Mental Health

 
 
 
  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   The Link Between Physical Illness and Unhealed Trauma

We’ve known for a long while that unresolved emotional trauma can cause lifelong behavioural problems. Most notably, Dr. Gabor Maté has explained how addictions arise in people who’ve suffered wounds in the past, mostly during their childhood years, and how those wounds continue to manifest in negative ways throughout their lives.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Our Addiction To Suffering

The Buddha said that suffering arises from craving — for instance, craving for more love, more possessions, more physical prowess or beauty. But sometimes I wonder if the truth is more akin to the reverse — that we crave our suffering. In other words, are we actually addicted to suffering?

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It’s OK to be Jealous, Angry and Insecure

“Yes, others have flaws, too.” I used to think. “But mine are different.” “Mine are heavier. My flaws are the kind of flaws one actually needs to hide, because they’ll disturb people.”

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Antidepressant Use Continues to Rise Sharply Especially Among Children

Mental health in America is in decline, and while there is no one-size-fits-all reason for this, doctors and psychiatrists do offer a one-size-fits-all solution: antidepressants. The number of people who have taken antidepressants has soared some 65% in just the last 15 years, and the numbers continue to rise.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   An Open Letter to the Spiritual Community About Psychiatry

There’s life with the experience of mental illness and then there’s life as a mental patient. I’ve been told that both entail a large serving of unfathomable suffering. Suffering that brings you to the brink of something you can’t imagine tolerating one more second of, and then it asks you how you’d like to stay there for infinity. The kind of existential fear that comes with not knowing what is real and what is illusion. A depth of pain that feels so endless it’s like a black hole inside your core. Others describe feeling on fire, electrified by worry. Or maybe you’ve just been told that your behaviour is concerning, scary, or dangerous.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   We Need To Talk About Suicide

Every once in a while, something happens in the news that brings the issues of depression and suicide to the forefront of our minds. Most recently, this news has been the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Bennington died by suicide on July 20, after a lengthy and somewhat public battle with depression. None of us can judge the choice he made, or think any worse of him because of it. Even those of us who have dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts before do not know what his precise situation was or what he was going through. I wish his loved ones all the best, and I truly hope he has found peace now. But, that said, we do need to talk about suicide.

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  Climate Engineering Contamination: Staying Healthy in a World That Isn’t  

There’s A New Antioxidant In Town: 3 Ways To Boost It

While we give nutrients like vitamins C and E a huge amount of limelight, there is a “secret” master antioxidant that can help prevent numerous conditions including ageing, cancer, heart disease, and dementia. Yes, we can get it as a supplement, but there are more effective ways to build this antioxidant. It’s called glutathione (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”): and is the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier, and maestro of our immune system.

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

History is peppered with famous artists, actors and musicians who were highly intelligent and creative, and many who experienced significant mood swings. Some are quite notorious for their outbursts; the painter Vincent Van Gogh and the composer Beethoven are two examples. Writers like Virginia Woolf and Silvia Plath also seemed to suffer from their exceptional level of creativity, where episodes of unstable behaviour were common.

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

Voices in Your Head? Don’t Worry You’re Not Crazy!

Although most people never discuss it, almost everyone hears voices in their heads. In fact, there is usually at least one internal voice that controls our behaviour and enforces perceived limitations. We often know this relentless voice as the “inner critic” or “doubter,” but where did it come from, why is it stuck on replay, and, most importantly, how do we get rid of it once and for all?

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

Vital Mind Stories: 3 Beliefs Holly Ditched When She Stopped Antidepressants

In January 2014, I decided to come off all psychiatric medication — Zoloft, Lamictal, and Xanax.Though I’d only been taking these drugs for a year and a half, I felt completely destroyed by them. In that short time, I gained 60 pounds, lost my sex drive, and I emotionally flatlined. While I no longer experienced dramatic mood swings, my life was consumed by persistent brain fog and quiet shame about my rapidly expanding waistline.

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice

We live in a world where the theme of unworthiness shows up in all areas in life. As kids, we proudly show off our high marks and perfect behaviour knowing they will earn us praises and approval from adults, and as adults, we constantly judge and punish ourselves for our lack of wealth, success, relationships and others’ good opinions of us. In my healing and coaching practice, the most common story that is told over and over is the one of“I’m not good enough.”

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  Kids Meditate Instead of Taking ADHD Medications and See Amazing Results  

Kids Meditate Instead of Taking ADHD Medications and See Amazing Results

Firmly embedded into our culture now, pharmaceutical companies create so-called cures and treatments for every human condition, and modern psychiatry has become an institution that works to create lifelong dependencies on medications to help people adapt to the stress of modern life and to conform to the rigid corporate/consumer culture that has come to be known as life.

