Anxiety and Panic

Mind Over Mood: Q&A with Authors Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky

When you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, it feels like you’ll never get better. You'll always feel this way. It feels like the dark clouds will never lift. Or the anxiety, worry and restlessness are permanent. Understandably, you feel hopeless and helpless. You feel stuck.

The great news is that you can get better. There are many resources that can help. For instance, workbooks can be incredibly valuable. You can use a workbook while seeing a therapist or attending group therapy. Or you can use a workbook on your own.
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Depression

5 Steps to Find Calm: An Interview with Robert J. Wicks


Renowned psychiatrist Peter Kramer once said that the opposite of depression isn’t happiness. It’s resilience, the ability to bounce back from tragedy, to regain a healthy sense of perspective after traumatic or stressful experiences.

In my recovery from depression and anxiety, it is calm -- more than excitement or joy or contentment -- that I seek. I want merely to enjoy a good night’s sleep and an evening without negative intrusive thoughts. I want to keep my heart rate down during challenging weeks, to let emotion take a back seat to rational thought, if that is even possible.

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General

‘We Would Need a Monument 5 Times Bigger than the Vietnam Memorial’


We can do more to prevent gun-related mental health deaths. But probably not the deaths you're thinking of.

You're probably thinking of all those high-profile, media-driven mass shootings that apparently are becoming more and more common. You might even think the shooter's mental health is a big component of identifying and preventing similar future shootings.

But the title of this headline isn't referring to just those deaths. It's referring to the estimated 300,000 people killed by gunshot wounds in the past decade that were due to mental illness.

And the reason so few people care about these deaths? Because the vast majority of them -- more than 95 percent -- are suicides.

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Anxiety and Panic

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Summer Beretsky


This is the third installment of our monthly series, which features individuals living with and thriving with mental illness.

I wanted to share this series because even though having a mental illness is hard -- really hard -- we don’t hear enough stories about people who are doing well.

We don’t hear much about people who are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

We also don’t hear nearly enough about how they do it.
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Books

Strategies for the Chronically Overworked

The following is an interview with Dr. Greg Marcus, founder of the Idolbuster Coaching Institute.
Q: Dr. Greg, I recently read your book, Busting Your Corporate Idol: How to Reconnect with Values & Regain Control of Your Life. I was impressed with how well you described the dysfunction behind the “company-first” identity, which so many corporations adhere to. Please share more about this, what you mean by corporate idolatry, and what people who work in these environments should be aware of.
A: In many companies, you are expected to be on call 24/7. This includes checking email and taking phone calls on vacation. In effect, people are asked to make the company a higher priority than whatever else is going on in their lives.

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General

Listening to Our Emotions

Ilene Dillon is a world-renowned change agent and transformation specialist. Believing that truth is simple, she seeks and imparts the most straightforward and simple ways to understand and live life. Known as the Emotional Pro, Ilene has conducted her Parenting Consciously and personal awakening workshops worldwide and on Internet radio. She was interviewed by Francine Silverman.
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General

The Enchanted Self: A Q&A with Barbara Becker Holstein

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is nationally known as a positive psychologist and happiness coach and host of Happiness for Women Only and Enchanted Self, both aired on several Internet stations, including Lady Bug Live.

Authors & Technology, on Blog Talk Radio, is designed to educate authors to be more business savvy in their use of technology to bring their books to the world. She is also the originator of The Enchanted Self, a positive psychology method for increasing happiness. Here she is interviewed by Francine Silverman.


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Anxiety and Panic

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Susannah Bortner

Here’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard -- really hard -- many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.

That’s why we've created this new interview series. It debuted last month with Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar.

This month we’re honored to talk to Susannah Bortner, a mom, writer, early education teacher and amateur baker living in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Bipolar

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Elaina J. Martin

Here’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard -- really hard -- many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.  

That’s why we've created this new interview series. Every month we'll talk with people about everything from how they overcome the toughest challenges of their mental illness to how they’ve found treatment to their favorite resources.

In our first interview, Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar, shares her story. She reveals how she received her diagnosis along with powerful and inspiring insights into managing bipolar disorder, the importance of honesty, how loved ones can help and much, much more.

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Depression

How Does Mindfulness Reduce Depression? An Interview with John Teasdale, Ph.D.

All over the world, research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can halve the risk of future clinical depression in people who have already been depressed several times. Its effects seem comparable to antidepressant medications. But how?

In 2007, renowned psychologists John Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segan penned the bestseller The Mindful Way Through Depression to explain how bringing awareness to all your activities can battle the blues.

Now the authors have followed that up with a workbook, The Mindful Way Workbook, that includes targeted exercise, self-assessments, and guided meditations. I have the privilege of conducting an interview here with coauthor John Teasdale, Ph.D. about how mindfulness can reduce depression.

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