Bipolar Disorder 101: Understanding The Basics

June 16th, 2018

Many of us have trouble fully understanding bipolar disorder – even if we have a friend or loved one who suffers from it. So we’re here to answer the question, what is bipolar disorder? And how is it different from manic episodes or psychosis? What are the signs? Dr. Walter Jacobson, a leading psychiatrist in Southern California and author of “Forgive to Win!”, walks us through the types of bipolar disorder and what a bipolar person experiences on a day-to-day basis. Dr. Jacobson explains manic episodes, depressed episodes, bipolar depression, a bipolar 1 diagnosis versus a bipolar 2 diagnosis, manic episodes with psychotic features, and the difference between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We end with the discussion of the importance of taking the bipolar disorder diagnosis seriously, and choosing the right psychiatrist.

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This Depression Checklist Will Show You The Signs Of Depression

June 15th, 2018

Have you ever asked yourself, “do I have depression?” If so, you may benefit from a depression checklist. We sat down with Dr. Walter Jacobson, a leading psychiatrist in Southern California, to talk about what causes depression, how it feels, and the signs of depression. Dr. Jacobson first explains the difference between sadness, bereavement, and major depressive disorder. He then dives into the ultimate depression checklist, how to diagnose the disorder based on the symptoms, the different types of depression, and why depression and anxiety are related. Watch the full video to get key takeaways on dealing with depression.

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The Science Of Love: 3 Proven Ways To Keep Your Relationship Fresh

June 6th, 2018

GUEST POST BY: JANE SIMPSON, FREELANCE WRITER

Researchers have proven that love is tied to science. Although we like to describe the emotion as a pitter-patter of the heart, scientists at Emory University in Atlanta have shown that our brains go through a biochemical chain of events when we fall in love. Therefore, we can use science when we start to fall out of love. If you’re looking to bring back the spark or the passion in your relationship, take some advice from scientists and consider one of these scientifically proven suggestions.

STARE INTO EACH OTHER’S EYES

Although scientists don’t believe in love at first sight, your eyes have a lot to do with love and fatal attraction. According to positive psychologist Barbara Frederickson, making eye contact produces neural synchrony which releases oxytocin and creates a fantastic burst of happy emotions. Therefore, if you simply maintain eye contact as you’re talking with your partner, or gaze into each other;s eyes before going to bed, you’ll stir up a slew of positive feelings.

OCCASIONALLY SLEEP NAKED

Sleeping naked is a wonderful way to show your partner that you’re extremely comfortable with them. According to psychologists, sleeping in the nude can help you and your companion become more engaged with each other and show your love without words. If you don’t like sleeping naked, you can also join your partner in just your underwear. Doing this once or twice a week can build up the tension between the two of you and recapture the emotions of when you first met.

BREAK OUT THE SPONTANEITY

Our brains tend to shut out repetitive stimulation. This is why we constantly get bored and why it’s hard for some people to commit to a long-term relationship. We physically need changing stimuli to keep our brains interested and ultimately stay engaged with our partners. Therefore, you should try new things together or surprise your companion with an out-of-the-blue gift. This will release dopamine in your brains and increase the sensations that contribute to pleasure and happy emotions. Embrace your brain’s chemicals and use it to your advantage.

We like to think of love as an almighty emotion. However, just like any of our feelings, it is ultimately tied to our brain and chemical activities. If you want to keep your relationship fresh, then all you have to do is listen to your heart as you find ways to strengthen your bond.

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Thoughts Create Reality. Power of Positive Thinking. Pay Attention.

May 16th, 2018

Our thoughts create our reality. Our subconscious thoughts are the prime movers of our reality manifestation. To avoid victimhood and failure, and to harness the Law of Attraction in the best possible way, it’s best that we program both our subconscious mind and our conscious mind for success, that we pay attention to our environment, that we are vigilant over our thoughts and that we maintain a positive attitude.

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Social Anxiety Disorder and Social Media Anxiety Disorder

May 12th, 2018

Social Anxiety Disorder is about being afraid that when we speak people will judge us harshly, think we’re stupid, foolish, etc. Social Media Anxiety Disorder is about being afraid that when we tweet or post, people will judge us harshly, think we’re stupid, foolish, etc. What’s the best way to deal with either disorder: Tweet Others As You Wish To Be Tweeted.

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Riffing On Rage, Reality, Other Stuff, Accompanied By My Dogs

April 5th, 2018

What if this world that we refer to as reality is really a collective illusion, a mind game of monumental proportions so huge, so fantastical BECAUSE our minds literally can’t handle the truth about reality and that we are not bodies, we are limitless in power and peace? If it is, then when we replace our collective fear, judgment and hatred with love, acceptance and forgiveness, this nightmare we call reality will fade away, will disappear into the nothingness that it always was, and in its place will be heaven on earth. Joy. Peace. Oneness. And then I get into riffing about other stuff. I mention God here and there. No offense intended. I touch upon an inconvenient truth regarding guns. Again, no offense intended. And I ramble a bit more. All food for thought.

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Do You Ask Yourself Every Morning “What’s My Motivation?”

April 2nd, 2018

Have you thought lately, if ever, about what you’re doing here on the planet? What your purpose is? What your mission is? Or is that a bunch of hogwash? The idea that we have some higher purpose or mission. We’re here. Like lizards. We live, we die. Ashes to ashes. Or we’re here to prove how great we are and how much money we can make or how many bridges we can build that don’t fall down. Is that it? Whatever it is, have you thought lately what your motivation is for getting up each morning and spending your time? What your priorities are each day that will get you where you think you want to go? Have you thought maybe this entire experience, this reality is an illusion, a mind game all designed as a distraction devised by our collective unconscious to delude us into believing we are bodies and victims of a chaotic universe so that we don’t take the time to discover our true Self and who we truly are? If this is true, then perhaps our mission and are goals aren’t what we think they are or should be. Who has the answer to these questions? Anybody know for sure what is really going on here? Maybe each of us does. Deep down. In the recesses of our calm mind, our stillness, perhaps we know the answer that we are not bodies, not we are part of the Light, part of the Love, part of the Oneness of All That is? Food for thought.

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Make America ROSEANNE Again

April 1st, 2018

America needs the ROSEANNE show right now. We have lost our way. We are caught up in so much divisiveness and rage, we can’t seem to disagree without demonizing and attacking each other. The ROSEANNE show is a return to humor that pokes fun without churning up violence and hatred. It’s about tolerance and acceptance when we don’t agree or can’t understand where our opponents are coming from. It’s about trying to bridge our differences, unify our nation, and prosper with compassion and forgiveness rather than defeat ourselves in the long run with grievances and hostility. Roseanne’s show has reappeared at a tipping point in our culture, and I believe it will be part of the solution that heals our wounded hearts and minds. I encourage everyone to support it.

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You Owe Me An Apology!

March 29th, 2018

If we have to tell someone that they owe us an apology, then that someone is really missing the boat and we need to look closer at the relationship and at our communication skills. Any apology we might get after insisting we’re owed one is likely to be a hollow victory, not satisfying, and leave everyone resentful.

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It’s Hard Enough To Change Ourselves Let Alone To Change Others

March 27th, 2018

We’re all very busy posting, tweeting and sharing, much of it designed to change the minds of others. This is understandable but not the best use of our time because change is extremely difficult even when we are motivated. So to try to change people to see things our way who aren’t particularly motivated to do so has some degree of futility embedded in it. Better perhaps if we use our time to try to change our own minds, to try to get our own house in order. We are the only ones who we have any real control over. And perhaps if we do manage to change and improve ourselves it will be reflected in everything we do and rub off on those around us.

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