gionfriddo President Mental Health America That’s the bottom line message in a recent report, entitled Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, released by Mental Health America (MHA). But the good news is that there are … Continue reading →
  • What Should Employers Do to Increase Access to Mental Health Care?

    Care for Your Mind
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Ken Dolan-DelVecchio, LMFT, LCSW, DVS, CEAP, SPHR Vice President, Health and Wellness, Prudential Financial, Inc. I read Carolyn Beauchamp’s recent post CFYM with interest, but not surprise. Ms. Beacuchamp discusses the inadequacies of insurers’ behavioral health networks and highlights the challenges … Continue reading →
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    The Fusion Model

  • Vetiver Essential Oil Benefits, Uses and Side Effects

    Guest Writer
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    Vetiver essential oil is produced using the roots of a grass known as Vetiveria zizanoides, a thick clumping perennial grass indigenous to tropical regions. Originally from India, Vetiver is now being grown in other parts of the world such as Angola, Argentina, Brazil, China, and Japan for the purpose of extracting its oil. Vetiver offers the mind and body a variety of health benefits, due to its calming and nurturing properties. No wonder its called the Oil of Tranquility! This essential oil can also help strengthen connective tissueswhile restoring hormonal and emotional balance. Vetiver…
  • What are the Best Essential Oils for Migraines?

    Guest Writer
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:32 pm
    The hustle and bustle of everyday life can take its toll on us ordinary folks! When the going gets really tough, our body lets us know just how overworked it is in a number of ways – one of which can an inconveniently-timed migraine. While doctors are still uncertain about the specific causes of migraines, recent studies have shown that stress can be one of the fundamental triggers. Luckily for you, there are essential oils for migraines readily available to alleviate your discomfort and combat stress at the same time. It’s important that we clear up a bit of terminology first.  While…
  • What are the Best Essential Oils for Hair?

    Guest Writer
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Your hair can be your shining glory or source of your distress, which is why knowing how to nourish it properly is so important. There are countless celebrity-endorsed hair products on the market, and while these can give you great results, you need to tread carefully, especially if your hair is sensitive. Some commercially made shampoos and conditioners can cause damage due to their strong chemitcal content, which can include diethanolamine (DEA), momoethanolamine (MEA) triethanolamine, and sulfates. Scary stuff! So to provide safe (and cost effective) nourishment for your hair, why not…
  • What Are the Best Essential Oils For Arthritis?

    Guest Writer
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Arthritis refers to swelling or inflammation that affects the body’s musculoskeletal system, particularly the joints, with osteoarthritis (the degradation of joins, cartilage and bone ) and rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease causing the inflammation of flexible  joints) being the two most common forms. Common symptoms of arthritis include swelling, redness, and restriction to your range of movement. The most noticeable symptoms, however, is moderate to severe joint pain and stiffness. These symptoms usually worsen as time goes on. Certain medications and even surgery can…
  • Ten Top Tips to Rewire your Brain for Optimum Happiness

    Frances Masters
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    There’s a lot of research into happiness right now. You know it’s serious when even the government wants to know how happy we are! The success of any nation can no longer be judged just on Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A lot of time, money and resources are now being focused on measuring our Gross Domestic Happiness too. There are various ways of measuring well-being. The current one favoured in the UK  asks people their: Rating of life satisfaction Rating of how worthwhile the things they do are Rating of happiness yesterday Rating of anxious yesterday Last year, an…
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    Teen Addiction Treatment Blog Feed

  • Alcohol’s Effect on Adolescent Brain: An Outlook

    Brian Burgess
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Alcohol abuse is a serious problem for both teens and adults in the United States. However, when adolescents drink too much, there are a particular set of problems that can affect their brains. That’s because unlike the adult brain, the adolescent brain is still developing, and younger individuals will be affected by the problems alcohol abuse can bring on more. While you might not think alcohol abuse is a major problem for teens, it should be taken seriously. Use this guide to learn more about the effects of abusing alcohol for adolescents. Higher Risk of Addiction One of the main... Read…
  • 5 Must Watch Films on Addiction and Recovery

