Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Show 088 Sometimes It Isn't Anxiety and Prevention Magazine's Walk Away Anxiety

Still kind of hectic but this is a quickie on getting checked by a doctor, climbing rocks and supporting men in rompers or tight gym pants. Ok, really, the gym pants. There is tight but not too tight.

What the heck I'm I blathering about? Listen to the show.




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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Too Much Awareness and Not Enough Substance?

Little ditty I found at the Hogg Foundation. It is a discussion about the emphasis about mental health awareness campaigns.




Most of the campaigns try to focus on removing stigmas and encouragement to seek help and support. Some are targeted to certain populations, other are message for the population at large to stop with the demonetization of people with a mental health condition.

This podcast ask the question, is it too much? Is it smoke without providing substance? Is it constantly waving The Boogie Man without a means of understanding complex details and nuances?

Could be.

Maybe.

Maybe not.

If you can't play the Soundcloud file you can switch over to the Apple Podcasts/iTunes version


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Show 087 Amala Hopeline, Microglia and Food for Sleep

You do not want chest pains. You do not want to have the shakes, the vomiting, the visceral fear that can come with a panic attack. Nobody does. One of the things you can do is to take care of your brain. Making sure you get enough sleep is very important.

What you put in your body is equally important for brain health and anxiety symptom control. In this episode, Mice, sleep and foods that nourish the brain.




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Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Wee Bit More About Fidget Spinners

In a recent episode I mentioned Fidget Spinners as an object to apply critical thinking skills when claims of cures start being promoted.




I got nothing for or against the gizmos. But I am cautious about marketers making unsubstantiated claim of mental health effectiveness or a cure for a complex condition like ADHD. Until there is some verified and repeated testing of the claims I am going to skeptical.

It might work as anxiety symptom control device. I honestly don't know.

People have always used devices to distract, tape excess energy or use as a distraction. Japanese folks, seems like it is the menfolk,  but I don't know for sure, use ink pens to twirl and spin in their hands.

I just learned this from a program called Begin Japanology. That story is around the 20 minute mark.

There use to be squishy balls that could be found on a worker's desk or those muscle building hand clamp things.

Jacks. Straws. Phone cords. Paper Clips.

There isn't anything new but  perhaps the delivery method. Anyway, Mike from PBS Idea Chanel dives into the deal with this newest expression of distraction.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Show 086 Resources for Considering Xanax for Anxiety

It is hard to find 100% unbiased information so I would suggest that you read and understand both sides of the arguments regarding taking medications.

In this episode, a look at some of the resources to learning about Alprazolam or the brand name called Xanax.

Hey, I tried something different this week - music Dream Yourself Smooth from Puddle of Infinity.



Resources Mention:


  • CESAR Center for Substance Abuse Research has a database on the most common abused drugs with an information page on Benzodiazepines.
  • Helpguide.org page on anxiety medication.
  • Consumer Version of Merck Manual Overview of Anxiety with a link to Alprazolam near the bottom of the page.
  • Safe Medication page on Alprazolam

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Show 085 Five Resources for Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a technique that involves tensing muscle and then relaxing those muscles to build a state of relaxation thought the body.

In this episode, a look a five resources that can help to dial down the tension in your muscles and body.






I found a really good video by Cheryl Johnson that demonstrates the technique.




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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Show 084 Meditation Apps, Mental Health Month and You Are Here

A bit of news and then a look at Meditation Oasis Apps and Jenny Lawson's new book You Are Here, An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds.

Speaking of dangerous minds; for the next few weeks there might be shorter episodes or a missed week or two as I juggle hauling brimstone down a ravine.

I'll try to be consistent but until I find that rich guy that isn't older than dirt and doesn't have heirs I will continue to work for a living.






If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Resources Mentioned:


  • National Mental Health month from Mental Health America. Their focus this year is on risky behaviors that people tend to use to self medicate. 
  • Instagram has a special web page that focuses on Instagramers and mental health concerns
  • Actress Emma Stone speaking about what she would tell her younger self about anxiety
  • MarketWatch article on what young adults are spending on their mental health treatments.
  • Meditation Oasis Podcast where there are dozens of meditations to listen to and use as part of your treatment process.
  • If you are looking for a specific meditation app such as sleeping, walking mediation or affirmations Meditation Oasis has an app page for Kindle, iOS and Android users.
  • Jenny Lawson's inspirational book, doodle guide and art therapy book You Are here; An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds. Publisher is Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan 
  • Vitaphone recording of Gracie Allen along with her life partner George Burns in Lambchops.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Show 83.5 Dental Anxiety - Encore Presentation

Heavy duty week at Amalgamated Salt and Brimstone. So many people are working their way toward hell we have to open a new branch in Jersey. Not disclosing which Jersey but if you see Zombies that might be the place.

