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  • SOUNDOFF! Tech support | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    to get quick feedback to vent among people who understand and also to share triumphs that may seem trivial to others but for me are huge The downside to the availability of online groups is that I isolate much more It has become a place for me to be able to talk to people watch their lives share mine yet not have to see anyone in person or talk face to face or on the phone It is a double edged sword for me GLENDALE CA I STARTED an unofficial Facebook group for members of our local DBSA and NAMI chapters I use it to post articles and resources events movies and local happenings related to mental illness It helps me for sure otherwise I d go numb and catatonic after 30 plus years of treatment resistant depression TUCSON AZ I BELIEVE SOCIAL MEDIA and the Internet increase depression and anxiety One can get trapped into the world of gaming and Farmville Isolation sets in and it can be very difficult to break free I find being out in the world in my garden talking to people and experiencing life is for me the greatest shield against depression and anxiety TORONTO ON THE INTERNET IS a wonderful and powerful tool It has been helpful for me to log on and use Facebook to chat with family and friends Sometimes my friends will post things in Facebook that immediately lift up my spirits I also use the Internet to see if I can find new coping tools to help with my depression and or anxiety FAIRMONT WV Time limits and time management should be implemented while using all electronic devices Without awareness the day and night passes Nothing else gets accomplished Everything in moderation K M via Facebook Tagged with Facebook Internet Reader Response Social Media About the author esperanza Has 732 Articles LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Treatment for depression anxiety can improve insomnia October 15 2014 1 34 pm October 15 SYDNEY Australia A new study highlights the important links between insomnia depression and anxiety Australian and American researchers evaluated 266 individuals with depression and or SoundOFF Resilience You August 4 2014 8 10 am The Question Resilience is the ability to thrive despite adversity How have you weathered challenges and difficulties in your life What traits and skills SOUNDOFF Brain Food November 4 2013 8 12 am Readers respond Do you have an art outlet and how does it help you in coping with depression or anxiety Safety Net August 5 2013 10 51 am You can find support and information online anytime CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August

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  • Everyday Heroes: A good place to be | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    point Keris could no longer face going into work I knew something was wrong I thought if I went in they were going to literally kill me She went to her psychiatrist and leveled with him He summoned an ambulance to take her from his office to a psychiatric hospital on an involuntary hold She remained hospitalized for three weeks Art therapy After her first hospital discharge Keris was given a list of organizations to contact for support including the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI One evening she walked into a NAMI Care Share meeting only later realizing that it was a group not for individuals with mental health disorders but for the friends and family who support them That was the start of my involvement with NAMI First as someone reaching out for support and then shortly after as someone providing assistance to others As Keris became more involved with NAMI she found that she was not alone Despite her hospitalizations she learned to consider herself one of the lucky ones She had a good job an advanced degree and she lived independently Many people my age and older fall into the third of those diagnosed with a persistent mental illness who may not recover fully Some live at home others live in group homes some have conservators yet others are hospitalized for long periods of time or worse yet incarcerated Keris also discovered that medication and therapy would only take her so far Her healing was in helping others and learning to cope with her illness as it ebbed and flowed When I talk about depression I m not talking about being a little sad and blue For a while she was so ill she received disability benefits Eventually she decided to return to work as an administrator in higher education and pursue a PhD in industrial organizational psychology which she will receive in June I just couldn t afford to be sick she says And I found that I did better with my depression when I was working toward something Two years ago Keris found further success after noticing that many of her peers led isolated lives she started an art club through her NAMI affiliate The art was just a vehicle a means to what I call a beginning rather than an end It created social opportunities by meeting once a week to work on various art projects together After developing the art club Keris wrote a guide to help other NAMI affiliates and community healthcare centers re create the program She also serves as a board member for NAMI California and works as an organizational consultant and mental health advocate Last year Keris submitted an essay about her art program and was named a finalist in the Find It Do It Share It contest co sponsored by California Volunteers the agency that promotes volunteering in the state and The Walt Disney Company As a prize she received of all things a set of four

