Meditation Apps: a new review Meditation is one of the best ways to cope with the stresses and anxieties of daily life, and MoodSurfing has long been a fan of awareness and relaxation techniques from many sources. Recently, the phenomenon of websites and apps to facilitate the meditation experience has become widespread and the field is competitive and constantly changing. The five best Writing on the website Zapier, author Harry Guinness does us all a big favor by reviewing five of the “best”, not only by content, but also considering ease of user interface, varied content, beginners’ programs, and availability of a free trial. Beyond the free trial, most have a subscription cost, but he also highlights “the best free ... Read More
Bipolar disorder usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood, but it takes on average 10 years between the onset of symptoms and correct diagnosis and treatment. A recent article in the New York Times looks more deeply into the issues and controversies surrounding early diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. Dr. Boris Birmaher, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is quoted as saying: “Pediatric bipolar disorder severely affects normal development and psychosocial functioning, and increases the risk for behavioral, academic, social and legal problems, as well as psychosis, substance abuse and suicide. The longer it takes to start appropriate treatment, the worse the adult outcomes.” Yet young people with mood dysfunction are often treated for ... Read More
Films and documentaries about mental illness, gay and lesbian issues, mental illness and creativity, and hidden and untold histories are coming out of the metaphorical closet in 2021. MoodSurfing has received notice of several important new contributions in the film and mental illness field, and we are looking forward to more in the future. Mysteries of Mental Illness The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has a four-part documentary called “Mysteries of Mental Illness”, exploring “the story of mental illness in science and society, tracing the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. [It] examines the dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and give voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of ... Read More
Misalignment of daily schedule and body clock linked to depression Are you a morning person or a night person? This may be more than just a preference for day work or night work, researchers have isolated genes that are linked to differences in circadian rhythms, and are now studying how this genetic preference may play out in people’s work and daily life schedules. So-called “night people” are found to have a higher risk of anxiety and depression and may also report lower perceived well-being than “morning people”. A study conducted on volunteers in the UK suggests that the cause may be that the structure of most work schedules tends to favor the morning preference, while those whose circadian pattern includes ... Read More
A friend and fellow psychiatrist, Ravi Chandra, MD, has produced a documentary about the impact of the twin pandemics of COVID and the more visibly surfacing wounds of racial trauma, and now announces its world premiere at the Queens World Film Festival on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 4 pm EST. For tickets and trailer click here. Ravi writes: “How do we hold grief and rage? How do we find meaning? Rumi wrote “keep your eyes on the bandaged place; that is where the light enters you.” This hourlong documentary features three Asian American men in mid- to later-life: Ravi Chandra, Truong Tran, and QiRe Ching. They are all artists in one or more media, two are psychotherapists, and all ... Read More
Return to the office? Well, maybe People who have been able (or forced) to work from home during the pandemic are estimated to be about one-third to one-half of the US workforce. For these workers, who may have been called “office workers” in the past, a big reckoning is coming up. Some are anxious to return to the office environment full time, others hope not to have to do so. Many are telling pollsters that they would prefer more flexibility – working from home some days and going to the office on other days. As stay-at-home orders ease and vaccination covers more and more people, we are all starting to think about “afterwards”. And many people are thinking about ways ... Read More
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