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Mindfulness and Anxiety
Mindfulness and Anxiety
More evidence for Mindfulness Mindfulness practices continue to gain in acceptability and evidence of effectiveness in a variety of settings. MoodSurfing has reported on several of these studies in the past, and we continue to monitor the state of the current research. A recent study1 looked at anxiety and considered pharmaceutical intervention compared with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), finding similar outcomes and acceptability with fewer adverse events during treatment for the MBSR intervention. MBSR consists of an 8-week training program with a one-day retreat mid-way, and a daily at-home 45 minute practice session.  While noting that this is a considerably higher commitment than taking a pill (Escitalopram) daily, we do find that people committed to this type of practice have ... Read More
How To Get Motivated for Change
How To Get Motivated for Change
New Year’s resolutions actually tap into a very strong human impulse to create start-over points in our lives and to use them to motivate improvements that we wish to incorporate into our regular lives. Internet searches for items like “diet” and “gym” that may be prompted by a desire to do something healthy show increased activity around the first day of the year and of the month, as well as other holidays, and even on Mondays. The motivation for change is there, and it’s urging us to move forward. However, we all have the experience of resolving to do something and then being unmotivated to follow through. Month after month, year after year, the same resolutions, the same high hopes ... Read More
New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions
How to make New Year’s Resolutions What is a New Year’s resolution, anyway? Are you always determined to make yourself a better person than you were before? Or is it more like the wish you make when you blow out your birthday candles: quickly thought up and quickly forgotten? Before you set this weight loss goal or that gym membership plan, spend some time thinking through what your long-term goal is. What will really motivate you to make improvements this year? What is pulling you forward towards your best life? In my own reflection on making and keeping New Year’s resolutions over the years, I have come up with some rules, or a framework, if you like, for the process ... Read More
<strong>Creativity and Mood</strong>
Creativity and Mood
Is it true that people with mental illness, particularly mood disorders, are more creative? Or do creative people more often develop mental illness? Does the medication given for mood swings dampen creativity? Are there different types of creativity that manifest themselves during heightened, depressed and normal moods? What is creativity, anyway? These are hotly debated questions but clear guidance is hard to come by. Small studies have been done, but since each one uses a different baseline for “creativity” it is impossible to compare them. Danish study: one large study in Denmark took academic achievement as its proxy for creativity and looked at close family members of university professors. They found higher-than-usual rates of mental illness (bipolar and schizophrenia) among ... Read More
Holidays and Mood
Holidays and Mood
It’s coming again: the holiday season! Intended as a time-out; a time to take a break from work, enjoy life for a while, share gifts, and eat great food, the holiday season in our complex society has become a stressor, not a relaxer. But stressful or not, the holidays come every year, and we all have to figure out how to cope. For people coping with mood swings all year ‘round, the extra highs and lows of the holiday season can be especially difficult, and if you aren’t careful, can throw of your stability for weeks or even months. But with careful preparation ahead of time, the stresses can be minimized and the celebration enhanced. Here’s how: 1. Planning, planning, ... Read More
How To Overcome Perfectionism
How To Overcome Perfectionism
Perfectionism is defined as refusing to accept anything except flawlessness. At first glance, this may seem like an admirable trait that will lead to, if not perfection, at least much higher quality in everything we do. However, perfectionism doesn’t work that way, it makes sufferers fearful of attempting anything that may turn out to have flaws. Human life being what it is, we already know that nothing is, in reality, perfect, and if we fear errors and imperfections too much, we can find our whole lives paralyzed by fear and indecision. A recent study1 on the treatment of perfectionism noted that there are various facets to the experience of perfectionism, including, unrealistically high personal standards, self-doubt, and an unnecessarily high ... Read More

About MoodSurfing

Welcome to MoodSurfing.com, the site that highlights strategies for living creatively with moods and coping with depression. This site is for people with bipolar, depression, cyclothymia, and others who experience powerful moods and want to figure out how to integrate these experiences into successful lives.

Although most of us are mental health clinicians of one kind or another, this site is not about providing people with medical or clinical advice (see below). We hope that we can help you cope with depression, maybe even allow you to live well with moods. 

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We have done a series of interviews with people who have interesting things to say about different aspects of living creatively with moods. You can find those under the heading “Conversations.

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