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  • Viewpoint: The friendship factor | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    I could afford to call Soon everyone was gone My mind knows nothing other than that life I had before although crucial parts have changed I m on a combo of meds that works better than any before I enjoy my work and have the support and stability of my husband who makes sure I never go hungry But while some aspects of my life have improved I neglected to notice how much loneliness overwhelmed me and how low my mood falls because of it I d naively expected my husband to fill my companionship needs I d believed some of the friendships I had were more than just casual ones I still had hope that acquaintances would blossom into friends Now it s time to change I chat over the fence with my new neighbors Online I track down a childhood friend who happens to have moved to the area When we meet I m thrilled to learn how much we have in common I count myself lucky for the friends I already have no matter how far away they live I start to call them again making plans to visit those who live closest An hour and a half drive earns a weekend with my best friend Seeing her baby s smile when I say his name and spending time with someone who truly knows me can t help but make me less lonely and in turn less depressed If easing my loneliness can lift my mood Pete figures anything is worth it He still may not understand my depression or my loneliness but I know that whatever makes me less moody will help him put up with both just a little bit longer while I try to feel better myself Tagged with friendship love support unconditional support About the author esperanza Has 732 Articles LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Could You Be Helping TOO MUCH December 31 2015 12 01 am Recently my dog Kalley below started experiencing some arthritis in her back leg When she goes to get up from laying down it can really Getting Stuck in the Muck and the Kind People Who Have Helped Pull Me Out August 31 2015 10 14 pm There I was stuck in the muck and barely able to move My wife Becky and I were having a mini family reunion in the Salt Improving Your Communications 3 More Words to Avoid August 20 2015 12 01 am It happened again I was working at the hospital this past week and overheard one of the nurses saying the 3 words that NOBODY WANTS Ask The Doctor Self important November 11 2014 3 06 pm By John F Greden MD I m in treatment so why do I need self management The treatment team that includes you is the CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1

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  • The Power of Pets | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    your mood Studies show that dog owners do walk more frequently The benefits of regular exercise are well documented including cardiovascular fitness mental alertness weight control and improved sleep quality And walking at a brisk pace will release endorphins which can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed according to the Mayo Clinic Apart from the exercise factor there is growing evidence that people who live with animals have lower blood pressure and heart rates and decreased levels of cortisol known as the stress hormone Just petting a dog or even looking at fish gives you a relaxation response explains Alan Beck Bonnie R says Patches her cockatiel somehow knows when she s upset and will fly across the room sit alongside her and begin chirping He ll cock his head down so I can rub his head Bonnie says which calms both of us Stroking and touching an animal has a calming effect agrees Irvine adding We don t know exactly how this works Cheryl Krause Parello s research supports the theory that being around animals combats stress and reduces anxiety by lowering our cortisol When you re anxious your cortisol level kicks in explains Krause Parello RN an associate professor and director of the Center for Nursing Research at Kean University in Union New Jersey and the owner of two dachshunds In one recent study she compared pet owners with individuals who did not own pets Each group spent 20 minutes with Autumn a trained therapy dog The pet owners had lower levels of cortisol overall but members of the other group experienced a significant drop in cortisol levels after their visit with Autumn Joseph Lancia an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center has his own theory for why being around animals helps us feel better When we bond with another creature he says it connects us to nature in a deeper sense which so many people find healing The more we move away from nature the more we feel distressed Lancia raises Arabian horses and practices equine assisted therapy at his farm in Hilton New York There s no riding involved instead Lancia assigns patients an exercise such as getting a horse to jump over an obstacle or stand still on a tarp then observes the interaction to gain insights that will be useful in his therapy sessions Is the person focusing on the task or on how the horse is feeling or is there some balance between the two he says Just stepping into a pasture with a 1 200 pound animal is a metaphor for overcoming the fears in your life When clients are having difficulty speaking about a