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  How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule  

How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule

Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter for motivation, focus and productivity. In this article you can learn about the symptoms of dopamine deficiency and natural ways to increase dopamine levels.

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  Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals  

Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals

Beneficial gut bacteria are the latest darlings of neurological health as researchers continue to uncover new and fascinating roles they play in our level of happiness, serenity and emotional well-being. Incredibly, a lack of specific types of gut bacteria (or excess of harmful microbes) are associated with autism, irritable bowel and chronic fatigue syndrome, along with a range of mood disorders — including anxiety, depression and poor response to stress. These microorganisms are so powerful that if they become imbalanced in the gut, it can mean the difference between living a joyful life or one where we can barely drag ourselves out of bed.

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  Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”  

Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

History is peppered with famous artists, actors and musicians who were highly intelligent and creative, and experienced significant mood swings. Some are quite notorious for their outbursts; painter Vincent Van Gogh and the composer Beethoven are two examples. Writers like Virginia Woolf and Silvia Plath also seemed to suffer from their exceptional level of creativity, where episodes of unstable behaviour were common.

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  Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression  

Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression

It is not a surprise that all negative thinking is fear-based, but did you know that chronic negative thinking that goes on day-after-day creates stress that can damage the body and mind, resulting in disease or worse? Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the mind/body has a hidden defence that safeguards us from the extreme damage of fear, anxiety and worry. That defence is depression.

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  How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule  

How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule

Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter for motivation, focus and productivity. Learn the symptoms of dopamine deficiency and natural ways to increase dopamine levels …

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  3 Cutting-Edge Ways to Overcome Your Depression and Anxiety  

3 Cutting-Edge Ways to Overcome Your Depression and Anxiety

When I fell into a deep depression in 2010, I felt like I would never be able to escape it. Doctors made it seem that antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication were my only options. That was it. I was left in the dark. I had no other options and nowhere to turn, so I had to resort to pharmaceuticals.

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Depression: Mental Condition or Gut Disorder?

As depression hits the news once again, and the number of worldwide depression sufferers continues to rise inexorably, new and effective approaches to treatment and management are clearly needed. Fortunately, a number of strategies already exist – no drugs required!

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From ego-system to eco-system economies

We live in an age of profound disruptions. Global crises in finance, food, fuel, water, resource scarcity and poverty challenge every aspect of our societies. These disruptions also open up the possibilities for personal and societal renewal. To seize these possibilities we need to stop and ask ourselves some basic questions: why do our actions collectively create results that so few people want? What keeps us locked into old ways of operating? And what can we do to transform the root problems that keep us trapped in the patterns of the past?

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Manufacturing Madness: The Pseudoscience of Modern Psychiatry

Twenty-six years have passed since Prozac, the antidepressant drug, was introduced to the US market and quickly achieved the label of a "wonder drug." In the decade that followed, other antidepressant drugs including paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and citalopram (Celexa) would be released, creating an entire class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Since hitting the shelves, the popularity of SSRIs has skyrocketed. Today, 1 in every 10 Americans reaches for antidepressants daily. This ratio jumps to an incredible 25% among women between the ages of 40 and 59. Approximately 5% of children ages 12 to 19 are also taking antidepressants. Worldwide, mental illness is now the leading cause of disability among children.

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Mental health prescriptions rise to 29 million a year

Last year in Australia there were 29 million prescriptions written for medications related to mental health issues. Anti-depressant medications accounted for nearly 60 per cent of these scripts, followed by anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic drugs, according to the report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants
for preventing depression relapse

Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry are part of a team led by the University of Oxford whose new research suggests that mindfulness-based therapy could be an alternative to antidepressants to prevent depression relapse. Their findings were published in The Lancet.

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Psychiatrists now say non-conformity is a mental illness: only the sheeple are 'sane'

Modern psychiatry has become a hotbed of corruption, particularly the kind that seeks to demonide and declare mentally ill anyone who deviates from what is regarded as the norm. This is abundantly evident in the latest instalment of the industry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, which dubs people who do not conform to what those in charge declare to be normal as mentally insane.

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  Schizophrenia – Psychosis or Something More Profound?   Schizophrenia – Psychosis or Something More Profound?

People with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are among the most discriminated against people in the history of the world.

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Treating Anxiety Naturally

Everyone experiences anxiety. Some people are plagued with anxiety and suffer daily from the symptoms that come along with it. Anxiety is a feeling of worry and effects the body mentally and physically.

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