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Coping With Rejection and Why God Loves Us

Coping With Rejection and Why God Loves Us

I have bad dreams pretty much every night. They take place in different locations, with different people, but the nightmare is always the same. I am desperately trying to get people from my past to accept and love me. Despite my best attempts, I am always rejected. Everyone always hates me and I feel completely worthless and unworthy to be around anyone. When I wake up, I feel sad and depressed. Not my favorite way to start the day.

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5 ADHD Reasons Why I Never Get Anything Done

When everyday my ToDo list is filled with ToDidn’ts, here’s how I keep my spirits up.

5 ADHD Reasons Why I Never Get Anything Done

There is a strong chance that I may not get most of my ToDo list checked off today. In fact, any day of the week that ends with the same three letters is likely to be such a day. Each night, I make a list of ten to fifteen items that absolutely have to get done, then I go to bed. When I wake, I stand as good a chance as the day before to end the current day with relatively few boxes checked. So unproductive. How do I not hate myself?

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Hope and Dream That Bipolar Can Be Better

Hope and Dream That Bipolar Can Be Better

I hope to be free of bipolar disorder. Oxford dictionary defines hope as an expectation and a desire combined. It’s synonyms are wish, ambition and dream. I dream of sunshine, freshly mowed grass and the absence of Bipolar Disorder. Can my dream become a reality? How can I accomplish this?

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Post It! Stick It! Remember It!

There you are knee deep in errands and you suddenly remember what it is you forgot to do last night before you went to bed. Quick! Write it down before you forget! Until I learned to do this simple act, many wonderful ideas were lost to the ether—never to be thought again. A reader suggests one way to prevent that from happening.

Post It! Stick It! Remember It!

There you are knee deep in errands and you suddenly remember what it is you forgot to do last night before you went to bed. Quick! Write it down before you forget! Until I learned to do this simple act, many wonderful ideas were lost to the ether—never to be thought again.

Jotting down notes for people with poor memories is survival.

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My Top 10 Anxiety Resources

My Top 10 Anxiety Resources

I thought I would discuss what I use as my favorite tools and resources for learning about and dealing with my anxiety and phobias.

  1. Reading Material- The biggest help that I have gotten has been from the book The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook Fourth Edition by Edmund J. Bourne. The guidance in this book touches on everything that I can think of on how to manage your anxiety and phobias. I highly recommend trying to find this book at your local library. I was hopeless and this book gave me the motivation to take control of my life again. Main things that helped me were learning about Self Talk, Positive Affirmations and Mistaken Beliefs.
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50 ECT Treatments: Clinical Depression Brought Me to My Knees

50 ECT Treatments: Clinical Depression Brought Me to My Knees

written by Carol Kivler

I am 59 years old and am a corporate trainer, executive coach, keynote speaker, and founder of Kivler Communications in 1994.

How Can I Be Depressed?

carol-kivlerI first noticed depression symptoms in the spring of 1990. At the time, I was a part-time college professor, with three healthy children, a loving husband, a beautiful home, and money in the bank when clinical depression (aka major depression) grabbed me and brought me to my knees. When I was finally diagnosed with clinical depression, I asked how can I be depressed? We knew about situational depression, but very little about clinical depression.

Hospitalization for Suicidal, Psychotic Depression

The psychiatrist prescribed an antidepressant; however, my depression already had the best
of me and within a couple of weeks I was suicidal and psychotic (read: psychotic depression) . My first hospitalization lasted 38 days.

For the first 25 days, I was given a cocktail of depression medications without relief. At that point, ECT was recommended. Like most individuals ECT (electroconvulsive therapy aka shock therapy) brought up a visualization that I wasn’t willing to think about. My first response was, “No way!” However, after another week, I was convinced to at least give ECT a try. ECT was and is my silver bullet to recovery.

