We really need to rethink taking pills as a fix for mental disorders. No, I am not a psychiatrist, however, many people let that stop them from doing their own research. I’m not saying that pills are a no-no 100% of the time, but you MUST do your own reading on what you take! Many have shown absolutely no link to improvement and in fact show stronger connections to increased suicidal thoughts or medical conditions.

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orange_medication_bottle_blue_white_pills_1600_wht_1953I’ve previously written about the fact that prescriptions for depression, anxiety and sleeping problems had increased dramatically over the last few years.

I’ve also posted about psychotherapy or talking therapies being as effective as medication (see original post below).

Now there’s more evidence that that is true. See this post “Psychotherapy just as effective at beating the blues”

Original post from August 2012

According to data from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre more than 43 million prescriptions were dispensed in 2010, a 28% increase from the previous 3 years. Prescriptions for anxiety were also up by 8% and up 3% for sleeping problems.

And things haven’t improved. Last year total prescriptions for anti-depressants alone increased to around 47 million, almost 10% up on the previous year, at a cost of £2 billion.

The NorthWest has the highest use of anti-depressants and sleeping medication. It…

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Getting motivated to run!

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Sometimes I can’t believe this is the view I get on my daily runs in La Jolla, CA. I can’t tell you how important scenery is when you run! Nothing makes me more discouraged than drab surroundings or worse– indoors on a treadmill. Find somewhere to run that inspires you, and motivates you to keep going! If you’re new to running it really helps take your mind off the pain! It also really helps clear your mind, and can transform running into a meditation, and de-stresser!

Even Fake Smiles May Help Heart During Stress

During a busy stressful day, remember how much control you can have over your stress level by meditation, deep breathing, and — that’s right, SMILING!

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – A fake smile might be better for you than no grin at all, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Kansas discovered that if people were told to hold a facial position similar to smiling — whether they knew they were supposed to be grinning or not — they had lower heart rates after a stressful situation.

“This is not going to cure you if you have chronic stress or a major life event like a tornado,” Dr. Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology and co-author of the study, told HealthPop. “But, it’s almost impossible to be really angry or really stressed with this big smile on your face. You can’t help but reduce that negative effect.”

For the study, 169 college-aged subjects, equally split between men and women, were trained to hold chopsticks in certain ways with their mouth either to…

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Anxiety Linked to Shortened Telomeres, Accelerated Aging

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Is anxiety related to premature aging? A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) shows that a common form of anxiety, known as phobic anxiety, was associated with shorter telomeres in middle-aged and older women. The study suggests that phobic anxiety is a possible risk factor for accelerated aging.

The study will be electronically published in PLoS ONE.

Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes at the ends of chromosomes. They protect chromosomes from deteriorating and guard the genetic information at the ends of chromosomes during cell division. Telomeres are considered markers of biological or cellular aging. Shortened telomeres have been linked to increased risk of cancers, heart disease, dementia and mortality.

In this large, cross-sectional study, researchers had obtained blood samples from 5,243 women, age 42 to 69 years, who were participants in the Nurses’ Health Study. Using the samples, the researchers analyzed telomere lengths, as well as…

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How to Train your Brain to keep you healthy and happy

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When you are unhappy what do you do? Do you go out for a meal? Go to the cinema? The theatre, perhaps? Do you go shopping? Perhaps you like a drink to overcome your unhappiness. Or do you get a buzz from jogging or going to the gym?

Whatever it is scientist are in the process of proving that internal change is the only thing that can give you health and happiness. Everything else is an illusion.

What does this mean?

Your brain is the only thing that can keep you healthy and happy.

Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin and Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre have just completed some interesting research that can actually be of benefit to you and me and the way we run our lives.

They took a group of 41 stressed, but otherwise healthy, individuals working in a…

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