Sunday, October 14, 2018

Two Videos on Shondaland About Mental Wellness Issues

There is the right thing and then the thing you want to do that is wrong, you know it is wrong and you want to do it anyway. Damn ethics. There is a video on Shondaland that I wanted to post. But the video is hosted on Shondaland and there is no external link or embed code to the video.

It is a really good video by Yolo Akili Robinson that talks about mental health, mental wellness, and a bunch of other good stuff I think folks should pay attention to.

Now, I really want to share that video. And if I was a low life cretin, there are ways to extract that video from the web page.  But just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should. This is what hurts at the moment but it will pass.

I did find another video that Mr. Robinson has on the BEAM Collective YouTube channel.




The stated purpose of the BEAM Collective is, from their website:

We are a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

I'm going to plunk this here and get on with the work of the day.

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.

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Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Show 137 The Space of Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is the fear of having an attack in a place of in front of other people or in public. It is a kissing cousin of anxiety and panic disorders.

This is an introduction to this specific phobia and some informational resources. Don't worry, there will be more botanical tea information coming down the road.




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: 


MedlinePlus has a good information page about Agoraphobia with some treatment suggestions.

National Institute of Mental Health page on anxiety and related disorders including phobias, social anxiety and other forms of the condition.

Psychology Today page explores Agoraphobia with specific mentions of medication options.

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, October 7, 2018

Show 136 St John's Wort Tea

Some people call it goatweed, Hypericum perforatum or St. John's Wort. It can be an invasive plant to farmers and ranchers but it has some medicinal properties. It is also a plant that has to be seriously evaluated before you decide to use it.





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: 


Physicians Steeped In Culture Of ‘Toughing It Out’ Often Fear Reporting Suicidal Thoughts, Mental Health Illness from the publication, Modern Healthcare.

California Board of Pharmacy booklet on Health Notes Alternative Medicines.

St. John's Wort Herbal Use and Medicinal Properties from AltNature.com

National Institutes of Health Dietary Supplement Label Database. You plunk in the name of the product, or you can search by ingredient or manufacture. This is the link to the St John's Wort list of products.

Verywell Mind has a good write up of St John's Wort and some of the cautions about it's use.

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.

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, September 30, 2018

Show 135a Traumatic Stress in Times of Chaos, A Pebble in the Road

In case you didn’t know or haven’t heard, there is traumatic stress. This is a bonus pebble in the road.

Some of us have been caught between a rock and a hard place. Especially when what we experience is being discounted, disrespected and used for power and glory.

This is not a political statement. It is a fact that base level human beings attack other people and intentionally harm them for personal profit.

But even people who experience trauma have access to power, the power to engage in our healing and restoration.

There are three resources mentioned, well yeah more than three plus some ideas, once you get past the pre-ramble.




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: 


Anxiety and Depression Association of America page on post traumatic stress disorder, talks about symptoms and treatment options. There is also a screening quiz to help you figure out if you have PTSD. You don't have to be a veteran to experience PTSD.

Grounding is a way to center yourself in the moment. But if in the moment you want to throw a brick at your television or phone you might need to move something to help you get that anger out.

Helpguide.org has a very good set of pages on PSTD, traumatic stress and more.

In episode 122, I mention a grounding technique with Cha-Cha beat. Along those lines, this is a quick video showing a relaxation technique called progressive muscle relaxation. One of many but this is short and it does teach you how to do it.


 


Just a bite more about grounding. Dr. Stephanie Cortes has an easy grounding exercises to calm the nervous system. Because sometimes your job is to stay in the present, not the past.

The Love is Respect site is designed for teens but apparently the older generation needs some help about understanding that forcing yourself on another person is not sport or boys at play.

For those in need of specialized help, consider visiting the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, to keep it on the down-low, use your privacy browser window or your smartphone's privacy browser mode for privacy concerns.


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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, September 26, 2018

Show 135 Chamomile Tea for Anxiety Conditions

As I mentioned in the show, you can have a cup of tea and take the time to do a breathing exercise.

Or to meditate. Like I need to do because I just discovered I screwed up the show numbers. I am not perfect. I need some tea.

It is about taking the opportunity to take care of yourself.  In this episode, a look at Chamomile Tea.






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 NBCNews on New York state implementing mental health education as part of health and wellenss; the goal is to help them be aware of concepts and health literacy.

Mindful has a page on audio and podcast meditation resources. Works well with a cup of tea.

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.

Case Adams at Heal Naturally has more about the plant and some of the studies that have been performed to confirm the effectiveness of the plant.

VeryWell Mind has more information about how many cups of Chamomile you should drink or ingest in a day, by tea, extract or other means.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has a quick guide to Passion Flower and other botanicals called Herbs at a Glance.

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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, 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?

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, 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.

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.