Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Show 118 - Dehydration, the Brain and Axiety

My off-line life is getting more hectic. For the next few weeks there could be interruptions or delays in posting. Amalgamated Fire and Brimstone is upgrading to the newest salt analyzing widget and somebody has to stand by flipping the crystals the bird.

In today's show a look at the CVS pricing tool and dehydration and the connection to the brain and anxiety.

Some of the common symptoms of dehydration are your mouth is dry, you've got dry skin, feeling constipated and when you wake up all you want to do is go back to sleep.

You might be dehydrated.
You might have an anxiety disorder.

Or you could have both.





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: 


AARP report on CVS drug price information for consumers at over 30,000 pharmacies.
Lifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness via Google Books - chapter on hydration and water. This is more for the science geeks among us.

Mayo Clinic Foundation page on Dehydration which contains a list of symptoms and how to prevent becoming dehydrated.

The Department of Defense Armed with Science blog has a page for soldiers who are consuming a lot of energy drinks that have high levels of caffeine. You might want to cut back or eliminate them from your diet.

National Institute of Aging on Getting Enough Fluids and FEMA.gov pamphlet on Food and Water Preparation in an Emergency.

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, April 11, 2018

Running Late on Posting but This Might Help Somebody

I can't pull it together. Just can't. Brain has put out the no-cognition light.

I have to respect that. Cuz I've sat here for three hours and everything is going wrong.

In the meantime, A gem from a man who reminds us it ain't always about binary thinking. Especially if your digit is stuck at 1.

And look, don't get you panties twisted because it doesn't apply to you. Or you do the opposite. Or you don't believe in therapy.

If this helps you, great.
If not, wait for it. It will come.

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, April 4, 2018

Show 117 - FDA Mandatory Recall of Herbal Supplement

Wanted to give folks a heads up about a mandatory recall of a herbal supplement product used by folks that have anxiety and depression disorders. The FDA has issued a mandatory recall on Kratom herbal supplements from specific vendors because of possible Salmonella contamination.

So in this show there is a brief description of the recall, what is Kratom and what it does for folks and another source that provide positive and negative benefits of using the supplement.




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: 


US Food and Drug Administration mandatory recall of herbal supplements with Katom that could be tainted with Salmonella.

There is also a Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts FDA recall page that list the most recent product recalls with the names of the vendor so you can check out if there is a possibility of concern.

The publication Food Safety News has a write up of the recall effort; there is more than one article More Kratom Capsules Recalled for Salmonella Amid Outbreak gives some of the alternate names of the herb and what the packages look like.

KratomIQ is a informational site that provides basic information about Krantom, the benefits and potential for abuse by users and by some vendors of the product. I am suggesting it as a place to read about positive and potentially negative information about the supplement. Be aware that the site does have affiliate relationships with some vendors. (They did disclose that fact in the disclaimer.)

Drugs.com information page about Kratom.

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, March 30, 2018

Dr. Margaret Rutherford Speaking at This is the Brave

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Rutherford a few years back and keep track of her work about people with perfectly hidden depression.



She has a post up on Psych Central about telling her story about having panic attacks. This is from a talk she gave as a speaker at This is the Brave storytelling event.




Thursday, March 29, 2018

Show 116 - The Not So Wonderful World of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

General Anxiety Disorder becomes a medical condition when the worrying last more than six months AND it impacts and limits your life. You stop going places. You shrug off invitations. You don’t make the change you spent hours thinking about and then nothing really happened or changed.

In this episode, a look at what is the condition, treatment options and the on-line resources you can use to bust up the worry machine.




Paint it 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: 


There is a post on Mindful.org called A Meditation on Working with Anxiety, basically, how to use mindful techniques to try to find the sources of your anxiety. There is an audio recording you can listen to or you can read the transcript.

The Conversation on Act Tough and Hide Weakness, how young men see themselves as living up to society standards of manhood. Part of living up to those standards seem to be ignoring mental and emotional health issues.

ADAA,org  has a screening test if you suspect you might have GAD.

For information and treatment options there is the Generalized Anxiety Disorder page at Helpguide.org, this site is focused on behavioral health treatment and self-treatment options.

National Institute of Mental Health page on Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control; you can download a PDF pamphlet or ePub version for your Kindle or ePub reading device.

In addition to the other sources, Healthline talks about life style changes that might be necessary to treatment your condition. This could mean dialing back on the caffeine or other stimulants.


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, March 21, 2018

Show 115 Farmers Need Help and More Apps for Symptom Management

Coming back from a head cold. Lots of news items to cover, the proposed post-partum depression bill in California. a federal bill to provide mental health services to farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers, a book, and an app or two. Life is what it is but there are ways to make your body feel more comfortable.




Death might take a holiday but you don't have to join him. 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: 


KCRB story about the possibility of a California bill to require doctors to perform a mental health test on their patients before and after giving birth.

Katherine Stone has a website that is devoted to issues about post-partum depression and treatment options called PostPartum Progress. Really good stuff about symptoms, treatment options and support.

Via FarmAid.org, a post about a bill to support mental health treatment in farm and rural areas of the United States. The the name of the bill is Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide (STRESS) Act (H.R. 5259).

How to Stop Freaking the %#$@ Out When Deep Breathing Doesn’t Work by Erin Pash and Kyle Keller. There is also an Amazon page where the book can be purchased.

I've mentioned the Simply Noise app before but this time want to point to the download section where you for a very small amount of money, can purchase the specific sound noise that meets your needs. Special shout out to brown noise, which seems to draw more yarns that is normal for this time of day.

Dan Harris 10% Healthier is geared to those folks that want and need the benefits of meditation without what they would refer to as the "bells and woo-woo." The app is available for iOS and Android users. Those of us on Windows Phones or on limited data plans can access the web version. There is a free section but there are also in-app purchases opportunities.

If money is an issue there are accessible meditation resources, The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness has a number of mindfulness stress reduction audio files on a variety of topic. Those with limited plans might want to download the files onto your desktop and then transfer to your media device.

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, March 11, 2018

Video on Power of Grandmothers, Depression and CBT

Not just in the United States, there is a reduction in the number of psychiatrist that are available to treat mental health concerns like depression.

We can either lament the loss or find ways to deliver treatment options.





Dixon Chibanda gave a TED Women talk about invoking the power of the grandmothers in delivering primary cognitive behavioral therapy services in Zimbabwe.

In America, there are a number of mental health first aid responders classes. The problem, the classes either fill up quick or not available in many communities.

Neither of these options can fill the needs of a psychiatrist but we do have to start doing more than lamenting the lack of mental health services.


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.