Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Show 145 You Don't Have to Medicate Your Symptoms

You do not have to take medications for anxiety disorders. It is a choice. A choice that is made with information, self-compassion and resources that can help you understand what it means if you decide not to use medication for your condition.




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 Anxiety and Depression Association of American has a short page about some of the alternatives anxiety treatments to medication.

Helpguide.org has a huge page about anxiety disorder information and resources. The founders of the site lost their daughter to prescription drug abuse,  so the focus on this site is to present resources that are an options to medication.

There is a page on the Walgreens website that describes the various types of mental health therapy providers that you might find in the marketplace of mental health. Knowing what the titles mean can help you understand what the provider can and can't do.


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.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Show 144 - Five Things to Know About Clonazepam and Mental Health at WalMart

It has been a while since I've talked about a drug or medication so this is a quick overview of the drug Clonazepam also known as Klonapin.

And there will be a word or two about Walmart's in-store mental health clinic, farmers needing mental health access and comic books and graphic novels about 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: 


AGDaily has a story about some of the stresses that food producers are facing; they need mental health access and resources. The story points to a few of those available including the one from agriculture.com on mental health resources for farmers and ranchers.

Boston Globe article on Mental Health Therapy at Walmart? It is now a thing.

Book Riot list of Comics About Depression that are Too Accurate to Ignore.

Clonazepam Resources include MedLine Plus, Merck Manuals has a dedicated page about mental health disorders. The Mayo Clinic also has a page about Clonazepam.

Kaiser Permanente has an access point the Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database. I’ll provide a link to the Kaiser site; you will need to click the link on the left side of the Kaiser screen to access the database. You can check here for possible herbal interactions with Clonazepam.


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.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Life Noggin Video - What Being Bullied Actually Does to You

I still maintain that bullying has residual effects (for some of us) in adulthood.

One of those effects can be anxiety symptoms. But getting folks to even connect to the possibility of bullying as a possible contributor to an anxiety condition is and has been a tough road to pave.

Life Noggin steps up to make it visually clear.



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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Show 143 - Tetris Effect and Digital Hatfields and McCoys on Sleep

This episode I mention the Tetris Effect Game and a view about sleep from the perspective of the digital Hatfields and McCoys.

In the last episode I talked about Surf Therapy for vets that have PTSD. Hanging ten isn’t just a great way to connect with nature.

Moving your body has a bio-chemical effect on your brain. If you have an anxiety condition and also have depression as part of your experience, then you might want to add some kind of regular movement.

It doesn’t have to be much, maybe taking a PE class at the local community college in something you wanted to try. I took a pottery class and I have to say it is a good way to have the opportunity to smack something around.

You know what you get to do in a potter class? Pound the hell out of clay. Plus when you start throwing, shaping and spinning that will definitely take you out of the land of the digital.


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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: 


Dana Smith has an article on the Popular Science site on how the lack of sleep looks the same as severe anxiety in the brain.

Engaget article on the Tetris Effect for Anxious and Distracted Minds

2017 New York Times article about Miwa Sada, who worked 159 hours of overtime in one month.

Business Insider looks at Elon Musk remark and offers their own spin on it. There is another BI article from August 2017 that mentions 30 bad things that can happen when you are sleep deprived.

To learn more about improving the quality of your sleep visit Sleep Education.org

If you want to learn more about how technology affect sleep there is a post on the Sleep.org website.


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 21, 2018

Show 142 Surf Therapy for PSTD

I'm not kidding when I use the term X = the unknown treatment options and resources. On this road, there are new formed paths being created to deal with the problems that having PTSD or anxiety.

This path is the one of using the body and the elements to help heal.





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 the website, Surfer Today comes a story about how surfing is helping vets and others with using surfing as a means of treatment for PTSD.

For those of you on Netflix, there is a documentary about surfing and healing called Resurface, it is about 27 minutes and gives you the basic idea of how this works. For those of you on YouTube there is a trailer that will give you a taste of the documentary.





The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a dedicated page about military PTSD

Psych Central's article about treating PTSD with surf therapy.

The Warrior Surf Foundation has surf classes, coaching, adaptive classes and other activities for healing. Another resources is the The Jimmy Miller Foundation for Ocean Therapy.

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 7, 2018

Show 141 Self Care, A Pebble in the Road

This is a quick pebble in the road about self-care tips. Despite my best efforts the symptom thing happened and I, as the adult and I as the inner child are both having a tantrum. Only the adult part of me is pretending like nothing is wrong as I literally, cleaning up my mess.

This is how I did it this time.




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 You feel like shit interactive guide to self-care.

Ellen Bard article at Tiny Buddha has 45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a health mind, body and soul.

Nikki Andersen post at Highly Sensitive People about 20 self-care ideas, one of which is perhaps use some of that tension to declutter a space in your home, computer or your head.


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, October 31, 2018

Show 140 Connecting Adult Bullying and Anxiety

This is the second episode about adult bullying. Adult bullying is performed by a person or a group of person using power to harm another person or people.

It is repetitive. It does not have to be only physical. There can be verbal, sexual structural, governmental bullying.

The effects of bullying can last long after the events have passed. It might be a contributing factor to an anxiety, panic or phobic disorder. This episode is focus specifically on adult bullying.






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: 


Mindful.org interview with Nana Vistor about how mindfulness helped her heal her pain.

Forbes magazine article about Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids

US Food and Drug Administration warning about seniors taking benzodiazepines and opiate level drugs.

2013 Greater Good article on How Bullied Children Grow into Wounded Adults

Workplace Bullying Institute FAQ on Workplace and adult bullying questions.

Therapist Debi Levine wrote in a 2018 post Adults who Bully that there are five types of adult bullies.

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.