CBT Effective for Internet Addiction - Nancy
Internet gaming addiction is a growing concern internationally, and the number of patients complaining of serious problems that result from their uncontrolled internet use is on the rise. A recently published study from Germany looked at Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as a strategy to help these patients regain control of their internet use. The study took 143 men who had come to clinics in Germany and Austria complaining of inappropriate or dysfunctional internet usage. The group was divided in half and 72 men began the treatment while 71 were placed on a waiting list to serve as a control group. The problem behaviors reported by the men included online gaming (82 men), offline gaming (9 men), online pornography (23 men), ... Read More
Crime and Children - Nancy
How do we teach children to be confident, compassionate and resilient? How do we keep our kids safe without scaring them too much? In the past generation, the USA has developed a real obsession with protecting our children from violent crime. Many of us are old enough to remember the first appearances of pictures of missing children on milk cartons. But what had actually happened to these children? Around the time of the Sandy Hook mass shooting in December of 2012, Moodsurfing published this reflection on keeping kids safe. At that time, we had kids in elementary school and, of course, worried about violence and children all the time. However, our research revealed a real mismatch between the types of ... Read More
Stanford Mood Disorders Education Day
Stanford University will be hosting a Mood Disorders Education Day for families, communities and “Moodsurfers” themselves. The event is free, including a light breakfast and lunch, but you must pre-register to attend. Here’s the link for registration. The organizers say that the event usually fills up quickly, so it’s better to register early. Also, they request that you notify them if you have registered but are unable to attend so that the space can go to someone else. The Education Day program will include discussions of recent treatment advances, neuroscience, developmental challenges, and the influences of genetics and environment on mood disorders. Education Day also includes opportunities for Q&A panel discussions. The schedule includes information about recent research advances, a ... Read More
Two Minute Meditation for Energized States - Nancy
Meditation sounds like such a good idea, but who has time?  Especially when you’re energized and it feels like the world is your oyster.  Colors are brighter and light and shadow so much richer – who has time for meditation?  And yet, it’s when we’re in those high energy states that we know risky behavior is just around the corner.  We have heard from our clients that it’s just when the energy seems at its highest that a brief touchdown can make all the difference between lost time and usable energy. Two minutes. That’s all it takes to turn off the bright lights and get grounded again. If you can’t sit still, try some walking meditation techniques, or try Amy ... Read More
Attachment Behavior - Nancy
Does a stable romantic relationship give you a sense of security, or is it a source of anxiety? Do you have a partner who gets anxious at any potential separation between the two of you? Adult romantic relationships often reenact behaviors learned in infancy called attachment behavior. Attachment behavior theory looks at how infants develop relationships with their primary caregivers between birth and one year of age. Studies have found that infants seek to attach themselves to a caregiver that offers support, protection and care. If parents and other adults in the child’s life provide the care that makes them feel secure, they are able to recover quickly from any short separation from familiar adults. However, children who have not ... Read More
Gardening Therapy - Nancy
Can gardening play a role in mental health recovery and maintenance? A growing body of evidence and experience is showing strong positive results in getting people to make a closer connection with plants and growing things as part of treatment for a wide variety of conditions. From just taking Alzheimer’s patients on a walk through a garden to a six-month to one year training program in urban horticulture, gardens and gardening are taking a bigger role in health care. An article from the Guardian in the U.K. discusses the success shown by programs associated with public housing in urban areas. Even a small garden can provide space for residents to learn new skills and “get their hands dirty” giving them ... Read More

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