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Anxiety. Inner child. Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach. Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors that Mary felt compelled to perform. Even a litany of psychotropic medications didn’t make much difference. It seemed like nothing could stop the relentless nature of Mary’s disorder. Their last hope for Mary was Boston-area psychiatrist James Greenblatt.

Greenblatt started by posing the usual questions about Mary’s background, her childhood, and the onset of her illness. That’s what prompted Greenblatt to take a surprising approach: besides psychotherapy and medication, Greenblatt also prescribed Mary a twice-daily dose of probiotics, the array of helpful bacteria that lives in our gut. Her parents may have been stunned, but to Greenblatt, Mary’s case was an obvious one. Read next: Amar Toor. The roots of mental illness | Column | Opinion. I’m going to delve into that topic that no one wants to talk about: suicide. It seems strange to me that one of the leading causes of death for young people is kept so far away from our eyes and ears. There may be a lot of sensational coverage of suicide, but maybe it’s not touching on the right issues.

Is this done to show respect to the family of the deceased? Maybe the media at large doesn’t feel that suicide is a “good news” story. Or maybe - and this is a stretch, considering what we are exposed to by the media - people can’t handle the news of someone who had enough suffering and chose to end his or her life. But if this is the case, how are we showing any respect to those who have taken their lives if we are ignoring their struggle only to let it happen over and over again? Whether our mainstream media will admit it or not, suicide is a real problem that needs attention. Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) was an early sociologist. Why Suicide Has Become an Epidemic--and What We Can Do to Help. WHEN THOMAS Joiner was 25 years old, his father—whose name was also Thomas Joiner and who could do anything—disappeared from the family’s home.

At the time, Joiner was a graduate student at the University of Texas, studying clinical psychology. His focus was depression, and it was obvious to him that his father was depressed. Six weeks earlier, on a family trip to the Georgia coast, the gregarious 56-year-old—the kind of guy who was forever talking and laughing and bending people his way—was sullen and withdrawn, spending days in bed, not sick or hungover, not really sleeping. Joiner knew enough not to worry. He knew that the desire for death—the easy way out, the only relief—was a symptom of depression, and although at least 2 percent of those diagnosed make suicide their final chart line, his father didn’t match the suicidal types he had learned about in school.

He wasn’t weak or impulsive. What makes some people, such as Vincent van Gogh, desire death in the first place? But why? Emotional freedom technique. Decompressing Emotions With Radical Acceptance. A common way in which we deal with unpleasant emotions is to suppress or ignore them. These are normal coping mechanisms our minds use to handle situations we don’t particularly want to deal with in the present moment. When strong emotions come into our consciousness, there is often something inside of us which says, “This is going to ruin my happiness right now and I don’t like that, so I’ll just deal with it later.” The problem with this approach is that ‘later’ never comes and these emotions get pushed further down, out of our conscious awareness. It is a basic law of the universe that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change form.

The same law applies to our consciousness. We can suppress emotions for a very long time, and although they leave our conscious awareness, it doesn’t mean they are completely gone. This ‘dust’ is actually emotional energy that resonates with the repressed emotion. The tools for cultivating this are simple: humility and acceptance. 5 Ways to Love Letting Go. The art of true receiving, is the art of letting go. I have been a procrastinator for years. It is a give and take process, the main indicator of whether you are someone who is not letting go naturally is if you are a procrastinator.

Well at least I used to be, until I learned the energy that causes procrastination. I was infamously the just in time, deadline girl. Constantly putting things off just to save the day for myself like some not all the way thought through super hero. Until one day of course this tug and pull, stop and go energy; did just that. It all stopped. Actually it turns out this caused me a lot of missed deadlines and under performed task that just really didn’t represent my life essence. I tried a lot of things but nothing seemed to work. That’s because I wasn’t getting to the root problem.

I hadn’t figured out the skill that would set me free. Until I learned about letting go. I first learned to let go when I quit smoking. ‘You can only lose what you cling to.’ 15 Things You Don’t Owe Anyone At All. Many choices we make in life—ranging from what we do, to how we conduct ourselves, and who we interact with—are subject to prying questions and commentary from those around us. Family members, friends, and even total strangers, it often seems like everyone has an opinion on the things we do, no matter how small or insignificant those things might seem to us. Sometimes people go so far as to ask you to explain yourself for the decisions or choices you make in your own life.

You might feel obliged to respond, but some things are really no one else’s business and you don’t owe anyone an explanation at all for the following 15 things—though you think you do. 1. Whether you are cohabiting with your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, crashing in different motel rooms across the country, or living with your parents for a while when you are past your twenties, you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone for who you live with and why if you don’t want to. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital. In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé.

Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born. What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr.

One of the things Dr. “I was so shocked. Another way to say this, which may make more sense to the Western mind, is that we in the West are not trained in how to deal or even taught to acknowledge the existence of psychic phenomena, the spiritual world. “The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer,” states Dr. The last that Dr. Six natural ways to increase your serotonin levels. Head out for a morning walk to boost your serotonin levels. Photo, Getty Images. What causes the dip in mood? Though serotonin is typically recognized as a brain chemical, the majority of this neurotransmitter is produced in our digestive tract. Serotonin exerts powerful influence over mood, emotions, memory, cravings (especially for carbohydrates), self-esteem, pain tolerance, sleep habits, appetite, digestion and body-temperature regulation. It is often thought of as our “happy hormone,” especially because its production increases when we’re exposed to natural sunlight.