traumatic experience or emotion Maggie will come over and nuzzle them She has the ability to be connected in ways I don t understand The literature on animal assisted therapy dates back to 1962 with researchers concluding that having a dog cat rabbit or horse present during counseling helps engage the client reduce anxiety and create a sense of safety that is vital to the emotional work of therapy The practice has gained wide acceptance for example the counseling center at Utah State University has been using dogs in individual and group therapy sessions since 1997 Maggie a mixed breed dog owned by Jason E Mihalko PhD seems to make the Boston psychologist s clients feel welcome safe and understood She goes out and wags her tail he says Then she ll poke them in the back of the knee with her cold nose and herd them into the office It s a nice way to say hello to someone During therapy sessions Maggie provides comic relief by licking clients bringing them toys or stealing choice items from a purse I had someone tell me I picked you because I wanted to have a dog to pet when I m scared Sometimes I wonder if people come to see me or Maggie he jokes More importantly the dog somehow detects when a client is becoming upset before either human realizes it When clients are having difficulty speaking about a traumatic experience or emotion Maggie will come over place her paws on the person s shoulder and nuzzle them says Mihalko The psychologist has learned to take that as his cue to ask Are you feeling sad about something and don t know how to say it Without fail clients have started to cry and disclose something important says Mihalko Maggie has the ability to be connected in ways I don t understand Just petting a dog or even looking at a fish gives you a relaxation response Numerous small scale studies suggest that even brief visits with a pet improve psychological well being for residents of nursing homes hospitals and jails The residents at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore include fish cats and birds Several dogs drop by during the week to spend time with the human residents including a soulful eyed dachshund named Brutus If we have a patient who is very anxious and won t cooperate with therapy we take Brutus as an incentive says his owner Beverly Carbonilla a registered nurse When someone is upset he can sit on their lap and their blood pressure comes down Michael K of Toronto sometimes brings his lovebird Baby along to his part time job providing peer support at a residence for people with mental health issues Baby is great at breaking the ice says Michael who has major depression generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder They all come out to hold and pet her On his own account having Baby means he no longer comes home to an empty apartment I used to feel very isolated in my own little world She makes me feel less alone says Michael adding that his depression has eased since Baby moved in a few months ago As soon as I come home she gets excited moving from side

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  • Ask the therapist: Progress report | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    discuss or try to avoid certain subjects Such avoidance is inevitable in talk therapy and might be seen as an obstacle to treatment In some psychotherapy techniques though it s a kind of Holy Grail Resistance shows where your deepest conflicts exist which means it also signals where a profound breakthrough might occur Several studies show that when you and your therapist tackle difficult topics feelings or thoughts therapy progresses to the next curative level Some of the greatest moments in my own talk therapy occurred when I looked at what I was afraid of what I was avoiding what I chose to ignore or passively forgot I recall being frightened to bring up a recurring dream only to learn it held so many answers to questions that haunted me in my life So if your therapist comments on your resistance don t see it as a thorn in your side but rather a rose that requires tender gardening to bloom Try to be open if your therapist says something like I notice every time I mention your work you change the subject Let s look at why this keeps happening When resistance is brought to your notice you can ask yourself What is making me avoid this topic Am I feeling ashamed or afraid What will I lose if I bring this subject up in therapy Making progress in therapy takes courage and endurance as well as passion and practice But with every painful step comes new insight leading to the creation of a new you Tagged with Deborah Serani PsyD therapy Treatment Resistant Winter 2013 About the author Deborah Serani PsyD Has 5 Articles Deborah Serani PsyD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating depression and trauma She also manages her own depression which was diagnosed in 1980 Her new book is titled Living with Depression Why Biology and Biography Matter Along the Path to Hope and Healing LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy November 20 2014 3 17 pm Newswise Repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide were roughly 25 percent lower among a group of Danish people who underwent voluntary short term psychosocial Personalized Medicine Provides New Hope March 23 2014 12 00 am Don t lose hope you never know what tomorrow may bring Unknown A couple of weeks ago I came across an interesting article written about a local Dysthymia Break through the fog February 1 2013 9 14 am When life feels gray and muffled day after day it s time to get help for dysthymia Feeling good about good enough February 1 2013 8 58 am Learn why almost perfect is sometimes better and how to tame your inner critic Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015

