Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Small Everyday Pleasures Make a Big Difference

How effective are everyday stress management techniques in helping keep a person healthy? How strongly do everyday happy events affect you? One study indicates that a small pleasant everyday event boosts the immune system for two days, while a small, everyday stressful event depresses the immune system for about a day.

At Stonybrook University, Dr. Arthur Stone, a psychologist, conducted a research study with about 100 men. He measured the effects of fun get togethers with friends an family on the immune system. Dr, Stone found that the uplifting effects of a social gathering on Monday will last until Wednesday, But a stressful event, such as being criticized at work, will negatively affect the immune system for only a day.

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Valentine’s Day Relationship Skill: Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now 

by Joni Mitchell

Moons and Junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

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DBT Skill: Learn to Distract Yourself from Negative Thoughts, Behaviors, Feelings

A definition and overview of DBT’s Distress Tolerance can be found here.

So, the basic foundation of DBT is to think about the idea that pain and suffering are part of life and can’t be avoided or removed. And learning to detach from the situation and not add more pain by judging yourself and others for what is.

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New Year, New Dreams: Eight Keys to Successful Therapy Plus the Bonus Key

When I was in therapy, I was always curious about what techniques were behind my therapists work. I read alot about different psychotherapeutic approaches. I wondered if she knew what was best for me, or should I try some other things?

I had these questions in mind when I  began to study psychotherapy.  Which therapies work best as there are alot of techniques out there!  Which therapy approach would work best for my clients? How could I know what I studied was the best I could offer to my clients? And my clients ask me to differentiate between the therapies as well.

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Urban Legend: Suicide Is More Frequent During the Holidays

You are Not Alone. You Are Not to Blame.

With Help, You Will Feel Better

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7 Mental Health Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

1. Be kind to yourself. Practice being non-judgmental about yourself. Be mindful of  your internal chatter; if it is negative, stop and think, Would I say this to/about a friend? And don’t say it about yourself. Counter negative thoughts with realistic reframing!  Change “I won’t get all of this done because I’m all alone!” which is multi-layered, packed with anxiety and then secondarily layered up with fears of being alone to “I can do a reasonable amount of things this holiday season.”

Mindfulness practices are skills that can be learned (Istock/awelo)

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2017 – Day 1 of 30 Days of Gratitude

Today begins my 30 Days of Gratitude.

Day #1: I’m grateful for my good health. After fighting for my health for almost 2 years, I feel good once again and I’m grateful for every day that my body is healthy and functioning.

You can follow along for the next 30 days on my social media accounts for all 30 of the Gratitude Posts!

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EPDS can help you determine if you are postpartum depressed

Perinatal mood disorders are the most common complication of childbirth. 15 – 20 % of women experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth. Postpartum depression is the most common term used, but there are a few differential diagnoses that can be found in the perinatal mood distress category. Postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety (PPA), postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorders, postpartum psychosis and postpartum birth trauma. You can find out more about these categories at the BirthTouch® website or at Postpartum Support International.

Screening

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EMDR, PTSD, Neuroplasticity and “Limbic System Therapy”

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) . Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, the Director of the Trauma Institute in Boston, is a strong proponent of EMDR for the treatment of trauma.

Learning and reconditioning of existing circuits occur when neuronal connections are built and rebuilt. What wires together, fires together. (Istock:Sahskinw)

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, over a lifetime of treating persons with trauma, has evolved the treatment of trauma to include what he calls “limbic system therapy” (van der Kolk, 2015). Limbic system therapy uses body-based therapies to focus on calming reactive hyper- and hypo -aroused emotional brain centers using body based therapies.

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DBT STOP & TIP Skills: Life is worth living even if there is pain

Pain and distress are a part of life and cannot be avoided and Life is worth living even if there is pain

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