Chaos and clutter

Ironically enough, even positive stressful events such as the birth of a new baby or a wedding can have the same effect on the body's cortisol levels. As you can see in the section on postpartum depression, new mothers can be particularly vulnerable to symptoms of depression though, in most …

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The give approach

When we open up to one another we inevitably realise that we share the same human feelings: hurts and doubts, hurries and worries. The same dark nights and desires of the soul. And while each one of us is unique, we share our essential humankind-ness. Our need to belong, our …

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When dreams come crashing down

Thirty-nine states, including my own state of New York, have adopted PDMPs. The data collected can help states to fashion targeted education programs as well as to identify and intervene with doctors whose prescribing patterns suggest that they are "pill mills," conveying to too many patients, collectively, massive doses of …

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Do you lose your temper quickly?

According to Jill Perry-Smith at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, while strong social ties have a neutral effect, weak ties bolster one's individual creativity. It is not entirely clear why this happens, but according to Perry-Smith, empirical evidence suggests that weak ties facilitate "the generation of alternatives and encourage autonomous …

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Don't trust apps to find you love

Every evil deed, every example of heartlessness in the world, stems directly from this false sense of "me" as distinct from everything else. If you explode the illusion of that one concept, your whole universe changes. Don't expect to be able to do this overnight, though. You spent your whole …

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Emotional outbursts and over-reactions

Like Lucille Ball working in the chocolate factory in the classic episode of I Love Lucy, office workers can experience job strain from emails or assignments rushing by like unwrapped chocolates zooming along a conveyor belt. The second factor that correlates with workplace depression is an environment with an "effort-reward …

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Experience influences thinking

I put a note next to the bathroom mirror to remind me. It didn't take long to get into the habit. Daffy has a green bag that he always takes with him, kind of a big masculine purse or a mini-backpack. At night he puts in all the things that …

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Finding people who want to talk to you

Every mental state has a birth, a growth, and a decay. You should strive to see these stages clearly. This is no easy thing to do, however. As we have already noted, every thought and sensation begins first in the unconscious region of the mind and only later rises to …

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Impulsive, impatient, and irritable

Epitomizing this shift, in 1903, Dr. George Pettey, an addiction specialist, vocalized a growing opinion about the depravity of addiction, calling it "another curse." A series of federal regulations, beginning with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, were bellwethers for the changing national outlook on drugs and drug …

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Act on urges to withdraw

The symptoms of bipolar depression are similar to those of major depression. There are different types of bipolar disorder that span a spectrum of these symptoms. The type depends on the intensity and duration of the elevated mood symptoms. A manic episode is as described above, hypomanic episodes are shorter …

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Poor coping skills

Unfortunately, not only does this get in the way of an effective and satisfying working life, but it can also have a knock-on effect on your personal life. Perhaps the simplest way to reduce this feeling of pressure is to plan and prepare in advance. Pack your lunch the night …

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Standing up for the other in their absence

We get stuck in the "if only" syndrome. If only I had more money, then I would be happy. If only I could find somebody who really loved me; if only I could lose twenty pounds; if only I had a color TV, a hot tub, and curly hair; and …

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You're either the hammer or the nail

But which app notifications should we disable, and how? Now that we've whittled down the number of apps on our phones, we can adjust our notification settings. This step took me about thirty minutes, but it was the most life changing. If you use an Apple iPhone, go to Settings …

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Being carried along by the tides of circumstance

We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the [Vietnam] war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities . We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break …

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I'm not good enough

This does not mean that you are giving up on a great idea. It means that you're not limiting your chance of success by focusing on just one way to accomplish it. Do you see a vision of a new healthier you yet? What do you see? Do you have …

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Personal affirmations

When you have a plan in place, you will be able to survive and thrive in spite of the added tension. Many people turn to unhealthy behaviors to cope with or escape their stress, such as drinking too much alcohol, self-medicating on drugs, and overeating. But when you change the …

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The therapeutic window

Keep striving. In a lot of cases, the ride to the life you want sucks and it's ugly, but if you don't worry about it and just hold on, you'll make it there. It makes perfect sense that schools use behavior and habit tracking sheets as a learning tool for …

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What are my most vulnerable times or days of the week?

In order to succeed, individuals must be able to recognize their emotions and regulate how they are displayed to others. This idea may sound simple in theory, but it is more challenging in practice. A large part of successful emotional recognition and regulation is the identification of emotions, something with …

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Be messy--in creative places

Know yourself. For instance, I'm currently in a great writing flow. I don't feel the need to leave my city. I have a set routine every day, and it works very well for me. I feel happy, and I enjoy my life a lot. When I go away for even …

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Behaviours that interfere with sleep

Remember that procrastinators are great at finding excuses. Learn to face your overwhelming emotions. Avoid being a perfectionist. Take the pressure off yourself by developing patience from within. Now, let's move forward by learning how to deal with just one task at a time. In the early stages of treatment …

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Chance rapport

Confession compels us to acknowledge who we are and to continually seek to improve. What's more, confession puts us in the position to receive God's peace, comfort, and forgiveness. Confess has its origin in "agreement." So beyond the relief from worrying that we might be found out, confession means agreeing …

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Keep your daily actions simple

I'll tell you about the whole system later, but right now let's focus on the red card. It has the major things to do that I'm working on right now. Like the appointment book, it is always with me. These to-do's are the major, non-routine things that really need to …

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Positive thinking and positive action

Twelve-step programs are typified by AA, NA, and related groups for families and teenagers. They are offered for a variety of specific drugs, including alcohol, opioids, cocaine, nicotine, and marijuana, and for behavioral addictions such as gambling, sex, and food. Those who work the program are expected to progress through …

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Try not to "compare and despair"

To enjoy and reap its benefits, individuals don't have to be athletes--just physically active people. In short, Sarah has entered a cycle of avoidance that perpetuates and exacerbates (meaning worsens) the symptoms of panic and anxiety over time. At each stage of this cycle, she tried to avoid the possibility …

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When someone asks you for something

Don't sit there looking for things to be mindful of. Keep your mindfulness on the breath until something else steps in and pulls your attention away. When you feel that happening, don't fight it. Let your attention flow naturally over to the distraction, and keep it there until the distraction …

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Why giving back to others is essential

How can people manage the complex challenges of addiction if they have blood sugars bouncing around from uncontrolled diabetes, or chest pain from walking up a flight of stairs, or difficulty breathing, or knees or hips burning up with the inflammation and pain of arthritis? Of course, these questions answer …

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Start low and build up slowly

The physical energy to move objects around, and get in close to the dusty surfaces with a cleaning cloth. Even if a doctor recommends starting on an antidepressant medication, the final decision about whether or not this is a good idea belongs to the person who is going to take …

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Synchronizing with other people

You are a rock in a stream bed and your thoughts are the current. As they pass over you, they become part of you, but only for a moment. The next moment, they are out of sight, beyond your concern as another one works its way toward you. So what …

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Treatment should be recovery oriented

Instead of being imprisoned by all of the rules and boundaries - you're becoming free. You're no longer being imprisoned by your immaturity, bad decisions, and bad habits. You're breaking the shackles and chains you put on yourself. You're opening the door and walking out of the prison you've chosen to …

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