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
Electronic screens of all kinds emit light, especially from the blue end of the color spectrum, and blue light is known to increase insomnia and disrupt circadian rhythms. Our ancestors woke up when the sun rose, and went to bed when it set, with maybe a brief lengthening of waking times using firelight or lamplight. Nowadays, however, we have light, lots of light, in our homes for many hours after dark has fallen outside. We need to work harder at establishing and keeping to circadian sleep-wake patterns because of the wide-ranging effects they have on our physical and mental health. Blue light blocking glasses, either alone or in combination with complete darkness in the bedroom have been shown to have ... Read More
The actress and singer Selena Gomez has just released a documentary: “My mind and me”, available on Apple+ TV. In the documentary, Gomez describes her struggle with the autoimmune disease, lupus, in parallel with severe bipolar disorder. For several years, she suffered from extreme mood swings and dangerous manic episodes followed by depressive episodes when she couldn’t get out of bed. Only after being hospitalized with psychotic symptoms did she receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and only after some time of coping with that did she find a doctor who could help her find a workable treatment system that allowed her to get on with her life. Gomez shares that she was very reluctant to release the documentary, which ... Read More
Abundant evidence shows that exercise is helpful in depression and anxiety, in fact, some specialists suggest that exercise should be the first intervention attempted in cases of mild to moderate depression. However, research into the relationship of exercise and bipolar has been spotty, at best. The available studies have used very small study groups, and have not considered different types of exercise, or compared an exercise program, such as a gym or group with physical activity in daily life, such as walking or stair-climbing. Also the studies have been weak in considering confounding factors, like race and socioeconomic status. Nonetheless, there is reason to believe that exercise regimes and recommendations should take a larger part in treatment of bipolar. For ... Read More
As the global Covid-19 pandemic winds down and people return to work and school, many are experiencing feelings of discomfort with face-to-face interactions that, once, were normal everyday occurrences. People are feeling “weird” about being in public spaces and interacting with teams, workgroups, staffs, or classes full of people. Data from the “Understanding America Study” an ongoing internet panel at the University of Southern California shows that key personality traits have shifted across the country, no matter the age, ethnicity, or other demographics. The panel first began collecting survey answers in 2014, drawing upon publicly available data from about 7,000 participants who responded to a personality assessment administered before and during the pandemic. Current scores show declines in key personality ... Read More
Growing evidence shows a strong correlation between poor diet and mental illness. People suffering from severe mental illness consume more calories, more salt and sugar, and fewer nutrient dense foods like vegetables, nuts and fruit. Evidence also shows that the poor diet is not a result of mental illness, but is discernable in the months and years before diagnosis. Furthermore, binge eating is a recognized pattern with mental illness, and can become comorbidity as well. Correlation is not causation, meaning that we can’t yet say that poor diet causes mental illness, but there is a clear connection within the extremely complex relationship between physical and mental health. Diet and nutrition are critical components of care and treatment of mental health ... Read More
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