    Brian Burgess
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes the best way for people addicted to alcohol or drugs to develop a forward thinking perspective is to watch movies that deal with addiction and recovery. The following films are appropriate for both patients and loved ones to understand solutions to addiction, especially when it comes to rehabilitation for teens. Clean & Sober This film deals with the resistance to recovery. It stars Michael Keaton, who plays an ambitious real estate agent who falls into cocaine addiction, which causes him to be reckless and unlucky with money. He inevitably winds up in rehab, which puts him on…
  • 8 Telling Signs That Your Teen Is a Drug Addict

    Brian Burgess
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Recognizing that your teen may have drug problem can be difficult, but it is best to acknowledge it and seek help for your teen. As more teens become addicted to a variety of different drugs, you should know the warning signs. Many drugs have a very distinct odor, so pay attention to how your teenager smells when they come home after being out with friends. Significant drop in grades is a very strong indicator that something is wrong. This does not mean one or two tests, but noticeably lower overall grades. Pay attention to how much your teen is eating... Read More→ The post 8 Telling…
  • 5 Tips to Date Smart and Safe While in Recovery

    Brian Burgess
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Recovery is a time to make yourself a priority. Above all else, you should focus on setting up regular routines and keeping your urges in control. Professionals do not recommend dating early into the recovery process. Whether you’ve just started recovery or you’re nearing the end of your first year and are ready to start dating more seriously, the following tips will help you date smarter and more safely. Stick with the recovery program. Recovery is one full year followed by regular meetings and support groups during the second year. You should never put dating above any of your…
  • The Grave Consequences of Using Methamphetamine

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

  • Pleiadian Prophecy 2015-2017: World Revolution

    Justin Mazza
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    I found this video on You Tube the other day and wanted to share it with you. I know many of you enjoy predictions but as always, remember to use your discernment with any information you read or hear. The Pleiadians are a collective of multidimensional spirit beings from the Pleiades star system, and have been speaking through Barbara Marciniak since May of 1988. The Pleiadians are here to assist humanity with the process of spiritual transformation.  Pleiadians: As we were discussing earlier the hidden design or designs of reality are revealing themselves. And more people are discovering…
  • A Simple Way to Live a More Positive Life

    Justin Mazza
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard Positive is the happening of events that are perfect reflections of your preferences and desires. Negative is the happening of events that are perfect reflections of your fears and doubts. While researching online, I have stumbled upon some articles that give specific advice for being more positive. While reading thoughts like, stop comparing yourself to others or act as if, or live in the now, I realized they were leaving out some key components. While these ideas are practical and useful, they won’t keep you…
  • 30×30 Total Transformation

    Justin Mazza
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    “Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.” – Hugh Jackman 30×30 Total Transformation 30 × 30 Total Transformation is a daily workout program that puts you in optimal states of body and mind, in only 30 days. Every day you’ll take part in a short meditation and exercise routine, designed to create transformative results. It is the only workout on the planet…
  • Debt Into Wealth Mindfest

    Justin Mazza
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    “If no changes were necessary for you to achieve financial independence, you’d already be there.”― John Cummuta Just a heads up that my affiliate partners Learning Strategies is hosting another free online event called: Debt Into Wealth Mindfest. It starts this Monday February the 9th and it’s hosted by Learning Strategies and features John Cummuta. As with all Learning Strategies programs you have the option to buy the entire program once the free Mindfest is over. John Cummuta created the popular product Transforming Debt Into Wealth which I bought back in the mid…
  • Philosophers Notes Academy – Read a Book in 20 Minutes

    Justin Mazza
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey Experience a NEW way to Upgrade Your Reading Habit And Soak Up the Wisdom of a Transformational Book a Day, in 20 Minutes. Introducing Philosophers Notes, the hit new product that summarizes the world’s best transformational wisdom so you can experience profound change in 20 minutes a day. Are you ever ashamed you’re not reading and growing as much as your overachieving co-worker, or your know-it-all best friend? later that you’re still slacking?   Do you ever wonder how much…
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    Significant Sentience

