Craving Sugar

Craving Sugar

I find myself craving sugar alot … so I began research in the possible connection between Depression & Sugar.   Excessive sugar consumption, when converted to glucose, can expose the body to free radical attack upon the immune system and DNA.  Glucose is easily oxidized into peroxides and other toxins.  The body has a defense mechanism against(…)

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Deal with People

Deal with People

PASSIVE COMMUNICATION is a style in which individuals have developed a pattern of avoiding expressing their opinions or feelings, protecting their rights, and identifying and meeting their needs. Passive communication is usually born of low self-esteem. These individuals believe: “I’m not worth taking care of.”  AGGRESSIVE COMMUNICATION is a style in which individuals express their feelings and(…)

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

Cognitive Distortions Tunnel Vision:  Focus selectively on the negative details, to dwell on them and tune out positive aspects of a situation or yourself. All-or-None Thinking:  Jump to broad, over-generalized conclusions about yourself or reality. Negative Predictions:  Make highly negative, pessimistic predictions about the future, for which there is no evidence, and which result in(…)

List of Mental Disorders

List of Mental Disorders

A mental illness can be defined as a health condition that changes a person’s thinking, feelings, or behavior (or all three) and that causes the person distress and difficulty in functioning. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Always seek a medical professional’s guidance in further understanding a diagnosis. This list is compiled from a number(…)

Angry

Angry

What do you do when you’re angry with someone? I keep it all inside. But it doesn’t stay inside. It releases physically via headaches, stomach troubles, breaking out skin. Some bottle up the anger & then let it all out in an explosive manner. Or don’t bottle it up at all and explode right away,(…)

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.  When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Mindfulness can involve: Bringing one’s complete attention to(…)

Rumination

Rumination

Rumination is a way of responding to distress that involves repetitively focusing on the symptoms of distress, and on its possible causes and consequences. Rumination is similar to worry except rumination focuses on bad feelings and experiences from the past, whereas worry is concerned over potential bad events in the future. The tendency to ruminate is a stable(…)

Write in a Journal

Write in a Journal

“When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health,” Dr. James W. Pennebaker says. “They go to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function.” Featured Images & Quoted from Source:  utexas.edu – Writing to Heal  Writing therapy is no doubt powerful.  It should be approached when ready and(…)

Mind is Racing

Mind is Racing

My mind is racing, it won’t stop.  It races in the morning, afternoon, and night.  I’m exhausted…….no sleep in days, how unhealthy for recovery can this be for you?  How familiar does this sound?  How do I fix and get myself out of this funk called “negativity”?  How do I get the power to control(…)

The pretending begins…

The pretending begins…

Please visit the link below, the artist created this work based on lyrics to a song. They say every person looks at an art piece and seeks to understand by finding a way to relate.  I immediately saw myself some years ago when the depression began.  Beautiful, independent, hard working woman with a dark secret(…)