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How to Escape From Depression With Two Essential Steps

"Irene", a 59-year-old widowed grandmother, came to see me because her daughter insisted. Irene had become a hermit, rarely venturing outside her home. She had dropped all her church activities and refused to speak with family members (other than "Debbie", the daughter). Most of Irene's time was spent sleeping. Instead of walking her dog, Irene let it run around the back yard.
Even though her eating habits had hardly changed, it was clear that this formerly social, active woman was depressed. She told me that the anti-depressants prescribed by her family doctor only served to make her feel more of a failure. After 3 months the pills had not elevated her mood. She felt helpless, hopeless, apathetic and frightened.
Debbie, a nurse, had become increasingly worried about her mother who at times seemed like a stranger to her. Debbie lives 3 hours away from her mother. She persuaded Irene to seek help in addition to the medical care. The doctors had told Irene that she would likely be depressed for a long time - perhaps indefinitely.
I told her "Diagnosis is not destiny".
Then I made a few suggestions based on Michael Yapko's work: the solution to depression is to change patterns. With this in mind I asked Irene if she would be willing to, once a day, open her front door and step outside for at least five minutes.
Other "assignments" I suggested were:
  • for Irene to do a spot of gardening such as turning the soil in her vegetable patch which she had neglected during her depression apathy. No more than 10 minutes a day unless she felt like doing more in the garden.
  • 2 minutes a day to sort through old clothes. This had been a volunteer activity for Irene's church before depression struck.
  • Once a week to take the dog for a walk, gradually increasing the distance as she felt capable.
  • To phone Debbie with a progress report each day.
  • To make a list of friends and family to whom she "owed" a phone call.
Although a person cannot "snap out" of depression, taking actions, albeit small ones, fires up the process of escaping from the tentacles of apathy and hopelessness engendered by depression.
I also encouraged Irene to discuss the anti-depressant medication the doctors had prescribed, including asking them for the list of possible side-effects. This list is required by law whenever a doctor or pharmacy hands over pills to a patient. Rarely is this done. And even rarer does a doctor take a patient's concerns seriously. Irene, for instance, got no response from her family doctor when she asked if her insomnia was worsened by the sleeping pill he'd prescribed.
Since Debbie was present throughout the session I enlisted her aid in helping her mother re-invigorate her life. Even though Debbie is a medically-trained person she understands the limits of medicine and the usual combination of neglect and ignorance among doctors of the social, nutritional and psychological factors that affect human health.
So she readily agreed to visit her mother frequently and to bring gifts such as a colorful scarf, fresh lipstick, and treats for the dog.
There was no formal hypnosis. But I did explain EFT [Emotional Freedom Techniques] and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to Irene.
Progress was rapid once Irene allowed herself to think outside of the doom-and-gloom prognoses of the doctors. Just stepping outside her cottage -- and thus defying their predictions -- began the process of diminishing the depression.
Soon Irene began calling people she'd neglected. To her amazement, they were happy to hear from her. Similarly with the church clothing group - they welcomed her back with enthusiastic hugs. Within 3 weeks Irene was once again an active, lively person according to Debbie.
What is depression?
There are two major kinds of depression: Reactive and Organic.
Reactive depression arises from an incident or a specific loss. For example, your home being burned down or your spouse dying. Reactive depression is self-limiting. That is, with or without treatment, it will end. Perhaps within weeks, perhaps months, occasionally a year or more. Post-partum depression is an example of this time-limited, self-ending type of depression.
Organic depression arises from within. It cannot be attributed to a specific trauma or loss. The customary treatment is medication because the assumption is that the depressed person has a 'chemical imbalance'. Little attention is paid to possible causes of that imbalance - only to overcome the imbalance with other chemicals.
One possible cause is being abused as a child, including being bullied. This can lay the foundation for an eruption of loss and despair in adult life, particularly if you were abused by your mother.
However, psychotherapy and hypnosis do help people escape depression - with or without accompanying medication. Indeed, according to recent issues of Skeptical Inquirer and Psychology Today magazines, half of the depressed patients prescribed anti-depressants are not helped at all by the drugs.
Individuals vary in what they suffer under the rubric 'depression'. So it follows logically that treatment should be personal, tailored to the individual.
Depression is often characterised by:
  • lethargy
  • increased appetite OR no appetite
  • excessive sleep OR insufficient sleep
  • helplessness
  • hopelessness
  • futility (especially re guilt)
  • poor hygiene
  • anger OR passivity
  • self-disgust
  • despair
  • loneliness -- yet avoidance of other people
  • crying OR inability to let tears flow
  • feeling unlovable
There are similarities with depression to the characteristics and treatment of anxiety.
Often overlooked when dealing with anxiety or depression is nutrition. Individuals vary in their reactions to specific foods and liquids. Although most people become more depressed when they consume alcohol or take drugs, some don't. And some people thrive by eating turkey (for example) while others feel awful an hour or so after eating it.
The only way to know which foods enliven you and which (pardon the pun) feed into creating or deepening depression is to experiment. Make notes on your reactions to specific foods.
Exercise is touted as a cure-all for depression. It supposedly "gets the blood flowing" and thus helps the depressed person feel physically better. Actually, taking any action, some action is the key to resolving depression.
That action may be physical or it may be mental, or it may be both. It will be successful as long as it involves changing the depressed person's patterns.
Labels have a horrible habit of sticking to a person. Once labelled as "depressed" a sufferer will likely have trouble shucking off the label because friends, relatives and co-workers continue to associate the label with the person - long after the depression has lifted.
So, someone labelled as "bi-polar" will be expected to experience depression at the lower end of their emotional roller-coaster. And this despite the possibility that it may not even exist. [Skeptical Inquirer, Volume 37, issue 5, p.38]. The psychiatrist's bible [DSM - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual] purports to classify the myriad of mental "diseases" humans are liable to suffer. In reality this compendium of opinion and speculation - in which the existence and symptoms of diseases are voted upon - satisfies the need of the mind-doctors for their pretence at making their profession seem as scientific and evidence-based as real medicine.
None of the hundreds of "diseases" in the DSM has a biological basis. And the current edition of DSM (DSM-5) has been condemned as lacking validity by the director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
Isolation is a frequent consequence of being depressed. And human contact a frequent solution. Ironically, the very action that would help a depressed person, i.e., working with a competent professional, is one of the most difficult for the sufferer to accomplish. It would take so much effort and courage to get out and to confide in a therapist.
But if the sufferer can manage some human contact then, like Irene, the depression can be contained and vanquished.
Seasonal depression (which occurs at the onset of winter or at times of holidays) can be countered by allowing artificial light or sunshine to change a person's melancholy.
Introverts are no more likely than extroverts to suffer with depression. It is even, perhaps, harder for a normally outgoing person to endure the dampening feelings and isolation.
Although a depressed person is unlikely to find much in life to be funny, one of the most powerful anti-depression activities is laughter. So, if the depressed person used to laugh at particular sitcoms, or comic books, or YouTube videos, it could be helpful to attempt re-enjoyment of such actions.
Apart from using TV for humour, though, it's probably best for a depressed person to avoid watching television, especially the news.
It's worth the effort for a depressed person to wash and dress. For many people just the simple act of splashing water on their face helps brighten their mood.
Art - sculpting, water-coloring, oil painting - can also be helpful. This creative action can be therapeutic in itself. Coupled with an art therapist's insight it can be life-affirming.
Hypnotherapy can be a supplementary aid, or a method in itself to free you from depression.
Role of hypnosis in ridding you of depression
As with other debilitating conditions, hypnosis can be used to:
-- get to the root of a depression (and of course, deal with that root)
-- motivate the depressed person to take action
-- encourage the sufferer to change his or her patterns of thinking and doing.
-- help those who choose to follow a doctor's prescriptions for anti-depressants to be compliant.
Bryan M. Knight, MSW,, PhD offers you a vast website that answers all your questions about hypnosis, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships and self-help.