Severe, Recurrent, Treatment-Resistant Depression Requires ECT

Today some 19 years later, the “beast” has brought me to my knees four times. Each
requiring hospitalizations and more ECT treatments. (over 50 combined) In spite of my mental
health history with clinical depression, I am a high-functioning individual when in recovery.
Through my work in my division, Courageous Recovery, I am reaching out to healthcare
professionals, loved ones, and consumers putting the face of hope on both clinical depression
and ECT.

It has been 10 years since my last major bout with clinical depression. I firmly believe
that I have remained in recovery because I am committed to my wellness plan—medication,
counseling, as well as making some major life style changes including: exercise (4 to 5 times per week)

Ed Note: This article on ECT was written by Carol Kivler, our guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show on February 24, 2010. After this date, you can watch our interview with Carol Kivler “on-demand.”

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ECT: A Treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression

ECT: A Treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression

written by: Susan Wynne, MD

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a treatment for depression and other psychiatric disorders. One source of information for this essay is the article in Psychiatric Services in the September 2001 issue, entitled “Electroconvulsive Therapy.” ECT treatment is administered by trained professionals in a medical setting. Usually a psychiatrist and an anesthesiologist are present. While I am not a provider of ECT, I have referred patients with depression for this treatment. I refer patients for ECT when other types of treatment have been ineffective in treating a mood disorder. This is a particularly attractive option in persons with severe, recurrent depression who are at risk for suicide. Other types of treatments for depression include medications and psychotherapy.

How Does ECT Work?

With electroconvulsive therapy, a patient goes through a seizure. The seizure will usually last for one minute. The patient is given anesthesia and muscle relaxants just prior to the procedure. A patient usually receives up to 12 treatments, given several times a week. ECT can cause memory problems, but these issues usually resolve with time. Immediately following a ECT treatment, patients may have side effects such as headache, nausea, confusion and muscle soreness. Sometimes, patients receive maintenance or continuation ECT, given to help prevent the return of depression symptoms.  (Read more about how ECT works)

ECT Guest on HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

Ms. Carol Kivler will be the guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show on February 24, 2010 (you can also watch it “on-demand”. Ms. Kivler has been treated with ECT on several occasions, for depression that has not responded to medication alone (treatment-resistant depression). She will give a mental health consumer’s perspective of this often life-saving treatment.

Ms. Kivler was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1990 and underwent an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization at that time. Since that time, she has experienced several recurrences of her illness, which have resulted in inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations and further treatment with ECT. Ms. Kivler reports being in recovery from mental illness for the past 8 years. She has written the book, Demystifying ECT.  (Read Ms. Kivler’s blog post: 50 ECT Treatments: Clinical Depression Brought Me to My Knees )

Ed. Note: This ECT article was written by Susan Wynne, MD, a private practice psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas.

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Bipolar Life is All About Choices

Bipolar Life is All About Choices

What do you say to taking chances? Starting fresh. Being you, but better. Would you take a chance to live the life you’ve always dreamed of? Would you do anything to trash your bipolar life and evolve into an improved you? Jump off the edge even if you’re afraid. You’re worth it.

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Emergency Preparedness: A Positive Way to Cope with Fear

Emergency Preparedness: A Positive Way to Cope with Fear

We live in scary times. Between the recession and natural disasters, you never know when a crisis could hit your home. Many people are one pay check away from losing everything. We live in scary, stressful times. It makes sense that now is the time to plan and prepare for what may lie ahead. We can’t predict the future, but we can do our best to prepare for it. And if we are prepared, we won’t have as much fear.

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Keep Tabs on Your Goods with the ADHD Fuddy Duddy System‚Ñ¢

How do you prevent yourself from leaving things behind all the time? Let me introduce to you my patent-pending ADHD Fuddy Duddy System‚Ñ¢!

Keep Tabs on Your Goods with the ADHD Fuddy Duddy System‚Ñ¢

So far we’ve discussed how to help an ADHD loved one remember what they were doing from one room to the next. But what about us poor ADHD shlubs who can’t afford a personal assistant to follow us around all day and remind us not to leave things behind? Let me introduce to you my patent-pending ADHD Fuddy Duddy System‚Ñ¢!

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