Archives for June, 2012

Addiction

Healing Your Thoughts: Imagination and Belief

You are wherever your thoughts are. Make sure your thoughts are where you want to be. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, excerpted from The Empty Chair.

Every so often, there's a debate about whether people are able to change, direct, or heal their thoughts. With some mental illnesses and addictions, this idea seems to be challenging, at best. But healing our thoughts is essential to healing ourselves.
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anxiety

Childhood Trauma Makes Adults Emotionally Vulnerable

writes: You can read our first post on trauma, here.

One of the factors that might make an adult susceptible to the experience of trauma is if he or she was traumatized in childhood. Many things that seem, on the surface, to be unpleasant but not traumatic, can be very painful, even traumatic, to adults who've lived through childhood trauma.

The basics: Why are children more likely to have a traumatic response to events?...
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Nutrition

Another Brain-Gut Clue?

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I'm blogging my thoughts "out loud," so bear with me.

This past Sunday a good friend of mine who is the advising psychiatrist to a program for adults with developmental and learning disabilities, told me she witnessed an unusual scene. Her youngest client, a woman in her late 20s  (I'll caller her "Ellen"), suddenly presented with an immense, gushing nosebleed, or epistaxis, as it is called medically.

The staff nurse and a counselor came in...
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anxiety

Calm Your Anxiety With Good Food

Therapy Soup readers know that we believe body, mind and soul are intricately linked and that a holistic approach to treatment for mental illness and/or addiction (or any health or personality issue) is truly necessary.

We've posted quite a few articles on the importance of nutrition in the treatment of mental health issues (most recently, this piece on Martha Herbert's revolutionary whole-body treatment approach for autism). Now we'd like to tell you about...
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General

Does Your Healthcare Heal Or Harm?

Elizabeth Bewley, like most people, has experienced various health issues in her life. Also, like many of us, she's sought medical advice and found that while there were well-intentioned professionals out there, much of the time the medical advice and care she received was confusing, concerning or even downright negligent.

That's why she wrote a book about it.

Ms. Bewley is an MBA and a Six Sigma black...
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General

Life Is Not A Cherry Pie

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On the surface, life does look like a cherry pie. You have eight or ten slices—and then it's gone. But the pie metaphor applies mostly to our life span. And if, like me, you have strong belief in the afterlife, well, then you might agree that even our existence isn't totally finite.

In fact, I feel that even material resources— money, food, fuel, human-power, natural resources and stuff, are only, in some circumstances, a zero-sum...
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