Production of serotonin is closely linked to the availability of vitamin B6 and the amino acid tryptophan. In my professional opinion, serotonin deficiency has become an epidemic of equal proportion to obesity. 1. Find out what makes you feel good and put it into action. 2. Bottom line: I recommend taking 50-400 mg per day in divided doses throughout the day or before bed. 3. 4. 5. Bottom line: Take 4-12 g per day. 6. Intuition – Your Best Ally. We’ve all had experiences involving intuition... all of a sudden and out of the blue, we feel this huge hunch and somehow we know that something is going to happen... only to find out later on that our presentiment had translated into reality... Another example is when we meet a person for the first time and either we immediately feel connected to them, or we perceive a negative feeling about them.

All of this happens instantly bypassing our conscious awareness and five physiological senses. Intuition refers to the “knowing” of external things happening without the reasoning, feedback, logic, or use of the senses from which other “knowings” usually emerge. It is also called “sixth sense” and some link it to paranormal phenomena, and ESP or extrasensory perception. Intuition can be experienced through clairvoyance, clairaudience, and/or sensing clearly. It is when our inner eye –also called “the third eye”- is at work seeing what we can’t with our eyes. Back to "Articles" Page. The Secret to Forgiving Yourself.

Have you ever made a mistake you thought was so bad that you simply couldn’t forgive yourself? So bad that you sunk into a depression and were unable to move on? Why are we so hard on ourselves? Why can’t we forgive ourselves for our mistakes? How long must you flog yourself before you are worthy of forgiveness? I was working with a client recently who was very upset because she was going to have to declare bankruptcy due to the failure of a start up business. She wanted to know what she could do to make the situation right. They told me to ask her this question… “If your best friend came to you with this problem, what would you tell her?” “Oh I would tell her that she shouldn’t be so hard on herself, everyone makes mistakes. So then I said, “And why can’t you say this to yourself? She was stunned for a moment, speechless. So I said, “How come your friend deserves forgiveness but you don’t?” She didn’t answer. She replied, “Yeah, I suppose I do owe them that.

She started to cry. Let Go Feelings of Unworthiness. The biggest resistance towards allowing your well-being to unfold is the feeling of unworthiness. The “Ego”, or the “Me” sense, is bound to feel unworthy, or inferior, from time to time because its very structure is based on a “shaky” foundation. The Ego derives its identity from thought forms (self image based thoughts), and object forms, which are both subject to spontaneous change. All Egos, hence, feel limited, fragile and defensive, causing feelings of unworthiness to creep up time and again. These are few circumstances when feelings of unworthiness might come up in an Ego – When someone disagrees with your opinion (often rudely or derisively) – When you perceive that someone is being insulting towards you – When you perceive rejection from someone – When you come to negative conclusion about your body-image – When you compare your possessions with others In fact, the “you” in the above list is actually the “Ego” or the false self.

Letting go of unworthiness and worthiness. 6 Super Easy Morning Routines For Optimal Health. Incorporate any one of these into your morning routine to see positive changes in your life. 1. Drink 1 liter (about 4 cups) of water. From the time you wake up in the morning to when you leave your house for work, try drinking a liter of water. Many of us do not realize that are bodies detox when we sleep. When you flush your body with clean water in the morning, you're flushing the toxins out through your kidneys. This can prevent the sluggish feeling in the am. 2. Drinking hot water with lemon in the mornings before you eat breakfast will have a positive impact on your health. 3. Completing a 10-minute stretch before getting ready for work will not only wake you up in the mornings, but also can tone muscles as well as prevent any muscle injuries throughout your day. 4. This may be a hard one to try at first, but not relying on coffee to get you up and moving first thing in the morning is quite relieving. 5.

Spend10 minutes in the morning jotting down your goals for the day. 6. The 7 Chakras for Beginners - Healing, Balancing, and Opening Your Chakras with Exercises, Foods, Colors. The seven chakras are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it's important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Here's our quick summary: 1.

Root Chakra — Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded. Location: Base of spine in tailbone area. Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money and food. 2. Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in. 3. Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area. 4. Location: Center of chest just above the heart. 5. Location: Throat. 6. Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra). 7. Location: The very top of the head. Error loading player: No playable sources found Photo Credit: Stocksy. Primal Work Therapy Wounds Group Workshop Awareness Courage Strength Interview Shakura. What is Primal work? Primal is a therapeutic method, a way to work on oneself.

In Primal, we go back to the past, particularly the first seven years of life, bringing clarity to the conditioning we received and light to shine on old wounds carried from that time. In ancient times, the Indian mystic Patanjali developed meditations and techniques to relive the past in order to clean the mind and reclaim the space of Being. In modern times, about 40 years ago, Arthur Janov, an American therapist, developed Primal Therapy to revisit our early years and heal neurosis created at that time.

In the past few years, new concepts and techniques have come into existence, such as the Bradshaw Inner Child work and Co-Dependency. If I had to put it in a sentence I would say: Primal is a process that takes us towards our real self, towards an authentic way of living. What is the need to go back to the past, when life happens now and we have a future ahead that seems more important? As a result: The Fear of Hurting the Other and the Inhibition of Self. Click here to contact Beverly and/or see her Profile Even when it is unintended, some people find it intolerable to hurt someone they love.

To experience hurting the other can create shame, guilt and strong “I am a bad person” feelings. As a result, we may avoid saying what is on our mind and put aside our own feelings and needs. This inhibiting of the self can be harmful to our relationships and can create the conditions for developing anxiety and depression. Marlene, a 27 year old married woman, came into my therapy office feeling anxious and depressed. What Marlene described to me suggested that she had issues she needed to work on as an individual and that as we did this she would be more able to address the difficulties in her relationship with Ben. While Ben might be particularly subject to feeling hurt or slighted, Marlene’s inability to tolerate hurting Ben and talk with him about these issues, made the relationship difficult.

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