What Is Bipolar I Disorder?

Introduction What Is Bipolar I Disorder?  You may have heard of Bipolar II Disorder.  However, what makes Bipolar I Disorder significant?  This article will answer this particular question. What Is Bipolar I Disorder? According to webmd, the following can be noted about Bipolar I Disorder: Bipolar I disorder (pronounced "bipolar one" and also known as manic-depressive disorder or
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General

The Importance of Finding Your Happy Place

We all need a place we can go to in our minds for comfort and to feel calm.  My relaxation theory is that if we visit that place in our heads, we’ll feel better.  Some people imagine an ocean beach, with calm waves returning to the shore and warm breezes
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General

Parenting: The Importance of Expectations

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you parenting is not for wimps. It requires courage to face the terrifying uncertainty of caring for a helpless infant; the uncontrollable tantrums of an oppositional toddler; the tears of the older child when limits are set; to the rage of the adolescent when
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Anxiety

The Monkey Mind Disruption – Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, a number of authors, journalists and others describe how much our frenetic thinking can disrupt our lives and increase anxiety. Part of the value of our teeming brains as creative people is the facility for generating so many associations and ideas. But we can...
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The Benefits Of Journaling For ADHD

Introduction Journaling for individuals with ADHD is a practical, productive technique.  This article will explore the benefits of journaling for individuals with ADHD. Clarify Your Thoughts And Feelings According to, one helpful benefit of journaling for individuals with ADHD is clarifying your thoughts and feelings.  When you write down your thoughts and feelings, you have a visual image of how you are thinking and feeling. ...
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Hope

Today I Love Warm Sweet Saturdays

A deck with character ... Today I love warm, sweet, Saturday mornings out on the town taking care of getting the usual stuff at the Farmers' Market and going to the Home and Cottage Expo. I love running into people I know and talking with them about running into people I...
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General

Positive Reinforcement May Be Key to Healthy Habits

A little more carrot and a little less stick may be the trick to maintaining a balanced diet, exercising more, and drinking less. That’s according to a new study from an international team of psychology researchers published in the journal Psychology & Health. Generally, there are two kinds of motivation
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General

Most People Think They’re Happier Than Average

We sometimes have trouble figuring out how to compare our own experiences with those of other people. That much is obvious from the study I wrote about earlier this week in which people tended to underestimate how similar their emotional reactions would be to those of others. After all, thinking
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12 step

Using marijuana to quit heroin? Are you serious?

As a recovered alcoholic who smoked non-addictive marijuana everyday for years, I would like to weigh in on the recent chatter about the potential benefits of smoking pot to ease the misery of opioid withdrawal. Pot pretty much eases any misery. That's because it gets you high.  Smoking pot might be a really good idea for...
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C. G. Jung

Is There a Right Way to Parent?

My Facebook feed abounds with articles and book reviews about parenting. Apparently, we are overvaluing, overscheduling, and overprotecting our children. The underlying message in all of these stories is this: We are doing it wrong. And if we are doing it wrong, then there must be some way to do it right. Some fine-tuned adjustment of...
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ADHD

Podcasting The Dark Side

I had a dark side ... No, sorry, this has nothing to do with StarWars™, this is about the dark side of my life. And no, it isn't about my current life. Currently, I'm doing really well. This is about what my life was like before. This is about being a younger me, with no knowledge...
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Recovery

Recovering from Name Calling and Bullying

This beautiful painting hangs over my kitchen sink. The painter was a death row inmate who turned his life around through yoga and meditation (although this didn't prevent his sentence from being carried out). His beautiful portrait of love and hope has been a great comfort to me over the years, and never...
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