In: self help

The Power of Daily Rituals: A Morning Walk
September 4, 2014

What is the power of a morning walk? Even such a simple daily ritual can have profound effects on mood. After…

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Robin Williams: Preparing for Depression – Lyndsey
September 2, 2014

Much has been made of Robin Williams’ ongoing struggle with darkness culminating with his suicide after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease….

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Working with a Psychiatrist Effectively
September 2, 2014

If you are a psychiatrist, sometimes you have an opportunity to experience a response to treatment that seems like a miracle. But…

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Foundations of Wellbeing
August 23, 2014

Rick Hanson’s Foundations of Wellbeing online seminar is going to help many people enjoy better, richer, happier lives. As regular readers…

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Rick Hanson – Trust in Love
August 20, 2014

It has been a while since we mentioned Rick Hanson’s wonderful website and listserve – Just One Thing. Along comes not…

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Mood Charting Part 1
July 24, 2014

“My medications work for a while and then they just stop working…” “I have tried everything and nothing works…” “I have…

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Mindfulness and Impermanency: The Practice of Acknowledging the Temporary – Arnrow
July 9, 2014

After reading this article by TV producer-turned-mindful meditation enthusiast, Mark Koberg, I have been reflecting on how my awareness of permanency,…

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Longevity and Having a Purpose in Life
May 29, 2014

Studies in older adults have suggested that having a sense of purpose in life can add years to longevity. Now researchers…

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Training Your Brain – by Lyndsey
May 13, 2014

I’m an avid animal lover in general, and dog lover in specific. I take a lot of life’s cues from dogs…

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Bipolar for Beginners
April 29, 2014

So you’ve just learned that you are bipolar.  If you’re like me, things in your outer world have unraveled and you…

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Quitting Smoking Improves Mood
April 2, 2014

A study published in the British Medical Journal reports that quitting smoking had a simillar positive effect on mood as an…

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Internet Therapies Generate Interest
April 1, 2014

There is increasing interest in “apps” that can support mental health (one of our most enthusiastic readers recently posted a query…

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Yoga for Mood and Health
March 26, 2014

Many of our patients with chronic mood disorders report that beginning yoga and doing it consistently has been associated with periods…

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Looking for Volunteers Who Want to Get Better
March 2, 2014

One of my patients ran across this game and thought it might be of use. I went online and checked it…

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Befriending Stress
February 10, 2014

A colleague recommended this fantastic TED talk by Kelly McGonigal on the cardiovascular and social benefits of befriending stress (and potentially…

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Media Makes PTSD Much Worse
February 3, 2014

It was a sunny October day in 1989. Game 3 of the Battle of the Bay baseball World Series between…

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Reduce Your Social Stress
January 26, 2014

Regular readers of this blog know that I really like the writings of Rick Hanson (he has a wonderful email list…

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Exercise or Inactivity Changes Your Brain’s Structure and Its Resilience to Stress
January 26, 2014

This past year has been a remarkable year in terms of new studies examining the effects of exercise on your brain….

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Distress Tolerance
December 14, 2013

I have been doing some blog – surfing and happened upon a wonderful series, on the “disorderly chickadee” site that I…

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EmPowerPlus – Placebo or Nutritional Treatment for Bipolar?
December 14, 2013

I have been surfing the web looking for other blogs on the topic of bipolar. It is an interesting and…

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