  • How to cope with being on psychiatric medication and get your life together

    Jeremy Markman
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    Most psychiatric medication is designed to keep you on a even keel. Usually your mood is like a wave, it fluctuates between high. low and every place in-between. Most psychiatric medication is designed to remove the extreme highs and lows and keep you stable. This means that probably won't feel as down or as good as you used too. You mood will be stuck in a bizarre middle zone where you won't be as excited or upset about things and you might feel a little bit "off". Usually psychiatric medication is the lesser of two evils.Having a something to help provide a stable mood…
  • Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

    Jeremy Markman
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.
  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

    Jeremy Markman
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
  • Mindfulness 102 - How to be mindful throughout the day

    Jeremy Markman
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Why be mindful?There are a whole host of positive benefits of practicing mindful meditation.  Below is a list of some of the benefits of mindfulness meditationBeing more effectiveExperience less sufferingGet more out of each momentBeing more in touch with oneselfBetter emotional regulationReliving stressImproving sleepLower blood pressureImproving mental healthFacilitates meta cognitionWhen people think of mindfulness they usually think of people meditating cross legged and focusing on their. However mindfulness can be used in a far more active capacity throughout the day. Someone can be…
  • Mindfulness 101

    Jeremy Markman
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Mindfulness is the ability tobe aware moment by moment of thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the surrounding environment. Mindfulness is important to fully live in the present moment and experience life. The practice of mindfulness improves intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness through being more connected to the present moment.Mindfulness becomes easier with practice, the more mindfulness is practiced the more automatic mindfulness becomes.The following are two basic exercises, focusing on breathing, to help incorporate mindfulness into daily lifeMeditationMeditation…
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Expert Answers – How To Help a Friend or a Relative During a Panic Attack

    Experts RoundUps
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” - Dalai Lama – Source: BrainQuotes Jeffrey Sumber Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy      Anxiety is the perception that my past is out of control or my future will potentially be out of my control […] The post Expert Answers – How To Help a Friend or a Relative During a Panic Attack appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answers “How you can Reduce Stress At Work?”

    Experts RoundUps
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” - William James Christine Kukui Sutcliffe, M.A Marriage & Family Therapy   Stress management is about finding balance. When you are already stressed, your body is in overdrive and you may notice that it is hard to sit still, your thoughts […] The post Experts Answers “How you can Reduce Stress At Work?” appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Experts Answer “What Causes Anxiety Disorder ?”

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

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

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

  • “Love is the voice…”

    songtothesirens
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Originally posted on the secret keeper:“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…” — e.e. cummings
  • Happy Valentine’s To Everybody

    songtothesirens
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    I just wanted to say Happy Valentine’s to everybody who have been so supportive and kind to me. I appreciate your comments, the conversations I have had with people, and getting to “know” so many wonderful and interesting people! I know Valentine’s day can be rough for a lot of people, and it has been […]
  • Has My Universe Come Crashing Down Or Is This A Life Lesson?

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

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

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

  • Give Me Back My Ball!

    Kate Parrish
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:20 pm
    I go to an exercise class most days of the week. It’s part of my routine, and it makes me feel good. It’s a little island of quiet in my day where I respectfully tell my mind to take a hike so my body can get to work. Recently, I walked into class right before it started and was stuck in the last space available. This spot happened to be next to a person who irritates me. I don’t know this person, have never even spoken to her, but she irritates me. It’s petty and immature. I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth. She’s been coming to class for at least a year and she still…
  • Why Shame Doesn't Work

    Kate Parrish
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    I read an article last week about people whose lives have been severely damaged--jobs lost, lives threatened, PTSD--as a result of something they posted on social media. These people, right or wrong, made a statement on social media which then got picked up by the general public or the media, and before they knew it, they were in the middle of something much bigger than anything a delete button could fix. (You can read the full article here.) As I read the article, I found myself getting upset, not angry, but sad. In each example cited, it's clear how things do not look good for the…
  • The Story of EDD

