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  • Risk of adolescent mental health disorders affected by size at birth

    Schizophrenia News From Medical News Today
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    New research from the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution and Yale University offers compelling support for the general evolutionary theory that birth-weight and birth-length can partially predict...
  • Anxiety Counseling to Overcome Anxiety

    Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX
    Becky Reiter, M.Ed., LPC
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    Everyone feels anxious and under stress from time to time. Situations such as meeting tight deadlines, important social obligations or driving in heavy traffic, often bring about anxious feelings. Such mild anxiety may help make you alert and focused on facing threatening or challenging circumstances. On the other hand, anxiety disorders cause severe distress over ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: What is an Anxiety Disorder? Nutritional Supplements for Natural Anxiety Relief How to Prevent Back to School Anxiety
  • Blog Post » Childhood and Beyond - Services Research for ASD

    NIMH | Recent Updates
    Thomas Insel
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
  • Domestic violence likely more frequent for same-sex couples

    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a new review of research. Abuse is underreported in same-sex couples due to the stigma of sexual orientation, researchers note.
  • Schizophrenia Not One but Many Different Diseases

    Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health Headlines
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    New research proposes that schizophrenia is not one disease, but at least 8 genetically distinct disorders with their own symptoms. Medscape Medical News
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    NIMH | Recent Updates

  • Blog Post » Childhood and Beyond - Services Research for ASD

    Thomas Insel
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism.
  • Science News » New grants fund cross-lifespan services research for autism spectrum disorder

    NIMH Press Office
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    NIH-funded projects aim at improving access, timeliness of interventions.
  • Blog Post » Suicide: a Global Issue

    Thomas Insel
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Dr. Insel discusses a newly released World Health Organization World Suicide Report, an overview of the impact of and factors involved in suicide globally and strategies for preventing suicide.
  • Blog Post » Manipulating Memory

    Thomas Insel
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    A pair of articles published this week in two of the most prestigious science journals describe the manipulation of memory with neurotechnologies capable of precisely targeting brain circuitry. One study used optogenetics to turn on and turn off memory associations, changing negative associations to positive ones, in mice. The other study used magnetic stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging to improve memory for words associated with faces, by boosting connectivity in a human brain memory circuit. As the field moves from descriptive studies to more mechanistic tuning of brain…
  • Science News » Suspect Gene Corrupts Neural Connections

    Jules Asher
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Researchers have shown in patients’ cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene disrupts the expression of dozens of other genes underlying neural connections.
 
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    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Domestic violence likely more frequent for same-sex couples

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a new review of research. Abuse is underreported in same-sex couples due to the stigma of sexual orientation, researchers note.
  • Sibling bullying linked to later depression, self-harm

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    A new study has found that children who revealed they had been bullied by their brothers or sisters several times a week or more during early adolescence were twice as likely to report being clinically depressed as young adults.
  • Suicide Prevention Requires Access to Effective, Evidence-Based Treatment

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Suicide is preventable, but not all Americans have access to effective treatment and crisis intervention, a member of the American Psychological Association has told a congressional panel.
  • Smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Researchers have built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals college students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows your state of mind -- even if you don't -- and how that affects you. The StudentLife app, which compares students' happiness, stress, depression and loneliness to their academic performance, also may be used in the general population -- for example, to monitor mental health, trigger intervention and improve productivity in workplace employees.
  • How stress tears us apart: Enzyme attacks synaptic molecule, leading to cognitive impairment

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills and cognitive impairment. When triggered by stress, an enzyme attacks a synaptic regulatory molecule in the brain, leading to these problems.
 
 
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    World of Psychology

  • Quieting the Voice of the Devil on Your Shoulder

    Michael Hedrick
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I often equate having schizophrenia to having a little devil on my shoulder that likes to whisper nasty stuff in my ear. He’s a cunning little jerk, too. If he senses a vulnerability or the potential for anxiety he’ll start screaming. In the eight years I’ve lived with the illness I’ve come to recognize these triggers and do a pretty good job of avoiding them. You can’t do it forever, though, and eventually the devil is gonna start screaming again. Mainly he says things like, “They’re making fun of you!” or “They’re gonna laugh about you!” I take it in stride, though.
  • Powerful Questions to Inspire Positive Change

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Good questions can be powerful in life-changing ways. They can spark exciting ideas and inventions. They can spark personal discoveries, which lead to fulfilling, meaningful lives. According to historian David Hackett Fischer, questions “are the engines of intellect — cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.” Author and journalist Warren Berger includes Fischer’s quote in his fascinating book A More Beautiful Question. In it, he shares inspiring, interesting stories of people who’ve asked powerful questions and created innovative businesses and changed…
  • Psychology Around the Net: September 20, 2014

    Alicia Sparks
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Blood tests for depression, happiness in the workplace, and tricking your brain to be more productive — it’s all in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Study Diagnoses Med Test Anxiety: Tend to “freak out” when it’s time to take a test? This recent Yale study suggests a possible treatment for what’s known as “test anxiety.” Key Brain Connection Slow to Develop In Kids With ADHD: Recent studies show that, in children with ADHD, the growth and connections within and between key brain networks lags behind those of children of the same age…
  • Introducing Leveraging Adversity

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    There’s no getting around it — life is full of adversity. What you do with that adversity, however, is what matters. Some people seem to be able to bounce back pretty quickly, while others seem to get mired in the experience. So how can you be one of those people who is more resilient, who can bounce back after a trauma or life event that throws you for a loop? That’s what our newest blog, Leveraging Adversity with Claire Dorotik-Nana LMFT, will help you learn. This blog will be centered around the concept of using adversity, setbacks, failures and trauma to propel forward and…
  • Is Depression an Addiction?

    Therese J. Borchard
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    One of the chapters of my memoir, Beyond Blue, is called “The Least Harmful Addiction.” I explain that willpower is, regrettably, a finite thing. We have a limited amount, so we must preserve it for the most harmful addictions we have (i.e., when desperate, we should inhale chocolate truffles over getting wasted on vodka). In that chapter, I list all my vices in order of most threatening to least threatening: depression, alcoholism, toxic relationships, workaholism, nicotine, sugar, and caffeine. Someone in Group Beyond Blue, the online support group I moderate, was reading my book and…
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    Depression News -- ScienceDaily

  • Sibling bullying linked to later depression, self-harm

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    A new study has found that children who revealed they had been bullied by their brothers or sisters several times a week or more during early adolescence were twice as likely to report being clinically depressed as young adults.
  • Suicide Prevention Requires Access to Effective, Evidence-Based Treatment

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Suicide is preventable, but not all Americans have access to effective treatment and crisis intervention, a member of the American Psychological Association has told a congressional panel.
  • Scientists discover 'dimmer switch' for mood disorders

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Researchers have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as "disappointment." The discovery may provide be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down.
  • Smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Researchers have built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals college students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows your state of mind -- even if you don't -- and how that affects you. The StudentLife app, which compares students' happiness, stress, depression and loneliness to their academic performance, also may be used in the general population -- for example, to monitor mental health, trigger intervention and improve productivity in workplace employees.
  • Single dose of antidepressant changes the brain

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of a commonly prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitor reveal changes in connectivity within three hours, say researchers.
 
