Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Show 107 - Dealing with Fear and Music Therapy Resources

In this episode, ways to handle or control your fear. I can’t tell you what to do; just offer options. Some options and resources I agree with and others I’ll give a side eye. I am biased. I am human.




Curse the darkness. 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: 

From NAMI, a guest post by Chelsetia Davis on Improving Your Own Mental Health

News story via the CBC - Man in southwestern Ontario charged after family attacked with bat amid shouts of 'ISIS'

Reuters news story by Lisa Rapaport about music therapy might ease depression.

British Journal of Psychiatry Music Therapy for Depression; it seems to work but how?

The Effects of Music on the Human Stress Response from the PLoS One

From the University of Minnesota How to Deal with Chronic Fear and Anxiety

Mark Tyrell's Uncommon Help.me has a sensory tip on how to be re-centered in your space when an attack happens it is part of his 5 Sure-fire Ways to Overcome Fear and Anxiety Today

If you know and understand what mantras are Tiny Buddha has 4 Powerful Mantras to Help You Deal with Fear and Anxiety

Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D Ten Skills to Manage Fear and Anxiety in an Unsafe World

For those of you that want your healing on the rough side or more direct I commend your attention to How to Permanently Overcome Fear at The Mind of Steel.

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.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Show 106 Anger and Anxiety

Everybody is lit up and ready to strike. At anything. I was reading a post and in the comments accounting were fussing about what they knew to be true.

Accountants!

People who want to see it before they count it. But there they were arguing points of minutia and ready to draw blood for it. There is a better way. There are options you can use to rev it down a peg or two.




Don't let the dark voices get you down, 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: 


Health News from NPR has more on the CVS/Aetna merger, looking at what consumers stand to lose or gain. CNBC interview with the honchos from CVS and Aetna on the proposed merger.

University of Florida Health Podcast with transcript on how doodling can help you feel better. Reader's Digest has a detailed but consumer friendly version of the study.

Google has an app called Auto Draw; you can draw lines and play with the AI or you can make full blown images that you can download. You can access the app from your phone, tablet or computer.

Brain Pickings and Ursula K. Le Guin on Anger

Helpguide.org on anger and anger management. You might also want to check out the Emotional Intelligence Tool Kit

Dr. Stan Hyman on Anger Management Techniques: 31 Tips to Tackle Your Temper

Tara Brach has a 55-minute class on the mindfulness of anger.

Five Reasons You Get Angry by Robert Tabbli, LCSW maybe one of these folks bears a passing resemblance to someone you know.

Gary from Pathway to Happiness has a different approach. In Understanding Anger: Why Anger Isn't Irrational.


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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, November 29, 2017

Show 105 Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Think of this show as a pebble in the road, this is a way for you to take care of yourself by relaxing your muscles. Some of them could be so tight and tense you don't even know that you are wound that tight.





This is a very simple video that demonstrates how to do it. Just taking a minute or two to relax your muscles will reap a lot of benefits.






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:


For you current and former soldiers there is a guide at the Veterans Administration on how to do PMR.

For folks in the law profession, there is the Solo Practice University page on how to relax with some tips and a PMR script from UC Berkeley School of Law

If you want to know more about progressive muscle relaxation you can check out a PDF guide at AnxietyBC.com

Grounding a 2:46 second YouTube video on hand progressive muscle relaxation.


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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, November 22, 2017

Show 104 - The Anxiety of Toilet Phobia

We are human and sometimes being human causes us to do things that might look or seem strange.

But there is a reason. Once you know or understand the reason for the hell you seem to be walking through it might help you to cope.

But before coping you have to know and understand what is going on. For some of our brothers and sisters on the Anxiety road they are dealing with bathroom anxiety or toilet phobias.

This is just a starting point with some definitions and resources to help you start on your treatment journey.




Tis not the time for the deep sleep. 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: 

MindShift App - from AnxietyBC This link is to the information page.

Science Daily article Should Exercise be What The Doctor Orders for Depression?

You have to exercise your brain as well. From Duke University via Science Daily "Brain activity buffers against worsening anxiety."
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The International Paruresis Association provide information and resources about Bashful Bladder Syndrome.

