Mixed mania is a type of depression, but it’s very hard to explain it to people I work with. In the view of mental health professionals, it makes a lot of sense to talk about a “mixed” state, which is a state of depression that generates lots of energy and agitation. The lethargy and slow speech of “typical” depression looks very different to an observer than the severe agitation of the mixed depressed state, but from the perspective of the person who is experiencing the mood, calling it “mixed mania” makes no sense at all. A mixed state feels very similar to a severe depression and feels not at all like the euphoric state of a typical mania. How many ... Read More
“Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” This “Serenity Prayer” attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, and often associated with Alcoholics Anonymous, is known to many, and found hanging in cross-stich patterns, wood carvings and photographs on walls across the country. It seems to offer a well-balanced road map for the complexities of life, and many of us take it as more of a resolution for action than a request for a gift from the Almighty. But it struck me recently that we may not be taking it in as well-balanced a manner as we might. From childhood, we are trained in and rewarded for ... Read More
Happy New Year to Moodsurfing readers. Nothing needs to be said about 2020 that hasn’t already been said. While acknowledging how hard things are for many people right now, Moodsurfing is looking ahead with confidence to the future. 2021 has to be a better year. Regular readers will probably remember that we like Rick Hanson and his educational programs, newsletters and books. Honestly we are in awe of both his message, which is inspirational and based in neuroscience, and his energy. Moodsurfing made it through most of The Foundations of Wellbeing course but it required quite a commitment of time. So, we were pleased to run across the announcement for Just One Minute, a subscription program that is both more ... Read More
What’s your seasonal mindset? Does Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) increase as latitude increases up into the far polar regions where winter nights are longest? A recent study from Norway found the opposite: people who live at higher latitudes have stronger coping skills and there is less change in subjective well-being over the course of a year. Kari Leibowitz, a researcher from Stanford, went to the far north of Norway to study why there appears to be less incidence of SAD at higher latitudes. She found that peoples’ “mindset” is an important determiner of their well-being during the dark winter days. She asked study participants to rate their agreement with such statements as “there are many things to enjoy about winter”, ... Read More
How good is your life? Psychologists look at factors like “subjective well-being”, “overall life satisfaction” and “positive affect” (good feelings) to measure the effects of particular events and situations on how well or badly people feel like they are functioning in the world. The coronavirus pandemic has had a notable and obvious effect on people’s sense of well-being, bringing about some level of negative feelings and appraisals for almost all of us. How we cope with a negative event such as a pandemic, or other natural disaster, impacts how well we can recover and move on with our lives in the midst of problems and challenges. Coping with Coronavirus Well A new study from Germany looked very specifically at subjective ... Read More
How do you recognize the symptoms of depression? Isn’t that something everyone should know? We’ve all learned how to recognize the symptoms of Covid 19, right? And other diseases have organizations that do public education about them, like cancer, heart disease, etc. Alexi Pappas, writing in the New York Times, says that everyone should be taught to recognize the symptoms of depression in the same way that we learn to take account of physical symptoms. Her podcast describes her own brush with major depression after record-setting runs and participation in the 2016 Olympics. Throughout her career as a runner, her coaches taught her to be aware of her body’s signals in order to get to and remain in top physical ... Read More
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