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Best of Our Blogs: October 27, 2017

As part of my emotional and physical health I’ve drastically cut out processed foods, which includes sweets. For most of my life, sugary treats were an emotional salve. It was a socially acceptable way to deal with pain and upset. After facing health challenges in my thirties, I had to make a decision-was I going to continue on this path of junk food and possibly cut my life short or find healthier ways to cope? Since the birth of my children, I’ve radically change my view on food. I see it now as a form of medication, a healing way to “treat” my body and mind. This weekend marks the beginning of the holiday season. If you’re participating in the sugary festivities this year, psychologist and mindful eating expert Dr Susan Albers says eating dark chocolate daily, snacking on yogurt and pumpkin seeds, and adding coconut oil or cinnamon to chocolate are great ways to prevent overconsumption during Halloween. Working on your emotional stuff, however, is a direct  way to address the root of your problems so read our top posts before you head out to those weekend activities. Are You a Narcissist? (The Impact of Sex Addiction) – Do you mistrust psychotherapy? Are you alarmed when you make a mistake? If you answered yes, you might be a narcissist. Finish the rest of this self-test to find out. How Childhood Abuse Becomes Self-Abuse (Psychology of Self) – This is the reason why you struggle with self-harm, self-sacrifice, aggressive beha...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs

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As a relatively new and still poorly recognized concept, few people come to therapy identifying as suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). As a rule, a diagnosis of C-PTSD comes only after the process of self-discovery in therapy has begun. When people suffering from C-PTSD are referred to a therapist, or decide to seek help for themselves, it is usually because they are seeking help for one of its symptoms, including dissociative episodes, problems forming relationships, and alcohol or substance abuse. One of the more common issues that leads to the discovery of C-PTSD is the presence of an eating ...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Anorexia Binge Eating Bulimia Eating Disorders Loneliness Psychology PTSD Trauma Treatment affect regulation Bingeing Body Image C-PTSD Child Abuse child neglect Childhood Trauma complex posttraumatic stress di Source Type: news
The words, “You’ve suffered no hardship,” ring in Meg McGuire’s ears as she watches her forty-three year old son receive a sentence to four years in prison. It is then that she realizes there are some things a mother’s love simply cannot overcome, and mental illness is one of them. In her riveting memoir, Blinded by Hope: My Journey Through My Son’s Bipolar Illness and Addiction, McGuire tells the story of her son Ryan who battles bipolar, addiction and incarceration. Yet on a much larger level, McGuire exposes the messy and often heartbreaking reality of mental illness. In the...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Bipolar Book Reviews Dual Diagnosis Family Parenting Personal Stories Substance Abuse Bipolar Disorder Depression skateboarding Source Type: news
The usefulness of medical marijuana for the treatment of mental illness and disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia is an open question today. There have been only a few really good studies on this issue, and their findings are decidedly mixed. So let’s dive into the question and see if medical marijuana can help the symptoms of mental illness, or is it more likely to cause harm? The reason this is a very complex issue is because, unlike medical marijuana for chronic, debilitating pain, there’s a lot of additional factors that must be taken into account when studying mental i...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Disorders General Research Treatment anxiety Bipolar Disorder Cannabis Depression Medical Marijuana Source Type: blogs
When she was just 13 years old, Jenn Cohen fell in love with the circus and was determined to make a career out of it, which was highly unusual at the time.She explained in an inspiring TEDx talk that she worked incredibly hard to get to a point in her career where she “arrived,” performing in Europe, garnering accolades and attention — the place where she always aspired to be. And yet she felt empty. “I was under the illusion that once I was able to prove myself, that those feelings of self-doubt and low self-worth would disappear,” she said. She did feel confident for a moment...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Depression Industrial and Workplace Mental Health and Wellness Self-Esteem Success & Achievement Ambition Bipolar disorder and acceptance Depressive Episode Mood Disorder Source Type: blogs
A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently discovered why the drug ketamine may act as a rapid antidepressant. Ketamine is best known as an illicit, psychedelic club drug. Often referred to as “Special K” or a “horse tranquilizer” by the media, it has been around since the 1960s and is a staple anesthetic in emergency rooms and burn centers. In the last 10 years, studies have shown that it can reverse — sometimes within hours or even minutes — the kind of severe, suicidal depression that traditional antidepressants can’...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Depression Medications Research addictive Bipolar Disorder dissociative anesthetic Drug Abuse Ketamine Major Depressive Disorder Mood Disorder Mood Stabilizer Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs
The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has definitely caused some recent controversy. Some feel that the show encourages teens to think about suicide as a viable option to deal with their problems while others feel it spotlights the issues of youth suicide, bullying, and sexual assault which plague our society. What’s important is that the show has people talking, especially about the taboo subject of suicide and we’re overdue for this discussion. There’s a stigma to suicide which is perpetuated by the silence surrounding it. We need to break this silence so those suffering will feel safe reaching out for help....
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Bullying Celebrities Children and Teens Depression Happiness Inspiration & Hope Minding the Media Self-Help Suicide 13 Reasons Why Bipolar Disorder Despair Negativity Parasuicide Pessimism Rape Sexual Assault Shame Suff Source Type: blogs
Whenever I hit a depression rut, where I feel disabled by the illness and therefore pathetic for being brought to my knees by a bunch of thoughts, it helps me to review celebrities — esteemed politicians, actors, musicians, comedians, astronauts, writers, and athletes — that I admire from both the past and present who have also wrestled the demons of depression and bipolar disorder. I feel less alone knowing that this infuriating condition doesn’t discriminate, and that I’m fighting alongside some of the world’s most talented and accomplished people. Here are a few of the luminaries that ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Bipolar Celebrities Depression Inspiration & Hope Ashley Judd Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Ii Disorder Brooke Shields Depressive Episode famous Jared Padalecki Manic Episode Matt Lauer Mood Disorder Winston Churchill Wynonna Judd Source Type: blogs
In the day since Carrie Fisher’s passing was announced on Tuesday morning, the actress, author, comedienne, script doctor, and advocate has been receiving much of the media praise she was denied in life. While the press was always happy to reference Fisher’s talents as a performer, her unwillingness to self-censor was often seen as—at best—a quirk, and—at worst—a cause for irritation. It’s a well-worn platitude that culture doesn’t always know what to do with celebrities who don’t abide by the normal decorum of fame, and this goes doubly (both in and out of the limeligh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
When Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday morning at age 60, she left behind a legacy of being one of the first and most vocal Hollywood celebrities and actors to speak openly about mental illness. Specifically, Fisher battled bipolar disorder and addiction throughout most of her life, but never was shy speaking about these demons, all the while never letting herself be solely defined by them. So while most of the world will remember her as Princess Leia — the fierce, independent heroine in the original Star Wars movies — many people will remember her for her ability to give dignity to those living with the mos...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Bipolar Celebrities Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Minding the Media Bipolar Disorder Carrie Fisher Carrier Fisher Debbie Reynolds Mental Disorder Princess Leia Source Type: blogs
Tochi Onyebuchi is a Columbia Law School, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Yale graduate with strong experience in both domestic and international legal work and research. He has studied extensively in France, conducted research in the Balkans, and worked on a team to help secure habeas corpus relief for a man unjustly imprisoned in Connecticut. He has appeared in Nowhere Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, and the critically-acclaimed anthology Panverse Three. In our conversation below, we sat down to discuss the perception and reality of bipolar II disorder, alongside mental health issues such as addiction and comorb...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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