In: Self Help

Ready for Change
Ready for Change?
June 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Change The process of getting ready for change has been the focus of the research of James Prochaska…

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Nature and Wellbeing – Gina
June 5, 2017

Nature and Wellbeing Many patients I work with speak of the value that nature plays in their lives and I can…

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Radical Acceptance and Coping with Bipolar Disorder – Gina
May 24, 2017

What is radical acceptance? Radical acceptance is an approach named by Marsha Linehan, PhD who created Dialectical Behavior Therapy that is…

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12 Steps
May 21, 2017

There are a few people in my experience who are as impressive in maturity and integrity as those people we have worked…

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Shame and Guilt After Mania – Gina
May 10, 2017

Addressing Shame and Guilt After a Manic Episode I have witnessed the immense pain caused by the shame and guilt experienced…

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Boost Creativity by Walking
May 1, 2017

“How can I get my creativity back?” One of my patients, who has been wrestling with depression for quite a…

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Mood Trends
April 25, 2017

Mood trends are useful to track in order to prevent a full blown episode of depression, hypomania or mania. I…

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Sleep Apps and Wearable Devices
April 19, 2017

Many of the people I see complain of poor quality sleep, and a number of them have tired using various sleep…

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Early Intervention Can Prevent Episodes
April 14, 2017

Early intervention can prevent episodes of depression or hypomania or mania. This is not always the case but most of the…

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Mania Warning Signs in the Eyes – Gina
April 5, 2017

Recognizing Mania Warning Signs, Even in the Eyes Knowing and understanding warning signs of depression, hypomania and mania can be crucial…

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Pace Yourself for More Manageable Moods
April 3, 2017

I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to pace yourself so that you can capture some of the…

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Hope and Self Efficacy – Gina
March 25, 2017

Believing you can create change in your life is the foundation for successfully making the change. Self efficacy is the sense that…

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Support for Depression – How to Get More
March 23, 2017

Many of the people I see feel that it’s very hard to get support for their depression. They may find it…

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Positive Emotions
March 19, 2017

We had a wonderful conversation (see the conversations tab on this site) with two smart young UC Berkeley graduate students in…

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Recovery from Bipolar
March 2, 2017

Planning for Recovery from Bipolar I recently came across a great account from a man living with Bipolar Disorder, Steven Propst….

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Bipolar 101 – The Basics and Beyond
February 18, 2017

Bipolar 101, an online course hosted by Gateway Psychiatric begins March 17, 2017: Bipolar 101 – The Basics and Beyond. The…

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Harm Reduction
February 2, 2017

Reducing the Harm of Substances in Your Life: A Harm Reduction Approach Have you noticed that your substance use is impacting…

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Interpersonal Effectiveness and DEAR MAN
January 28, 2017

For many people with depression, it can be hard to find an assertive, but not hostile, way of dealing with conflict….

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Facebook Friends May Save Your Life
January 21, 2017

Facebook friends may help you live longer. This is the surprising result of a recent study that received a lot of…

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Chronotherapy and Getting Up Early
January 18, 2017

Getting up early is one of the best ways of counteracting depression. And having a strong circadian rhythm is especially important for people with bipolar depression because their internal “clock” may be less powerful. But it can be a challenge making a change in your sleep cycle, especially if you have always been a late riser. …

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