    Kate Parrish
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    I spent this past weekend in Winthrop, WA attending a conference for work. The intimate gathering, now in its eleventh year and my second, brings together some of the world's most accomplished neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons to discuss the latest spine surgery techniques. It's safe to say that I brought down the average IQ significantly in any circle of conversation I joined this weekend. Over breakfast, surgeons furiously took notes on lecture topics like Osteobiologics: Osteoconduction, Osteogenesis, Osteoinduction; Bone Morphogenic Protein; or Use of Teriperatide to…
  • Check Your Expiration Dates

    Kate Parrish
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:13 pm
    My grandmother, God love her, does not throw away food. She was a child during the Depression, survived two World Wars, and raised twelve children on my grandfather's salary (which probably would have been plenty if not for the twelve kids). To her, rationing is an art, stockpiling an exercise in devotion. Expiration dates are just a suggestion. She's not a hoarder or anything like that (don't want you getting the wrong impression of sweet G'ma Bea!), it's just that she'll freeze something that should be thrown away, hang onto a condiment that is past its prime, or keep drinking the milk…
  • Make a New Friend

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

  • Key Techniques To Help You Relax

    latr
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Key Techniques To Help You Relax: R-E-L-A-X, Relax When looking for relaxation techniques you will find there are many forms. Here are a selection of four techniques you can choose from and use when practicing relaxation. Key Techniques To Help You Relax: Relaxation Techniques And Methods For a deeper state of relaxation you might want to use a combination of these relaxation techniques. Key Techniques To Help You Relax: Meditation Meditation is a mental exercise. You choose an object or a visual image and focus on it. A popular method is focusing on the breathing. A lot of people prefer the…
  • Simple Steps To Clear Thinking

    latr
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Simple Steps To Clear Thinking – Clear Your Mind Does your mind sometimes feel like a television station you can’t quite tune in? You know there’s an interesting program on – or several, but everything is mixed with static. What if you could “tune in” at will, have clear thinking whenever you want it? Try some of the following. Simple Steps To Clear Thinking – Ten Clear Thinking Techniques And Tips 1. Take a walk Science will eventually prove this to be a great way to improve the quality of your thinking, but don’t wait for the proof.
  • Meditate to Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness Part 2

    latr
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you have not checked out Part 1 of the series, Meditate to Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness, be sure to click here to go to the article. Don’t worry, the article would bring you back here after you are finished.   Meditate to Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness – You Can Be The Creator Of Your Destiny   You can be the creator of your own manifest destiny. Through daily meditation practice and focus on changing your life for the better. In fact, you have the ability to redefine yourself in any direction you desire. The power that you can cultivate is limited only by your own…
  • Meditate to Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness Part 1

    latr
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Meditate to Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness – The Misunderstood Art Meditation is often misunderstood by those who do not practice it. Very often, I hear meditation referred to as, “altered states of consciousness.” That sounds more like intoxicants, rather than bringing clarity to a cluttered mind. Without going too deep into what meditation is, or is not, let’s focus on one of the many things a daily meditation practice can do for you.   Meditate to Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness – Not Only For Yoga Meditation is commonly seen in many Yoga classes, but it has been…
  • The 5000 Year-Old Medical Secret Exposed Part 2

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

  • Are Extroverts Happier Than Introverts?

    Sandip Roy
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! “Welcome to the party! Come right in – join in the fun! Let me take you around to meet some great guys!” If that’s the kind of welcome you receive at the door of a common friend’s party, the first thought that flashes through your mind is, ‘I like this person! She’s cool.’ Are Extroverts Happier Than Us? So, you like her ‘cool quotient’. Now, if anyone is to ask what you mean by ‘cool’, you probably would offer these explanations: She loves people. She is socially intelligent.
  • Profits And Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Profits And Happiness There isn’t much time for self-reflection when you are advising on company takeovers but at Irish corporate law firm William Fry they are giving themselves some serious thought. In between drafting contracts and negotiating deals, over 70 of the firm’s partners are mapping out how they spend their time, from meetings with clients to games of tennis with friends, and then considering how engaged they were at each activity. The analysis, charted using an online app, is part of a…
  • Measure Your Happiness

