Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Mood journal conquers depression

Depression. A miserable experience. When mild, it steals your dreams. When severe, it runs you over with stagnancy, painful thoughts, guilt, and shutdown. It's also not just a single emotion. Depression comes in dozens of flavors and intensities, if not hundreds, and can vary from day to day, if not throughout the day.  One minute… Continue reading Mood journal conquers depression

Coping skills & self-soothing · Medications · Mood and anxiety · PTSD · Trauma

PTSD: conquering nightmares

People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often suffer from debilitating nightmares.  The dreams can be so terrifying the person is afraid to sleep. If this sounds familiar, here are six nightmare-busting methods that might help you conquer those bad dreams. (1) Talk about the nightmares.  Share your dreams with someone you trust, ideally a therapist… Continue reading PTSD: conquering nightmares

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

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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.  Your 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

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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