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EMDR Therapy: Self-Help Techniques for Trauma Relief

EMDR Therapy: Self-Help Techniques for Trauma Relief

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is primarily used as a treatment for PTSD. Discovered and developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR uses eye movements, taps or tones to reprogram trauma victims’ thinking. The end result can be relatively fast relief of PTSD symptoms, including the re-experiencing of the trauma and other symptoms resulting from horrific events like rape or combat. EMDR also helps with “little t” traumas having to do with beliefs about ourselves formed during childhood and other mental health disorders.

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Sharing Your Mental Health Story – Band Back Together

Sharing Your Mental Health Story – Band Back Together

During the bulk of my abusive marriage, I didn’t realize how isolated I was, but I did recognize the fact that other families weren’t like mine. The shame of not knowing how to fix my problems overwhelmed me, and the frustration of having no one to talk to hurled me into depression. The guilt of being ill-functioning for my children and husband kept me low. It was a devastating downward spiral that ended only after I realized I was not alone in my struggles.

Perhaps my “aha moment” would have come more quickly if Band Back Together, the website created by Becky Sherrick Harks, was available to me then.

Known as Aunt Becky to the Internet, Sherrick Harks created a website called bandbacktogether.com and invites everyone suffering from trauma, sickness, mental illness or abuse to share their story online.

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How to Put Mindfulness to Work for You: Empowering Yourself to Heal

Dr. Melanie Greenberg, our recent guest on HealthyPlace TV, has combined the Eastern-based practice of Mindfulness with cognitive behavior therapy to create a powerful program that helps her patients manage their mental health problems.

How to Put Mindfulness to Work for You: Empowering Yourself to Heal

Recent studies have shown that meditation can have a physical and neurological effect on the brain, thickening the brain in the areas that regulate emotion and pain. This correlates to greater control over our mental health, something that proponents of cognitive behavior therapy have been advocating for years.

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The Self-Healing Power of Helping Others

The Self-Healing Power of Helping Others

Author Stephen G. Post believes there is self-healing power in helping others. Learn more about your self-healing power and a deep happiness formula. Read this.

Recently, a friend shared her story of childhood abuse, drug addiction, kidnapping and rape, and fighting for survival while living on the streets. I was moved when she mentioned the acts of kindness that made an impact on her life – a man who let her sleep in the back of his shop, a banker who took $100 out of his own pocket and gave it to her. These generosities may have seemed small to those men at the time. But they served as reminders to a struggling, wounded person that there is some good in this world; that human beings, despite her experiences that testified to the opposite, are capable of profound compassion and generosity.

It’s clear to me that those men did something good for her. But what did they do for themselves? We know helping others may impact their lives. But how does it impact ours? Is there self-healing power in helping others?

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Taking Back Our Bodies: Challenging Female Body Image Issues

Taking Back Our Bodies: Challenging Female Body Image Issues

Body image consists of our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions about our bodies, how we believe others see our bodies, and how we feel inside our bodies. When we see ourselves accurately, accept the way we look, and feel good about our bodies, we have a positive body image. But many of us, perhaps particularly women and girls, don’t like the way we look and struggle daily to meet the unrealistic, impossible demands we place on ourselves. And for some, distorted body image can lead to depression, even eating disorders. The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in New York City is taking action by acknowledging and valuing the diversity of women and girl’s bodies, and challenging the visual culture that fosters female body image issues.

Exploring Female Body Image Issues

3323178919_d834d7f0f1_o1Today on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, we’re talking with Carol Bloom, one of the co-founders of the WTCI. We invited her to join us for a frank discussion about female body image issues and how exploring those issues can help women and girls honor their diversity and take back their bodies. As a part of their ongoing mission to sponsor educational programs for practitioners and the general public, the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute is hosting an international campaign with summits taking place in 5 cities. The upcoming New York Summit is this weekend and will feature speakers, entertainment, videos, and the “Loved Bodies, Big Ideas” contest winner presentations:

Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body
Friday, March 18 6-9pm and Saturday, March 19 9am -pm
New School  – 66 West 12th St

Visit the Endangered Species website for more information on the campaign, and for news and links on female body image issues. Learn more about body image and take the Body Image Questionnaire by visiting the HealthyPlace Eating Disorders Community.

Video on Female Body Image Issues

Watch our video interview with Carol live today at 5:30pm Eastern Standard Time by visiting the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show Homepage. Join the discussion by submitting your questions for Carol via the chat window just to the right of the live video feed.

You can find all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show in the table of contents.

Share Your Experiences

Do you struggle with body image issues? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on body image issues. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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Getting the Strength You Need to Meet Life’s Challenges

Getting the Strength You Need to Meet Life’s Challenges

Getting the Strength You Need to Meet Life's Challenges

I’m reading the Bipolar Vida blog, and wondering “how much can one person take?” Cristina, admittedly, had a bad childhood which, she says, probably triggered the bipolar disorder she now lives with.

In the months since she started her bipolar blog here at HealthyPlace.com, Cristina has endured depressive episodes, hypomania, and everything else bipolar disorder can bring your way. Yet, in almost every blog post, she mentions that she’s doing everything she can to keep her bipolar recovery on track.

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How to Get Help for a Mental Illness – March 24

How to Get Help for a Mental Illness – March 24

The National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 26.2 percent of Americans suffered from a mental disorder in 2006. That is over one quarter of the adult population who needed help. Have you ever wondered if you might need help or suffer from depression or another mental illness ? Do you know where to find help?

Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 24th is titled: “Reaching Out: How To Know If You Need Help and Where To Find It.”

How do you know if you need help? There are several standards set out by the APA and the AMA. If a behavior, attitude, or feeling consistently and abnormally interfere with your life or relationships, you may need help. This can be often difficult to define and you may get different opinions from different professionals. (Dr. Croft has a great blog post on “When and Where to Get Help for Mental Health Issues “) We hope to clear a lot of this confusion this Tuesday.

Where do you go for a mental health problem?

Even if you know that you need help, how do you decide where to go? Is this a small problem that can be resolved by an open discussion with your religious leader, or do you need to see a clinical psychologist? What about a counseling psychologist (or what is even the difference!). When do I need to see a psychiatrist over a psychologist? The difference is not as simple as a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. If you cannot afford to pay for professional medical help, where do you turn?

HealthyPlace TV Show Details

The show could not happen without you and I am looking forward to having you participate in our live show, next Tuesday March 24th at 7:30p CT, 8:30 ET, and 5:30 PT. If you have a story of finding help, there are several ways you can share your story. Upload a video to youtube and email me the link. We will play the videos live during our show. Also, you can email us your questions for Dr. Croft or any comments at Producer AT HealthyPlace.com . Information on the HealthyPlace TV Show and how it works can be found here.

After the first half of the show, we will turn over the show to you, the viewers. Dr. Harry Croft, HealthyPlace.com Medical Director and co-host of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show, will answer any of your mental health questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Josh

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