    Sandip Roy
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Happiness India Project Happiness India Project - Happiness is more than a smile! Do you want to find out how happy you are? ‘Your Happiness Assessment’ is a personality test that assesses 14 different factors that influence your happiness. By evaluating yourself, you can find out improving which specific areas can help you create more happiness in your life. This test was developed from the International Personality Item Pool – a collaborative effort by personality researchers to develop advanced measures of individual differences. The results descriptions are written by…
  • The Pains of Happiness

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

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

  • Anxiety and the News – Help for Anxiety Video

    Chloe B
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:46 am
    See if this tip will help you to feel calmer – I know it helped me loads! Please let me know in the comments below what you think of this, are you going to take on the challenge? Do you think I’m wrong about this? Please like and share this if you found it helpful. Wishing you a peaceful week! The post Anxiety and the News – Help for Anxiety Video appeared first on Calmer You.
  • Raw Chocolate Recipe

    Chloe B
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    Raw Chocolate Recipe A few people have been asking what recipe I used to make raw, vegan and refined sugar free chocolate. A low sugar diet is often a good idea if you have anxiety since sugar highs and lows can make symptoms worse. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, it might be wise to steer clear of cocoa and chocolate all together since it does contain some caffeine, or just have a small amount. However, otherwise these chocolates can make a great, healthier treat. There’s a theory that the reason we women get a chocolate craving at that time of the month is because of the…
  • Exercise for Anxiety – Spinning

    Chloe B
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Exercise for Anxiety – Spinning I’ll be writing a series of posts on the best forms of exercise for anxiety. Today I tried spinning for the first time. I have to admit that for a long time I’d avoided it, despite the somewhat evangelistic praise it seemed to get from a few friends and numerous celebrities. Maybe it was something about the intensity of it, the loud music and the shouting or the disco lighting that seems to emanate from every spin class I happened to pass by. Either way, there was something vaguely intimidating about it all that meant I avoided trying it for…
  • There is only ever one thing to do – Help for Worry

    Chloe B
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
        There is only ever one thing to do Life can get pretty overwhelming. I was reminded of this last week, as I stared at my ever expanding to do list, wondering how it was all getting done. As I took a shower, I pondered all the things I had to do that week, as I ate my breakfast, my mind trawled over the workshop I’d be presenting soon, as I walked to work, mental cogs whirred over the clients I was about to see. Our minds can have this tenancy to want to keep everything there all at once. Perhaps this was useful for our survival at some point, before pen and paper were…
  • Self Care and Anxiety

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

  • Depression Is Forever

    Rain Gill
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sometimes I forget just how bad it can be. How completely and utterly full of despair I can become. How out of control I can feel.Image via Flickr by Murat HarmanlikliIt had been so long. Of course, I have never been in full remission with my Depression, but for a long while now, I had been very stable. Until recently. Until I felt that all too familiar rush of anxiety, hopelessness, and unstoppable tears.Having just started a new job in December, I was running into some problems at work. I was stressed and worried about my future in this new role. I’m not sure if it was due to the time of…
  • Expressive Therapeutic Writing: 16 Tips For Beginners (Free Download)

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

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

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

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

  • How to Deal with Bullying on Forums

    Nathan
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    Some time ago, I was asked to join Quora and answer questions posed by different users. Of the many answers I posted, a user took exception and within days of joining, I was subjected to bullying on forums. A few days ago, someone posted the question: “Is depression self-inflicted?” I wrote: “Yes. It is the result of thinking in a way that creates suffering. There is something in your life which don’t like and instead of accepting it for what it is, you create a mental argument about it. It is this argument which creates your depression. If you were to accept what is,…
  • Meet the One Life Within You

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

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

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

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

  • Simple, Good Food: Japanese Meatballs And Korean Slaw

    Dianna Bonny
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    I have been cooking simple, good food for a friend who is facing a health challenge. She hasn’t yet connected the dots between eating well and health, something I see as essential. Since I love cooking it seemed natural to try and entice her to see the importance with nutrient dense, clean food. While her inability to connect the food intake to well being confuses me, I suppose it isn’t all that surprising given what doctors are telling their patients. When my mother was going through chemotherapy, her Oncologist told her she need to fatten up. “Go home and eat your Sees candy and drink…
  • Fear: What’s Holding You Back