So this is an repeat or as the use to say back in the day an encore presentation of ARP 021. Having a bad tooth and being terrified of going to the dentist.


 


It was much worse when I finally went to the dentist. So much unnecessary pain but I got a podcast out of it. 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Show 083 Royal Hording and Toxic Shame

Burning candles at both ends is tough but what if you have an over abundance of candles? Or shoes. Or clothing you wear maybe one or two times? There are people that we love that have anxiety conditions.

And included is the second part of an exploration of toxic shame, toxic stress and a few resources to possibly set your soul at peace.







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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Show 082 Botox and Worry Journals

Just because a doctor makes a statement doesn't mean that you need to take it as gospel. Always double and triple check it out if the statement seems too good to be true. There is no rush and there is no lack.

In this episode a look at Botox for Depression. Actual more questions than answers. Who, what when, where, how, why, and how much?

Cosmetic surgery, psychiatry and psychology are three different domains of medicine. How does injecting a toxin in a certain region of the face help depression?

And also a look at worry journals. If you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder this could be one of the tools that you use to control the worry machine in your head.

I'm still working on shame and toxic shame; I want to find functional resources so I'm try again in a bit.






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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Show 081 What Is Shame?

Sometimes fear renders you speechless. This is not good for a podcaster. But if you can find a way to get back to basics. To breath. Relax. Trust what you know to be true you can get back to a functional place.



Resources Mentioned:

 

  • The Up Goer Five Text Editor
  • Mindful.org post on How to Be Mindful when Anxious
  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission Page on Depression, PTSD, &Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights
  • Brene Brown on Shame Versus Guilt
  • What Is Shame? How is it Different from Guilt at Verywell.com
  • Also on Verywell.com PTSD and Shame
  • 2003 Beyond Intractable essay by Phil Barker What Is Guilt? What Is Shame?  
  • John Bradshaw's channel on YouTube. There are other videos of John Bradshaw that have been uploaded by unauthorized sources. You may or may not find segments of Healing the Shame that Binds.


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Show 080 Health Decision Guides

What are the pros? What are the cons? Do you have support? What other things can you try to help the situation?  In this podcast a look at resources that help you figure out what to do with your anxiety, panic or phobia condition.





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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Show 079 Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy and Agoraphobia

Rollercoasters, Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy and Agoraphobia are somehow interrelated in this episode. I have to say the real world is far more interesting that what can be conjured up virtually but it does have potential as a treatment option.




I forgot mention in in the show but if you would like to see what a therapeutic game looks like you could check out Itsy, you have to play and meet challenges with a virtual spider.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Show 078.5 Sometimes It Doesn't Work Out

Life is unpredictable. You try to keep the bad things from happening and you can't.

You chug along, try your best but one day the roof leaks, the water heater is rumbling, people try to tap you for cash and all you want is for folks to give you space.

And they freaking will not do that.

 
So. This is where we are.

My current reality is not that bad. After seven years of faithful service my hard drive is going to meet the Gipper. I'm typing on chicklets and you can only record 90 seconds in MS One Note. Good quality but limited. Just means I've got a bunch of stuff for next week.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Show 078 - Escalators and Stress Management Tips

In this week's show you can learn a lot from an escalator. Like don't wear a maxi skirt and clogs that are too big for you. Or perhaps you can glean some wisdom from not being so hot to trot.

And speaking of trotting, perhaps it is time to review some stress and relaxation tips and resources.





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This podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Show 077 - Leif Patch and Buzzies Technology Apps and Hardware

For those of you pining for a tech solution or can't get enough of a gadget fix I have two items that might get you circuits pulsing in a good way.