How Do You Deal With Depression?

Depression can creep up on us at times when we least expect it.
Most often it's waiting right around the corner the moment our day goes bad. Many things that happen during the day can lead to depression and cause us to self destruct mentally.
For example when things go wrong at work. The boss states that he's cutting back hours from those who aren't putting in work, and you happen to be one of those employees. You begin to think about bills and then shift those negative thoughts towards yourself and your performance. You begin to think about how much of a dud you are or even how much of a slacker you are. In reality it isn't true but in our mind it very much seems that way.
Another example could be during a public setting. You are at a party or small get together, and you spot someone who you are interested in. that negative voice in the back of your head tells you that you aren't good enough and that he or she wouldn't be caught dead conversing with you. At that point you feel like a total failure and not worth anyone's time.
So what do you do when this occurs? Many of us find it easy to snap back into reality while others may dwell on the situation for the rest of the night and throughout the week. How do you handle your depression and what are some tricks you do that has you snapping back?
Do you find your fix with eating and drinking? Or do you curl up in your room and read one of your favorite books? Is television a cure or do you put on your jogging shoes and take a nice run on the treadmill?
Write down some things you love doing. When you are depressed you can grab your list of things you like to do and try one of them. Most of us know that when depressed we don't like to do anything we love let alone turn on our side's while mopping in our beds.
Even though we may not feel like much or feel like doing much, forcing ourselves to watch a funny little clip, listen to our favorite songs, or even writing down how we feel when we are down can get us feeling a little better and even motivated to get in a better mood.