    Dianna Bonny
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    When I was a little girl, around the age of six or seven, I was terrified of the dark. I remember the swell of anxiety in my belly after bath time when I knew “lights off” was imminent. Climbing into bed, I would lay back and watch as one of my parents reached for the light switch while simultaneously closing the door, and left me alone with the wilds of my imagination. I was convinced that as soon as the lights were out, my floor became a mass of writing black snakes and I developed a complicated routine to manage my fear of the slimy creatures beneath me and survive the night. I pulled…
  • On Getting Out Of Your Own Way And Succeeding

    Dianna Bonny
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    I went to Santa Cruz for a visit with my Sophomore son last weekend. College doesn’t seem to have changed much since I was there a few many years ago, except everyone now has their nose in a Smartphone. The food in the pantry is a bit different and I don’t remember my house full of girls being quite as dirty as this house full of boys. It seems like a living science experiment – I’m fairly certain that nothing has been cleaned since last Summer when I moved him in. Nevertheless, the student vibe feels much the same, with everyone riding bikes and hauling book bags. My son is an…
  • Healing Trauma: First Aid for the Soul

    Dianna Bonny
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    I am traveling this week and thought this post was a good reminder to take care of ourselves, especially when traversing the aftermath of loss. I have a first aid kit tucked away in the bathroom cabinet for those minor emergencies, a preventative toolbox to ward off infections and avoid a costly visit to the doctor or ER. When my kids were little, the first aid box was filled mostly with Neosporin and Band-Aids for all the hazards of childhood. Nowadays, it is more geared towards an overzealous attack of an acne breakout or the odd run-in with a kitchen knife. While I was cleaning it out…
  • Dear Life-Changing Events of 2010:

    Dianna Bonny
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Dear Live Changing Events of 2010: I wasn’t terribly fond of the way you entered my life a few years ago and unapologetically devastated everything without warning. Who gave you permission to do that, Life Changing Events of 2010? While my life wasn’t what I’d call perfect, I was fumbling my way through. I’ll admit I was too scared to change anything and that the fear was big enough to keep me in place. In my darkest moments of unhappiness, I told myself lies about who I was and what was possible, and I mostly believed them. The uncertainty that arose from questioning them was too…
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    highermood.com - mood improvement

  • Boost Your Mood With These Nutrients

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    02-25-2015 Boost Your Mood With These Nutrients - The old saying is often true: 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' - but why is that the...
  • Why Gardening is Good for the Brain

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    02-07-2015 Why Gardening is Good for the Brain - What is it about gardening? Plant, prune, hoe, dig and prune. Take a break when cold weather...
  • The Power of Helping Others

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    02-02-2015 The Power of Helping Others - What do we do when we are feeling low? Normally, we tend to think of activities which make us happy....
  • Jobless? How to Stay Positive

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    01-26-2015 Jobless? How to Stay Positive - If you are one of the millions of Americans and Canadians who have been laid off in recent...
  • Boost Yourself With This Scrumptious 1-Day Diet

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    01-21-2015 Boost Yourself With This Scrumptious 1-Day Diet - When you’re feeling “under the weather and cranky,” take off your social...
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    Spun In

  • Distraction Techniques Help Ease Anxiety During Surgery

    JJ
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Have you had conscious surgery? It’s commonly called twilight anesthesia and it’s used for certain minimally invasive surgical procedures. It’s a lower dose of general anesthesia that’s designed to relax the patient and make post surgery recovery quicker. During these procedures you are conscious enough to interact with doctors and nurses. Some people don’t recall […] The post Distraction Techniques Help Ease Anxiety During Surgery appeared first on Spun In.
  • 33 Amazing Anxiety Quotes

    JJ
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    When I’m feeling a bit ‘blah’ when I wake up one of the easiest ways to get a little jolt of inspiration is through words. I can’t always find time to sit down and relax with a good novel, so I turn to quotes. I believe anyone whose suffered from anxiety will enjoy these wise […] The post 33 Amazing Anxiety Quotes appeared first on Spun In.
  • Dealing With Dental Phobia and Anxiety

