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REASONS TO STAY ALIVE. When I was 24 I very nearly killed myself.


I was living in Ibiza at the time, in a very nice villa, on the quiet east coast of the island. The villa was right next to a cliff. In the midst of depression I walked out to the edge of the cliff and looked at the sea, and at the rugged limestone coastline, dotted with deserted beaches. It was the most beautiful view I had ever known, but I didn’t care. I was too busy trying to summon the courage needed to throw myself over the edge. Three more years of depression followed. 24 Comics That Capture The Frustration Of Anxiety Disorders. Positive Emotion Dysregulation across Mood Disorders: How Amplifying versus Dampening Predicts Emotional Reactivity and Illness Course.

Eight Ways We Take Refuge in Emotional Pain. No one likes emotional pain, but some of enjoy the fringe benefits.

Eight Ways We Take Refuge in Emotional Pain

The reason why we cling to unnecessary emotional pain has to do with taking unconscious pleasure in it. Can Marijuana Reduce Social Pain? Timothy Deckman, University of Kentucky, 0004 Kastle Hall, Lexington, KY 40506, USA.

Can Marijuana Reduce Social Pain?

Email: Abstract Social and physical pain share common overlap at linguistic, behavioral, and neural levels. 360 Degrees of Mindful Living. In this post I want to briefly share my understanding of the interplay between fear and anger, or, at the risk of sounding a tad too lofty, my philosophy of anger and fear.

360 Degrees of Mindful Living

I call it “sutra on anger and fear.” The word “sutra” is Sanskrit for “aphoristic teaching.” (I don’t speak Sanskrit but I like to play with it a bit since much of my clinical thinking has been influenced by Vedic and Buddhic ideas that had been originally written in the language of Sanskrit.) This “teaching on anger and fear” is rather basic but it’s pivotal to understanding my approach to anger management (I’ll be sharing some anger management tips in the months to come as I am currently working on an anger management book).

Here are the key points about anger that inform my anger management approach: Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift In Our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis. If madness, or psychosis, is just a result of a physical defect in the brain, then it makes sense to devote little effort to understanding the experiences of mad people, and to focus instead on suppressing such experiences as much as possible.

Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift In Our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis

That’s what our vast “mental health” industry has been doing for decades, without success. Understanding the Effects of Social Environment on Trauma Victims. 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person. Why Is It So Hard To Get Anyone To Change? 7 Steps to Develop Awareness of Your Feelings and Thoughts. Your thoughts are an inner dialogue.

7 Steps to Develop Awareness of Your Feelings and Thoughts

Who Are The "Keepers?" The Behaviors of Successful Long-Term Partners. Many long-term relationship seekers have failed to find their ideal partners despite sincere and intense efforts.

Who Are The "Keepers?" The Behaviors of Successful Long-Term Partners

Loving Someone With Asperger’s Syndrome. We’ve all encountered the brilliant artist who creates incredible, creative pieces of art, but does not pick up on your cues that you are ready to leave the conversation and move on.

Loving Someone With Asperger’s Syndrome

Or the person who can tell you absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about summer weather patterns, but totally missed the joke you just told and is now looking at you like you did something offensive. We walk away from these encounters wondering what exactly is going on since the person is obviously high functioning, but seems “socially awkward.” Perhaps these people have Asperger’s Syndrome. Depression’s Other Symptoms. The hallmark symptoms of clinical depression are no doubt sadness and loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.

Depression’s Other Symptoms

Many people also are familiar with appetite and sleep changes. But there’s a whole set of other physical symptoms that are less known but just as debilitating. In fact, depression can literally hurt. According to a study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, up to about 76 percent of people who report the typical emotional symptoms also report physical signs, such as stomach problems, headaches, backaches and chest pain.

Depression also is a chameleon. As Jodi Helmer writes in the fall 2010 issue of Esperanza, a magazine on coping with anxiety and depression: Living Free From Regret. A friend of mine sent me a list of The Top 5 Regrets People Say on their Deathbed as compiled by Bronnie Ware , a woman who works closely with the dying, It wasn’t relevant that the list was not necessarily the result of stringent empirical research or that it could even be fictitious; what seemed relevant to me was that it had gone viral on the Internet.

Living Free From Regret

These five regrets were obviously resonating with people and inspiring them to tell others about them. The regrets expressed simple desires: Eliminating protein in specific brain cells blocks nicotine reward. Removing a protein from cells located in the brain's reward center blocks the anxiety-reducing and rewarding effects of nicotine, according to a new animal study in the July 27 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings may help researchers better understand how nicotine affects the brain. Nicotine works by binding to proteins called nicotinic receptors on the surface of brain cells.

In the new study, researchers led by Tresa McGranahan, Stephen Heinemann, PhD, and T. K. Need Mental Health Treatment in 2 Weeks? Fat Chance. So let’s say you needed mental health treatment right away. Let’s say it’s an emergency — so much so that you sought out help at the local emergency department, and the doctors there said that you absolutely needed to get into treatment immediately — within a week or two. Now, let’s assume you’ve got good private insurance. You know, something like Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts Preferred Provider Organization. This is one of the best insurance policies you can buy in Massachusetts. What sort of chance would you have in getting to see a mental health professional within two weeks?

Multipotentiality: When High Ability Leads to Too Many Options. Jason, a college junior, is trying to decide what to do after graduation. He is leaning strongly toward graduate school but is unsure of whether he wants to stay in the United States or study abroad. An honors student at a liberal arts university, he has taken a wide variety of courses--from chemistry and calculus to philosophy and political science--and he has gotten As in all of them. Toxic “Feel-Good” Thinking – Why It’s Addictive to Your Brain. Habitual thinking patterns that cause intense feelings of fear, anger, shame or guilt are not only toxic, but also addictive in nature. The Role of Anxiety Master. Now Antidepressant-Induced Chronic Depression Has a Name: Tardive Dysphoria. What Your Depressed Partner Would Like You to Know. For the healthy partner, it can be difficult to understand the inner experience of someone with depression. REPOST: Dopamine and Reward Prediction, or your brain on Rickroll. Marsha Linehan: What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?

Last week the New York Times ran a fascinating piece on Marsha Linehan, Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington and the original developer of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a modification of standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but including elements of acceptance and mindfulness. Don’t Believe Everything You Think or Feel. People with Schizophrenia: Each person is much more than any diagnosis. The Belief That’s Sabotaging Your Life. Frenemies: The New Enemy. Can You Be Your Own Source of Comfort and Security? A Bold Question About Attachment. Want to be successful? Be kind to yourself - TODAY Health. Scientists show how adversity dulls our perceptions.

Kids got the blues? Maybe they don't have enough friends. Professor: Pain of ostracism can be deep, long-lasting.