How To Prevent a Nervous Breakdown

Dust happens. Your house can't exist in a vacuum, and that's why it has to be cleaned regularly. No matter how careful you are, dust will enter. Same with the mind. You desire to keep it quiet and serene, but life kicks up mental and emotional noise and dust that needs to be dealt with. So, how do you deal with it?
The key is to not let it accumulate. As a storm gathers, so does stress. It's only when disorder or disturbances accumulate that they become overwhelming and feel beyond your ability to handle. It's much easier to clean a dusty house than a dirty house. Resolve or relax any disturbance on the spot. Don't carry it over to the next minute, the next next hour and especially not the next day. Stress prevents you from living the next moment free and clear making it easier to collect. You lose clarity and power which diminishes your immunity to handle the next stressful situation, creating a thicker and thicker barrier to relaxation and recovery.
If you don't eat or drink too much today, you won't have a hangover tomorrow. If you let go of anger, resentment, fear, jealousy, etc., today, there's no foundation for it to grow or fester. Stressful thoughts or feelings are dis-eases that grow like any bacteria grows. Stop them on arrival or prevent them from arising in the first place through constant diligence. Diligence is the cost of freedom from the accumulation of stress. Begin and end your day in a relaxed and detached way. Let the little dings and pressures of the day flow away from you like water off a duck's back.
You can't let your house go but you can let the dust go. Likewise, you can't let life go, but you can let unproductive or negative thoughts and feelings go. Clean one room at a time, one thought or feeling at a time, one moment at a time. Enter the moment in a state of calm acceptance of every one and every thing just as it is without thinking anything of it. If you can change it, do so; if not, drop it. This is the definition of love, wisdom and meditation. Be a lover not a loser. Don't let the world suck you in. Keep a respectable distance from it. The external world also consists of your thoughts and feelings. Yes, they are external to you, external to the higher you. Keep them that way. It's for you to overlook them, and never let them overlook you.
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Prozac For Bipolar Condition, Bulimia, and Anxiety

Prozac is a medication often prescribed for bipolar complaint, bulimia, and anxiety disorders. The medication is highly effective because it act as a serotonin inhibitor, which implies that it helps balance serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin levels are liable for mood stability, depressive states, and control of anxiety, fears, or phobias.
Bipolar complaint, or manic depression, is a mental illness that is a consequence of a mixture of biological, neurological, emotional, and situational reasons. The true reasons for bipolar disorder are not yet fully understood fully realized fully recognized. All the same, it is understood that imbalances in the neurotransmitters of the brain, such as serotonin, are partially liable for the predisposition of bipolar condition in some patients.
Bulimia is an eating complaint in which the patient eats excessively then purges themselves of the food they have consumed through either vomiting or induced movements. Bulimia is the result of a combination of psychological and emotional factors, and in some cases environmental factors. The emotional factors relating to bulimia are the same if not the image of factors concerned with depression and low self worth issues, which are connected to serotonin levels in the brain.
Anxiety disorders are regarded the result of erratic fluctuations in brain chemistry. Anxiety is known as the intense somewhat debilitating feeling that something horrible is going to take place. Everyone feels anxiety at some point, but typically the usual person has a logical reason to feel uneasy. With anxiety disorders, the reason for the anxiety may not be known, or it may not be logical if it is known.
Prozac is an effective remedy for bipolar disorder, bulimia, and anxiety as it operates and balances the serotonin levels in the brain. In bipolar patients, it is often prescribed in addition to other drugs. Prozac is an effective remedy for depression, but might result in manic episodes to worsen. For this purpose, Prozac is in the main prescribed along with an anti-psychotic drug that helps tone down manic episodes. Therapy sessions or counseling is in addition more often than not a part of therapy.
In bulimia patients, Prozac is sometimes the only prescription given. Yet, it is combined with therapy of signs via counseling and therapy. The idea behind this counseling is to identify why the patient has developed a sense of self-worth, and to permit the patient to discover what they perceive is not necessarily reality. This is very helpful in bulimia patients who binge and purge as a consequence of how they perceive their bodies.
Anxiety patients are often prescribed Prozac with great success. Counseling may also be a part of remedy. In therapy sessions, patients may learn techniques to control their anxiety through rationalization of situations that might not at the start appear rational. As an example, if a patient feels anxiety over a cigarette burning in an ashtray, they can learn methods to allow their mind to rationalize the situation and understand that there is no real danger of fire, and consequently no reason for the anxiety. These methods are really successful in addition to Prozac for treating anxiety.
Overall, Prozac is an impressive treatment for lots of mood disorders. Together with Lithium, it is oftentimes considered a miracle drug, helping patients gain stability and normal lives while living with an unstable, unrealistic view of themselves or their surroundings.

