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The longer we live with our mood or anxiety disorder the more likely we are to acquiesce to a traditional diagnosis. But what if it's something else entirely? Or maybe the diagnosis is on the money, but doesn't tell the whole story. Sensory processing disorders may fill some gaps. Let's talk...
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The primary manifestations of a mood or anxiety disorder are enough to knock us on our keisters. But then there are what I call "back-page" symptoms. You may not find them in DSM-5 criteria, but they add a very bitter frosting on the affect and anxiety cake. One of these is fragmented sleep, so tap-in and let's see what we can see...
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So you've been on that new antidepressant for a few weeks and you're starting to feel some relief. But all of the sudden you're having problems with sleep. And you freak because no one gave you a heads-up. True, antidepressants and sleep aren't always the best of friends. What now?
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The state of mood and anxiety disorder diagnosis and treatment sure isn't anything to write home about. I know, most emotional and mental health practitioners do the best they can with what they have; however, even they'll admit it isn't nearly enough. Good news is there's a lot cookin' in the background that's changing the landscape. Let's talk artificial intelligence...
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"In a perfect world:" an observation often made to acknowledge the deficiencies and challenges of a difficult present situation. Eh, forget that it's frequently offered in a snarky manner. The concept's a great fit here because it's going to tell you a lot about you and open the door to coping techniques. So tap-in and let's get busy...
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Those of us enduring mood and anxiety disorders can be extremely rigid when it comes to our surroundings and routine. Makes sense, though, given our thought and feeling defaults. But, to the extreme, what if there aren't going to be surroundings and routine anymore - and you have a year to contemplate it? Yikes, what now?
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Bipolar disorder is so hurtful and confounding. I mean, there's the 1 and 2 of it. Then those major depressive, manic, hypomanic, and mixed episodes. And how 'bout the meds crapshoot? Speaking of which, tap-in and we'll check-out the latest on the use of antidepressants for bipolar 2...
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Those of us who wrestle with a mood or anxiety disorder endure way more misery than the average Joan or Joe. I mean, there's the disorder(s) itself, and you can heap-on all sorts of associated aggravation. So I say each of our lives are "profiles in courage," whether we realize it - or not...
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Happiness: hundreds of millions worldwide spend the bulk of their time and energy looking for it. And most of them learn it's an enigma, an elusive one at that. But understandably, the search goes on. No, wanting to be happy isn't asking for too much, so tap-in and let's see what we can come up with..
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Fantasy Island, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasyland, Final Fantasy, Fantasy 5. Seems plenty of people are doing the fantasy thing, coughing-up large dough to participate. So why not us? I mean, what a great coping technique. And, heck, it's free...
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