Anxiety and Panic

Common Brain Drains and Natural Brain Boosters

Have you ever felt unusually fatigued and generally drained? While fatigue, despite being well-rested, can generally be attributed to many things, the cause of your malaise and mental funk might be quickly resolved by first recognizing and identifying the stress triggers that could be the underlying culprit behind your morose mood, and replacing them with healthy brain boosters instead.
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Anxiety and Panic

Shrieking in Silence: Can Anyone Hear?

You remember the chilling Kitty Genovese case? As Kitty hysterically shrieked for help -- her voice echoing through the New York night, 38 neighbors ignored her hysterical pleas. The neighbors’ blurry thought process, “Well, maybe someone else will help” or “I am not able to assist her.” Collectively, there was a diffusion of responsibility.

“What does this have to do with mind happiness?” you wonder. Let me explain.
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Anxiety and Panic

The Benefits of Laughter

Could laughter defeat ISIS? If you were on an operating table, in need of a triple-bypass, might you call in a clown? While a P.O.W., undergoing torture, would all your suffering disappear when someone recited a decent knock, knock joke?

A logical person would consider all of the above absurd. Comedy is no panacea. And yet numerous cultures have found an integral place for farce and buffoonery.
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Anxiety and Panic

Boxed In: How to Avoid the Cardboard Life

“So what do you do?” a well-meaning acquaintance inquires.

And with that innocuous question, I default into a long-winded explanation. “Well, I am a transitioning attorney interested in writing but I am also passionate about politics. And did you see that land preservation article? What a fascinating subject!”

An uneasy smile creases her face before she gently steers the conversation into another direction.  
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Addiction

After FTC Action, Elimidrol Suddenly a Mood Enhancement Supplement

I've long been skeptical of the dozens of nutritional supplements on the market that claim to "enhance your mood" or promote a healthy "emotional balance." A healthy emotional balance comes from learning specific psychological skills in life to help you better cope with and benefit from your emotions -- not from a pill.

So I found it more than a little bit strange when I was recently contacted by a marketing company promoting a "mood enhancing" supplement called Elimidrol. This supplement was marketed for over 2 1/2 years -- with apparently little or no scientific evidence -- by Sunrise Nutraceuticals as an effective remedy for opiate withdrawal.

How did this supplement make an apparent 180 degree marketing turn from helping to relieve opiate withdrawal to mood enhancer so readily?

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Anxiety and Panic

All Roads Lead to Therapy

December 2016 arrived, and I had given the year all that was left in me. Most of the year was spent cycling in and out of depressive episodes, battling severe loneliness, and questioning if moving across the country was a grave mistake. The pains of the year brought one realization to light, I could no longer go through life’s journey alone anymore. I needed something beyond that motivational speech from a good friend. I needed more than the insight that a caring coworker could provide. I needed help… I needed professional help. It was time to return to therapy.
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Anxiety and Panic

Introspection Overload Part 2: The Value of Not Journaling

Back in 2013, I wrote “Introspection Overload? The Value of Journaling” for Psych Central’s “World of Psychology Blog,” where I adamantly sang the praises of journaling to combat overthinking. To cathartically unleash thoughts and feelings and therapeutically decode them via the written word.

Since I’ve kept journals by my side ever since I was a young girl, it only seemed plausible to turn to them when I was dealing with that brand of anxiety -- the rumination, the reflections that go into "overdrive."
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Anger

How to Cope when You Have a Problem with Over Empathizing

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Nature allots all of us varying degrees of empathy. Those in the helping professions (psychologists, social workers, counselors, etc.) tend to have a higher level of empathy than those in other positions. To that effect, they often find themselves spending an above average amount of time thinking about other people’s issues. So much so that they feel guilty when they can’t come up with a resolution for that person’s problems.
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ADHD and ADD

Stressed Out Teens & Empathic Parents: What to Do When It’s Contagious?

Though we hear a lot about the effect of parents on children’s development, parenting, like other close relationships, is a reciprocal interaction -- not a one-way street. Children with difficult challenges, such as executive function deficits, can tax any parent’s equilibrium. Parents of teens with such issues are often overwhelmed and under increased stress.
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