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If I have signs, am i mentally ill ?

am i mentally ill ?

am i mentally ill ?A psychiatry professor was once questioned if , in reality , everyone show a sign or 2 of a mental disorder . His answer ? 

“Yes , the simply exceptions are professors of psychiatry — we demonstrate the majority of .” 

A lot of family doctors speak about the need to deal with mental health as well as other physical-health problems . 
The body and mind are inextricably associated together and anticipating psychological health to be fantastic while physical health is bad is similar to asking your vehicle engine to work smoothly having only part the pistons functioning . So , exactly how important are signs and symptoms ? am i mentally ill ? 

When you have a headache and an annoyed stomach , it doesn’t indicate you have the flu , although those are two flu signs . 
Sharp problems in your side do not necessarily indicate appendicitis and a painful throat is not always tonsillitis . 
Why , then , must feeling down signify depressive disorders or a little bit neat-freakiness indicate OCD ? am i mentally ill ?

Obviously , it does not . We live in an era in which persons are not anymore shy ; they have “social stress and anxiety illness .” 
The stigma around mental disorder is so terrific a lot of people would prefer to avoid even discovering if their signs and symptoms indicate a medical diagnosis . 
How do we inform if we have tipped over the line from a bit distress to full-blown mental disorder ? am i mentally ill ? 
Sometimes like these , we have to maintain things in perspective . 

Firstly , how weakening are your signs and symptoms ? Do they really keep you from accomplishing your job , enjoying your daytime , being a part of life with family and friends ? Or do they really result in physical problems from psychological sources , called somatic illnesses ? am i mentally ill ? 

If the reply is yes , you need to be consulting your physician — not simply because you inevitably have a mental disorder , but simply because some thing is keeping you back from one hundred per cent full-bore life-fulfillment and enjoyment . 

Try not to wait until your sprained ankle is a sprain before you decide to deal with it , nor should you wait for your “down” feeling to turn into depressive disorders . If you feel signs and symptoms are stopping you from enjoying your daily life , get it checked out , do something about the issue at hand and return to full-throttle living .

mental health hotline numbers and jokes

Mental health hotline: The Crisis Hotline operates 365 days a year and is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Trained counselors assist persons in crisis, responding to a variety of calls ranging from depression, suicide, and other mental health issues to financial issues.

The hotline crisis counselors also assist mental health consumers, their family, and concerned citizens with community resources and support.
Mental Health numbers for everything from alcohol treatment to panic disorder. Also National Alliance on Mental Illness -state affiliate phone list.

