Great Tips on How to Think Your Way to Health

Turns out that how you think about your stressors has a great impact on your mental and physical health. This short video offers some tips on how to keep yourself healthy.

(Check out some of Dr.Evans’ other videos…one of my favorites is: 23 and 1/2 hours…it seems that 1/2 an hour of exercise, every day goes a long way to cure what ails you.)


Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Yes, slowly but surely there begins a recognition that what gets called mental illness cannot be explained with the bio-medical model.

From The Wilson Quarterly an article well worth reading with the recent history of how that which is called mental illness is considered in society and how that is changing since the psychopharmacological era has clearly failed:

In the 1990s, scientists declared that schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were pure brain disorders that would eventually yield to drugs. Now they are recognizing that social factors are among the causes, and must be part of the cure. (read it here)

We are in the midst of a revolution in how those labeled with mental illness are understood and cared for. Many will remain stuck in the bio-medical model but the fact is the tide keeps turning and it’s wonderful to watch it happen. More and more people are…

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Great post on how your spiritual practice heals your physical body…

by Krisca Te

For some of us, spiritual nourishment means adhering to religious practices and their tenets. For others, it’s a feeling of a larger meaning, a sense of the sublime, a higher state of human consciousness.

In a surveys among physicians, more than half of them (56%) believed that spiritual nourishment, of any kind, has much or even very much effect on the physical health of patients.

The exact mechanism that connects body and soul is very difficult to find, and scientists have been pouring many research hours in an attempt to discover it. But research after research shows that people with deep spiritual beliefs fair better than those without a spiritual guideline. The theory behind the effect of spirituality on the body says that if a person feels stability and calm in their psychological approach to their lives, they fair better in the physical sense as well. This…

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For most of my life I didn’t understand what people meant when they said that they were lonely. I always liked being alone. Then, one day, loneliness hit me from behind and overwhelmed me. I was bewildered to the point of tears. And, perhaps, the strangest thing was that I wasn’t alone.

Here are a few tips, from our fellow bloggers (and a few other places), on how to deal with loneliness and disconnection if you find yourself in a similar situation. Think of it as your loneliness emergency kit.

Loneliness Is Not Alone – loneliness is contagious. Did you catch it from someone else?

Loneliness: Craving a Connection – loneliness when away at school for the first time: life change, associated emotions, what to do

How to Cope with Loneliness

5 Ways to Beat Loneliness

How to Fight Depression and Loneliness without Outside Help

Loneliness in Seniors; Loneliness is a Major Health Issue

Get Over Divorce Loneliness

All By Myself – How to Be Alone – love this what-to-do-when-lonely video

Loneliness – the positive side

P.S. and,  if you’re just feeling blue because you’re alone, remember that being alone may be the best thing that’s happened to you. (That’s the conclusion I came to.) 😀

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Reducing Substance Use by Reducing DepressionPeople who have problems with substance misuse often have other mental health challenges. Depression is a commonly co-occurring psychological condition among individuals with substance use problems. Although it has yet to be determined if substance use precedes depressive reoccurrence or depressive symptoms precede substance relapse, it is well known that these co-occurring conditions (COD) are more treatment resistant and result in poorer outcomes than having one condition alone. Research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective approach for reducing depressive symptoms. Therefore, Sarah B. Hunter of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, theorized that addressing depressive symptoms as part of a substance use treatment plan could minimize negative moods, which would reduce the need for negative coping strategies such as substance use.

Hunter and her colleagues administered 16 sessions of group cognitive behavioral therapy for depression (GCBT-D) to 140 individuals being treated at an inpatient facility for

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