You don’t control the guy shouting random things in the street, but you do control how you react to what you hear. Understanding that thoughts (something you experience) are different from thinking (a reaction you engage in) can expose a way out of struggling with your mental health.
Theodore Melfi, director of Hidden Figures, got behind the camera for a FedEx advertisement and it’s a wonderfully accurate–only slightly exaggerated–depiction of how people compulsively engage in compulsions as an attempt to escape stress at work. No amount of salt lamps, acupuncture, inspirational posters, incense, inversion therapy, rock gardens or levitation lessons can help you with […]
It’s like any addiction–the more you try to get the feeling you want, the more withdrawal you’ll experience until you’re left with nothing but the withdrawal and you’ve destroyed your life and the lives of those around you chasing a feeling it’s impossible to grasp if you try to grasp it.
Mark joined Stuart, from The OCD Stories, for another wide-ranging interview (check out the first one here) on a variety of mental health and OCD issues, from Internet compulsions, to health anxieties, to dealing with false-memories, uncertainty, control, mindfulness, recovery, and why your therapist better start learning how to run marathons…
In this TedX talk, Dr. Steven Hayes offers several helpful techniques for handling nasty intrusive thoughts and putting some distance between you and the stuff in your head. Check it out:
The Open Patient tells the stories of two brain cancer patients, Steven Keating and Liz Salmi, and their experiences with accessing and sharing their medical data. Great insights into the power of making data accessible to patients and empowering them to lead their care with that data.
In this inspiring TedX Talk, psychologist, professor, and researcher, Steven Hayes, who developed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), shares about his personal experience with panic attacks and learning how to find purpose and love inside of pain:
Panic attacks are a totally normal challenge to deal with on the journey of recovery out of many mental illnesses. But they often become an experience we try to avoid, which only makes the illness worse and brings even more panic attacks and even worse ones into our lives. In this video, I share an […]
Everything we do during the day is our practice and we experience the rewards of our practice. When we’re ruminating on what others think about us, we’re improving our ability to spend hours making ourselves miserable. When we’re engaging in checking compulsions, constantly trying to get rid of uncertainty, we’re becoming very skilled at chasing […]