Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Show 130 - Anxiety Travel Tips or Things Can Go Wrong

Still on the vacation side of the fence for July and August. In this episode, I want to talk about how you can have a back-up plan to the back-up plan and how things can still go wrong.

I also mention about acceptance. Because there will be times that you will do the best that you can do and it will not work.

You will have an attack. Accept that it has happened and transition to taking care of yourself and doing better next time. The music in the episode is by Purple Planet at http://www.purple-planet.com.






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: 


Rhiannon Picton-James article in the New York Times Please Stop Merchandising Mental Illness.

Louie Prima and Keely Smith in a spirited rendition of I A'int Go Nobody.

National Alliance on Mental Health page about anxiety disorders, treatment and support.

From 2017 on Anxiety.org post about the Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Coping Approach

Verywell Mind post on Tips for Traveling while Panic Disorder and Anxiety.

Allie Mason of the Health Mason blog on planning for travel called Tips for Anxious Travelers.

Lauren at Never Ending Journey has 2014 write up about how anxiety/panic disorders affected her life and how she transitioned from being home bound to a travel blogger.

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, July 12, 2018

Show 129 - More Resources for Those That Have Depression

It is summertime and it is a time to get off the treadmill and have some fun. I've heard people say it but I doubt that they do it. Or to be clear, those of with an anxiety disorder tend to take our bug-a-boos with us.

One of those bug-a-boos is depression.




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: 


Kaiser Permanente Finding Your Words site on Depression. You can take a self-assessment, learn more about depression symptoms or

John Moe's The Hilarious World of Depression. Comedians, writers, musicians and all kinds of folks talk about being human with this thing called depression. You might also want to skip on over to the Making It Ok site.

Johann Hari Now This opinion video on everything you know about depression is wrong. According to him. He is an author with a book to sell. My understanding is that he feels that it is not biochemical but loneliness. Social isolation. I agree about getting out in nature. I don't agree with other of his opinions but folks should check it out and decide for themselves.

And if you are looking for music to relax to I would like to suggest Purple Planet Music at www.purple-planet.com. I'm testing out new music for the show and this is the track called Shifting Sands. If you need something more guided you can always check out the UCLA Guided Mindful Meditations.

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, July 4, 2018

Show 128 From Grit to Resilience

Our need for symptom relief and safety sometime overrides our ability to connect to solutions or treatment. Maybe it isn’t necessarily about grit but resilience. For us, our symptoms is that irritation that there is a problem. Symptoms will keep bugging us until we do something.

Grit can be used as a weapon. We might have a stronger one. Resilience.




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: 


Angeles Duckworth's book Grit, the Power of Passion and Perseverance. You can take the Grit Scale - how do you measure what you have on her site.

Coursera has a free course on What is Grit, Why Do Gritty People Succeed, and How Can You Develop Your Grit. You can get a better understanding of the psychological/character related meaning of the term.

James Clear has a lengthy post on grit in terms of mental toughness.

Greater Good Magazine - What's Wrong with Grit? It not a cure and maybe if you are hurt bad it can do more harm than good.

Character Lab page on what is (academic/success) grit and how it is a part of the overall human make up of the term character.

American Psychological Association page on The Road to Resilience.

Mayo Clinic on Resilience: Build skills to endure hardship

Psychology Today post by Brad Waters on 10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People. Number 7 is very important.


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 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 more 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. 



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, 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: 


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.