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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Why You’re Not as Crazy as You May Think

Throughout history, psychology (or what we would consider psychology today) has been used to justify the torture and removal of “undesirables” or those who stood in the way of the powers-that-be. Today, things aren’t as bad, but the basic principle remains and can be used. What is classified as a disease seems to change with political and societal pressures and pressure from the insurance and drug companies. It’s something to think about. Any comments?

If you’re not crazy, what may you be? Watch the video here.

Laugh your way to health…

Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

Children are great at spontaneous laughter, laughing hundreds of times a day, while the average adult laughs about 20 times a day.

Laughter is great for our well-being, it has been shown to reduce stress,strengthen our immune system and even relieve some physical pain. You may remember hearing about Norman Cousins, who developed a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C, along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” he reported.

Here are some family friendly suggestions for adding more laughter:

1. Watch funny movies, television shows, or videos.  Find old comedies, sitcoms or cartoons that you grew up with. Some classics include, “I Love Lucy” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” There’s also, “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Search the web and…

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Eating your way out of depression…

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These are the top 5 foods that can affect mental health:

1.Potato Chips & Fries.

2. Burgers.

3. Soda.

4. Hot Dogs.

5. Cookies.

Not only are these foods not good for us, but it puts you at risk for depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity. Fries, burgers, and potato chips all have so much saturated fat, and its hard to digest in the body so it puts you in a food coma also known as the “itis” and makes you feel sluggish. However, in  hot dogs its mainly processed meat, and full of high levels of fat and sodium. It has chemicals that can cause cancer called nitrosamine. Next sugary soft drinks are mainly linked to depression because these drinks have so much influence in the amount of endorphin that our bodies can develop, so it puts you at high risk for depression. Consuming a lot…

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Neuroplasticity and Meditation

The more you think about things, the more you think about things.

Introduction to NeuroplasticityDr. Rick Hanson – You Can Change Your Brain, Meditation Hope for Mental Health, Meditation Changes the Brain, And Relax…..Why Meditation Could Boost Your Health, The Neurobiology of “We”

Changing Your Mind – A CBC Documentary 

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It’s never too late….to change.

Related: 6 Principles of Change, The Psychology of Change, Change – what’s my part?, Quote – about change, Thus the World is Changed – a poem about change, Emotions During Change: The Megamix Reality, Breaking Out, Hey…I know – how to change, Change – Daily Zen, Be Who You Want to Be!

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Two years ago I bought a book while I was in Australia. Yesterday I found it in a box. It’s called “It’s never too late” and I want to share some words from it.

From the book “It’s never too late…” Patrick Lindsay

 

 

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