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From Life of the Party to Get a Life

From Life of the Party to Get a Life

A mental illness, especially during the adjustment period after first receiving a diagnosis, can be filled with a lot of strife and heartache. The challenges are only compounded by the fact that many find themselves more isolated and alone than ever before in their life. Our guest this week, Stephanie, has found herself in just that place, alone like never before.

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Feedback Treatments for Anxiety and ADHD

Feedback Treatments for Anxiety and ADHD

Many people who are dealing with mental health issues like anxiety and ADHD look for additional and alternative treatments to medication. One thing that these people find challenging is finding credible information and sources. Our guest, Jeff Lewis, MSSW, LSCSW, BCIAC is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. He has been in clinical practice for 17 years. Jeff Shares with us the descriptions of biofeedback and neurofeedback, its application, and how to find trusted sources for treatment.

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Depersonalization Disorder: Living in a Dream World

Depersonalization Disorder: Living in a Dream World

Most of us never have the experience of feeling as if we are disconnected from our own body and mind, but if you are suffering from depersonalization disorder then you feel this detachment far too frequently. Our guest, Jeffrey Abugel, has experienced depersonalization disorder personally and has co-authored one of the seminal books on the topic. Recently, he has authored a second book about the experience of living with this disorder and he came on our show to share a deeper look into the world of depersonalization.

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Hidden Causes of Anxiety: How to Find and Treat Them

Hidden Causes of Anxiety: How to Find and Treat Them

If, as our anxiety blogger, Kate White, puts it – anxiety has become your unwanted friend – you may already be familiar with the usual suspects when it comes to the causes of anxiety disorders. We have heredity, brain chemistry, personality and life experiences. But have you taken a moment to consider physical causes of anxiety?

Dr. Sharon HellerOur guest, Dr. Sharon Heller, notes these “hidden” causes of anxiety are often unknown, overlooked, and sometimes only treated with alternative therapies. She delves into this in her recent book, “Anxiety: Hidden Causes“.

Dr. Heller is a developmental psychologist who faced her own severe anxiety and sensory processing issues. How severe? “At times, I needed to brace myself just to go out.” She now specializes in how nutrition, toxic substances and other physical problems can cause anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. In her research, she came across these hidden causes of anxiety:

  • food
  • drugs
  • medical illness
  • central nervous system problems
  • sensory processing
  • cranial – sacral misalignment
  • chemical toxicity

Listen to “The Hidden Causes of Anxiety and What to Do About Them”

Find anxiety support in our anxiety forums and additional information about anxiety in the HealthyPlace Anxiety and Panic Community.

Dr. Sharon Heller’s website is here.

Share Your Thoughts on the Hidden Causes of Anxiety

Have you found yourself dealing with unexplained anxiety? What kinds of treatments have you tried? Do you feel that there could be an unknown “hidden” cause of your anxiety? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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Help for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Help for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

katherine-stoneKatherine Stone suffered from postpartum OCD after the birth of her first child. With treatment, she made a full recovery and decided to provide pregnant women and new mothers with support and help for postpartum depression and anxiety through her blog, Postpartum Progress. Today, it’s the most widely read blog on perinatal mental illness.

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Understanding Fear, Anxiety, and Panic

Understanding Fear, Anxiety, and Panic

jeff-wise-small-headshotJeff Wise says understanding fear isn’t as simple as the fight or flight model suggests. He believes coping with anxiety and panic is easier with a more sophisticated grasp of how our minds respond to fear. Jeff is a science writer and the author of Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger.

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