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  • Art of healing | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    a taped version of Bill Moyers Healing and the Mind and absorbing recordings by his favorite pianist João Carlos Martins Thome says he had an around the clock audio feed alternating between the Moyers book and a steady diet of Bach even when I was sleeping I just put a portable CD player on my chest put on earphones and listened to the music that I loved The impact of music is totally direct It goes from your ears to your soul and your brain and has the power to bring you into a meditative state almost immediately As part of his physical and mental recovery Thome sought guidance from a music therapist at CenterLight Health System s Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City where he lives He says music therapy helped lift the weight that came from blaming himself for the stroke and brought him out of a dark and gloomy place in which his mind spun around like a gyroscope Dr Concetta M Tomaino co founder and executive director of the institute explains that music can allow us to push through cognitive blocks like the mental fog that affects clear thinking during depression and reflect on things more objectively People turn to the arts to bring them to a different state and music makes them feel better she says We form strong emotional connections to music from the time we re born and because of that our responses and reactions become part of our neurological makeup That s why it s such a powerful tool whether those connections are positive or negative to use therapeutically Researchers from McGill University in Montreal reviewed findings from 400 scientific papers and concluded that music has benefits for managing mood and reducing stress Their study published in April 2013 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences cited evidence showing that levels of cortisol the stress hormone drop after people listen to relaxing music and listening to music before surgery significantly reduces patients anxiety Thome is now an adjunct professor of music and music composition at State University of New York at Purchase and artistic director conductor of Orchestra of Our Time His journey back to conducting and performing was chronicled in the documentary Inside the Perfect Circle The Odyssey of Joel Thome He maintains a positive attitude by practicing yoga and meditation studying kung fu and staying intensely involved in music Music is powerful he says and extraordinarily inspiring Mind is the healer music is the messenger A safe place When Jeff needs to escape his dark thoughts he heads to his studio near a field of sheep two miles from his home in British Columbia Art for me is a safe place to manifest my feelings in a healthy way explains Jeff 56 who also sees a therapist Left unleashed morbid rumination will stir him to panic affecting his energy levels and sleep patterns and ultimately landing him in a depressive episode that can last from two weeks to three months Jeff says art projects most often in encaustic an ancient form of painting that uses beeswax resin and pigment are both his escape and his reward I think art reaches people at a primordial level and helps us cope with the challenges of everyday life he says On days when I m sliding into a depression I force myself to go to the studio Once I m there I m captivated and working things out Art was an important part of Sue s life long before she was diagnosed with depression in 1992 As a young child she drew on anything she could find including cardboard inserts from pantyhose packages her mother saved for her to scribble on She studied fine art in college and art history at university and continued to paint draw and do photography while working in marketing Depressive symptoms and anxiety often triggered by office politics made it hard for Sue to hold down a job After moving to Ontario in 1998 she began exhibiting her work in group shows through a mental health organization there then in solo shows and ended up with a second career as a visual artist Even with all her training though sometimes she ll simply draw a circle over and over again to achieve a meditative state that stops her from ruminating Sue 43 manages her depression with medication and regular contact with her mental health team which includes a psychiatrist and family physician She turns to making art for a sense of joy and purpose Art is sort of an anchor for me she says It s an amazing way to explore and even purge the deepest parts of yourself It s too much of a burden to have every thought hurt pain fear locked in your mind Any form of art gives you a chance to let some of that go Sidebar Drum solo You don t need talent training or a professional therapeutic setting for music to be helpful For example there are multiple ways to use a drum or even a pot and wooden spoon to work through feelings When you re sad start drumming slowly almost lethargically then gradually increase to a rapid beat ultimately creating different rhythms and being playful When you re angry imagine that the drum is speaking for you and bang away then slow the drumbeat and take deeper breaths to calm back down Feeling anxious Scratch and tap on the drum then move your hand slowly around the instrument making a calming sound then drum to the rhythm of a steady heartbeat Sidebar Art from the heart The creative arts can ease symptoms of depression and anxiety and spur changes on both a physical and spiritual level A few things to consider Change things up Novelty is incredibly important for the brain Our brains change in real time and in response to what we re doing says Kelly Lambert a neuroscientist and author of Lifting Depression

