Frozen

Luminous Destiny

Not the lighthearted silly snowman that formulates the best jokes.

Not the sweet Anna that never gives up on believing her sister’s potential.

Not even Elsa, the gorgeous, older, yet painfully stubborn daughter, who hides her unique ability, in fear of what others may think.

No.. this frozen isn’t at all a fairytale.

It’s a glimpse into a life. A non-fiction, non-cartoon, non-stop life.

It’s the moment when I hear “I’ll never let go.” so differently than before.

It’s been said in a movie, one centered around God.. and Faith. It’s not a surprise then, the quote is used by the “father-like” figure. The man discovers a young girl believes she’s his daughter.

As the movie continues, the healing of the characters is beautiful! The two main characters grow in family and in faith. The test results no longer mattered.

I nearly couldn’t finish watching it. The letting go has…

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Anxiety

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Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear which, when persistent and impacting on daily life may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, which is one common type of anxiety disorder, is estimated to impact 5.9% of adults in England1.

Symptoms

Symptoms of anxiety include changes in thoughts and behaviour such as2:

  • Restlessnes
  • A feeling of dread
  • A feeling of being “on-edge”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability

It can also involve physical feelings such as dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations (a noticeably strong, fast heartbeat), sweating, shortness of breath, headache, or dry mouth.

Occasionally feeling anxious, particularly about events or situations that are challenging or threatening, is a normal and extremely common response. However, if feelings of anxiety regularly cause significant distress or they start to impact on your ability to carry out your daily life, for example withdrawing or avoiding contact with friends and family, feeling unable to go to work, or avoiding places and situations then it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder2.

Types of Anxiety Disorder

There are different types of anxiety disorder, each of which will have slightly different symptoms and treatment. Some examples of anxiety disorders include2-5:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder (regular sudden attacks of panic or fear)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Specific Phobias (overwhelming and incapacitating fear of a specific object, place, situation or feeling)

Causes

There are many different factors that may contribute to the development of mental health problems like anxiety disorders. These factors include biological factors (for example genetics6, experience of chronic physical illness or injury7 and psychological or social factors (experiences of trauma or adversity in childhood8, struggles with income or poverty1, employment status1, family and personal relationships, and living or work environment1.

Getting Support

There are a range of approaches for treatment and management of anxiety disorders, and the most appropriate method will vary depending on the type and severity of anxiety disorder, and personal circumstances.

Some common approaches to managing and treating anxiety disorders include:

Psychological Therapies:

This can involve working through thoughts, feelings and behaviours with a clinical psychologist or other mental health professional in regular sessions over a set period of time.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which helps to teach strategies for recognising and overcoming distressing or anxious thoughts, is one of the most common therapies for treatment and management of anxiety disorders2,3,5.

Self-Help and Self-Management:

This involves specially-designed resources (like information sheets, workbooks, exercises, or online programmes and courses) to support people to manage their feelings of anxiety in their own time.

Some of these approaches may involve the support of a therapist or other mental health professional, and some may be entirely self-led2-5.

Group Support:

Group sessions with other individuals experiencing similar problems where people can work through ways of managing anxiety. Some groups may involve the support of a therapist or other mental health professional2.

Medication:

Your GP or other healthcare provider can discuss different medication options to manage both the physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety. There is a range of medication that can be used to manage anxiety and it is important to discuss with your GP which one would be most appropriate for your circumstances2.

For more information about medication for anxiety disorders, visit the NHS Choices website.

Other Approaches

There may be other treatments or approaches available that are not outlined here. If you are considering support for anxiety disorders, we recommend getting in touch with your GP or primary care provider to discuss which approach may be best for you.

Fun With Lightning

Praying for Eyebrowz

As I’m typing this it’s 3:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, FL, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. I’m trapped in my car by a thunderstorm of incredible intensity. As one lightning strike ends another takes it’s place and the thunder rolls in a continuous symphony of earth shaking booms. The storm’s now been raging for over half an hour. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

I texted Studly Doright and told him what’s going on. He’s still at work, you see, in another part of town. He told me he loved me and that it’s been fun… Gee, that’s reassuring.

