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Coping with Losses Due to COVID-19

 

Weddings, graduations, business meetings, travel, friends and family gatherings have been interrupted. Some activities we may have been looking forward to have been wiped out or postponed. Some people’s reaction...

Bipolar & Substance Abuse Disorders: A Complex Diagnosis that Demands Integrated Medical & Psychological Care

 

The word “bipolar” has become colloquially associated with anything that changes rapidly or is unpredictable: the weather, technology, sports teams, politics, or even a teenager’s attitude. But for roughly 46...

Podcast: Smoking Weed for Anxiety – Fact vs Fiction

 

  Cannabis, weed, marijuana, pot. It goes by several names, but we all know what it smells like. As weed becomes more mainstream, we on the Not Crazy podcast want...

COVID-19 and Touch Deprivation

 

No-one can escape the fact that the world has changed beyond recognition in just a few short weeks. The body count continues to rise and is a stark reminder to...

There Is No Playbook for a Pandemic

 

Twilight Zone time, not sure how long the unofficial quarantine has been going on in my neck of the woods, nor do I know how long it will last. As...

Managing Your Mind During Coronavirus

 

Are you taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously? Are you staying home a good deal of the day? Are your health worries elevated? Is your income going downhill? Are you driving...

How to Navigate Your Panic Attacks During These Turbulent Times

 

If you suffer from panic attacks or are prone to them, you might find that you are experiencing them more than usual. The uncertainty in these challenging times as we...

Don’t Fight with Loved Ones Just Because You’re Upset

 

Now, more than ever, people need tools to handle their emotions. Specifically, we need tools for calming our nervous system down and making sure we don’t take stress out on...

Psychology Around the Net: March 28, 2020

 

This week’s Psychology Around the Net dissects the psychology of comfort TV, tips on how to protect yourself from others’ negative energy, ways to take care of your mental health...

Making Peace with Mortality in the Age of Coronavirus

 

In our current coronavirus epidemic, many people are feeling more and more apprehensive about family, friend’s, neighbor’s — and one’s own mortality. It’s perfectly natural, perfectly understandable. Although we know...

The Most Important Question in Relationships

 

Regardless of the role we find ourselves in, we are always in a relationship. The connection could be with colleagues at work, with family members or in our relationships with...

Minimizing the Risks of PTSD from the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

It is a stressful time. Many have begun feeling the emotional and psychological effects of being quarantined. People are being told to stay indoors, to limit leaving their home except...

Anorexic and Pregnant

 

I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa over a decade ago. Blinded by the eating disorder to the damage that was occurring both internally and externally, the possibility of infertility did...

Brave New Compassionate World

 

Navigating uncharted waters during the coronavirus outbreak has challenged us all. Many Americans are familiar with “first world problems” like nabbing the best vacation deals or worrying about getting that...

Podcast: Don’t Let Coronavirus Impact Your Mental Health

 

 It’s often said that fear is the most dangerous virus on the planet. While a relatively small percentage of people will contract the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, the fear...

Bipolar & Substance Abuse Disorders: A Complex Diagnosis that Demands Integrated Medical & Psychological Care

 

The word “bipolar” has become colloquially associated with anything that changes rapidly or is unpredictable: the weather, technology, sports teams, politics, or even a teenager’s attitude. But for roughly 46...

Podcast: Smoking Weed for Anxiety – Fact vs Fiction

 

  Cannabis, weed, marijuana, pot. It goes by several names, but we all know what it smells like. As weed becomes more mainstream, we on the Not Crazy podcast want...

How to Navigate Your Panic Attacks During These Turbulent Times

 

If you suffer from panic attacks or are prone to them, you might find that you are experiencing them more than usual. The uncertainty in these challenging times as we...

The Most Important Question in Relationships

 

Regardless of the role we find ourselves in, we are always in a relationship. The connection could be with colleagues at work, with family members or in our relationships with...

Minimizing the Risks of PTSD from the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

It is a stressful time. Many have begun feeling the emotional and psychological effects of being quarantined. People are being told to stay indoors, to limit leaving their home except...

Anorexic and Pregnant

 

I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa over a decade ago. Blinded by the eating disorder to the damage that was occurring both internally and externally, the possibility of infertility did...

Brave New Compassionate World

 

Navigating uncharted waters during the coronavirus outbreak has challenged us all. Many Americans are familiar with “first world problems” like nabbing the best vacation deals or worrying about getting that...

Podcast: Don’t Let Coronavirus Impact Your Mental Health

 

 It’s often said that fear is the most dangerous virus on the planet. While a relatively small percentage of people will contract the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, the fear...

How to Recognize and Change Toxic Behavioral Patterns

 

Patterns generally involve repetitive action, a task or behavior engaged in frequently, often without giving it much thought. Much daily behavior is fairly automatic, an activity done so many times...

5 Truths Survivors of Suicide Loss Need to Know Right Now

 

In the wake of losing someone to suicide, there is much pain and confusion, to say the least. I want to list these five simple truths right up front for...

Remembering Amy Bleuel in the Mental Health Community

 

Three years ago, on March 24, 2017, the mental health community lost a wonderful advocate and inspiring individual who created and started Project Semicolon. The project connected people in the...

Podcast: Coronavirus – How to Keep it Together

 

  How are you handling the coronavirus pandemic? Most people are struggling right now, but for those of us with mental illness, these days can feel truly overwhelming. Fear, depression,...

5 Ways to Restore Your Sense of Emotional Safety During the Coronavirus Crisis

 

As the spread of the coronavirus threatens our physical health, it is also becoming a real threat to our mental health. As Americans, it is not our norm to see...

The Memory of Trauma in the Body

 

Keith hadn’t thought about his father in many years. Though he had some good times with his dad, one of his most vivid memories was not so good. He was...

Coping with an Eating Disorder During the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Eating disorders build themselves on perceived feelings of control. Yet, as we find ourselves in the midst of unprecedented and uncertain times, with the coronavirus pandemic, how do those with...

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