Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

100 ways to conquer depression

Often when I see a patient with depression, I show them the List*.  It's just a basic run-through of available treatments for depression.  It takes five separate angles -- biological, psychological, social, systems, and alternative methods -- and pulls them together onto one sheet. But this List is about more than just conquering an illness. … Continue reading 100 ways to conquer depression

Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized · Writing

Writing your way out of depression

"I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm when what we fear seems more awful than life is good."  --Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon Writing as a weapon Depression is an evil companion.  It challenges us with a duel to the death but takes away the very weapons we need to fight back:… Continue reading Writing your way out of depression

Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Nine tips for living with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder isn't for the faint-of-heart.  The depressions are catastrophic.  They're black, painful clouds of existence that hardly count as living.  The manias bury you with baggage and regret.  And the in-betweens, when you're trying to remember how to be "normal" and make sense out the fact that none of this is normal...  No, not… Continue reading Nine tips for living with bipolar disorder

Mood and anxiety · Psychosis/Schizophrenia · Uncategorized

Schizoaffective Disorder

Perhaps your doctor diagnosed you (or someone you care about) with schizoaffective disorder.  You first thought is, "Does that mean I have Schizophrenia?"  The second is typically, "I've never heard of schizoaffective disorder.  Is the doctor making things up?" The quick answers: No, you don't have Schizophrenia. No, your doctor isn't inventing the diagnosis.  Although… Continue reading Schizoaffective Disorder

Mood and anxiety · Therapy · Uncategorized

Cognitive therapy: mind conquers mood

"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." -- Oprah Winfrey Cognitive therapy (CT) is a powerful technique therapists use to help their clients deal with life's tougher moments.  It's used worldwide to help individuals overcome psychiatric problems like phobias, depression, anxiety, personality disorders,… Continue reading Cognitive therapy: mind conquers mood

Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Trauma-related disorders

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." -- Khalil Jibran It's normal to feel afraid during a catastrophic event.  Emotions can be numb or painful, senses are heightened, and the "fight or flight" response kicks in.  Some people want to run.  Others find themselves shutting down… Continue reading Trauma-related disorders

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Trauma · Uncategorized

Ways to deal with PTSD triggers

We all come across things that trigger difficult memories, but for people with PTSD, these memories  jumpstart a cascade of internal events that washes on panic, horror, or rage. Then there are the triggered thoughts.   Sometimes they're clear and distressing  ("it's happening all over again" or "I deserve this"), at other times a jumbled… Continue reading Ways to deal with PTSD triggers

Autism spectrum and Asperger's · Friendship · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

For introverts and people on the spectrum: how to make friends out of strangers

So you’ve met someone you don’t know and it’s time to have a conversation, hopefully create a friendship, and your first tendency is to… run.  Sound familiar?  If talking to strangers feels like a bucketful of icy, cold water thrown in your direction, you’ve found the right spot.  This post is written for all shy,… Continue reading For introverts and people on the spectrum: how to make friends out of strangers

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

11 ways to overcoming all adversity

"It is what it is.  Isn't that how these things always go?  They are what they are.  We just get to cope." -- Mira Grant, Feed Okay, give me a minute.  Today I want to get up on my soap box and say "Yay!" to overcoming all adversity, finding the perfect life, and always knowing… Continue reading 11 ways to overcoming all adversity

Coping skills & self-soothing · Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Mindfulness to the rescue

Do you ever race through life, struggling to keep up?  It’s about that alarm clock going off in the mornings, a quick jump in the shower, an even quicker rush through breakfast, and the oh-so-disturbing traffic on your way to work when you’re running late.  It’s that busy busy-ness that pushes you through the day,… Continue reading Mindfulness to the rescue