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Sibling bullying linked to later depression, self-harm

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    A new study has found that children who revealed they had been bullied by their brothers or sisters several times a week or more during early adolescence were twice as likely to report being clinically depressed as young adults.
  • Providing private mental health service to veterans: Hurdles, challenges, advice

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    A new report provides insights about the hurdles faced when providing private mental health services to US veterans, an issue that has gained importance as officials work to reform the Veterans Health Administration. The report outlines the experiences of program that offers an array of services to veterans and their families.
  • How stress tears us apart: Enzyme attacks synaptic molecule, leading to cognitive impairment

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills and cognitive impairment. When triggered by stress, an enzyme attacks a synaptic regulatory molecule in the brain, leading to these problems.
  • Neurobiological basis for key symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder found by brain imaging research

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    In a novel brain-imaging study among trauma victims, researchers have linked an opioid receptor in the brain -- associated with emotions -- to a narrow cluster of trauma symptoms, including sadness, emotional detachment and listlessness. The study holds important implications for targeted, personalized treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a psychiatric condition affecting more than 8 million Americans that can cause a wide range of debilitating psychiatric symptoms.
  • Evidence of genetic link to PTSD in soldiers exposed to childhood trauma

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    While abnormalities in the adrenergic and noradrenergic systems, both integral in the fight-or-flight response, are thought to play a role in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder, until now there has been no genetic evidence of this connection. A recent study has found an interaction between the ADRB2 gene and childhood adversity. For individuals with two or more experiences of childhood trauma, such as abuse, genotype was associated with risk for adult PTSD symptoms.
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    Psych Central News

  • Single Dose of Antidepressant Changes the Brain

    Janice Wood
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Just one dose of an antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the brain, according to a new study. According to researchers, brain scans taken of people before and after one dose of escitalopram, a commonly prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), revealed changes within three hours. “We were not expecting the SSRI to have such a prominent effect on such a short timescale or for the resulting signal to encompass the entire brain,” said Julia Sacher, M.D., Ph.D., of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. While SSRIs are among the most…
  • Omega Fatty Acids in Breast Milk Tied to Kids’ Academic Performance

    Traci Pedersen
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mother’s milk is the strongest predictor of children’s academic performance, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USCB), and the University of Pittsburgh. The research, published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, compared the fatty acid profiles of breast milk from women in over two dozen countries with the academic test scores of children. DHA alone accounted for about 20 percent of the differences in test scores among countries. In fact, DHA…
  • Sibling Bullying Tied to Future Depression

    Traci Pedersen
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Children who are bullied by siblings several times a week in early adolescence are twice as likely to become clinically depressed as young adults, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The bullied kids are also twice as likely to report self-harm compared to kids who were not bullied by siblings. The study, conducted by researchers at the Universities of Oxford, Warwick and Bristol, and University College London, is the first to investigate the connection between sibling bullying and clinical depression and self-harm in young adults. “Forms of bullying where…
  • Habitual Facebook Users More Likely to Be Scammed

    Janice Wood
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A new study has found that people who habitually use Facebook are more susceptible to being victims of online scams. For his study, Arun Vishwanath, Ph.D., an associate professor of communication at the University at Buffalo–State University of New York, subjected 150 college students to real “phishing” attacks (attempts to acquire sensitive information such as social security numbers, credit cards and the like) on Facebook. At the beginning of the semester students were asked to participate in an online survey on general technology use. Buried among these questions were…
  • Reliable Spouse Important for Successful Career

    Rick Nauert PhD
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Having a successful career may hinge upon your marital choice as new research suggests a spouse’s personality influences how well you climb the career ladder. As people spend more and more time in the workplace, it’s natural for co-workers to develop close bonds — what’s often referred to as a “workplace spouse” or an “office wife.” Researchers discovered a person’s significant other played more of a role than close co-workers when it came to pay raises, promotions, and other measures of career success. Moreover, investigators found that having a conscientious spouse…
 
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • Benefits, risks of yoga found for bipolar disorder

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    A survey of people with bipolar disorder who practice yoga have identified benefits and risks of the practice. The information, plus a pilot clinical trial currently underway, could help psychologists develop yoga as an adjunctive therapy for the condition.
  • Talking therapy for people with a recent bipolar disorder diagnosis

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    A group of people with a recent bipolar diagnosis who had an average of 14 hours Cognitive Behavioural Therapy alongside 'treatment as usual,' which includes medication and support from community mental health teams, psychiatry or a GP was compared to a group of 34 people who only received 'treatment as usual' in a randomized controlled trial. The group receiving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy -- a psychological therapy which helps people address patterns of thinking and behavior which they wish to change -- made a better, more sustained recovery.
  • Sleep drunkenness disorder may affect one in seven

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

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

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

  • Smoking, schizophrenia linked by alterations in brain nicotine signals

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Schizophrenia is associated with increased rates and intensity of tobacco smoking. A growing body of research suggests that the relationship between schizophrenia and smoking stems, in part, from an effort by patients to use nicotine to self-medicate symptoms and cognitive impairment associated with the disease. A new study sheds light on this hypothesis. The authors found that the level of nicotine receptors in the brain was lower in schizophrenia patients than in a matched healthy group.
  • Brain development in schizophrenia strays from normal path

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. The normal path for brain development is determined by the combined effects of a complex network of genes and a wide range of environmental factors. However, longitudinal brain imaging studies in both healthy and patient populations are required in order to map the disturbances in brain structures as they emerge, researchers say.
  • Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms, research shows. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.
  • Neurochemical imbalance in schizophrenia discovered

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers have discovered that neurons from patients with schizophrenia secrete higher amounts of three neurotransmitters broadly implicated in a range of psychiatric disorders.
  • Is the pattern of brain folding a 'fingerprint' for schizophrenia?

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Anyone who has seen pictures or models of the human brain is aware that the outside layer, or cortex, of the brain is folded in an intricate pattern of “hills”, called gyri, and “valleys”, called sulci. It turns out that the patterns of cortical folding are largely consistent across healthy humans, broadly speaking. However, disturbances in cortical folding patterns suggest deeper disturbances in brain structure and function..
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    Dr. Deb

  • How to Find a Good Therapist

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "How can I find a good therapist?"Well, it's a multi-step process, so let's get going. Types of TherapistsFirst, it's important to think about the type of therapist you think is best for your presenting issues. There are many kinds of mental health therapists, but sometimes understanding "who does what" can be confusing. Here is a list to help identify the specialties and degrees therapists can hold.PsychologistsPsychologists generally have a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and must…
  • September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Every 41 seconds someone's left to make sense of it.That's over 1 million people who die by suicide each year. And millions more who grieve and mourn the loss of their loved one.Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death. Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many…
  • Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S.

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

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

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

  • The Scarlet Label (Borderline Personality Disorder)

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    By Brent Potter PhD The diagnosis Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) strikes fear and loathing in the hearts of most mental health providers. It is unquestionably one of the most stigmatizing and overused diagnoses in existence. Often diagnosing someone with this label is a clinical punch in the gut to the client and also a means […]
  • Can you stay with that feeling?

    Monica Cassani
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    You never remain with any feeling, pure and simple, but always surround it with the paraphernalia of words. The word distorts it; thought, whirling round it, throws it into shadow, overpowers it with mountainous fears and longings. You never remain with a feeling, and with nothing else: with hate, or with that strange feeling of beauty. When the feeling of hate arises, you say how bad it is; there is the compulsion, the struggle to overcome it, the turmoil of thought about it.Try remaining with the feeling of hate, with the feeling of envy, jealousy, with the venom of ambition; for after all,…
  • I am free

    Monica Cassani
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Saturday Mellow music...Jerry Katz ended the interview we did together the other day with this song. It's really lovely and so appropriate for what the interview was about, so I wanted to share it here. And to be clear much of the interview was about becoming free of pharma and psychiatry and why that is difficult for anyone who would like a life free of psych meds once they've been on them. . … [click on title to read and view more]
  • Why “stabilizing” people is entirely the wrong idea

    ronunger1
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    By Ron Unger If human beings were meant to be entirely stable entities, then “stabilizing” them would be an entirely good thing; a target for mental health treatment that all could agree on. But it’s way more complex than that: healthy humans are constantly moving and changing. They have a complex mix of stability and instability that is hard to pin down. All this relates to one of my favorite subjects, the intersection of creativity and madness. It is a curious fact that people seen as “psychotic” or “schizophrenic” may show sometimes more creativity, and sometimes less…
  • Aspartame, diet drinks etc #foodie friday

    Monica Cassani
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Coverage of this issue is in the New York Times again...so I'm sharing a post I did on it a while back because it includes how it's particularly significant to mental health. Artificial sweeteners are problematic in multiples ways... In her piece: BIPOLAR off meds success, Jazz traces her experiences with mania that led to a bogus bipolar diagnosis to consuming large quantities of diet soda. I've talked to others who have made this connection with their own "mood-disorders." From Jazz: In my reading, I also came across some information about the artificial sweetener Aspartame being implicated…
 
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • 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…
  • An apology