    JJ
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do – Henry Ford Dental fear, also known as odontophobia, is a fear of going to the dentist and receiving dental care. While most ( approximately 75% ) of us […] The post Dealing With Dental Phobia and Anxiety appeared first on Spun In.
  • The Link Between Gut Bacteria and Anxiety in Humans

    JJ
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Over the past few years neuroscientists have been researching the correlation between our gut bacteria and anxiety. A recent study performed at Oxford University has found evidence of a direct link between gut bacteria and our own mental health. Evidence of Gut Bacteria’s Effect On Our Mental Health Neuroresearchers have found promising new evidence that […] The post The Link Between Gut Bacteria and Anxiety in Humans appeared first on Spun In.
  • Poor Sleep Lowers Activity In Those With PTSD

    JJ
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Poor Sleep Lowers Activity In Those With PTSD A new study is suggesting that poor sleep quality due to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) leads to a reduction in physical activity. The study was done by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the results are in the latest edition of the Journal of Clinical […] The post Poor Sleep Lowers Activity In Those With PTSD appeared first on Spun In.
 
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    Social Phobic

  • Jumping To Conclusions

    Brian Douglas
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    When You Always ASSUME The WorstThere are 10 cognitive distortions that we can easily fall into, and when you have low self esteem, suffer with anxiety or have depression can easily shape how we view things, especially people. Today I want to talk about Jumping To ConclusionsJumping To ConclusionsWhen you  make a negative interpretation even though there are no definite facts that convincingly support your conclusions....For example, Jamie has a very low opinion of himself, in fact, at times he hates himself, and because he sees himself as ugly he 'assumes' that everyone else thinks the…
  • Are You Worth It?

    Brian Douglas
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    Feelings of 'unworthiness' 'self loathing' and 'self hatred' feed our low perception of ourselves.... But where did these feelings come from? They didn't just didn't appear as if by magic, someone put them there, and like a small seed they have grown and escalated beyond control, so much so that these feelings now govern and rule our lives intensely.Remember The Broken Gramophone Record!!!! Just like the proverbial gramophone record where the needle gets stuck, so do our negative feelings that we have in our head, that play over and over and over again. Trying to find the mute button is near…
  • Hair On Hair Off

    Brian Douglas
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    It's Amazing What A Haircut Can Do!One of the things many people enjoy doing is having their hair cut, for them it's a treat, an opportunity to be pampered, but those with social phobia, going to the hairdressers is one big ordeal!Finally today after putting up with long hair, getting unruly, and unmanageable, I look like I have been pulled through a hedge backwards. I have been putting it off and putting it off. Just the thought of sitting in front of a mirror feels me with dread!Checking my diary I was shocked to see that the last time I had my hair cut was August 2014! My hair grows…
  • Why Do We Judge?

    Brian Douglas
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:13 am
    So Why Do We Judge?Who gave us the ability to judge? and more importantly who taught us to judge and why do we feel the need to judge?Is it because we, ourselves were judged, either negatively or positively it can have a very deep impact on our lives, especially when it happens at a young age, we pick things up from our siblings, our peer group and our parents, we see judging every day and we can quickly pick up on it and use it against others.In a flicker of a second we can judge someone as being 'different' whether they have different skin, whether they have a mental or physical…
  • Has Society Become Superficial?

    Brian Douglas
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    When you are ugly, society kicks you in the teeth and it doesn't relent when you are down and cannot take any more. It continues to deal blow after blow. It's like a personal vendetta that society wages upon you.Sadly the old idioms of 'never judge a book by its cover', 'beauty is only skin deep' and 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' have become lost and meaningless platitudes that serve no purpose but to fail dismally to boost up the self esteem of the ugly person!So why has society become so superficial and when? was it always superficial, or did that happen in the last decade to…
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    Mensbe

  • Is the Squat Exercise Safe for Me?

