Thursday, June 21, 2018

Show 127 When The ER Visit Goes Bad

We tell people to go get help when there is a mental problem. But a reality is that doctors, who we hope would know better, don’t always do better. Not only the mental health symptoms but the physical ones as well.

This is a quick pebble in the road on some of the things that could have happened and what you can do to get the care you need.




If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Resources Mentioned: 

KPIX news report on doctor's behavior at El Camino Hospital on YouTube.

SF Gate article and video of El Camino Hospital's doctor handling of an anxiety patient in the emergency room. The hospital has made an official statement.

National Public Radio story Failing Patients': Baltimore Video Highlights Crisis Of Emergency Psychiatric Care from April 2018 talks about the lack to training, resources and funding necessary to handle mental health and psychiatry health conditions.

Dignity Health page on Mental Health Emergency: What to expect in the ER

The Mighty on 11 Things I Want the ER Staff to Know as a Person With a Mental Illness


Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Show 126 Mystek Lessons About Grit

The point of the episode is to look at your own views and understanding about grit as it relates to your experiences and your treatment path.

Not your priest, your drinking buddies, or even what The Batman would do cuz you know he isn't right in the head.




There are people that say this is a waste of time to put the anti-suicide contact info. There are others that say yeah, you can and then what?

I understand how they feel. If a person is gonna do it there isn't much you can do. But if there is a chance to reach somebody then I'm gonna leave this right here.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Resources (Not) Mentioned: 


DC Wikia page on Seong Barclay aka Mystek.

Angela Duckworth's Grit Scale, a way of looking at how you approach a task or difficulty. If you would like to know about Ms. Duckworth's research about grit you can check out a TED video, Personal Grit as Key to Success.

Leo Ho's post on Lifehack.org The Beauty of Suffering or there can be no joy without pain.

Harvard Health Blog on Anxiety; what it is and what to do. Harvard Health also has a guide on Coping with Anxiety (they call it a report). Cost about $20.


Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Show 125 - Short Introduction to Grit

It starts with irritation. You try to do something, it doesn't work out. What do you do? For some of us, our anxiety, our phobias and panic attacks are our grit. It forces us to take action.

This is a short introduction to one kind of grit. The kind that makes you uncomfortable.






Please step away from the deep six. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Resources Mentioned: 


Wil Wheaton's Medium article on having depression and generalized anxiety.
The Sassy Psychologist: Stop being an a**hole to yourself in The Suburban (Quebec,CA)

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith talks about what he knew about Coach Lue's condition in March 2018.

ESPN full interview with Kevin Love, where he talks not only about basketball but also about having panic attacks. The linked version starts at the point where he talks about panic attacks.

The Sassy Psychologist website where there are move articles about mental health and socialization issues.

The Anxy Magazine. Issue #1 was about anger. Issue #2 was about workaholism and #3 is about boundaries. 



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Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Show 124 - Tips for Dealing with Anxiety and Burnout - Pebble In the Road

How do you know that you are in burn out mode? And what can you do about it?

This is a quickie episode as I continue to face the pile of salt that I have to remove grain by grain from my life. You get snow blind after a while. Taking a break is important.

Really important.




If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Resources (Not) Mentioned: 


The States of Burnout - you don't want to get to #3 if you can help it.

Trent Lapinski - How I Overcame Burnout, he uses meditation, exercise and cutting back on energy drinks.

Anxiety at Work - The Road to Burnout- from the honeymoon to full burnout.

Delilah Helton Eliminate Burnout – A Guided Meditation To Avoid Burnout

Disclaimer: 


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Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Show 123 Emotional and Soothing Grounding Techniques

Not everybody wants to walk around or think logical thoughts. Not when the are trying not to gag, ralph or loose control. But you might be able to conjure up a memory. In this short episode, emotional and soothing grounding skills that might be of help.




If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Resources (Not) Mentioned: 


There is an on-line service called My Noise, a custom noise generator. They have all kinds of stuff but I want to call attention to the Cat Noise Purr Generator. Personally, it creeps me out but if you love the sound of a purring cat and you don't want to live with them then this is the app for you.

A great idea is to build your on self-soothing kit. Carolyn at Creativity in Therapy has some ideas on how to do that.

If you want to know more about self-compassion or would like meditations that focus on self-compassion then check of Kristin Neff's Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises


Disclaimer: 


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Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Show 122 Pebble in the Road - Grounding to A Cha Cha Beat

Once upon a time there a dance known as the Cha Cha. It involved rolling hips, two people and a ton of great music. Cha Cha begat the New Cha Cha and then much later on the Cha Cha Boogie.

The Cha Cha can be applied, with a few modifications, as a tool for symptoms management. Not kidding.





If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.


Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Show 121 - Kinetic Grounding Skills

There are some of us that need to move or have to do something to expel excess energy in the body. In this episode, a simple way to use your hand or your foot to help you refocus on the here and now.




If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

This is the open captioned Audiogram version for those that don't have a podcasting app.



Resources (Not) Mentioned: 


Kinetic Meditation - What is it and how can it help?

The Growlery's Six Different Types of Grounding Exercises for Anxiety and Intense Emotions

Using Grounding to Self Regulate Emotions PDF from the Truman Medical Center


Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.