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

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

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

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

    J.R. Blackwell
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Tonight is the last night to see award-winning New York ensemble Half Straddle‘s innovative staging of In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL, written and directed by Tina Satter. It follows a gender-swapped high-school football team, their cheerleaders and their coaches through a tumultuous season. Come for the marching band; stay for the touching monologue from the owl mascot. For tickets and additional info: fringearts.com  
  • 30-Second Reviews: “The Calamari Sisters” and Son Step

    Bill Chenevert
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Back to School with the Calamari Sisters at Penn’s Landing Playhouse Thurs., Sept. 18. plplayhouse.com Overall vibe: As whacky and lovably off-kilter as you might expect. You may have seen these sisters on buses or in your newsweekly ads, and perhaps you’ve scoffed their show off as bizarro granny drag, but that’s where you made a mistake—because these girls are hilarious. Plus, they really do cook on stage, and you might even be lucky enough to get some antipasti or cannoli passed to you while you’re in your seat. Here’s the thing: they pull audience members up on stage, flirt…
  • Tavis Smiley talks tonight on “Death of a King”

    Randy LoBasso
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Growing up in a trailer park in rural Indiana, writes radio/talk show host Tavis Smiley, “my initial encounter with the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. altered the very course of my life.” It was King’s rhetoric and righteousness, Smiley says in the introduction to his 16th book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, that led him to his work as a minister and advocate. It’s also what led Smiley to study the period from April 4, 1967 to April 4, 1968, days in which, just a few years after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the beloved civil rights…
  • Photos: Phashion Phest turned 21 last night

    Bill Chenevert
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Sharon Phillips Waxman and her SPW Productions have been putting on shows since 1994. I heard, after the show, that she’s put on some killer productions in far less institutional spaces like last night’s site, the Shops at Liberty Place: tunnels under the Convention Center, Center City sidewalks, etc. For my interests, I went for Skinny Girl cocktails and an opportunity to see what Philadelphia’s “most fashionable” look like. God help us if the crowd at the Phashion Phest are to represent the stylish set of our fair City. I know for a fact that there are more…
  • Poverty drops in Philly, spikes in New Jersey

    Josh Kruger
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Philadelphia has experienced a modest downturn in its stubbornly high poverty rate, according to the most recent US Census Bureau: Philly’s impoverished population has dropped from an egregiously high 26.9 to a still-terrible-but-getting-better 26.3 percent between 2012 and 2013. Even better than that, though, is the outlook for Philadelphia’s suburban counties; Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties together saw their poverty rates tumble by 4 percent. Alfred Lubrano breaks these figures and more down today in the Inky. Philadelphia’s neighbor to the east,…
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    NEW! from PostpartumProgress.com

  • The Importance of Connecting

    Katherine Stone
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    I recently got the chance to sit around the table with some amazing women and talk about what I do every day and how it has impacted my life and the lives of others. This might be one of my favorite topics, given how social media and blogging has changed my life. I feel like […] The post The Importance of Connecting appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent Commentstweet https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/512994289391906816 by Kelly DI pamper myself by enjoying chocolate and wearing my favorite ... by Kelly DI tweeted- ... by nicoleI…
  • Taking an Active Role in Your Postpartum Recovery

    Alexandra Rosas
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Belief Shared community Information These items are the beginning tools for a successful recovery from postpartum mood disorder. I say this confidently, because I believe in recovery being possible. I was once someone who never felt that I’d be normal again nor that I’d ever find my way back to who I used to be. […] The post Taking an Active Role in Your Postpartum Recovery appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsWhat a kind, kind comment ramsmommy. Thank you. I tried to find ... by Alexandra RosasI just love…
  • When You Compare Yourself To Mothers Without Postpartum Mood Disorder

    Alexandra Rosas
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    From my viewpoint, everyone around me had it together. I saw the dark-haired mom seated on the other sofa in the gathering room. Her hair was smooth and fell neatly to her shoulders. Her three-month-old daughter looked up at her from her knee, dressed in a spotless blue one-piece. Next to her sat another mom. […] The post When You Compare Yourself To Mothers Without Postpartum Mood Disorder appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsFamily and friends, support are crucial. I know my close friend ... by alexandraSo true, and I'm…
  • Warrior Moms and Social Media: Benefits and Pitfalls

    Jen Gaskell
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    My lifeline throughout my recovery from postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety was social media.  I credit Google for leading me here to Postpartum Progress.  From this website I found the blogs of fellow Warrior Moms.  I found my tribe, a community of fellow Warrior Moms who helped encourage, commiserate and inspire me with messages of […] The post Warrior Moms and Social Media: Benefits and Pitfalls appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         
  • Six Things You Should Know About Antidepressants and Pregnancy

    Kate Kripke
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    In light of the recent uproar over the article on antidepressants and pregnancy that was published this week on the New York Times‘ Well Blog, I thought I would pause today on the unknowns that likely burden every single mom who suffers with a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder like PPD.  There is so much mixed-up […] The post Six Things You Should Know About Antidepressants and Pregnancy appeared first on Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you so much, Kate, for a respectful, well-written and ... by Meri Levy, M.A. 
 
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    A Splintered Mind

  • Suicide: No One Cares? It Depends on Who You Listen To

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Do you struggle with suicidal ideation and keep it to yourself because so many people let you down? Do you have a hard time opening up to people about these dark feelings because you’re afraid of being rejected? You might be surprised to learn you’re in good company. A lot of suicidal people receive a slap in the face instead of a hand of support, metaphorically speaking. I’ve confided in family members, ecclesiastical leaders, and friends only to be let down time after time. Some people simply can’t handle the conversation. Their mind flees out of their ear in search of sunshine the…
  • Kicking Suicide in the Teeth

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I have to confess something. I don't like most online suicide prevention resources. It's not that they're wrong, but that they're too soft. I'm looking for Burgess Merideth in my corner shouting at me in a gravelly voice, “Keep hittin 'em in the ribs, ya see? Don't let that b— breathe!”, not “Someone need a hug?” like Will Farrel's character in Elf. Suicidal ideation needs to be fought tooth and nail; I need pep talks not greeting cards. When I was suicidal a few weeks ago I had nobody nearby to turn to. It was very late at night, and I didn't think to call a hotline…
  • ADHD: Reverie Revolution

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Last June I watched “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with friends. Here was a man, like me, who daydreamed excessively. I wish I could say that Hollywood made a laughable exaggeration of how epic daydreams could be, but I'm afraid they were fairly comparable to mine. Although I don't drift away into a reverie in the middle of conversations or when on the job, I do drift away—far, far away beyond the restraints of this mortal world or time. The original short story portrayed Mitty as a noble Everyman who fought the banality of his life with the only weapon he had on hand: his…
  • Three Tiny Things to Prevent Illness from Triggering Depression

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    I don’t walk around all day with my face pulled into a frown while I vocally worry about my disabilities—contrary to what some people claim I do. Instead, disability is more like a land mine rudely placed into the middle of my day when I’m otherwise trying to get things done.I am clinically and chronically depressed, which means I am depressed almost all the time. I also have a chronic motor tic disorder—a label that covers the involuntary ticking, both vocal and muscular, but not the curling, extending, locking, and all around neurological meltdown that often happens as well. As you…
  • Reviewing "Depression and Your Child" by Deborah Serani

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    One of the best psychology books I’ve read in a long while is “Depression and Your Child – A Guide for Parents and Caregivers” by Dr. Deborah Serani. Her publisher approached me to review the book[1], and although I could not review it in the window of time that they dictated, I did eventually make my way through it. The book starts with an understanding of child development, then shows how Depression in children is a verifiable occurrence. Information is given on diagnosing, then treating, Pediatric Depression. Dr. Serani even takes time to cover holistic approaches before moving on…
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • Can You Find Happiness In A Cruel World?

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    All religions teach us that we must accept our suffering in order to transform our personality and become real human beings. We have to respect the justice of God, which is based on wisdom and goodness. We have the same lessons in dreams, with more explanations. All dreams are produced by God, as Carl Jung had discovered, and as I could confirm after continuing his research and discovering a lot more. Almost everyone in our world has the intention to find happiness based on having material pleasures. God keeps trying to show us that we have to accept our suffering in order to become perfect…
  • Divine Enlightenment In Dreams

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The commercial world keeps working based on violence. Nobody pays attention to the terrible daily news announcing wars and denouncing crimes, even though many people worry about their own interests after reading these events. Many times the shocking news manage to impress the public, but not for long. Interesting ads and superficial facts are more effective. Everyone here is induced to feed their ego. We want to have a pleasant journey and enjoy our daily lives. We are suffering through many ways, but we pretend to be fine. Of course, it depends on our social position. Those who have human…
  • How Important Is Your Spiritual Reality?

