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Psychotherapy and Getting Over Nothing

Psychotherapy and Getting Over Nothing

One of the problems with psychotherapy (and, keep in mind, I like psychotherapy) is that psychotherapists try to look for a cause for every emotion. And this seems reasonable. Or at least it does, to a person without a mental illness.

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Homeland – Is it Good for Bipolar Disorder Awareness?

Homeland – Is it Good for Bipolar Disorder Awareness?

If you haven’t been turning in to Homeland, you’ve been missing out on a new bipolar icon. Homeland stars Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) office who, unbeknownst to her employer, has bipolar disorder.

Homeland is no average show. Homeland won Best Show, Best Writing, Best Actor and Best Actress Emmys. You can catch Homeland on Showtime in the US and Super Channel in Canada.

Of course, the reason I tuned is was to see how this show handles mental illness. And they do not too bad a job.

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Self-Talk: Managing Your Inner Voice

Self-Talk: Managing Your Inner Voice

Self-talk is something we all do. In psychology they call it intrapersonal communication – or communication with oneself. It could be the voice of your mother in your head tell you to “take a jacket” or the voice of an old lover telling you that “you’re fat” or simply a recitation of the lyrics to YMCA for an hour at a time. However you do it, we all have it no matter how unconscious it may be.

And self-talk, like most things, can be used for good or for evil. Self-talk can be used to lift yourself up, make you resilient and help you get on with your day or self-talk can work to tear you down, defeat you and make you sleep on the couch for the rest of the afternoon. Self-talk is a double-edged swored.

And I would argue that due to the power of this particular sword, self-talk is one of the most important things to manage in the fight against mental illness.

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