We’re all anxious at times, especially when stressed or facing something unpredictable. Anxiety and fear help us pick up on threatening things in our environment and react – often before we know what that “thing” is. But anxiety becomes an illness when it starts controlling and ruining one’s life. There are many different types of […]
We sleep. We spend a third of our lives doing it, but it’s still a mystery. Why do we sleep? Why do we dream? Why is sleep architecture so complicated, with different stages and physical changes? And if the need for downtime is so innate and deeply driven, why do we suffer from insomnia? Despite the […]
This “Find-the-difference” CBT puzzle features a problem with lots of solutions. It’s good for a little fun with groups, as well as an interesting way to introduce brain-storming and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Bipolar disorder, also called manic depressive disorder, is a mental illness that produces unusual extremes of emotion. These mood states are severe enough to cause problems in the sufferer’s life. Read on for more information. Does having mood swings mean you have bipolar disorder? Not necessarily. We all have natural fluctuations in our mood. There’ll […]
Think of life as a spectrum: on one end you’ve got the worse-case outcome. That’s where most anxious people lean when they consider their future. But if you’re going to invest energy into the worst outcome, you should invest that same energy into best-case scenario. You can’t have one without the other.
Avoiding suicide: writing a crisis plan An article by Kim Rosenthal, MDKimrosenthalmd.com Sometimes life can be overwhelming, painful even, and you feel like you’ve been run over by a freight train. It’s too much to handle. You feel helpless. You feel hopeless too. Thoughts are dangerous. That’s crisis mode, and that’s when you need to […]
Welcome to the June 2021 Outside-the-Box Recovery Newsletter, where the goal is promote a lust for sober living through art, reflection, humor, puzzles, and other forms of unique *clinically-oriented* recovery material.
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein The term “psychiatric hospital” conjures up images of that age old insane asylum, a long ago place where people were locked away in damp, dirty cells and forgotten by society. Each of these asylums was overcrowded with thousands of […]