Y’all carry on.

Peace, people!

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Review: Weight Loss for Binge Eaters Course — Mental Health @ Home

My blogging friend Ang of Lose Weight with Ang (who’s previously guest posted for MH@H on orthorexia), has developed a new course called Weight Loss for Binge Eaters, and I wanted to share it with you. This description comes from the course page: “Weight Loss for Binge Eaters is designed to help you overcome your […]

Review: Weight Loss for Binge Eaters Course — Mental Health @ Home

Types of Learning

Luminous Destiny

While in college, I experienced a glimpse of nearly every aspect of teaching. By the time I walked across the stage, I had a significantly greater appreciation of the profession. It’s complexity is something I’ve never seen.

There’s lengthy background knowledge, several unique academy environments, and even more variety in the practice of teaching/learning.

One particular area I enjoyed studying, was called the 8 Learning Styles. These are also known as Multiple Intelligences. I believe this is one of the most critical aspects because it emphasizes the significance of individuality. As a teacher, his/her responsibility is to teach (Duh right!). He/She must understand the students well enough to bridge the teaching with their learning.


Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences

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The list includes:

  • Logical-Mathematical: logic smart
  • Naturalistic: nature smart
  • Intrapersonal: self smart
  • Visual-Spatial: picture smart
  • Musical: music smart
  • Bodily- Kinesthetic: body smart
  • Interpersonal:…

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Relapse and Mental Health Advocacy

Cara's Corner

Being a ‘mental health advocate’ is weird.

Sometimes it can feel like I’m not doing it right. When I have been well, I have felt almost fraudulent. How can I talk so frequently and openly about mental illness when it’s not currently having much of an impact on my life? I feel like I am treading on peoples toes, and infiltrating a space that is made for those who are currently struggling. Bipolar disorder is a funny illness, in that for me anyway, it tends to be that either I am well or I’m not. And when I am well, I am very well. It barely enters my periphery that it’s something I could relapse from at any moment, which is probably one of the most dangerous things about it. But, with that said, during those times of wellness I am able to work, have an active social life, exercise…

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The Worst Days in Recovery

Cara's Corner

There’s a saying: your worst days in recovery are better than your best days with an eating disorder.

I wish that were true, but it’s a little idealistic. I like the sentiment of it. The message is designed to be motivational, and it is. The take home is that no matter how hard recovery is, being ill or relapsing is worse.

But for those of us who have relapsed, sometimes over and over again, that isn’t always strictly true. Because if all you’ve known for many years is being ill, that is your baseline. It is where you feel comfortable. It is who you are.

Sometimes, being unwell feels like somewhere familiar, where you know yourself. You feel in control in the zone of anorexia. You know what to expect. Often the days roll into one and you tick along as you are, living the kind of half life that…

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Breathing your stress away…

Epilepsy Talk

A little while ago,when I went to my doc, I told him I felt like I wasjumping out of my skin. I’m already maxed out on meds, so he suggested breathing exercises as a complimentary addition to my regimen.

I’ve started them and already, I feel better!

And, not surprisingly, I’m not the only one…

“In a survey of 177 patients, 58 per cent cited that seizures occurred more frequently when they were stressed. And most of us already know from experience that stress is the most frequent trigger of seizures, and can also cause sleep deprivation and fatigue.

Then, in a more recent survey of 89 patients, 64 per cent of people with epilepsy reported that they believed stress increased the frequency of their seizures. 32 per cent had tried stress reduction techniques, and of those who hadn’t, 53 per cent were willing to try.” (Michelle Bellon, PhD)

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Don’t Believe the Lies — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

Originally posted on Don’t Lose Hope : Society communicates some powerful beliefs which we tend to accept, and then judge ourselves by. And yet these are destructive, and self-limiting, lies. They include: ????? 1. I am what I have: Stuff is only stuff. It is never more than that. And we all have different reasons…

Don’t Believe the Lies — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative