The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Blog posts : "psychology"

The Tragedy of Hiding Individual and Societal Shame

March 31, 2014

The hiding of human emotion is common in modern culture. We become so good at it that we end up hiding our emotions not just from others, but from ourself. We pay a high price for this coverup, individually and as a society.

“Emotions are like breathing—they cause trouble only when obstructed,” say…

Read more

Vitamin D and Depression: Will Supplements Help?

April 26, 2013

We all know vitamin D is necessary for good health and that a lack of it can contribute to numerous health problems. Is depression one of those problems?

Research on the role vitamin D plays in mental health is growing. So far, studies have yielded links and tendencies between mood and levels of vita…

Read more

Falling Apart? How To Create Mental-Emotional Glue

April 15, 2013

One of the best coping methods for stress and symptoms of a mental illness is having a creative outlet, an activity we can pour ourselves into.

It can be anything we deeply engage in such as gardening, scrapbooking, baking, yoga, writing, woodworking, or painting. Writing poems is an excellent creati…

Read more

Finding Light In the Darkness of Depression

April 1, 2013

Our experience of life has much to do with the way we see or perceive it. One of the reasons a poem can be life altering is that it may change our experience by changing our view or perception of it.

April is National Poetry Month, the perfect time to explore the positive and profound effect well-ch…

Read more

Three Ways To Ditch Your Dark Depressive Thoughts

March 22, 2013

When you are caught in a depressive funk, it is important to get away from your thoughts.

Although these thoughts can seem inescapable, they’re not. We can escape them because our awareness is something we can control.

It takes effort to move our awareness where we want it, but with practice it gets…

Read more

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…

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s mood disorder treatment: Not an option for many in need

July 14, 2012

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for a mood disorder. There are depressive, bipolar, and substance induced mood disorders, making Jackson’s revelation so vague it seems more harmful than helpful. It leaves too much room for speculation although, we love to speculate. 

Read more

Obamacare, mental health, and what is normal anyway?

June 30, 2012

When you work in mental health the question of what is and isn’t normal always floats in the back caverns of the mind, waiting for another opportunity to ask itself. A more interesting question is, “Why do people put up with so many things that a sensible and even partly compassionate person…

Read more

The dance of diabetes and depression: Why you should learn the steps

June 8, 2012

Type 2 diabetes and depression have some things in common. They share the risk factors of obesity, inactivity, family history, blood pressure problems, and coronary artery disease. Some signs of very high or low blood sugar are also depressive symptoms, such as anxiety, fatigue, irritability…

Read more

Protests, passion, and change: Do your emotions rule you or fuel you?

May 22, 2012

Historically, both small and significant changes have started with anger or outrage over an injustice, or a need unmet. People use channels available to them, such as protests, to make their sentiments heard and felt. If that does not work and people know of no other recourse, violence can e…

Read more

Mental health month: Too many people are diagnosed, or are they?

May 19, 2012

The fact that almost any behavior outside normal (whatever that is) can be given a diagnosis is either appalling or ridiculous. So many having a diagnosis would not be as alarming except a plethora of people are being medicated, children included, in numbers that defy good sense.

Or, is all…

Read more

Divorce: Empower yourself by separating feeling and fact

May 16, 2012

An important thing to remember when going through a  divorce is that feelings serve a purpose but are not fact. Feelings are based on our inner reality while facts are shared observations over time.

It may be impossible to completely separate thought from emotion but humans can see thing…

Read more

Mental health in plain sight: May is mental health month

May 5, 2012

May is Mental Health Month and this year Mental Health America is advocating two significant themes. One is Do More for 1 in 4. The second is Healing Trauma’s Invisible Wounds.

Do More for 1 in 4 refers to the one in four adults in the U.S. who have a diagnosable and treatable mental health con…

Read more

Mental health: Concussions and the repercussions of being human

May 4, 2012

The death of Junior Seau might be the ultimate consequence of brain concussions received while playing in the NFL, but there are other significant factors to consider as well. Without speculating which factors, if any, played a part in Seau’s death, they are relevant to the mental health of …

Read more

WWDC: Widening world of digital counseling; treating depression in children and adolescents

April 28, 2012

It was bound to happen sooner or later. There is a 3D computer fantasy game that teaches good thinking habits as effectively as biological therapist units can. The game, designed for children and adolescents, is called SPARX (not to be confused with SPANX which are women’s undergarments). …

Read more

Children with bipolar disorder: Maybe true, definitely troubling

April 24, 2012

If the incidence of a childhood illness increased 4,000% in 9 years, you would think more people would be alarmed. The diagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (PBD) did increase that much from 1994 to 2003, and is still on the rise. There is more buzz in the media about it the past few years…

Read more

Holocaust: The heart turned inside out

April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2012 — Mixed in with today’s media buzz about the NFL draft, hockey suspensions, political wars, and current scandals, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Is the memory of the Holocaust as strong today as it was 40 or 50 years ago? That is unlikely, but it is a part of histor…

Read more

Tax deadline spotlights procrastination: Nuisance habit or problem?

April 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2012 - Some of us remember one or both parents hovering over tax forms, a pencil in their mouth, madly punching numbers into a mechanical calculator. Somehow, they managed to stuff the IRS envelope and make it to the post office before midnight on April 15th, year after…

Read more

20 Blog Posts
Create a Free Website at Bravenet.com.