Social Media in the New Year

Making Time For Me

Every January 1st I go through my Facebook friends. I “unfriend” anyone who isn’t in my real life, I haven’t engaged in real conversation with or hasn’t added something positive to my life.

Family is trickier and for those people, I unfollow. Life is too short to get bogged down on all the negative.

Facebook doesn’t seem to irritate me for this very reason. I’m not afraid to eliminate. I’m honestly only friends with like 10 people from high school and I went to 2 different ones. Only 4 people from my 7 years of college and a handful of old coworkers. Why?? Because, that’s not real life. It’s the past and even though memories are awesome, I’m living in the present ❤

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Charlie Brown’s Guide to Holiday Depression

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Many view the Christmas season as a wonderful and joyous time of year filled with decorations, lights, parties, food, and gifts. However, not everyone feels this way about the holidays. While it is a complete myth that suicides increase during the holidays, anxiety and depression do, in fact, increase. I knew my article for today would focus on dealing with holiday depression. However, my research took me in a quite unique direction. I always follow my heart when I look for blog topics and I’m often quite surprised where it takes me.

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As I did research for today’s article, I came across an interesting video I’d like to share with you. The video takes an in depth look at the Charles Schultz Christmas special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and how it relates to holiday depression and the meaning of Christmas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas –

Coping with Holiday Depression

The…

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Locker Room Talk: Good for Your MENtal Health

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I just heard a great message in the men’s locker room.

No, no, I wasn’t actually in there. I watched a new webisode series on my computer, called “Locker Room Talk.” It’s hosted by National Basketball Association star Kevin Love. Sponsored by Schick Hydro, the purpose of the videos is to raise awareness and funds for men’s mental health.

The five-minute videos are geared toward men, but of course, women can watch too! I loved each interview. Kevin and his guests are open and honest about dealing with their mental health issues.

Earlier this year, Kevin Love wrote an essay, opening up about his struggles with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. There was an outpouring of support on social media, and countless others were inspired to also speak out.

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Kevin said, “People don’t talk about mental health enough. And men and boys are probably the farthest behind.”

Back to…

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Let Me Ask You a Question – 12/9/18

Do you believe the scientists and psychologists who espouse that mobile device usage at early ages is destructive, produces addiction and contributes to depression?

I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help:Dr. Xavier Amador

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This Tedx was dear to my heart as I have experienced much of the story with his brother, with my own son who was diagnosed as a Paranoid Schizophrenic in 2008. I’ve tried to unsuccessfully do the same things mentioned here. Talking my son into believing he needs therapy because something is “terribly wrong”, and committing an involuntary admission of him once so far, is also his story.

His 4 Step Approach:

The Motivational Interviewing approach-How we approach people and the relationships we build with the mentally ill, is the key!

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My own son was struck down with mental illness in 2000, and has recently relapsed. I am writing my book in his honor, Renewal Of The Mind, The Upside To Schizophrenia, in hopes of bringing lasting change in the mental illness community. Many of them are homeless, including my son, and they don’t have to be when family has…

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Generations of Hurt

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My childhood was wonderful. I grew up with two loving parents, a beautiful home, and a great family life. But there’s a snippet of time that wasn’t so good.

It happened when I was nineteen and my mom was in her late forties. I was a self-absorbed teenager, starting my second year of college.

I noticed Mom was getting thinner, but didn’t think much of it. Until one day when I saw her change her clothes. I’d never seen Mom’s arms and legs look so bony. Her face appeared drawn and gaunt. It scared me. I didn’t say anything to her because I didn’t want to make her feel bad.

I didn’t know why my mom lost so much weight. I can’t pretend to know what she was thinking. Mom told me she felt better not eating much. She didn’t mind being hungry. She said she felt in control.

Mom was a dancer when she was young, and she still took weekly ballet classes. The ballet instructor told Mom she was getting too skinny. Mom laughed it off, thinking that…

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An Awe-Inspiring Chain Reaction

Peace from Panic

It all starts with ONE.

Something incredible happened last week.

Tuesday morning I went to a local high school to present NAMI’s in-school mental health awareness program, “Ending the Silence.” You can read about that presentation here. When I got home that afternoon, my husband asked if I’d heard the big news about NBA All-Star Kevin Love having panic attacks.

I hadn’t, so I googled his name and was amazed at what I found. Kevin, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, wrote a captivating, raw, and honest personal essay for The Players’ Tribune. It’s titled “Everyone Is Going Through Something.” He talked about something he admittedly doesn’t find easy to talk about — his feelings. And the panic symptoms that terrified him.

Kevin said he had a panic attack during a game on Nov. 5, 2017. His heart raced, he couldn’t catch his breath, and everything was spinning. He went to the locker room…

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Dissociative Identity Disorder: When Shame Becomes Pride

Art by Rob Goldstein

Dissociative Identity Disorder looks like a psychosis to people who don’t understand it or who think that all people with DID act like Sybilor
Norman Bates.

Yes, I hear the voices of my alternates but those voices are not hallucinations; they are more like thoughts in another person’s voice.

Each alternate has its own memories and skills.

Virtual reality avatar that depicts an adolescent alternate named Bobby who is 16. Bobby is 16, he holds ‘faith’.

Some alternates communicate autonomously with each other while
others remain in hiding.

There are memory boundaries between alternates but over time
these boundaries became more permeable.

“Dissociative identities exist in a third reality, an inner world that is visualized, heard, felt and experienced as real. This third reality is often characterized by trance logic. In trance logic, ideas and relationships of ideas about things are not subject to the rules of normal logic. Because (the alternates) are kept in separate compartments (of the brain)…

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Seasonal Depression

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As you experience the changes of seasons from summer to fall and later winter, this is usually the time when our emotions take a shift as well. If you’re like me, it is usually during the times of when it starts colder that it translates to my wellbeing. Seasonal depression, commonly referred to as Seasonal Active Disorder (SAD), is just as important as depression and it is something that needs to be taken seriously. If you’re not sure you  have or experienced seasonal depression, according Mayo Clinic these are the common symptoms that follow

  • Severe depression
  • Changes in apetite 
  • Heightened sensitivity
  • Oversleeping
  • Low energy

Especially during the holidays, its very easy to slip in to the cycle of sadness for various reasons. You may see others who are happy with their friends and family during Thanksgiving or Christmas and it reminds you of an aspect that you lack in your…

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