December, 2013

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New Year Eve Blues

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Morgan Sutton, LPC

Privileged ProvenTherapist

Many assume that New Year’s Eve is anticipated by most with a sense of celebration, enthusiasm, joyful anticipation and excitement, yet I have found that for a large percentage of the population this simply is not true! Client’s have repeatedly asked, “is something wrong with me because I don’t like New Years Eve? I don’t feel like celebrating; I feel sad and depressed.”

If you find yourself among those who suffer from the New Years Eve Blues, let me suggest that nothing is wrong with you!

These may be a couple of the reasons to explain why you feel as you do:

  1. Human beings are creatures of habit, and sense a familiarity with the year that’s ending. We’re uncomfortable with change and have the illusion we know what to expect from the year we’re about to lose. Change and uncertainty lay ahead creating a sense of anxiety, even dread, for some.
  2. The preparation and anticipation of the holiday season is over leaving others with a feeling of let down, much like the ending of a long awaited vacation.

Perhaps knowing that you are among a large group of like minded people will ease some of your discomfort this New Years Eve, and as you do absolutely nothing to celebrate, you will allow yourself to feel just fine about that!!

10 Tips to Build Your Resilience

rabbit_img1Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after a misfortune, blessed with such an outlook, resilient people are able to change course and soldier on (Psychology Today).

Here are the ten steps to build your resilience:

  1. Have the courage to be imperfect
  2. Take time for yourself
  3. Join a social club; do some course if you are not working.
  4. Be active in as many ways you can
  5. Have good company. Find time with your friends.
  6. Be aware that laughter is the best medicine! Find reasons to laugh out louder!
  7. Sleep at least 8 hours everyday (Read Sleep Hygiene Handout)
  8. Seek help when you need; asking help is a positive behavior!
  9. Remember, this too shall pass…
  10. Don’t bottle up. Talk to someone who you can trust. Remember, today’s friend could turn tomorrow’s enemy. So, think twice before sharing all your too personal and private things with a friend. This is where counseling with a trained professional is recommended.

Take Online Counseling or Psychotherapy for mental health problems now.

The trigger link between the synthetic Cannabis to “Spiceophrenia”

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Jamal Hassan – Privileged ProvenTherapist

In the recently concluded 24th annual symposium of American Association of Addiction Psychiatry on 07 Dec 2013 the case presentation confirmed the close link between the eruption of symptoms similar to that of schizophrenia and the synthetic cannabis. In fact the synthetic cannabis has a variant chemical structure ten times severe in potency than the natural cannabis which has the chemical structure of  THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol: C21H30O2: MOLECULAR WEIGHT: 314.47: BOILING POINT: 200°C (392°F) LD50: ). Hence  the severity shall be assessed  how easy prey  our  youngsters who just experiment to smoke it as it is hyped as legal high and  nick named as  “ spice” and K2. But our therapeutic community recently reported that there is no link between cannabis use and schizophrenia. But in acutlity either natural or artificial cannabis they have their triggers hidden and open to the schizophrenic episodes such as delusion and illusion even for the first timer to develop such  symptoms associated with their first time exposure to the deadly drugs consumed in any form.

But the awareness of its deadliness and the severe and stringent law of the present times controlled the usage and reported cases are in less number in USA. My question now is what about countries like India, Thailand and other third world countries where the syndicates run this business as a big industry in manufacturing , filtering, purifying (as quality conscious to certify their produces and supplies!) and making it to lanes in the hands of peddlers?  Thanks to the apparatus which put this effect into reality in US. Together with the law and the awareness programme we shall also make a positive pro-social change in any challenges faced in the field of addiction. When our scientific community is mislead with the super titles appearing with a picture of a girl smoking the cannabis titled as “No link established between marijuana and schizophrenia” in leading and widely read magazines is definitely misleading one. What is our responsibility to educate the youth and the addticted victims already sucked in the whirlpool of addiction? This is a deep search for the truth after meeting the claims and counter claims related to the addiction issue. I submit my humble courtesy to the AAAP published paper on the case study and the team of researchers. In spite of WHO and other agencies sincere advertising campaigns the smokers strength is alarmingly increasing year by year. I wish draw the attention of that fact too here as simple smoking habit later take the shape of smoking the pot too.

I too wish to accept the new term “Spiceophrenia” like the original authors if fellow clinicians have aversion to use the disorder schizophrenia on the lighter side of this write up.  The spade shall be called with other names too still spade is a spade!