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

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, 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.




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

Resources Mentioned:



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, 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.


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, 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. 

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

Resources Mentioned:



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.