General

The Advantages of Drinking Tea Over Coffee

For millions upon millions of people, the drinking of a cup or two of coffee is a daily ritual. However, there's another immensely popular caffeinated beverage which stands as a strong rival to coffee: tea. Tea, which is actually the most consumed drink in the world, has some important advantages over coffee, making tea...
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General

Bloody Brothers: The Fraying of Sibling Relationships

Blood is thicker than water? Well, what if the blood contains petty feuds, simmering resentments, and the occasional volcanic eruption? Welcome to the fraught world of sibling relationships. Spending our childhood terrorizing our Des Moines neighborhood, my brothers and I were thicker than thieves. In the family scrapbook,
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General

The Exercise Drug for Depression

Back in 400 B.C., Hippocrates wrote, “Eating alone will not keep a man well. He must also exercise.” But only 20 percent of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular physical activity per week, and 80 million Americans are entirely inactive. A recent Time magazine cover story examined the new
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Adoptee

Please, Do Shut Up!

Every day I walk my two dogs in the Scottish hills. We pass a plum tree on the way and right now, its full of red, waxy ripening fruit. The other day a man stood beneath it plucking its wares and stopping every now and then to take a satisfied bite. The fruit is...
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ADHD

Long Road Home

... just keep going Life is, for most people, a long road. And there's always going to be rough parts to it, I'm aware of that. But if you have ADHD, the very nature of this disorder makes the rough parts even rougher. And no one likes a rough road, at least no one likes it...
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Hope

Today I Love Big Band Music

... as the clouds roll by ... Today I love Big Band music from the Big Band era. I love that you can find almost anything you want online. I love how every now and then I just have to hear a certain type of music and more often than not my national...
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General

Who’s the Best at Reading Minds?

Reading minds isn’t a superpower. It’s something we do every day, sometimes without even thinking about it. Of course, our attempts at guessing what’s going on in the minds of others aren’t always successful. And some people are better at mind reading than others. This latter phenomenon is what researchers
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General

Do Standing Desks Influence Productivity?

With too much time sitting increasingly being seen as a major health risk, standing desks are becoming more and more popular. After all, the idea of still being able to put in a full work day without the health effects of prolonged sitting is obviously appealing. “I see the point,”
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Depression

I Needed Color to Heal from Depression

Continuing from the last post about my mother's Bipolar diagnosis and artistic abilities, I thought I'd also touch on how painting can help those who suffer from depression. My mother had serious bouts of depression, where she would sleep for days, sometimes weeks on end. In 2015 I was also diagnosed with clinical depression. In honor of my mother and to...
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Bipolar

To The Person Who Wants to End It All

Please don’t. “Why not!” You probably just heard screamed in your head like the echoing roar of a tiger. “” I would retort, “People would miss you.” “Nobody would miss me!” your ego would instinctively argue...
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Hope

Today I Love The Watery Weather

Oh you moody water ... Today I love the watery weather that almost always comes with Summerfolk, though a year without rain for those two weeks would be a welcome change. I love the moody bay I live on. I love how it reflects the mood of the day, steel...
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All

Healthier Sleep for Bipolar Disorder

        Victoria Maxwell stars in this short video filled with useful tips to develop healthier sleep habits, important in the management of bipolar disorder. This video was made by the bipolar research group at UBC in Vancouver, a collaborative group of researchers, clinicians, and people with lived experience like Victoria. has...
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Mentoring Book Reviews

Advice for Saving the World

My parrot, Pearl, posing on top of the shiny cover of the great Sy Montgomery book "Chasing Cheetahs." According to Dr. Laurie Marker, wildlife conservationist and founder of the Namibia, Africa-based Cheetah Conservation Fund, We can save the world. There's no reason we can't. But we have to actively do it. Dr....
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Emotions

Negative Effects of Avoiding Emotions

Many patients have shared stories that they don’t pay attention to their thoughts. They explain to me, "I don't think" or "It's too painful to think." Most rationalize, "If I don’t pay attention; it’s not there." It’s the old adage, if I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist. The mind naturally protects us...
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