Opening the Mind - How to Access the Subconscious Mind

If you want to access the subconscious mind, it's easy. You just need to shut the conscious mind up.
The catch is, that's nearly impossible. The conscious mind is a huge part of our day. So huge, in fact, that we tend to think of our conscious mind as ourself.
It's not. If we were exactly equal to our conscious mind, we'd cease to exist when asleep. Or dreaming. Or daydreaming. If we were our conscious mind and nothing more, we'd never have an intuition or a hunch or a gut feeling.
Brain scans of sleeping subjects have shown that in various stages of sleep, the brain can emit higher amplitude brainwaves than when awake, and even consume more oxygen than when awake. This means that our brains can be more active when we're unconscious than when we're conscious. There's more going on up there when we think there's nothing going on up there. And there's even more going on up there when we're not thinking at all.
Clearly there's more to me than my conscious thoughts.
The conscious mind is the thinker. The subconscious mind is the knower.
The conscious mind is a thinking tool. It really is like a train, a vehicle. It's meant to be used, not to be the user. As the sleeping/waking brain scans show, the conscious mind really is akin to the oft-quoted tip of the iceberg, with the bulk of it, the subconscious mind, being below the water line.
When your conscious mind has run amuck, you'll be anxiously trying to figure out who you are and what you should do; you'll be trying to think yourself into being. When your conscious mind is stilled and your subconscious mind takes precedence, you'll know who you are, because your subconscious mind is the knower.
Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." Cogito ergo sum. And since then, most modern people have equated the ability to reason as proof of their humanity. However, ancient scripture describes the revelation of divinity when God said, "I am who I am." Meaning that being is being, without reason. Reason comes from being, not the other way around. Existence just is. Mind cannot wrap itself around the fact of being because mind is a subset of being, and the subset cannot encompass the superset.
In order to know, thinking must cease. Not for knowing simple facts like two plus two, but for knowing mysteries like the grandeur of a mountain range or the infinite depth of a night sky. And why these inspire some people to feelings of transcendence but yet others to feelings of annihilation. The rational mind can lead us to understand how brain chemistry comes into play, but it cannot lead us to know the experience of wonder itself, much less why the experience is important. It can conjecture, but it cannot truly know.
To quiet the conscious mind and access the subconscious mind, we have to offend the conscious mind, interrupt it, quiet it.
Why would I want to bypass my conscious mind to reprogram my subconscious?
First, because the subconscious mind is the real driver of action. Willpower can keep away a few cigarettes or a few extra servings of cake and ice cream, but eventually the subconscious has its way. This is what St Paul describes in Romans: "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."
For real change to happen, the conscious and subconscious minds must be in alignment; so here are some practical principles to accessing the subconscious mind:
First, get plenty of sleep.
Studies reveal more and more that sleep is absolutely crucial to proper brain function. No longer dismissed as a waste of time and a weakness, sleep has been shown to be essential for processing memories, balancing body chemistry and cleaning the mind of negative emotions that have a detrimental effect on the whole person. Get plenty of sleep.
How much? Studies suggest anywhere from 7.5 to 10 hours. Your needs probably lie somewhere in between. Err on the side of more sleep. Imagine how much sleep you would be getting in a natural environment without artificial light. You'd go to sleep shortly after sundown. Suddenly, ten hours of sleep per night seems quite reasonable, doesn't it? That's how our ancestors would have slept, for millennia. Late-night culture is younger than Thomas Edison.
Waking Techniques
Waking techniques such as hypnosis and meditation are also helpful in quieting the conscious mind. Here are three practices that you may find beneficial in quieting your conscious noise, opening your mind and accessing your subconscious. These are practices that can be practiced for short periods daily or more often:
1. Meditation
The basis of meditation is to observe one's thoughts without judgement, without labelling them good or bad. Just to observe them as you would observe birds and bugs flying by your window.
Then you will realise that your thoughts are not you. Then you will feel comfortable detaching your sense of self from your driving thoughts. Then you will no longer be under the control of your thoughts but begin to control them.
Sit comfortably for twenty minutes without interruptions and just observe your thoughts - as though they were leaves floating by on a river; you pick them up, look at them with a goofy smile on your face and put them back down to float away.
2. Hypnosis
The basis of hypnosis is to enter a relaxed, uncritical state where the conscious mind ceases its judgemental function. This is the hypnagogic state, where post-hypnotic suggestions can enter the subconscious mind.
For many, the idea of giving up critical control is frightening. This is because they've been brought up on cogito ergo sum. If I believe that I am my thoughts, the idea of giving up my thoughts is like suicide. At least, to the ego it feels very much like death. But it's not really death. It is just the quieting of a part of you, like slowing down your heart rate. As essential as your heart is to you, your heart is not you. As essential as the mind is to you, your mind is not you. There is more to you. And when the lesser can be quieted for a moment, the greater can emerge.
Related to hypnosis are various forms of subliminal programming. These range from audio tracks such as the famous stop-smoking tracks with affirmations exhorting you to quit smoking recorded beneath soothing music, to sophisticated Paraliminals, which are a fascinating technology using a simple stereo recording to play back one message into your right ear and another into your left ear, with increasing degrees of overlap.
The theory with Paraliminals is that the conscious mind overloads and gives up - here is the principle of pattern interrupt, of offending the conscious mind - leaving the subconscious mind to piece together the input. This results in the programming suggestions bypassing the gatekeeper, the conscious mind, and being accepted as truth by the knower, the subconscious mind.
To practice self-hypnosis, search online for an excellent hypnosis, subliminal or Paraliminal audio and listen to the guided hypnosis. They usually last from half an hour to an hour.
3. Brainwave Entrainment
Finally, there are the methods that seek to modify the mind by changing the brain.
When we're actively thinking and solving problems - or feeling anxious - our brain emits an electrical frequency that neurophysiology categorises as beta waves. In the hypnagogic state where we're open to suggestion and super learning, our brains emit alpha or theta waves. In deep sleep, delta waves. *
Modern brainwave entrainment methods, first developed in the 1930s, train the brain to function at specific bandwidths for short periods of time, exercising the brain to function more often in those states, namely the alpha, theta and delta states associated with relaxation, creativity and learning.
Ever been in a shopping mall when a familiar song came on and you found yourself tapping your foot and humming along without realising it? Brainwave entrainment audios use the same principle, but with much more precise frequencies.
Do a search for brainwave entrainment audios and spend some time with them every day. They're really enjoyable; I've tried a few and recommend The Morry Method.
Caution: Recordings that quiet the conscious mind should not be listened to while driving, operating machinery or balancing your chequebook.
Is all this pseudoscience?
Compared to the realm of physiology, the field of psychology is more recently explored; and the area of human potential and the science of mind even more so. Thus, much of it may seem esoteric and unfamiliar. This is expected of any new field of endeavour.
Before we're through, some things will have been shown to have been pseudoscience while others will be proven legit. Already, the increasing overlap of neuroscience - traditionally a domain of physiology - into the field of psychology is proving rather gratifying.
One can sit back and wait till everything's settled, or one can roll up one's sleeves and dig in. Which way you decide will largely depend on your temperament and values.
In summary:
Our conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg, and just a part of our being, like a vital organ. We are much more than our conscious mind; we are moved mostly by the unconscious mind that lies beneath the water line.
In order to open the mind and access the subconscious mind, we need only still and quiet the conscious mind through daily habits that can be practised for twenty minutes or more at a time, namely:
- Meditation, which is to observe our thoughts and disidentify from them.
- Hypnosis, which is to bypass the critical, conscious mind.
- Brainwave entrainment, which is to train the brain to function habitually at alpha, theta and delta bandwidths.
Alpha Lim blogs about holistic personal development supported by minding your own business, at He is an avid practitioner of these groovy mind-bending methods.

