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USE FLOURISHING

February 6th, 2014|

Dr. Ed Diener and Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener offer the mental health community their FLOURISHING scale. It is a simple, eight item likkert-rating scale. There is no reversed-scored item in Ed's work, and all thanks to him for that. The scale is completely available, thanks to Ed's and Robert's generosity. You [...]

CAN SELF HELP REALLY HELP?

February 5th, 2014|

Automatic happiness? Sounds like a science fiction story about cheery robots. But that's our topic for today. It turns out that online help automates mental health. How can that be bad? Well, only research can tell us how good or bad it is. The model is to offer self-help resources [...]

DEFEATING AN ANTIDEPRSSANT SIDE EFFECT

January 28th, 2014|

Women on antidepressants experience a diminishing of sexual desire.  In the STAR*D large, multi-site study on depression, 50% of women suffered sexual side effects from antidepressants. Thus, while antidepressants help patients recover from depression, they also reduce the desire for intimate and satisfying connection with partners. In a report published [...]

Embrace Love

November 26th, 2013|

Rex still blesses my life. As I wrote about Rex’s sudden death, I was moved by the outpouring of encouraging and supportive comments. Many thanks to all you wonderful people. We buried Rex in the back yard. Our tradition frowns on cremation, and personally I think that includes the animals [...]

AN HERB FOR DEPRESSION?

October 21st, 2013|

Curcumin (the colorful component of turmeric, an Indian cooking herb) seems to work just as well as fluoxetine (Prozac ™) for treatment of unipolar depression. It is related to ginger, and grows wild and cultivated throughout Southeast Asia. Curry's yellow coloring is due to tumeric. The good news is that [...]

Things Are Getting Better

September 5th, 2013|

“Mom!” I heard my daughter call from downstairs. “There’s a spider in my tub. Come and help me.” I was slightly annoyed. Why can’t she take care of this herself? Then I heard something heart warming. “We have to be careful. He only has seven legs, so you know he’s [...]

STRESS! IT IS ALL IN HOW YOU LOOK AT IT.

June 12th, 2013|

Reframing is the process of putting a new definition, a new “frame” around an event. How we define an event it tremendously important. It predicts how the event will affect us. Alia Crum, Peter Salovey, and Shawn Achor have a new article out, “Rethinking Stress: The role of mindsets in [...]

I WAS RIGHT ABOUT FOOD!

May 24th, 2013|

At this year's American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco, just completed, Dr Drew Ramsey, MD, talked about three large studies suggesting that what we eat does have a large impact on our moods. He reviewed Sanchez-Villega's large study of Spanish college students (1). In this well-known study, she and [...]

HANG IN THERE!

May 9th, 2013|

Recently a man asked me how to keep people working hard when they aren’t having much success. His business involves encouraging people to make sales of the company’s products.  His products are of high quality, but not everyone wants them. So the sales representatives have to make a lot of [...]