Resources Mentioned:

 

  • Gothamist interview with Dr. Barbara Fisher about election anxiety and things you can do to re-center yourself in times of change. 
  • Lena Dunham being interviewed by various media publications about her anxiety and depression condition. She spoke with the The New Yorker, The Fix and Vogue Magazine.
  • Houston Chronicle article about loss of access to mental health services if the Affordable Health Act is repeals and not replaced.
  • There is a possibility that single payer healthcare is coming to California. SB 565 the Californians for a Healthy California Act has been introduced. 
  • The Los Angeles Times has a write-up about the first rumblings about the bill. 
  • Leif Patch Breath Monitoring device. 
  • There are two official web sites The Touchpoint Solution and Buzzies. There is also a Buzzies YouTube Channel.


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This 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, February 15, 2017

Show 076 - Medication and Not Getting Jiggy With It

This episode is about how both over the counter and prescription medication can affect your sexual responses. If you are taking an over the counter medication for insomnia you might be removing your ability to perform the horizontal mambo.

So they say.




This is about awareness. Not pro or anti medication. If you want or need to take medication you have to be knowledgeable about the benefits and possible side effects of the drugs.

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If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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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, February 8, 2017

Show 075 Setting Boundaries

A little something for everybody, IBM Research is working on teaching an AI Bot to diagnose certain organic brain disorders in addition to mental health treatments. Also in the show, resources on how, when and where to setting boundaries with yourself and other people.

Special shout out to reducing your social media time. You don't need to sit in front of the funnel. Take a time out and do something in real space.







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References Mentioned: 

 

 

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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, January 25, 2017

Show 074 ECT and Intro to Agoraphobia

If you have severe or treatment resistant depression a therapy option you might not have considered is Electroconvulsive Therapy.  There are on-line resources that might help you make other decisions.

People with agoraphobia not only separate themselves from day to day life but their symptoms may lead them to overeat, lean on alcohol or other chemical substances for support or slide into depression. This is an introduction to this specific phobia.


 
 
 
Resources Mentioned:

  • Peaceful Cuisine is a vegan cooking site but even if you are an omnivore you might find a meditative quality to the music and non-music meal assembly videos. You can also watch the videos on Ryoya's YouTube channel.
  • The podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking will take you on a journey. Sometimes from the darkness to the light and some times standing at the brink of survival.
  • New York Times article on Kitty Dukakis experience with alcoholism, depression and her Electroconvulsive Therapy.
  • Former Massachusetts governor Michael and Kitty Dukakis have a information website about ECT with a FAQ page for those that would like more information.
  • Agoraphobia  information at MedLinePlus
  • Bullying connection to anxiety conditions via StopBullying.org
  • Helpguide.org page on Phobias and Fears
  • MedLine Plus page on Phobias
  • Talkspace App for iPhone and iPad 
  • Talkspace App for Android

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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, January 18, 2017

Show 073 - A Quick Look At Conservative Health Replacement for ACA

Having access to health care is not a right in America. You can have life, you can pursue happiness but not a word about healthcare.If you have an anxiety or panic disorder this affect you; even if you have private insurance. This issue effects everyone. I thought that there should be an introduction to the basics about this topic.

There is a lot of fear speech about the replacement for ObamaCare/ACA. So much fear that many of my friends and associates have gained weight, have high blood pressure or their symptoms are off the scale.

I have always found that knowledge, accurate information is the foundation for a good treatment plan. I want to reduce the fear with information. What you do about this information is up to you.






This is just a quick look using publicly viable sources and is my attempt at explaining what I currently understand to be elements of a conservative health care replacement for ObamaCare. I have tried to be objective. I have gone to known conservative think tanks, two non-partial think tank, two politicians websites and publications that monitor the healthcare industry.

ObamaCare/ACA does have a mental health component. I didn't seen anything in my research that talked about either restricting or expanding access to mental health services. I'm going to keep monitoring and let you know of any additional information.


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Disclaimer: 


Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This 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.

If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Show 072 - Snatch and Go Meditation

Every dang day there is something new to bang your head against the wall. You shouldn't do that; banging your head causes pain, bruising and you'll only wind up doing it again. Now if you could find a few moments to chill out that would go a long way to getting you stabilized.

For some of you, you kind of like it rough. Two of the resources below have NSFW language that you will either find funny or familiar. Maybe you are just not ready for loving kindness type meditation. There is an app for that.





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This 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.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Show 071 - Anxiety and Conflict Resolution

This is a time when people make resolutions but in this episode I'm talking about techniques that can be applied to many of the people and situations that folks have to deal with on a daily basis.

There are internal conflicts and external conflicts that require more than wishing it would go way.


 
 
 

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If you're having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Disclaimer: 


Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This 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.