Living Creatively with Moods

Getting Unstuck
November 14, 2017

When you find yourself unable to make progress towards a goal, it helps to know some tricks for “getting unstuck.” One…

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Language Predicts Stress Levels
November 9, 2017

The way that people use language predicts stress levels quite reliably, according to a 2017 study in the Proceedings of the…

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Exercise Prevents Depression
November 7, 2017

A study of 34,000 healthy adults followed for 11 years shows that exercise prevents depression. The authors of the study found…

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Suicide Survivor Day
Suicide Survivor Day for Loved Ones
November 4, 2017

Suicide Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in…

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App for Depression in Pregnancy – Nancy
November 3, 2017

Moodsurfing has looked at smartphone apps for depression and those for bipolar disorder and a new study is available that looks specifically…

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Time Change Mood Effects
October 31, 2017

This Sunday the Government will do its best to make its population more depressed.  It isn’t a conspiracy, but I encourage…

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Find Hope Despite Adversity
October 29, 2017

Finding hope can feel miraculous when wrestling with the endless challenges of any chronic illness, including depression. At the end of…

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News Media Create Stress
News Media Create Stress – Nancy
October 25, 2017

Bipolar disorder can make it hard to maintain stability of moods, and deal with the stresses of life.  The news and…

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Unpaid Emotional Labor
October 23, 2017

A new phrase captures neatly a dilemma that many good friends face: when are they being taken advantage of, being asked…

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Smartphone Apps for Depression
October 15, 2017

Are smartphone apps for depression effective? Two articles published in 2017 by a group of Australian and American researchers examined the…

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Recovering from Disaster
Recovering from Disaster – Reclaim Your World
October 11, 2017

It seems appropriate to write about an aspect of recovering from disaster. We have been through an extraordinary period of natural…

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Bipolar Depression Light Therapy
Bipolar Depression Light Therapy
October 6, 2017

The news that bipolar depression light therapy may be effective is good news and follows a series of studies this past…

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Decision Making
Better Decision Making – Nancy
October 5, 2017

Better decision making is important for many people dealing with how moods can influence our choices. How much self-control do you…

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Bipolar at Work
Bipolar at Work – Nancy
October 3, 2017

Bipolar At Work: Disclosure and Accommodation Federal law provides important protections for workers who are coping with disabling mental or physical…

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Feeling Trapped
September 30, 2017

Feeling trapped is one of the most painful emotional experiences. The need to escape from this place can sometimes lead us…

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Mood Planning – Gina
September 27, 2017

Mood planning is an activity that is closely aligned with the goal of this website: helping people to live creatively with…

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Contagious Moods
September 25, 2017

A well designed study of adolescents suggests that there are contagious moods. This study follows on earlier research suggesting that surrounding…

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Mood Spectrum
September 23, 2017

Author and psychiatrist James Phelps presented a thought provoking presentation about the notion of a mood spectrum (from very unipolar to…

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Mindfulness and Illness
September 20, 2017

Newcomers to the practice of mindfulness meditation tend to imagine that mindfulness practice should ideally be associated with a state of…

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Preparing for Fall
September 18, 2017

My fall preparation for 2017 illustrates the lessons learned over the past two years about what affects sleep.

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