Baz Chalabi has written an e-book called Shit Happens about Shy Bowel and has a website that speaks to some of the issues about that specific disorder.

Dr. Simon Knowles is at the helm of Toilet Anxiety and there are some free information resources on the handout page.

Hypnosis Treatment via an audio recording to help you self treat the disorder.

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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, November 15, 2017

Show 103 - Defining the Bogeyman of Mental Health

One of the definitions of a bogeyman is a person or thing that is widely regarded as an object of fear. Go on and try to insert that term into a conversation.

It will kill that conversation in the space of a moment. This is my attempt to define the terms and hope it helps you find what is your place in those terms.






If it is getting too heavy lay down that brick and make the call, 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: 


You still can contribute to Movember and if you or a friend need access to health care go to healthcare.gov

Article in Stars and Strips regarding the mental health waivers for people with certain mental health conditions to be able to join the Army.

White Noise Generator from Relaxio for Android and iOS devices.

The World Health Organization Fact Sheet on Mental Disorders.

National Alliance on Mental Health page about Mental Health Conditions.

The Mayo Clinic also has a tutorial on Mental Illness with a list of symptoms to help you evaluate if you think you have a problem.

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, November 8, 2017

Show 102 Introduction to Burnout

My heart actually belongs more to the single payer concept but you work with what you got.

Check with your state government; they might or might not have a state portal to help you access health care options.

The federal enrollment period for access to health insurance is now November 1 to December 15 and time is ticking. Register at Healthcare.gov And if you don't need it but you have a non-tech uncle, aunt, granny or otherwise occupied friend pass the word and let them know.

For those of you in California you still  have access to the Covered California website to learn about your health options and tap into affordable insurance.

Still Movember, so if you want to support the fellas access to health care, both physical and mental in addition to checking out the website, you can also track the campaign on Twitter. And if if you hit up on team #shamelessShache with a photo of your growth Warner Brothers Television will pony up $20 up to $40,000 smackers.

Ladies, there are some nice looking menfolk participating, so go on over and visually commend and internally appreciate the generosity of spirit and chunk of hunkdom.






We all need a helping hand but some of us need just a bit more in dark times. If times are that bad 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: 


Men and Depression information from the National Institute of Mental Health. You can also download a pdf version of the page, if you want to read it off-line.

Maslach & Leiter, p. 17, The Truth About Burnout (1997, Jossey-Bass Publishers).

Psychology Today article by Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. gives an overview of what burnout is and what are some of the symptoms.

Stages of Burnout chart from Winona.edu can help give you a clue where you are in terms of feeling like you are in a mental charred zone.

There is a job based burnout self-test that you can take to help confirm your suspicions about being a bit crispy.

And if you want a glimmer of one person’s experience, there is a Medium article by Andrea Ayers.

The Simply Noise app can help you with finding the right sound for your needs, that could be a frequency noise or a sound of nature. Windows users can go to the download section of the website and select the items that will give them an audio balm.


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, November 1, 2017

Show 101 Movember Shout Out and Resource Grab Bag

Not only is is NaNoWriMo and 30 Days of Podcasting but it is also Movember 2017 and this month the fellas want to grow their whiskers in support of Men's Health which has to include men's mental health, and it does. If you would like to participate, contribute or run your fanny off, which would also do a world of good for your anxiety head on over to us.movember.com for more info.

And yes ladies, you can participate.






There is one trigger alert you do need to ignore, the one that is trying to tell you to end your life. 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: 


The National Institute of Mental Health has an information page on what to look for when you need therapy, they use the word Psychotherapy. The ADAA also have a page on choosing a therapist.

Derek Hough - Hold On music video - a musical rendition when you are having a really bad day. There is a Billboard interview with Mr. Hough explaining why he made the recording.

From 2014 there is a good article from Mindful about walking meditations.

The Harvard Health Blog has a piece on how yoga can help to reduce stress and body inflammation.

Insights from the Edge is a podcast from Sounds True; Anne Lamott was interviewed on an episode and that is always a good thing. The topic is Radical Self-Care Changes Everything.

Josie Ong's AffirmationPod


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.