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    You have a spirit, even though you tend to believe you are made only of flesh and bone. The fact that human beings have a spirit was confirmed thanks to the accurate translation of the meaning of dreams according to the scientific method. The unconscious mind that produces our dreams is God’s mind, as Carl Jung had discovered, even though he didn’t obey the divine guidance like me. I could complete his research because I was obedient. I precisely followed the divine guidance in dreams, even against my will. As a matter of fact, I disagreed with God’s method of purification…
  • The Power Of Goodness And Persistence

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    When I managed to find a way to have a direct communication with God because I became a dream expert, I believed that God would talk about the meaning of goodness. I had no doubt that the unconscious mind discovered by Carl Jung was God’s mind. I found proof of this fact everywhere. I used a small notebook with codes taken from a book written by Francisco Candido Xavier, a Brazilian spiritual leader. Thanks to the codes collected in my notebook I could understand God’s answers for various questions. The codes were combined with the dream messages. I cannot give you clear technical…
  • The Formation Of A Mental Illness As A Sudden Phenomenon

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    After continuing Carl Jung’s research in the unknown region of the human psyche through dream interpretation I could discover the origin of mental illnesses and understand the human nature. My shocking discoveries reveal that human beings are not really human. This happens because we inherit a huge anti-conscience, which is absurd and evil. Our tiny human conscience was artificially created by God in order to help us transform the absurd and evil content we have inherited into human content. In order to do so, we must respect our religion, and obey the divine guidance in dreams. Carl Jung…
 
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • Book: Teaching Crowds - Learning and Social Media

    Peter Jones
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    This book is available as an open access pdf. Here is an extract from chapter 2 on Social Learning Theories. Holistic approaches to learning are agnostic as to method. Drawing from connectivist and older models, they valorize diversity and the socially distributed cognition afforded by the read-write Web and other publishing models, accepting that every learning experience is unique, and every learner’s needs are different. Connectivist approaches, for all their extensive reliance on networks of people engaging socially, are at heart focused on the individual—specifically, the…
  • Self-determination: individual - group (high-low) resolution

    Peter Jones
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroup BorderBinary Decisionmagnanimity  Image sources:"Flag of Scotland (Union Jack colours and proportion)" via Wikimedia Commons."Flag of the United Kingdom" via Wikipedia.
  • The Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

    Peter Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Dear all,The Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development http://www.lyondeclaration.org/ was successfully launched at the World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon. Since then, over 280 organisations from across the library and development community have signed the document and called upon United Nations Member States to incorporate access to information in the new post-2015 development framework. The Declaration has now been translated into 13 languages.Following the release of the Open Working Group Outcome Document in July, IFLA is now waiting to see what UN…
  • In political hands person-centred care is a quantum phenomena (entanglement)

    Peter Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    individualINTERPERSONAL : SCIENCEShumanistic ------------------------------------------- mechanisticSOCIOLOGY : POLITICALgroupAcute mental health needsRISKSelf-harmLocal care?Empowering the individual?Accessibility Cognitive distanceLet therapy commenceContinuity(dist-ress)Remote policy touchOrganisational (distance) dementia? threshold   RISK Self-neglectpersonal hygienedomestic environment local-regional-national? metrics: Km or Miles or time?Gallons or Litres? Cost?Illusory savings?thresholdRISK  Harm to othersto integrated care multidisciplinary care…
  • Technologies for Development: Project - founding ideas

    Peter Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    Reading the website of the project (posted yesterday) I noticed that their founding ideas can be mapped to Hodges' model. As depicted below some are pretty obvious, notably the POLITICAL domain and the SOCIOLOGICAL.Their first founding idea is placed in the interpersonal domain. This is very subjective exercise - literally playing with words - but here I am prioritizing individual cognitive access above physical access. I am thinking of individual participants. As Nanotechnologies for Development state the first idea also focuses on countries - the group. So maybe I am wrong, if there is a…
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Clinical Psychologist

  • Why Is Our Marriage Counselor Asking Such Weird Questions?

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Q: My wife and I recently started visiting a psychologist for couple counseling. We’ve noticed he sometimes asks completely random and off-topic questions that had nothing to do with the topic at hand. I’d like to know, why is he doing this? Is this some kind of technique he’s using? Two examples: My wife mentioned […]Tags: marriage, therapy
  • Making it Work When We Disagree About Porn

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Q: I have been with my girlfriend for nearly two years now, but we’re struggling over my masturbation habits. We live 2 hours apart, Skype daily, and see each other every weekend and holiday. We are both sexually satisfied and have sex most days we’re together. Since I was old enough to, I’ve fantasized almost […]Tags: love, relationships, sexuality
  • Panic Attacks When I Leave Home or Talk on the Telephone

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Q: For as long as I can remember I have had depression due to being born with only one arm. Everywhere I went I felt like every single person had to stare at me. I got embarrassed and frustrated, and I started to go out of the house on my own less and less. About […]Tags: anxiety and stress, panic
  • My Partner Gets Angry When I Call Him By My Ex-Husband’s Name

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

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

  • 17 Ways to Get ‘Er Rollin’ When the Wheels Come Flyin’ Off

    Bill White
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The wheels are gonna’ come off the wagon. Count on it. And one doesn’t have to be in the throes of major depressive disorder, panic attack symptoms, chronic stress, PTSD, or another emotional/mental woe. So the only thing worth discussing is what we’re gonna’ do when it happens… So how many times have the wheels come off your wagon? Hasn’t happened yet? Come on, do you really believe you’re exempt? I mean, Lord knows I’ve had to grease the axles a time or twenty. It’s called life, and anticipation and preparation go a looong way toward…
 
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    Choosehelp.com

  • 10 Best Recovery Slogans & How to Apply Them

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Folks in 12 step programs understand that in early recovery, we can't remember things even if we want to. They provide us with acronyms and simple sayings that speak volumes. Willingness is the key. As cold as it may seem, we found that it didn’t matter that we knew about it, wanted it, and needed it. Only when we were willing to put down the drink/drug and be accountable for ourselves did our lives change. Change is a process, not an event. Everybody wants a finish line and the closest thing we have to that is death. Being a “work in progress” is largely a matter of accepting that we…
  • Driving to Work Degrades Mental Health but Active Commuting Improves It

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Want to be happier (and avoid relapse?) Well, leave the car at home and walk, cycle or bus to work. Researchers say active commuting leads to substantial psychological health gains. Is your daily commute affecting your health and happiness? Well, according to English researchers, if you drive a car to work each day, it probably is. Moving beyond the obvious physical health benefits of more active modes of transportation, public health researchers at East Anglia University in the U.K. sifted through 18 years of data on nearly 18 000 people to see how driving in a car to work each day affected…
  • AA Resource List – Everything You Need to Know about Getting Started with the 12 Steps

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    New to AA? Start here – a list of 9 quick-read articles answering all your important questions on getting started with the 12 steps. Walking into your first AA meeting takes a lot of courage, especially when you don't know what to expect. Fortunately, a little foreknowledge can ease your anxiety. Read a few of the 9 short articles below (pick and choose those that interest you) and you'll feel better about taking that first important step that precedes all the others – walking into a meeting for the first time. Getting Started with AA, What You Need to Know 1. What Happens at AA Meetings?
  • Quitting Cannabis? Avoid Boredom-Relapse with 50 Fun Alternatives to Getting High

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Boredom can kill a marijuana quit attempt, so don’t get bored! Here are 50 easy and enjoyable activities that substitute for getting high and help keep you distracted from your marijuana cravings. OK, you’ve quit cannabis – now what? How will you enjoy your free time? A lot of people struggle with boredom when giving up marijuana. It’s not surprising, since filling leisure time used to be as easy as lighting up, but it’s a problem that you need to solve, since: Boredom increases your marijuana relapse risks – the more engaged you get in alternative activities the less time and…
  • Avoid Marijuana Relapse: Identify High Risk Situations and Prepare Coping Strategies

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    To prevent early marijuana relapse, identify high risk situations and prepare specific coping strategies in advance. Prevent marijuana relapse by identifying high risk situations. Here's an obvious truth: you are more likely to feel tempted in high risk situations, so by avoiding as many of these situations as you can, you reduce your risk of early relapse. This is a classic relapse prevention technique, but unfortunately, you can never avoid exposure to all the people, places, and activities that remind you of marijuana, and since internal states can also trigger cravings (ever feel like…
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    Angela Brooks - The Business Incubator - Young Living Essential Oils - Social Media Profits

  • How I got 826 shares on Facebook and 863 likes!