Personal Development Activities To Boost Your Brain Power

Are you looking for personal development activities to boost your brain power? Your mind is indeed a very powerful tool, and every human being has been gifted with it. However, most people are either not fully utilizing it to its maximum potential, or they are not taking good care of it. Allow me to share with you how you can improve its capabilities so that you can fully utilize it to the best of its capabilities.
Let me start with one of the most challenging personal development activities I have ever attempted. That is trying out brain teasers. These challenging games are meant to stimulate a deeper level of cognitive thinking so that you force yourself to think and push yourself to the limits, mentally speaking. New brainwaves are formed just by trying to think of a solution to these challenging puzzles. Hence, you do not even need to be able to solve them just to develop your mind. All you need to do is attempt to solve it. Until today, I have yet to solve the Rubik's cube, but I know that my brain power has been boosted just by attempting to solve it.
The next thing you can try is learning a new language. This can be challenging for some people, especially those who may not be linguists. However, when you learn a new language, you are actually learning a new skill in itself, and that will definitely form new brainwaves in your mind. Now learning a new language is one thing, but speaking and writing it is another. Try to involve as many of your senses in your learning as possible. That way, you will find it easier to retain what you have learnt and apply it in future contexts.
The above-mentioned personal development activities can be a little challenging, so here is something that is a little easier. Try reading widely. The simple act of reading can be beneficial too because not only are you boosting your brain's power, but you are also feeding yourself with more knowledge, and with that, you are more likely to see things from a different outlook. People who read widely tend to be more open-minded than people who do not. Sometimes it isn't always about a person's IQ. I have found that open-minded people are better when it comes to relating to others.
I hope you have learnt something new from these personal development activities which I have mentioned. Go ahead and give them a try.
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Why Was Life Not Meant to Be Easy?

The workload of life seems so hard,
Especially those hoops we've got to jump through,
But as soon as we realise everyone's similarly marred,
We might as well jump right back into the queue!
It's far too rational an idea to give up part the way through something, for instance, studying a degree. The moment we realise that the journey is as tough for the next person (and the next) we understand life is not as unfair as it seems. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.
This is necessarily a hard and an obtuse word: one difficult to comprehend, let alone write. Life is hard. Achieving one thing that is worthwhile will require all our focus and attention, and potentially years of toil.
Whether it's the role of parent or student or business owner or mortgagee... not to mention a plethora of other roles... life is designed to break us; spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically.
But when we are broken we find it's not the end - not by a long shot.
Brokenness, in the conception of progress, is a yardstick for achievement. Those who are broken and broken and broken - again, over and over, and again - learn something about themselves and about life.
The thing is this: nothing can defeat us in the moment of sustaining.
As we stand outside in the rain of defeat, having seriously pondered, again, whether or not, and how, to give up, we realise that there is nothing gained in giving up. Then we stride back into the queue. We get back on in the task we have set for ourselves.
Serious discouragement tends to wrestle with our sense of justice.
Sooner or later we will find ourselves justifying a poor logic. We may even know what it is we are giving up - and we may even want not to give up. We may feel we have little choice.
It is best to get some space - space for reconciling the right sort of impetus to continue the joust. Sometimes it's about getting a week or two away - or a day even. Other times it's about changing tack completely, but retaining that which we must not give up.
When there is a great and inevitable goal we are striving for, it's not good to give up or give in - we sacrifice the exhilaration we would otherwise experience.
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. Everyone has the same challenges, give or take. Sustaining our vigour in serious discouragement is about revitalising our vision. If we will only continue as we started we will make it all the way through!
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.
Steve Wickham is a Baptist Pastor who holds Degrees in Science, Divinity, and Counselling. Steve writes at: and