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  • SOUNDOFF! Art of healing | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    and I can breathe a little easier T F GAINESVILLE FL WHEN I SENSE I m falling down the black dog spiral of depression and anxiety I reach out to be caught in the spider s web of hope and recovery To make this a reality I reach for a wooden plaque and begin carving or burning a new original design This process of being in flow relaxes and calms me to a point where I am able to detach and simply be Name Withheld ORLANDO FL DOING VISUAL ART and making jewelry helps me cope by giving me an outlet for my emotions boosting my self esteem and giving me a means to communicate with others when I share it When I am totally immersed in the process of creation I am calmer and feel like the world is right like I have fulfilled my purpose P W ALPENA MI I BELIEVE THAT MUSIC helps your mind to be free You can relate to the words of that song at that moment or just listen to the beat I have made a very long playlist and just shuffle the songs I keep adding to it every day Listening to some artists and their words lets you know that you are not the only one in pain It s not a cure but can soothe you for a moment P T GATINEAU QC I HAVE ALWAYS loved to dance sing act and create art Being able to stretch beyond and out of yourself is healing This life is hard We constantly need to reconnect to positive music and media to rise above discouragement When I dance sing act it is like shouting to the Heavens praise or a need for help Go for it D B SYRACUSE NY Tagged with art Dance music About the author esperanza Has 732 Articles LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Art of healing November 4 2013 7 47 am People who paint dance and make music say it s a great way to get out of your head and let out your emotions Bruce Almighty Bruce Springsteen November 5 2012 10 17 am When a guy as famous as The Boss admits to needing talk therapy people pay attention Everyday Heroes Amy Sky May 19 2009 10 29 am MOOD MUSIC When it comes to mental health Amy Sky believes in using metaphors to spread messages of hope For more than a decade the CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found

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  • Viewpoint: The right fit…finally | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    home The first time I saw the room we d be working in my mind responded to the clutter of books and papers the way it never did to every other spotless therapist s office There was a chair of course and a box of tissues But there was a bottle of water too the same brand I was carrying and things hanging clumsily over the door and closet I knew at once that no one here would expect me to be perfect I waited for the inevitable questions about my mood my sleeping habits and suicidal tendencies but Alicia threw me off Tell me about your childhood she said When I explained that I d suffered from depression and anxiety since I was 7 she didn t roll her eyes as I could have sworn another counselor did How had I survived without help for so long he must have thought For an hour I had the floor Alicia sympathized She responded to my painful childhood as if she were a caring aunt rather than a stranger I didn t know it then but it would only take months before I would begin for the first time since I was 7 to feel what hope felt like I looked forward to what the future might bring Just one year before I couldn t have benefited from Alicia s wisdom For one she wasn t living in my area But even if she d been working right next door the timing wouldn t have been right with my medication my finances and the support I received from loved ones Emotionally I wasn t that strong Alicia would be proud of my insights But then she often tells me how brilliant she thinks I am I nod shyly at her pure honest praise soaking it up like a child who s still not quite sure what to believe Being smart isn t such a bad thing anymore now that it s not all that I am Tagged with benefits change counseling help therapy About the author esperanza Has 732 Articles LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy November 20 2014 3 17 pm Newswise Repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide were roughly 25 percent lower among a group of Danish people who underwent voluntary short term psychosocial The courage to change August 4 2014 8 03 am Three personal stories from people who got unstuck using the courage to change By Stephanie Stephens If only things could be different Sound Ask the therapist Progress report February 1 2013 2 35 pm By Dr Deborah Serani I m going to therapy Why is it taking me so long to feel better Ideally when you started therapy you Health The WE workout August 12 2010 2 53 pm Debbie B appreciates the benefits

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