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Suicide and Drug Overdose Increasing in the USA
2016 data now available from the Center for Disease Control show that suicide is now a leading cause of death for adults aged 25 – 44, at 16.9 deaths per 100,000, it exceeds the rate of death from heart disease in this age cohort. For those aged 15 – 24, suicide is now the second highest cause of death. It has also risen among children aged 1 – 14, and now accounts for 0.8 per 100,000 in that age cohort. Drug overdose is also a rising cause of death among people of all ages, and together these two, suicide and drug overdose deaths have brought about a drop in overall life expectancy at birth from 78.7 years to 78.6 years ... Read More
80 Pleasurable Things  -  Nancy
Here’s a list of 80 fun or pleasurable things to do. Some of them are simple to arrange and quick to accomplish, and some require some planning and preparation, or even money. But all of them can be enjoyable experiences. Remember that motivation is less important than just doing it. Even if you don’t feel like it, or don’t think it will be fun, it’s better to do it anyway, and let the motivation follow, not lead. First, go through the list and cross off things that really don’t look like fun to you. For some people, swimming, for example is never a fun thing to do or to contemplate doing. Then choose a few that you can go ahead ... Read More
Exercise Improves Sleep Quality  -  Nancy
Insomnia is a significant problem in the United States, and for individuals grappling with mood and/or anxiety disorders, sleep loss can contribute to ill health, including immune function, cognitive functioning, and even cardiovascular problems. However, use of medication for insomnia does not have a good track record. These medications have significant risks and adverse side effects, and often lose effectiveness over time. Those who, for whatever reason, choose to limit their medication use need to look for help in other ways. A recent meta-analysis covering patients with mental illness and insomnia considered the effectiveness of exercise as a non-medication intervention. The eight studies analysed found significant patient-reported improvements in sleep quality when following exercise programs. The studies included individuals with ... Read More
children behavior problem
For readers who have children a common concern is what to do with children’s behavior problems. Of course, there’s no one size fits all solution to the problem but over the years we’ve been repeatedly impressed with the effectiveness of the solutions to be found in a series of books by psychologist Kevin Leman entitled Have a New Kid by Friday, Have a New Teen by Friday, and Have a New Husband by Friday. Jonathan finally decided to get serious about his kid’s bad behavior when he got hit by a crayon right next to his eye, while he was entertaining business guests at his home. Although his kid’s behavior had been disrupting his home life for several months, he ... Read More
A Social Media Resource - Reader Contribution
Moodsurfing continues to monitor developments in the field of online help for mood disorders and mental health generally, we have looked at several newly available resources here and here. Of course, there are negatives as well, but overall, we are observing a trend of more and more useful and useable online programs and communities. Here, we share a reader’s recommendation about Reddit, and its communities, called “subreddits”. Reddit is a site where people post about their own interests and concerns and others can comment or respond. The site claims 138,000 active communities, of which two are reviewed below: When I was first diagnosed, and ever since actually, the idea of going to a support group has been unappealing to me ... Read More
Books for Anyone Who's Had a Rough Year -  Nancy
Here’s a fun –looking list from Buzzfeed of “Books for anyone who’s had a tough year” – and who hasn’t? We are familiar with a couple of these, but this is not a list reviewed by Moodsurfing staff, it’s just a post we ran across that has some intriguiging reader reviews for each suggested book. I know in my own life that there have been several times when someone handed me just the book I needed at that moment, and I hope that this list may do the same for Moodsurfing readers.  Books can really touch us at deep places, if it’s the right book at the right time.  So give this list a whirl, you may just find a ... Read More

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