Manic Depression Symptoms and treatment

Manic Depression (also known as bipolar disorder) is a serious brain disorder in which a person experiences extreme variances in thinking, mood, and behavior.
Manic depression symptoms are diverse, people diagnosed with this disorder can go back and forth between these phases. Depending on what episode a person is experiencing, this will determine what Manic Depression symptoms you could see.

The Manic Phase

During the manic phase of manic depression, which is also called mania, a person will exhibit signs of extreme mood elevation and energy. So it's not unusual to see this person experiencing insomnia, racing thoughts, and delusions of grandeur. Along with mood elevation, people with manic depression can also become very irritable and reckless in their behavior.

The Depression Phase

The depression phase of manic depression reveals completely opposite symptoms of mania. It's during this phase that the person will show classic signs of depression: extreme sadness, loss of interest in activities once pleasurable, loss of self-esteem, and suicidal ideation.

What triggers manic depression symptoms?

Manic depression can be caused by a number of factors, including biological traits, traumatic events, and hormonal or neurotransmitter imbalances. Once a person is diagnosed with manic depression,symptoms can be triggered by such actions as forgetting to take medication, experiencing a stressful event like the loss of a job or death of a close family member.

How do you treat manic depression symptoms?

Manic depression can be treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Some of the medications frequently prescribed to people with manic depression include mood stabilizers like lithium, antidepressants such as Prozac or Effexor, and antipsychotics like Zyprexa or Seroquel. If a person is beginning to show manic depression symptoms, it is important to orient him to reality and point out he is showing signs of either mania or depression. "manic depression symptoms"

It is important to know that manic depression is not a hurdle to having a happy and productive life. A few changes in your lifestyle and appropriate medical guidance can go a long way in easing the problems arising from manic depression issues. Each person is a unique individual and what is true for one may not be right for the other. 

DIY - Motivating Yourself and Achieving Your Highest Goals

Do-it-yourself guide to motivating yourself and achieving high goals
Have you ever tried to achieve something that you have never done before? If not, then you need motivation to start on something strange to you and expand your level of self-exploration. Everyone needs a push to achieve big things; some get it from being hurt emotionally and others get it through motivational content. To motivate yourself and fulfill your dreams or move closer to your goals, the tips mentioned below might be helpful.
  • Start with something new: Beginning is always the toughest part, so organize yourself and put your brain in action to get started. You may begin thinking that you will quit in the end, but once you start on a task, your mind will persuade you to finish the job.
  • Divide & conquer: In order to conquer a big challenge, divide it into smaller chunks and get it done part by part. Successfully performing small tasks to begin with will build up your confidence, and you will be surprised how easy it is to finish the whole job.
  • Be positive: Always have a positive attitude towards your life. Whenever you get sad, play your favorite music or do other things that make you happy.
  • Speak out about it: Try to tell your friends and family members about any goals you have set for yourself. More than likely, they will encourage you and give you some healthy suggestions for achieving your goals more easily.
  • Imagine the results: Try to imagine positive outcomes and the rewards associated with them. This will help you motivate yourself to work more on the task to reap the rewards.
  • Energize your brain & body: Imbibing an energy drink can fuel both your body and mind before any task for which you lack confidence. Regular exercise along with plenty of sleep will keep your mind fresh and your body fit. Try to skip sugar, as it can kill your motivation very easily and quickly.
  • Self-praise: You should appreciate the efforts that you make to achieve a goal, either small or big. Begin with the small ones, and you will experience an uplift in your self confidence to take on bigger tasks.
  • Choose your clothes: The color and type of dress that you wear can be a great motivator for you. Wear a dress that you feel comfortable in, rather than the one that merely makes you look better. Remember that the choice of colors is important because different people are motivated differently by each color. So choose your color, and stop being nervous.
  • Remember your goals: Motivation can fade away with time, which will reduce your efforts to achieve a better you. You can counteract this by listing all the goals that motivate you to achieve success and hanging the list in an easily accessible and visible place.
Follow these steps to motivate yourself and move up in your life, strengthening your mind and body and achieving your goals.
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Benefits Of Hypnosis - 6 Ways It Can Help You

