MoodSurfing

Luminette Light Therapy Glasses
Weak circadian rhythms, seasonal mood symptoms, and disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue are common problems for people with depression and bipolar, the Luminette light therapy glasses may be a key part of a practical strategy to counteract these problems. Light therapy (very bright light, usually in the morning) has been shown to improve seasonal and non-seasonal depression in people with unipolar and bipolar depression. And light doesn't have side effects. However getting light exposure can be a challenge for people who lead very busy lives. Many people feel they don't have time in the morning to use a therapy light. Luminette light therapy glasses allow you to get bright light while you are getting ready to start the day. The ... Read More
Stopping Medications – How and When to Do It
Most people with depression and/or bipolar think about stopping medications at one point or another. The results can be disastrous or good depending, in part, on the motivation for change and how it is done. As with any major life decision, it is best not to approach the decision with too much of a sense of urgency. If you’re feeling tremendously frustrated about how you are doing, and if you’re basic idea is that “nothing can be worse than this” so “screw it” you are just going to stop your medications... the odds of this working out well are pretty low. On the other hand, if you’ve been thinking about it for a while and wondering whether a certain medication ... Read More
Raising Healthy Children
Raising healthy children is always challenging, a source of joy but also a source of anxiety. And having depression can add to the challenge. And yet many, many women that we have worked with have had successful pregnancies and raised wonderful, healthy, happy children. One key to success is paying attention to how mood can influence not only ourselves but also our family and children. Paying the right kind of attention, getting the help you need, and being optimistic that if you do so you will have the family that you want, is the key. Parents who are themselves struggling with depression and/or anxiety issues may worry about passing these issues on to their children. There are a few actions ... Read More
Morning Ritual Improves Mood
A morning ritual improves mood – For people who are trying to live creatively with moods, how the day starts can have a powerful impact. And the morning ritual is an effective way of changing that experience. Researchers have found that organized patterns of behavior (rituals) help our brains cope with uncertainty and reduce anxiety.  So if you’re not sure what is going to happen today, and if that’s a source of anxiety, you can give yourself a greater sense of control and calmness by starting the day on a familiar, carefully planned routine.  This morning ritual doesn’t have to be long, just a clear, organized pattern that you can follow so you get everything done without having to think ... Read More
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is the relaxation technique that I have had the most success with, (and I have tried many of them!) - by that we mean a technique to help in the moment with stress and anxiety, as opposed to something like mindfulness meditation or another meditation technique, which works best as a regular practice that over time reduces anxiety. A clinical trial comparing Progressive Muscle Relaxation with medication for reduction of anxiety and depression in cancer patients showed that, with training, patients experienced similar results using this relaxation technique compared with those receiving anti-anxiety medication. Many people I know use these techniques every night before lying down for sleep and find that it helps them to have a much ... Read More
Cynical Hostility
Cynical hostility is a personality style of cynicism and anger mismanagement in social relationships. Sometimes called chronic anger, it is associated with mistrust and weakened social support networks. In a recent study, researchers from France and University College London looked at data from a long-term study of 3,399 British civil servants. Those in the top 25% of cynical hostility levels were over four-and- a-half times more likely to be become depressed 20 years later in the follow-up. There is some evidence to suggest that this style of coping (or not coping) with the world is increasing. Certainly levels of distrust for others are on the rise in the United States and those who seem to be the most mistrustful are also showing unprecedented reductions ... 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. 

If you like what you see here, be sure to sign up to get updated with new posts. 

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.

DISCLAIMER

This site is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual. Through this site and linkages to other sites, Moodsurfing provides general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this site, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. Moodsurfing is not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

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  • Janet

    Would like to subcribe to this plz

    • PeterForster

      All you need to do is click on the Subscribe button on the RIGHT of the main menu. Thanks for your interest.

  • Hi, I´m an artist and teacher and got diagnosed BP1 with psychosis last summer and since then been trying to find a way of dealing with my disability. So I´m glad I´ve found this page and just signed up for the forum. Hope to see you there 🙂

    Sam

    • PeterForster

      Welcome. Thank you for visiting.

  • Janet S

    There is an option to sign in with username and password, but I can’t find an option to register.

    • PeterForster

      The sign in does not seem to be working. I will try to figure this out on Sunday. Sorry.