    Angela Brooks
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Over the last four years I have studied the Young Living Essential Oils and have been amazed at the many uses of a simple drop of an oil. As a nurse for the last 25 years in a mental hospital I have seen the results of the medications on a persons body. The nurse in me understands they need something to help them cope with their illness but I have never agreed that it took 6-10 pills to make the change happen. My husband and I have always looked for ways to stay healthy and prevent dealing with the prescriptions if at all possible. This past week one of our teams new silvers6 leaders Hilary…
  • 1st Degree Robbery Steals more than your money

    Angela Brooks
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    1st Degree Robbery Steals more than your money. My sister in law was mugged in the mall parking lot. It was late and the area she was parked was away from the building. She has done this dozens of times before taking her son dinner at work. Because  she was alert walking in the parking lot she saw him coming towards her. 5’10, black male, angry and moving fast towards her. She made it in the car!| He snatched the door open and assaulted her in a small car, the punches to her face left her lifeless and unable to fight. He took $70 and ran. Over $70 she was left with three broke bones in…
  • Are you a dabbler? Brand it

    Angela Brooks
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    A little dab will do ya Is that how you are living your life? A little dab of this and a little dab of that? Just enough to say your dabbling. Dabblers are usually called hobbyist and never turn what they love to do into a money making business. At the beginning of the month my oldest son moved to college 4 hours away. In 18 years I have never gone that long without seeing him. We text daily – talk often and I pray alot. In the transition period of the first two weeks my business thinking was less than focused and my mind was not on social media as much as it was on my son……
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    Scott D. Miller, Ph. D.

  • Using Feedback Informed Treatment to Improve Medication Adherence and Reduce Healthcare Costs

    scottdm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Medication adherence is a BIG problem.  According to recent research, nearly one-third of the prescriptions written are never filled.  Other data document that more than 60% of people who actually go the pharmacy and get the drug, do not take it as prescribed. What’s the problem, you may ask?  Inefficiency aside, the health risks are […] The post Using Feedback Informed Treatment to Improve Medication Adherence and Reduce Healthcare Costs appeared first on Scott D. Miller, Ph. D..
  • Applying Feedback-Informed Treatment in Diverse Settings around the World

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

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

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

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

  • Starved For Passion? Top 10 Passion Killers For The Highly Sensitive Person

    Kate Stefans
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Source: Sharon Mollerus – Flickr Many say that the opposite of love is fear. I believe that the opposite of love is apathy. In an apathetic or indifferent state, passion flat lines and numbness reigns supreme. A once technicolor life fades to black and white and well, what’s the point? If I were brutally honest with myself, I would say that wallowing in apathy is an activity that has become habitual. I tend to drop into indifference when I am subconsciously starving myself with what I call passion killers. Simply going through the motions of life is excruciating not because its…
  • The Power Of Rituals For An HSP

    Kathryn Nulf
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Source: pippalu – Morgue File There was a good year where I listened to the same album every night as I drifted off to sleep. I didn’t get tired of it. I loved knowing what to expect. I knew the order of the songs, the way things started and the way the music progressed. I loved having something familiar there for me night after night before sleep. It was my way of being there for myself again and again. The songs had meaning, sure. I felt their melodies more than the words though, deep to my core. At the time, I did not know what highly sensitive person (HSP) was. I just knew that I…
  • 20 Good Reasons to Have Clear Personal Boundaries

    Pamina Mullins
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Source: Morguefile I was struck recently by the exceptionally high number of clients I see, whose inability to set firm personal boundaries is resulting in supersonic stress levels. Smart business people repeatedly compromised by unreliable colleagues, over demanding superiors or downright crooked clients; caring, supportive people with predatory partners or out of control children. People of integrity whose opportunistic friends, family or employees manipulate them mercilessly and drain their time and energy. Who Has Difficulty With Personal Boundaries? Although their stories are all quite…
  • There’s Nothing Wrong With You! A Special Class for Highly Sensitive People

    Maria
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    Do you want to see the good in yourself and why it matters? Do you want to put yourself out there in the world more? Do you want to live according to what is most important to you? A Special Class For Highly Sensitive People The There’s Nothing Wrong With You! class was developed from the survey that more than 450 highly sensitive people responded to. You may have been one of those people. I am very grateful for the generous and open expression of concerns about the challenges of being a highly sensitive. From the responses I have created 2 foundational classes: identity because so many…
  • Being Present: All You Really Need

    Maria
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Source: Morguefie Being present is often treated as something to strive for. It is a kind of Holy Grail of spirituality and well being. Being present is where you live when your head is out of the way. Why is it so elusive? How Our Heads Get In The Way It never ceases to amaze me how much our heads get in the way of living well and enjoying life. It happens so innocently, too. Our heads which are in the business of helping us and trying to make sure we survive, grapple with our environments and questions about our lives and ourselves in an attempt to make our lives worthwhile. Our brains…
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    CogniFit's blog

  • NBC listed CogniFit #2 best brain training app and said it was...

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    NBC listed CogniFit #2 best brain training app and said it was pretty cool! Check the video here
  • CNN lists CogniFit in the top 3 best apps to train your brain...

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    CNN lists CogniFit in the top 3 best apps to train your brain - http://ow.ly/Bqtrh
  • Dr. Bruce Daggy, @ShakleeHQ Sr. VP of R&D/Chief Science...

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    FOX 32 News ChicagoDr. Bruce Daggy, @ShakleeHQ Sr. VP of R&D/Chief Science Officer talks #BrainHealth on @Fox32News yesterday. Keep your brain healthy and fit! http://bit.ly/1qdRjBr
  • Train your brain to eat healthy Sticking to healthy eating would...

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Train your brain to eat healthy Sticking to healthy eating would probably be a lot easier if the healthy options tasted as good as other unhealthy options. Ah, if only kale could taste like Nutella! (at least Nutella contains nuts which are good brain food). Well, new research says you might be able to train your brain to eventually eat the healthy foods you don’t like. The pilot study published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes on Monday September 3rd, 2014 suggests the brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, using a diet which does not leave people…
  • A long childhood feeds the energy-hungry human brain  Humans are...

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    A long childhood feeds the energy-hungry human brain  Humans are late bloomers when compared with other primates. For example, they spend almost twice as long in childhood and adolescence as chimps, gibbons, or macaques do. Researchers claim to have found out why human children grow slowly and childhood lasts so long in a new study. The study led by anthropologists at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on August 25th 2014, shows that a child’s brain is “an energy monster,” consuming twice as much…
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    Social Work Career Development

  • Best in Mental Health (week of 9/15 - 9/21/14)

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:The “B” in LGBT: Bisexual People and Behavioral HealthSAMHSA"of all those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, half identify…
  • Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: Key Learnings [3 of 3]

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Neurobiology of TraumaHave you wondered how trauma impacts the brain and body? Or what you might do to help counteract its effects? Judith P. Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor at NYU's Silver School of Social Work gave an informative presentation about the neurobiology of trauma and the whole mind/body connection.This post will provide you with some of the take-aways from Siegel's talk.Trauma can change your brain and alter your cells. When your body cannot process trauma, it gets expressed via your body.For those of you who missed the earlier posts of this series based…
  • Best in Mental Health (weeks of 9/1/14 - 9/14/14)

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:Can shared decision-making reduce health inequalities?The Mental Elf by Ian Cummins "gap between the health of the richest and poorest…
  • What Is Hoarding?