    Rick
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    Squats are a very misunderstood exercise. The thought that they cause injury has been tossed around since the 1950’s. It is rumored that the squats' reputation went south after the US Army banned them in the 1960’s.
  • Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

    Rick
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    The saying of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is actually a paraphrase of the Welsh saying from 1866 “‘eat an apple going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread'.
  • Wladimir Klitschko to Fight Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden

    Shane
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    Unified heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko will return to Madison Square Garden to face undefeated contender Bryant Jennings on April 25. The fight marks Klitschko’s first on U.S soil (and at MSG) since February 2008
  • The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

    Rick
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    There is something about the smell of cinnamon that is warm and inviting. The taste or smell of cinnamon may boost your memory, health and your brainpower, say two studies at Wheeling Jesuit University.
  • FCC’s Tom Wheeler Announces Major Proposal For Net Neutrality

    Oli Anderson
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    After more than a decade of squabbling, shady loopholes and uncertain policies, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has released his new proposal strongly supporting Net Neutrality. The move was expected, but still a relief to consumers who have been eagerly awaiting news on the coming regulations. It is also a major blow against mobile providers and […]
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    The Anti-Depression Diet

  • Depression Recovery Plan: The Anti-depression Diet

    Louise Victoria
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    Hi everyone!I have some exciting news! Next week I will be launching my first e-Book, which will be available to download for free. The e-Book, also titled The Anti-depression Diet, is actually a diet plan - but with a difference! I have put together a 'diet' plan to aid in recovery from depression and to help alleviate the symptoms that go along with it, like anxiety. I truly think it help anyone who is suffering, no matter your age or situation... providing you are willing to work with me and make some small changes! However, before I go into it, I want you to think about…
  • How to: Beat the binge

    Louise Victoria
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    This post is aimed at people suffering from binge-eating disorder as a result of depression - however these tips can apply to anyone! If you think you have a severe binge-eating disorder, please see you Doctor asap.Most mild depressions and many severe cases are not helped at all by inadequate nutrition. Of course, regardless of what the depression is caused by, you may not feel like eating at all, but if I told you that improving your nutrition will help alleviate some of your symptoms of anxiety and depression... would you try it?It is difficult to get started, especially in a depressive…
  • Healthy Oat Pancakes

    Louise Victoria
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    Since it's pancake day I feel like I should share my recipe with you all! Pancakes are reasonably healthy anyway, but to make them even better I replace the flour with oats for longer lasting energy. Here's my recipe:(Makes 3 large pancakes for one person!)2 eggs30g oats (or millet flakes for gluten free)Splash of almond milkPinch of sea salttsp ground flax seedsA few pulses in the food processor (makes it all light and fluffy!) or whisk by hand, then heat a pan with coconut oil for a minute or two, then add a large tbsp of mixture to the pan, then flip if you're feeling brave! Serve…
  • Healthy, Clean After Dinner Mints.. with hidden benefits!

    Louise Victoria
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    These delicious slices of heaven taste just like after eights.. but the catch is - they're healthy!I asked my family to try them, and then guess what the secret ingredient was.They couldn't! But I am going to tell you: it is (drumrolllll).. Avocado!Even my avocado-hating brother loved these.The recipe I used can be found here, from a lovely blog called Raia's Recipes.Raia's recipe uses a food processor, but I didn't have one at the time so it's not essential! Also, as you can see mine are a lot thinner than raia's but this is because I wanted to make them mints/chocolates rather than bars. So…
  • Does fat make you fat?

    Louise Victoria
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    I am dedicating this post to FAT. It such such a taboo, and it's because we just don't know the facts on it."Oooh, you don't want to eat too many nuts... they're high in fat!"Before I explain more, I will show you some studies on fat based on popular myths so you can decide for yourself: Myth 1: "Eggs are unhealthy/yolks contain too much fat."Myth 2: "Don't use too much coconut oil.. it's high in fat!"Myth 3: "I couldn't survive on a high protein, fat & veg diet, I'd crave sugar!"Myth 4: "I need to buy 'low-fat' foods to lose weight"No, No, No! Low fat = just noooo! If you're…
 
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