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Blog posts : "mental health"

Anxious Dilemma: When Taking A Break Causes Anxiety

March 16, 2013

A survey by Expedia shows that U.S. employees received an average of 12 vacation days in 2012. Typically, only 10 of the paid time off days were used. The only global area more workaholic is Asia, where workers were given about the same number of days off and used only half.

There is a different mind…

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Exposure To Depression Affects Our Antidepressant Attitude

March 7, 2013

When we participate in a situation through observation, we are experiencing the situation vicariously. Usually there are emotional responses to what we are witnessing. It could be a football game or imagining ourselves climbing Mt. Everest as we read about an expedition.

Vicarious experience gives us…

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Depression-Diabetes Connection: What You Need To Know

March 2, 2013

If you have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder, it is a good idea to be screened for diabetes. Similarly, should you have diabetes, you might think about getting checked for depression. The reason for this caution is that depression and diabetes are linked.

One connection between diab…

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Aaron Swartz, suicide, and the dilemmas of being above average

January 16, 2013

It seems an injustice to say that Aaron Swartz’s legal troubles caused his suicide.

Swartz was familiar with depression and his legal problems no doubt caused enormous stress. Stress exacerbates depression, and severe depression is agony. There is no better word for the experience than agony. Whe…

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Connecticut Shooting: Mental Illness Is Not the Answer, So What Is?

December 15, 2012

Violence is the willful act of inflicting harm on others. The perpetrator may or may not have a diagnosable mental health problem. Research does not uphold the idea that dangerousness should be associated with mental illness. With rare exceptions, violence is not committed because someone has a psyc…

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The Four Faces of Nostalgia: Tis the Season

December 9, 2012
Have you ever read a quote that makes an instant, permanent path in your neural network? It might be the words of Frank Zappa, “It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” 

From then on, the …

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Early holiday gift: Key to enjoying a fulfilling life

November 27, 2012
As an element of good mental and emotional health, fun does not get the respect it deserves. We can connect with others, learn, and get physical exercise while having fun, not that we always do.

People in a fun mood attempt to make whatever is happening amusing or enjoyable. They frequently infect ot…

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Depression: Lincoln's Black Dog

November 11, 2012
How interesting that the movie Lincoln opened during the U.S. voting season because if Lincoln were running for President today he would never win. Imagine headlines during the campaign such as, “Lincoln Rumored to See a Psychiatrist.” A week later another might read, “Pharmacist admits filling anti…

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Happiness: Increasing yours is not a daydream

October 21, 2012

It seems that even when listening to music, working on a craft, enjoying a walk, or a conversation our thinking mind spends up to 70% of that time daydreaming, or wandering away from what we are doing (presidential debates excluded?). This is not to say that all daydreaming is useless, but i…

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Stress less: Easy ways to be still without sitting still

October 14, 2012

We usually use the word stillness to indicate lack of movement, but stillness can also be the lack of apparent movement. A top spinning so quickly that it appears still illustrates how stillness can be motion-without-conflict; conflict would make the top wobble. 

The stillness of motion-wi…

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Golf and life: Winning the mind game

September 30, 2012

Scanning information on golf psychology confirms that, without doubt, life is a game. The primary mental mistakes that golfers make are the same mistakes we all make while schlepping through our days. 

What separates great golfers from the average weekend hacker is avoiding the mental pond…

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PTSD: Looking from the inside out

September 25, 2012

Knowing the symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) gives us an idea of what having it is like, but reading a list of symptoms does not trigger our emotions. With words we share concepts. We understand or empathize with each other because we share the same emotional language. 

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Suicide in the military: Operation prevention

September 16, 2012

The primary reason for death in the US Army is not vehicle accidents or combat; it is suicide.  

Army suicides rose 18% during the first six months of 2012, when compared to the same period in 2011. In the 26 year period of 1977 to 2003 there were 80% fewer suicides than between 2004 and 200…

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Who are you? Sorting through your clothes can be a revelation

September 3, 2012

Miguel de Cervantes wrote, “Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” He obviously never sorted through a closet stuffed with years of accumulated clothes (probably too busy with windmills). The way we do or do not let go of items we own tells us…

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Lance Armstrong's wise choice?

August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012 - None of us know what is in Lance Armstrong’s mind. We all see his refusal to continue fighting the doping charges through our own internal filters. Some interpret his action as an admission of guilt, and others as giving-up. Another possible interpretation is that he made a…

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Attention remedy for fear: Feed your strengths, starve your weaknesses

August 18, 2012

Sometimes we become so aware of our weaknesses that we lose sight of our strengths. If it is true that we energize whatever we focus on, being attentive only to our weaknesses serves to make us weaker.  

Giving our attention is a gift to the receiver. You know this is true when another pe…

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How to make healthy choices a piece of cake

August 11, 2012

Pam needs to leave for the gym; the yoga-for-stiff-bodies class starts in 20 minutes. Looking out the window, Pam notices the sky is as gray as her mood. The love of Pam’s life snored last night, keeping her awake, and now what the cat dragged in has more motivation than Pam. 

An interna…

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Scoop on Shyness and 3 Ways to Shrink It

August 9, 2012

 

Defining Shyness

Some experts define shyness and social anxiety as being different, frequently citing that social anxiety begins where shyness ends, wherever that is. One thing clearly distinguishing them is that shyness is considered a personality trait, while social anxiety is in the di…

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The mental game of gymnastics and relationships

August 4, 2012

The mental discipline that gymnasts demonstrate is amazing. They have a fair amount of downtime waiting for their turn on an event, and that is when anxious thoughts easily erupt.

It takes guts to put so much time and training on the line, especially a line that is stretched around the worl…

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The What, Why, and Who of Math Anxiety

August 2, 2012

If you have math anxiety, your issue with solving number problems may have nothing to do with your math capability, or a disdain of numbers. A study done in England reveals it might have a little to do with your gender, however.

Researchers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities define math …

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