Hypnosis is a very powerful tool in the hands of a skilled practitioner since it can be used to bring about far reaching changes in a person's life. A hypnotist is able to help a patient get the mental strength and control so that the patient can change various personality aspects that are currently keeping him or her behind in life. After all, many problems that are faced by people are psychological in origin. Some of the most important benefits of using hypnotherapy include:
1. Quitting smoking: This is a very difficult habit to break, especially since tobacco contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance. People who try to quit smoking without any help invariably resume the habit within a few months or so. They also lose confidence about their powers of self-control.
2. Losing weight: Many people are unable to lose weight because they cannot control their diet. In fact, quite a few people overeat because of emotional or psychological reasons. Changing one's diet and sticking to it for the long term requires a certain amount of mental strength.
3. Dealing with anxiety: People who get too stressed over dealing with difficult or new situations are rarely unable to achieve a great deal of success in life. Hypnosis can help them harness their inner resources so that all energy is positive and not negative and stress can be put to good use.
4. Curing phobias: People who have unreasonable fears of anything or situation need a gentle treatment that helps them face their fears so that they realize that their fears are unfounded.
5. Increasing confidence: Hypnosis can help people change old behavior patterns that prevent them from achieving success. Once they become more successful their confidence levels increase automatically.
6. Pain relief: Hypnotherapy can help block pain receptors so that people in chronic pain can help reduce the amount of painkilling medication that they take. Excess dependence on medication can lead to chemical dependencies.
As you can see, there are many practical applications of hypnosis. It can be used to improve the quality of your life tremendously. Interestingly, a qualified hypnotherapist needs only a few sessions to help you bring about the desired changes in your personality and style of behaving. If you take help from a good hypnotherapist then you will be provided with the tools that help you focus more deeply on your problems so that you can deal with them on your own.
Find out about some of the benefits of using hypnosis. Hire the best hypnosis Phoenix clinic to get help with psychological problems that are holding you back in life.

How to Gain Confidence in Yourself

Basic tips to help you be confident and move up in your life
Being confident is tricky, but at the same time it is very easy to feel good about yourself. To lead a better lifestyle, you must learn to be confident and display your positive side to the world. There are three basic areas to focus on to get your confidence back on track: appearing, thinking and practicing confidently.
Confident Appearance
  • Posture: Your posture communicates a lot about you, so make sure it reflects your confidence. For a confident posture, always keep your spine straight, chin high and shoulders back.
  • Smile: A small smile can resolve many social difficulties, so always have a smile on your face. Bear in mind that a fake smile is easily recognizable, and make yours genuine.
  • Eye contact: Eye contact is the main component that adds confidence to a communication. It makes the other person feel involved and increases his or her respect for you.
  • Looks: In order to look confident, dress in clothes you feel comfortable in, and get used to looking good.
  • Over-apology: Saying sorry is good manners, but doing it excessively can make you seem less confident, so avoid apologizing unnecessarily.
  • Accept compliments gracefully: Whenever you receive a compliment, gracefully thank the person who gave it, instead of shaking your head or rolling your eyes.
Thinking Confidently
  • Talent Recognition: Focusing on the things that you excel at will divert you from your flaws and help you to be confident.
  • Manage Obstacles: Take note of all the obstacles preventing you from being confident and tackle them one by one.
  • You are not alone: Remember that no one is born perfect: you are not alone in struggling with your confidence.
  • Take it as a process rather than a singular accomplishment: Confidence isn't like a degree that you have to achieve only once; rather, it is a process of continuous improvement.
Practicing Confidence
  • Improvise on your interests: Focus on what you are interested in and groom your skills in that. This will enhance your confidence level and make you feel better.
  • Converse with strangers: Try communicating with people you don't know to be confident and better able to speak in public.
  • Hold your stare: To practice eye contact, start making it with strangers and see who maintains it longer. You will notice that others are also shy of holding eye contact for a long time.
  • Help others: Helping others will cheer them up, making you feel better and more confident.
  • Expect success: If you begin a task expecting to fail, you will never be able to put in your best. Always expect the best to work confidently.
  • Take risks: Taking risks is the only way to succeed; new experiences will make you learn; and knowledge will help you to be confident.
These are the basic tips to follow to gain confidence in yourself.
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