Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Show 079 Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy and Agoraphobia

Rollercoasters, Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy and Agoraphobia are somehow interrelated in this episode. I have to say the real world is far more interesting that what can be conjured up virtually but it does have potential as a treatment option.




I forgot mention in in the show but if you would like to see what a therapeutic game looks like you could check out Itsy, you have to play and meet challenges with a virtual spider.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Show 078.5 Sometimes It Doesn't Work Out

Life is unpredictable. You try to keep the bad things from happening and you can't.

You chug along, try your best but one day the roof leaks, the water heater is rumbling, people try to tap you for cash and all you want is for folks to give you space.

And they freaking will not do that.

 
So. This is where we are.

My current reality is not that bad. After seven years of faithful service my hard drive is going to meet the Gipper. I'm typing on chicklets and you can only record 90 seconds in MS One Note. Good quality but limited. Just means I've got a bunch of stuff for next week.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Show 078 - Escalators and Stress Management Tips

In this week's show you can learn a lot from an escalator. Like don't wear a maxi skirt and clogs that are too big for you. Or perhaps you can glean some wisdom from not being so hot to trot.

And speaking of trotting, perhaps it is time to review some stress and relaxation tips and resources.





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If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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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 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, February 22, 2017

Show 077 - Leif Patch and Buzzies Technology Apps and Hardware

For those of you pining for a tech solution or can't get enough of a gadget fix I have two items that might get you circuits pulsing in a good way.






Resources Mentioned:

 

  • Gothamist interview with Dr. Barbara Fisher about election anxiety and things you can do to re-center yourself in times of change. 
  • Lena Dunham being interviewed by various media publications about her anxiety and depression condition. She spoke with the The New Yorker, The Fix and Vogue Magazine.
  • Houston Chronicle article about loss of access to mental health services if the Affordable Health Act is repeals and not replaced.
  • There is a possibility that single payer healthcare is coming to California. SB 565 the Californians for a Healthy California Act has been introduced. 
  • The Los Angeles Times has a write-up about the first rumblings about the bill. 
  • Leif Patch Breath Monitoring device. 
  • There are two official web sites The Touchpoint Solution and Buzzies. There is also a Buzzies YouTube Channel.


If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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 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, February 15, 2017

Show 076 - Medication and Not Getting Jiggy With It

This episode is about how both over the counter and prescription medication can affect your sexual responses. If you are taking an over the counter medication for insomnia you might be removing your ability to perform the horizontal mambo.

So they say.




This is about awareness. Not pro or anti medication. If you want or need to take medication you have to be knowledgeable about the benefits and possible side effects of the drugs.

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If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Disclaimer: 


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

This 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, February 8, 2017

Show 075 Setting Boundaries

A little something for everybody, IBM Research is working on teaching an AI Bot to diagnose certain organic brain disorders in addition to mental health treatments. Also in the show, resources on how, when and where to setting boundaries with yourself and other people.

Special shout out to reducing your social media time. You don't need to sit in front of the funnel. Take a time out and do something in real space.







If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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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 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, January 25, 2017

Show 074 ECT and Intro to Agoraphobia

If you have severe or treatment resistant depression a therapy option you might not have considered is Electroconvulsive Therapy.  There are on-line resources that might help you make other decisions.

People with agoraphobia not only separate themselves from day to day life but their symptoms may lead them to overeat, lean on alcohol or other chemical substances for support or slide into depression. This is an introduction to this specific phobia.


 
 
 
Resources Mentioned:

  • Peaceful Cuisine is a vegan cooking site but even if you are an omnivore you might find a meditative quality to the music and non-music meal assembly videos. You can also watch the videos on Ryoya's YouTube channel.
  • The podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking will take you on a journey. Sometimes from the darkness to the light and some times standing at the brink of survival.
  • New York Times article on Kitty Dukakis experience with alcoholism, depression and her Electroconvulsive Therapy.
  • Former Massachusetts governor Michael and Kitty Dukakis have a information website about ECT with a FAQ page for those that would like more information.
  • Agoraphobia  information at MedLinePlus
  • Bullying connection to anxiety conditions via StopBullying.org
  • Helpguide.org page on Phobias and Fears
  • MedLine Plus page on Phobias
  • Talkspace App for iPhone and iPad 
  • Talkspace App for Android

If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Disclaimer: 


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

This 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.