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    What's the Difference Between Hoarding and Collecting? Hoarding or collecting things,Is there a difference? Yes, there is!When collecting, you are spending,Much of your time seeking,Organizing, maintaining and…Displaying your cherished items,However, when hoarding,You are just accumulating,Quantities of things that have,Little or no value and,You tend to find getting rid,Of those items very difficult…Many hoarders also shop too much,Collect too many free items,Mix valuable and worthless,Experience emotional distress,Hoarding is NO small matter,It doesn’t just affect him/her,Read…
  • TDC's Top Ten Tips for the Social Work Exam

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:57 pm
     Amanda Rowan, LCSWAre you considering taking a course to help you prepare for the social work licensure exam?  Have you wondered what makes the Therapist Development Center (TDC) different from other online study preparation courses?This is the third in a series of interviews with the major social work exam prep firms. Amanda Rowan, LCSW is the founder and head coach at the Therapist Development Center (TDC).TDC has been around since 2008. A competitive analysis was conducted prior to the firm's creation; this involved a thorough review of all the materials offered by all the licensing…
 
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    StayOnTop: Depression

  • Brave New Flower

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

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

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

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

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

    nochnoch
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you want to learn to relinquish control, take care of a baby. My baby girl was born a month ago. Aside from the hormonal ups and downs, the roller coaster of emotions, and interrupted sleep, having a baby is forcing me to let someone else direct my decisions and behaviours. There is no control over a baby. She will cry when she needs to be fed, she will feed when she is hungry, she will stay awake when her mood desires, and she will sleep when she is sleepy even if you keep poking her face to make her wake up. Plans go out the door. Schedules get changed again and again. Gratefully, I…
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings

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

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

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

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

  • Selection From “The Gift” ~ Hafiz

    songtothesirens
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
      Hafiz ~ circa 1320-1389 was a mystic, Persian (present day Iran) Sufi poet. This selection,”We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners”,  is from the lyrical poem “The Gift.” “We have not come here to take prisoners, But to surrender ever more deeply To freedom and joy. We have not come into this exquisite world […]
  • Rough Anniversary But I Got Through It

    songtothesirens
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Well, I survived the anniversary. It was a different sort of survival than other break-ups I have experienced. I didn’t get this (depressed is the wrong word, although I did get a prescription for 3 months of anti-depressants) moody when I broke up with other boyfriends and one fiance. Somehow, even though the marriage only […]
  • The Dreaded One Year Anniversary Is Here

    songtothesirens
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today is the one year anniversary of the dissolution of my marriage. I have no idea how I feel today. I do not mean depressed or manic as those are mood states that encompass many other emotions. I am definitely not depressed (well not really depressed; I am always depressed), and I am definitely not manic […]
  • 10 Things You Should Say To A Depressed Person

    songtothesirens
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    We have all seen the lists of things a person, albeit well-meaning, should never say to a depressed person. We also know that periodically experiencing crippling depression can be a symptom of a relapse into illness.Hopefully, if you have either had Bipolar disorder for a while, or are just very attuned to your mental emotional […]
  • Therapy Animals: Service Animals And Family Pets

    songtothesirens
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Since I have been on a rather serious posting binge, I thought I would write about something more positive than depression and suicide and substance abuse: the therapeutic value of both specially trained “service” animals and/or the family cat. The above picture is my 13 year old kitten named Venus. She has kept me sane(ish) […]
 
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    Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX

  • Is Sugar Addiction Real?

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    This thought provoking article from Michelle May, MD of Am I Hungry? asks us the question “Is Sugar Addiction Real?”   I’m sure at some point in time we’ve all felt like we just had to have that chocolate bar or we may not make it. Others may have experienced a “high” after eating sugar ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Study Links Impulsivity to Food Addiction Addiction: How to Recognize It and What to Do about It Brain Imaging and Food Addiction
  • Beyond Sadness: How to Deal with Depression

    Casey Radle, M.Ed., LPC
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Dealing with Depression Everyone knows what it’s like to be sad. Sadness is a normal response to certain events. For example, the death of a family member (including a pet) naturally causes sadness in the survivors.   It’s a sadness that might never entirely go away. But sadness fades with time, perhaps revisited on anniversaries. ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Depression Counseling: Depression You Are Not Welcome Here Depression Test Signs and Symptoms of Clinical Depression
  • Anxiety Counseling to Overcome Anxiety

    Becky Reiter, M.Ed., LPC
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    Everyone feels anxious and under stress from time to time. Situations such as meeting tight deadlines, important social obligations or driving in heavy traffic, often bring about anxious feelings. Such mild anxiety may help make you alert and focused on facing threatening or challenging circumstances. On the other hand, anxiety disorders cause severe distress over ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: What is an Anxiety Disorder? Nutritional Supplements for Natural Anxiety Relief How to Prevent Back to School Anxiety
  • Managing Traumatic Stress

    Patricia Owens, M.A., NCC, LPC Intern
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    What happens to people after a disaster or other traumatic event?  Shock and denial are typical responses to disasters and other kinds of trauma, especially shortly after the event. Both shock and denial are normal protective reactions.   Shock is a sudden and often intense disturbance of your emotional state that may leave you feeling ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Effects of Stress: 7 Ways Stress Can Damage You Physically Sexual Assault Counseling & Recovery Relieve Stress: Gain Insight by Identifying Our Needs
  • Effects of Stress: 7 Ways Stress Can Damage You Physically

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Effects of Stress Stress takes its toll in countless ways. It is commonly found to be at the root of many emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems. Stress can also cause physical damage, which is one of the more serious effects of stress. When a person is stressed, a physical reaction is triggered. The body’s natural ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group – Houston, TX Related posts: Managing Traumatic Stress Stress Management Strategies Methods for Coping with Stress
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    Kmareka.com

  • RI Delegates Announce Funding for Prevention of Dating Violence

    Kiersten Marek
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    From the office of Sheldon Whitehouse: Delegation Announces $791,000 in Federal Funding to Help Combat Teen Dating Violence Providence, RI – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $791,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for a study on teen dating violence, which will be conducted at Rhode Island Hospital and will focus on aggressive attitudes among middle school-aged boys. Rhode Island Hospital and Klein Buendel, Inc., a technology research company, will use the funds to study the effectiveness…
  • Saucy Salsas, Odd Fellows, and Turkey Talk at Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market

    Kiersten Marek
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    News from the Market: Enjoy the all-too-temporary silence at dinner time as the robocalls, avalanches of campaign literature and candidate door-knockers come to a brief halt after the primary. Celebrate by treating yourself to some seafood. boar sausage, chicken, goat cheese, fresh apples, a pie and, of course, a dazzling array of wonderful veggies. Terry’s Tasty Treasures will be offering samples this week. They’ll have their usual preserves, along with green tomato salsa, sweet red pepper relish and cucumber dill relish. Looking for something new and different? Blue Skys has a…
  • Rhode Island Primary Winners And Losers | Rhode Island Public Radio

    Kiersten Marek
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Scott MacKay, with striking political knowledge of Rhode Island, calls ‘em like he sees ‘em.  Great commentary! Rhode Island Primary Winners And Losers | Rhode Island Public Radio.
  • Raimondo Pension Overhaul Challenges Labor in Rhode Island Race – Bloomberg

    Kiersten Marek
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Down to the wire here in RI for the Sept 9 primary, we continue to get national media attention Raimondo Pension Overhaul Challenges Labor in Rhode Island Race – Bloomberg.
  • Three Progressive Democrats Contend for Governor in Rhode Island Primary

    Kiersten Marek
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Greetings everyone! This election season Governor’s race has been a tough one for progressive democrats in Rhode Island. With over $5 million spent by Raimondo alone, and the top five candidates spending over $10 million total, I often feel like I am in the midst of a media blitzkrieg.  Multiple negative glossy mailers show up daily on my doorstep and messages inundate me on Facebook and Google.  Luckily, I don’t watch television, and candidate ads haven’t invaded Netflix.  Hopefully they never will. This election presents a difficult challenge for me.  As a feminist and…
 
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    American Association of Christian Counselors

  • Our Whole Heart

    Dina Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    What a man is before God, that he is and nothing more. -St. Francis of Assisi Delilah said to him, “How can you say you ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me?… So Sampson told her all that was in his heart… when Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lord of the Philistines… and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair… she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Sampson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself…
  • Relationship IQ

