Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Show 134 - Passion Flower Tea for Anxiety Symptoms

For the teas and tisanes to work you might have to make food and lifestyle changes: reduction of sugar, caffeine or other stimulants like energy drinks. Which probably should be a part of your treatment plan anyway.

This week, a look at Passion Flower Tea. Just need to remind you that these are only suggestions.

Please double check with your medical provider; especially if you are pregnant or are taking other medication.




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 has an access point to the consumer version of the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. The link will take you to Kaiser and then you will need to click the link to the database.

Karen Bergeron's AltNature.com page on Passion Flower. It is a commercial site but provide balanced information about the plant, how much to use for teas/tisanes and other interesting information.

MedLinePlus has a listing of herbs and supplements, sometimes they have detailed info, other times the herb or supplement has not been studies enough.

From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) there is a section of their website called Herbs at a Glance.

Verywell Mind on How is Passion Flower Use to Treat Anxiety?

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Show 133 - More About Teas and Tisanes for Anxiety and Symptom Control

First up, a look at sucker bait headlines and then a brief recap of the last show, then dive in to definitions and what is and is not a tea.

Next a look at where to buy your medicinal tea and resources on how to make teas and tisanes as well as some places to check out for the kind of beverages that might be of products that might be helpful.

I promise and pinky swear next time specific tisanes that are helpful to ease symptoms.




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 Vox, an article on the growing niche marketing of selling products to people with mental health conditions.

2013 study in Gastro Journal on Consumption of Fermented Milk Product With Probiotic Modulates Brain Activity. The study was supported by Danone Research. There is also a press release version with plain English explanations by UCLA.

From KQED a 2017 article about how probiotics might help with depression

How to Find Your Perfect Cup of Tea and How to Make DIY Herbal Teas and Tisanes from Epicurious.

The Spruce Eats gives the basics on what a Tisane is and how to prepare a infusion or decoction.

Mighty Leaf has a health and wellness section that displays some of the botanical offerings and you should also check out Teavana and evaluate their herbal teas.

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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, September 5, 2018

Show 132 - Tea Expectations or Can Tea Help with Anxiety?

Anxiety is necessary for healthy humans. It alerts you that there is a possibility of trouble or danger. 

People with anxiety and panic symptoms have a response that is out of whack. I've seen the ads that are telling me that drinking chamomile lavender sugar blended tea is going to kill my anxiety symptoms.

I know that is a bunch of hooey. But even before you think about sipping tea there are some other things to know about:

1. Do you have a treatment plan?
2. Do you know what ticks you off?
3. Have you created an effective symptom control kit?

Some of these items I've touched on in prior podcasts and others I can't answer for you. I can give you a head's up about where to start to find answers.

This is part one of a mini series about teas for anxiety, panic and phobia conditions. It is introducing the concept of setting expectations for the use of the beverages for treatment.

For some folks, there will be a positive effect. Others might need to have the beverages as a supplement to other treatment options.




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.

Music in this episode by Frank

Resources Mentioned: 


Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery - PDF originally designed for substance abuse folks there are some very good ideas for self care and lifestyle changes that .

The Anxiety Resource Page at Helpguide.org for non-medication mental health treatment information and resources.

From the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the Manage Stress Workbook, it ask you to be an active participant in your care and provides ideas and examples of what you can do to reduce your stress. Don't have to be a veteran to use it.


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TED ED Video on The surprising link between stress and memory - Elizabeth Cox

Yes indeed, too much of the stress stuff can keep you from accessing necessary information.

This video from TED ED does a good job of explaining why you might have trouble remembering stuff that you know but can't seem to access







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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, August 22, 2018

Show 131 - Possible Causes of Anxiety Disorders

Does knowing why we have an anxiety disorder help people with their treatment? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There are those of us that need to understand how we got to this place so that we can begin to correct it.

Other people don't care about the why, just make it stop. Fix it. In this episode, a look at the possible causes of an anxiety disorder.

I'm still on vacation light as I both rest and generate new episodes. I have a lot of good ideas in the hopper and I hope to start sharing them in a few weeks.




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: 


Helpguide.org has a page for those of you with panic attacks and panic disorders.

The Mayo Clinic has a page about symptoms and causes of an anxiety disorder

National Institute of Mental Health page about risk factors such as shyness, family members having a mental illness or financial hardship,

The music selection this week is Lanquidity from PurplePlanet.com

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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, 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.

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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.

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.

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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.