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Book Recommendation: Essentialism
Book Recommendation: Essentialism
Set goals and stick to them A client recently recommended a new book: Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.  Our client liked the way the book encouraged her to think “is this (object or activity) going to get you to your goals, or not?”  She said she learned to pare down the tools she was using, so that they are useful and useable, not a distraction in themselves.  She also found places online to download for free items, like date planners, that she had previously been buying.  Techniques like these helped her to look at what is essential in her life, and, she says, “the most important thing is to let go of all the things that ... Read More
Winter Insomnia
Winter Insomnia
Winter time insomnia For many, winter is a time to hibernate and sleep more, but others struggle more with insomnia when the mornings are dark.  A patient recently shared some morning routines she has discovered to battle both insomnia and depression during the darker months. “I still try to wake up at 6:30 am, which gives me a little bit of time for myself before the kids wake up. It actually is a bit more relaxed start to the day and that seems to help me stay a little more relaxed all day.” Before, she describes mornings as “that machine feeling of get up, make breakfast, get the kids up, yell at everyone to get ready and walk the dogs…” ... Read More
Quit Smoking
Quit Smoking
Grade A for effort In a conversation with a patient who was trying to quit smoking we discovered that people often grade themselves only for final success and not for “effort”. The patient said that he did feel like he is doing better, but he still has cravings for a cigarette, and he would like to be at a place where all the cravings are behind him. We pointed out that he is not giving himself credit for continuing to not smoke in spite of the cravings, rather, he is “grading” himself on whether or not the cravings continue. Since a smoker can’t control the cravings, the act of quitting is to not smoke, cravings or no cravings. Are we ... Read More
Exposure Therapy
Exposure Therapy
We were talking with a patient who had taken a jump into what seemed like a potentially difficult situation, by joining an online support group. She had hesitated to join the group for a long time, sharing that she had created a list of “things that could go wrong” about the group. When she joined the group, she initially got to know some people that she thought would support her. However, her negative expectations seemed to be fulfilled when she emailed some exciting (to her) news to the group and got no response. A few days later she got supportive emails from two members of the group who had, themselves, experienced unrelated barriers to communication earlier. Realizing that it was ... Read More
Winterize Your Brain
Winterize Your Brain
As days get shorter and nights get longer in the northern hemisphere, seasonal affective disorder starts once again to rear its ugly head.  Feeling sad or depressed during times when the outside world is literally darker is a not uncommon experience.  According to research, the experience of laziness, avoidance, and even despair in the winter season may affect up to 5% of the US population, and seasonal depression can last for some people up to 40% of the year. We should emphasize that seasonal affective disorder is a real problem, you can’t just “snap out of it”. If you experience sadness almost every day during the colder seasons, or if you find yourself sleeping unusually long hours, or unusually short ... Read More
International Bipolar Federation Virtual Event
International Bipolar Federation Virtual Event
The International Bipolar Federation, a frequent mention in this blog (See our sidebar “Outside Blogs”), is again hosting its annual Starry, Starry Night event online.  You can view the one-hour video of the event on Oct. 24, any time between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Pacific time. The event promises to be a packed hour of motivational speakers and real-life sharing of experience, we hope to see everyone there! ... Read More

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