    Dina Jones
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd   Photo Credit: iStock Research and experience confirm that relationships can be challenging, demanding, and hard work, but they are worth it. You and I have been created by a relational God to be in relationships. We are relational beings. Research shows compelling evidence that strong relationships contribute to a long, healthy, and happy life. Conversely, the health risks from being alone or isolated in one’s life are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity.According to psychiatrists Jacqueline Olds and Richard…
  • The Real Cause of Marital Conflict

    Dina Jones
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Ronald D. Welch, Psy. D. You don’t wake up in the morning and say, “I think I’ll get in a fight with my husband today.” There are very real causes that lead to conflict in marriage. However, counselors and psychologists can’t seem to agree on the root causes of this conflict. Some say that the real problem is anger. These professionals feel that not handling frustration, disappointment, or resentment leads to unresolved anger and that creates conflict in marriage. I don’t disagree that anger is a big issue for couples – unresolved resentment can create some incredibly powerful…
  • ASD/ Asperger’s and Empathy: “Everyone can do Some, Some can do More, and a Few can do Much”

    Dina Jones
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Rev. Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, Board Certified Christian Counselor     It is a common myth that people with ASD/Asperger’s “lack empathy.” While it is true that persons on the spectrum struggle with social interactions, have mind-blindness, and struggle with appropriate display of empathy at times, it is simply not true that persons on the spectrum lack empathy. The truth is, they simply do empathy differently. In fact studies are showing persons on the spectrum tend to have over-active empathy: My lead pastor, Brian Campbell, of Calvary Church Atlanta has a heart for missions.
  • Excel

    Administrator
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    “Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence…is a tragedy” Joe Paterno At the start of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., the U.S. hockey team was little more than an afterthought. The Soviets were seeded No. 1, and deservedly so. They had won five gold medals and one bronze in the previous six Olympics. The U.S. team was seeded seventh. The Soviets unleashed 30 shots in the first two periods to the United States’ 10. One dramatic save after another by goaltender Jim Craig kept the U.S. team close. Mark Johnson scored with one second remaining in…
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion

    Ahmed
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Yoga is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress in body and mind,if you keep doing it every day you body and mind status will improve,cause it combines lots of things in one place like breathing techniques strength body poses and meditation . Being in a very busy world you need to some […] The post Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga

    Ahmed
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
      Now is the time to do yoga to reduce anxious thoughts and daily stress,and because we don’t have much time in our busy day here is an under 10 mins yoga routine with Tara Stiles The post The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Workplace Stress Causes,Signs & Treatments

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

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

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

  • National Association of School Psychologists Issues Call to Action

    Care for Your Mind
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Kelly Vaillancourt, PhD, NCSP Director of Government Relations, National Association of School Psychologists Recently on Care for Your Mind, Dr. Anne Marie Albano contended that schools are the right place for kids to get treatment for social anxiety disorder. Today, Kelly … Continue reading →
  • It’s About Mental Health, America

    Care for Your Mind
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Paul Gionfriddo President and CEO, Mental Health America I became President and CEO of Mental Health America on May 1, honored by the opportunity to work with so many wonderful advocates on behalf of people with concern for mental health. … Continue reading →
  • Mental Health Advocate Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign While In- flight

    Care for Your Mind
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    AJ French, CRSS Executive Director of Sacred Creations Anyone can start an awareness campaign. All it requires is passion and a willingness to speak out. AJ French is a mental health advocate who demonstrates that a little tenacity and the … Continue reading →
  • How Can You Find The Right Provider to Treat Social Anxiety Disorder?

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

    Care for Your Mind
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Anne Marie Albano, PhD Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center Classrooms are ripe for social anxiety triggers From being called on in class to navigating the hallways, school … Continue reading →
 
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    The Fusion Model

  • 7 Steps to Ease Depression after Bereavement

    Frances Masters
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    ‘The trouble is we did everything together’, Viv said sadly. ‘There’s a gaping hole where he used to be, like the empty chair by the fireplace. My life doesn’t feel complete any more and there’s nothing I can do about it. I feel like I’ve ground to a halt, like an old car that’s broken down by the side of the road. I haven’t got the energy to get it going again and I don’t know how to fix it.’ Griefserves a purpose The truth is you can’t fix grief. Depression after bereavement is a normal and natural reaction and the…
  • Harness your Amazingly Creative Mind

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

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

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

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

  • Cocaine Addiction Test: It Is All About Knowing Your Treatment Plan

    Brian Burgess
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you have an addiction problem to cocaine, and would like to quit this habit? Cocaine addiction can put your health at risk and severely affect your relationships. Acknowledging that you have a problem and resolving to seek treatment is the first step to achieving remission over this habit. The type of treatment you will […] The post Cocaine Addiction Test: It Is All About Knowing Your Treatment Plan appeared first on .
  • Drug Talk: 5 Habits That Can Ruin Teens

    Brian Burgess
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Illicit drug use is an unfortunate, and scary, reality for a number of young adults in American society. Not only are our teenagers being exposed to more potent substances than ever before, but they are being more frequently approached to experiment with such substances by their participating peers. With an increasing severity of this recent […] The post Drug Talk: 5 Habits That Can Ruin Teens appeared first on .
  • Sports Doping: How Did the Great Names See a Fall

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

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

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

  • Suicide: A major, preventable mental health problem

    chattertree fact finder
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Facts about suicide and suicide prevention among teens and young adults. Some common questions and answers about suicide: Q: How common is suicide in children and teens? A: In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. Suicide accounted for 4,140 deaths (12%) of the total 34,598 suicide deaths in 2007. While these numbers may make suicide seem common, it is important to realize that suicide and suicidal behavior are not healthy or typical responses to stress. Q: What are some of the risk factors for suicide? A: Risk factors vary with age, gender, or…
  • Preventing Suicide in the Military

    chattertree fact finder
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Research by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health aims to reduce suicides among America’s military and military veterans. “The suicide rate among soldiers began to rise significantly in 2002, and reached record levels by 2007,” says Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) director. “The Army has been very proactive in addressing the crisis but, sadly, the suicide rate continues to rise.” In addition to the Army’s attempts to reduce the suicide rate and address mental health issues, Dr. Insel…
  • Suicide: Who’s at Risk and Warning Signs

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

    chattertree fact finder
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    College students share many of the risk factors and warning signs for suicide seen among the general population.  Some facts about today’s college students are worrisome: 30 percent of college freshmen surveyed on mental health issues feel overwhelmed a great deal of the time; 38 percent of all college women feel the same way. A leading national suicide-prevention organization estimates that one in 10 college students has considered suicide. Until recently, most colleges took the approach that student mental health challenges and inappropriate behaviors were best handled by parents,…
  • Suicide Awareness Can Help Save Lives

    chattertree fact finder
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Suicide is tragic. It cuts a life short, and it devastates the family, friends and loved ones left behind. Those who survive a suicide attempt might end up with severe disability or other injuries. The children of people who die by suicide are more likely to later die by suicide themselves. With such extreme consequences, why would anyone make the dire decision to choose death over life? That’s a question scientists have been struggling to answer for decades. “When you’re in a suicidal state, you’re kind of closing down your options. You see it as the only solution. You’re not…
 
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  • A quote which I liked... You might relate to it as well

    ankita
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    “I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.” - Lisa Kleypas, Blue-Eyed Devil
  • A Role Model

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Rules for Making More Happiness

    Jeremy Markman
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Using simple, delightful illustrations, designer Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness -- both the conscious and unconscious kind. His seven rules for life and design happiness can (with some customizations) apply to everyone seeking more joy.
  • The Secrets of Happiness

    Jeremy Markman
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The Secret of Happiness1.Recognize that happiness is a choice.2. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes.3. Stop being a victim of your circumstances.4. Live each moment to the fullest.5. Follow your heart, and do what you love.6. Appreciate what you have; don’t fixate on what is missing.7. Surround yourself with people you love.
  • Problems?

