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


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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, October 25, 2017

Show 100 - A Look at Out of the Woods and Depression Tips

In this episode, a look at some people with depression, tips and actual things you can do; or not. These are just suggestions. Your healthcare is up to you. I'm just a sherpa on an ever expansive road.

This is the 100th episode of the podcast. When I made the decision to do this I knew why it was necessary; I’ve experienced people dismissing my symptoms, or a provider wanting me to take a specific medication because it was cheaper than behavioral therapy or exploring other alternatives.

I knew there were other things I could do. But I didn't know what they were. It shouldn't have taken as long as it did. I hope your road isn't as long.






Don't let the head fucker win. 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: 


Find Your Words is a collaborative project from Story Corp and Kaiser Health Foundation to help communicate, educate and provide resources about depression and mental illness.

The Hilarious World of Depression podcast with John Moe interviewing author, videoblogger, educator and a whole bunch of other great stuff, John Green.

Brent Williams is the author of the graphic novel; Out of the Woods. For more information about the New Zealand author you can visit his web site, Barnes and Nobel and Amazon.

If you are feeling ginned up take a look at some of the Anxiety Tips to Help You Cope from ADAA.org

Let Go video from meditation expert Jon Kabat-Zinn

UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center has a number of free audio recordings to help you get started in mindfulness practice.

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 18, 2017

Show 099 Float On Epson Salts and What Is Stress?

Your body makes decisions all day long calibrating the appropriate amount of stress necessary to keep you safe. Sometimes there is too much to handle. Or sometimes there may be a enclosed water pool in your future. All things are possible.

In this episode, a look at stress and how it can play a role in anxiety conditions, panic attacks and phobias.




You are not a candle in the wind,  there is 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 National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress.

Miami Herald's article about Psychological Trauma is  Invisible in Long Term Toll of Megastorms.

Nic and Pancho Meditation video; you are not the only one that can't do more than a minute.

Psychology Today Stress Basics  - good description of the stress process.

Women's Health.gov page on stress and anxiety.

National Institute of Mental Health 5 Things You Should Know about Stress You can read the page on the site or download it as a PDF

Villanova University Office of Health Promotion has a 16 page stress management guide that you can download that has actionable steps to handling stress reactions.

Helpguide.org page on Using Self-Help Techniques for Dealing with Stress.

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 11, 2017

Show 098 - Four Things About Anxiety Disorders

The anxiety road is a path of many junctures and on-ramps. We all have different treatment requirements. If you are a newbie I got info for ya. If you've been around the bend; there are one of two new resources.

Got a new microphone that puts a little bass in my non-bass voice. Hope to get use to it but I have a back-up candidate. Which cost more money but one of my software programs doesn't like it. Which produces a whole 'nother form of anxiety.

In this show, a true confession that I still have attacks plus four things that you should know about having an anxiety disorder, condition or situation.






If you cannot see colors and death looks bright and shiny, please 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 page at Helpguide.org on the varieties of anxiety, panic and phobia disorders. Helpguide.org goes into detail about the condition and the many non-medication resources that are available.

The Mighty covers a variety of health topics including anxiety disorders. From their community pages a list of 19 Red Flags To Consider if you should get help for your problem.

AnnaLisa Scott's The Worry Games FAQ page where she gives her opinions about the nature of anxiety disorders; she believes that is is more of a thinking disorder.

Anxiety.org page on what causes anxiety disorders and possible risk factors, text intensive but there is a lot of info on that page including treatment options.

16 Simple Mindfulness Techniques to help soothe your troubled mind.

The Daring to be Happy podcast with Lila B has an episode on choosing not to think.

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 4, 2017

Show 097 Baa Baa Land and Clown Phobia

This week there is a brief look at the slo-mo movie Baa Baa Land and a look at the culturally permissible fear and anxiety about clowns. There are people that have clown phobia.

But there are a lot more people with a culturally induced fear and hatred of clowns. That shift happened about 40 years ago. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a positive modern representation of a good clown?



The days are not a dark as they seem. There are people who will listen. If you feel suicidal 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: 


Baa Baa Land Movie - When you need to count sheep but are wide awake.

Refinery 29 post on Why You Should Think Twice Before Saying Your Workout Is "As Good As Therapy"

Minnesota Public Radio has an audio story about on-line therapy.

Brain Pickings article on A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

Smithsonian Magazine on The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary

Business Insider on Why people are afraid of clowns.



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.