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

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

    Jeremy Markman
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
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    Meditation For Depression

  • Can sport help with Depression? What researchers have to say…

    Constantine Jones
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    For a long time there was an empirical assumption that sport may help in coping with depression.  The immediate effect of sport is ofcourse that it will rise the self-esteem by creating a better personal image. Given the fact that the poor self-esteem and a bad personal image are one of the causes for depression, exercising will provide a beneficial relieve from depression. Witch is not bad, considering that by doing sport you also get a better health. But researchers from the Institute of Sport Science at the University of Bern, led by Mirko Wegner, has studied the effect of sport on…
  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation

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

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

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

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

  • The Mastermind of Reckless Optimism

    Z Zoccolante
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
      Raccoons – Adorable. Fuzzy. Genius. They’re pro’s at adapting and are beginning to take over urban neighborhoods. But how are they so tenacious?     In a recent show, I learned that they always look for new challenges. “If they think that there’s a reward, they continue to try to solve a problem – and to the raccoon there is always the possibility of a reward.”* That struck me: To the raccoon there is always the possibility of a reward.   What would life be like if I always had the mindset of possibility? If I always thought in … Continue…
  • How to Keep Going (when you can’t see the end)

    Z Zoccolante
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Last week I wrote about yoga’s Utkatasana, “chair pose,” as a metaphor for how we persevere in our lives. Do you find yourself giving up when there is an unknown time limit to your goal? For a refresher of last week’s article: When We Step into the Unknown     Most big goals don’t come with a handy map. How many times have you told yourself something was going to be easy and instead it turned into an epic odyssey?   Goals can take longer than we’ve planned. So how do you keep going when you can’t see the end? … Continue Reading →
  • When We Step into the Unknown

    Z Zoccolante
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    The thought of yoga may conjure images of cross-legged meditation or of limbs effortlessly tangled in pretzel formations.To me yoga was synonymous with inner peace, but the reality is not my truth. Yoga makes me angry. I’m perturbed at how holding a posture can bring up so much frustration. My secret: I’d love to be one of those students who glide through the postures with passion, balance, and joy.   A friend tells me that my reaction is why I should up my yoga practice. I decide to investigate. Next class, we are flowing and the teacher calls out, “Utkatasana, … Continue…
  • 5 Wisdoms (a Bee taught me) to Attain Goals

    Z Zoccolante
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    This afternoon the patio door was open and in flew a bee. It swooped through the living room and landed against the huge glass window a few feet from the open door. Through the glass, he saw his home and was determined to get there.   He flew with all his might but kept hitting a force field. He didn’t understand. He could see the trees blowing in the wind. His world was right there and yet he couldn’t get to it. He made up his mind to try harder. That’s what was taught in bee school. His body buzzed … Continue Reading →
  • When the Blindfold Falls – Short Story

    Z Zoccolante
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    When I open my eyes the blindfold lies at my feet clinging to the prickly grass. It is silk, the color of blood, and ripples in the breeze. Whoever brought me here has left me and my mind pushes into a dark empty space as I try to remember the past. There are no marks on my skin. The ends of the silk hold together with a single delicate knot.   The boney ribs of corset fingers run down my torso like streaks of water down glass, holding me snugly in their embrace. The fabric is smoky gray, the swirling … Continue Reading →
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion

    Ahmed
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Yoga is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress in body and mind,if you keep doing it every day you body and mind status will improve,cause it combines lots of things in one place like breathing techniques strength body poses and meditation . Being in a very busy world you need to some […] The post Beginner Yoga With Tara Stiles | Flexibility and Range of Motion appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga

    Ahmed
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
      Now is the time to do yoga to reduce anxious thoughts and daily stress,and because we don’t have much time in our busy day here is an under 10 mins yoga routine with Tara Stiles The post The 10 Benefits of Practicing Yoga appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Workplace Stress Causes,Signs & Treatments

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

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

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

  • Selection From “The Gift” ~ Hafiz

    songtothesirens
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
      Hafiz ~ circa 1320-1389 was a mystic, Persian (present day Iran) Sufi poet. This selection,”We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners”,  is from the lyrical poem “The Gift.” “We have not come here to take prisoners, But to surrender ever more deeply To freedom and joy. We have not come into this exquisite world […]
  • Rough Anniversary But I Got Through It

    songtothesirens
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Well, I survived the anniversary. It was a different sort of survival than other break-ups I have experienced. I didn’t get this (depressed is the wrong word, although I did get a prescription for 3 months of anti-depressants) moody when I broke up with other boyfriends and one fiance. Somehow, even though the marriage only […]
  • The Dreaded One Year Anniversary Is Here

    songtothesirens
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today is the one year anniversary of the dissolution of my marriage. I have no idea how I feel today. I do not mean depressed or manic as those are mood states that encompass many other emotions. I am definitely not depressed (well not really depressed; I am always depressed), and I am definitely not manic […]
  • 10 Things You Should Say To A Depressed Person

    songtothesirens
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    We have all seen the lists of things a person, albeit well-meaning, should never say to a depressed person. We also know that periodically experiencing crippling depression can be a symptom of a relapse into illness.Hopefully, if you have either had Bipolar disorder for a while, or are just very attuned to your mental emotional […]
  • Therapy Animals: Service Animals And Family Pets

    songtothesirens
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Since I have been on a rather serious posting binge, I thought I would write about something more positive than depression and suicide and substance abuse: the therapeutic value of both specially trained “service” animals and/or the family cat. The above picture is my 13 year old kitten named Venus. She has kept me sane(ish) […]
 
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    Mind Snapshots

  • Start With What You Have

    Mind Snapshots
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
  • Why Is It So Hard To Ask For What We Need?

    Mind Snapshots
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Do you have a hard time asking for what you need? Do you ever find yourself hinting to what you want rather than being straight with what you need? Problem with that is we get our feelings hurt or we get upset if the other person doesn’t respond. We think they are being inconsiderate or that they don’t care. We blame them for not making us happy, or we keep it to ourselves and become miserable. We think we’re the victims. After all, we’re the ones unhappy and unfulfilled. But truth is we are the ones who created the problem by not being clear with what we need. For me personally, I…
  • Breakdown vs Breakthrough

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

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

    Mind Snapshots
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
     
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    Palchoice

  • 5 things that successful people hate

    Santoshh Singh
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    The post 5 things that successful people hate appeared first on Palchoice. Do you want to know what are the 5 things that successful people hate? In fact they hate these things so much that they avoid it like a plague. And because they do this they are so successful in life. Every single person on this earth possesses these 5 things. But the best part is [...] The post 5 things that successful people hate appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic

    Santoshh Singh
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    The post Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic appeared first on Palchoice.   It is a dream of every blogger to attract millions of visitors to his blog. Obviously more visitor means more money and a successful blog. But most blogger struggle to attract sufficient traffic to their blog. Not getting enough traffic is an extremely frustrating and heart breaking experience. Lack of traffic can kill your [...] The post Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to prevent relationship from going sour

    Santoshh Singh
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    The post How to prevent relationship from going sour appeared first on Palchoice. We all want to prevent relationship from going sour with our loved ones? When two people are living together then there is every possibility that sometimes they will lock horns with each other. Everyone is different and hence their thinking is also different.  Your thinking and your parents thinking may be entirely different. There is [...] The post How to prevent relationship from going sour appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to stop worrying

    Santoshh Singh
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    The post How to stop worrying appeared first on Palchoice. Every now and then you must have thought in your mind how we can stop worrying? We all worry about so many things in our life. Some people are worried about money; some for job, marriage, children, promotion and the list goes on. To worry a bit is natural. But if you worry excessively about [...] The post How to stop worrying appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic

    Santoshh Singh
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The post Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic appeared first on Palchoice. Do you know which is the best comment plugin that can attract tons of traffic to your blog? My friend there is none… But wait there is a way… We should understand that crowd of every blog is different and so do their behavior. Nobody can give you a secret. A secret once told never [...] The post Best comment plugin for unlimited traffic appeared first on Palchoice.
 
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    Articles - Aiming for Okay

  • How To Make the Perfect Decision Every Time

    Kate Parrish
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    For the majority of my life, until a few months ago actually, I made decisions wildly with no baseline or clearly defined rationale. There was no checks and balance system at all. I'd make a decision, and when things worked out it felt like a lucky fluke. And when things didn't work out, I felt like a complete failure. It was exhausting.Earlier this year I was going through a particularly stressful time where I felt overwhelmed with commitments and pulled in a million directions. As someone who struggled with soul-crushing anxiety for many years, my default switch during this time was to…
  • Coming Next Tuesday. . .

    Kate Parrish
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
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