Psych Alive!

Hey my name's Max and this is a self help blog.

I'm interning at The Glendon Association and their self help website is called Psych Alive, and some really smart people write really good articles there.

I'm really interesting but the blog's not about me. Sometimes I will reblog stuff I think is cool though because that's just how I roll. I also run this other blog that's about growing food in cities, and people must like it because I have around 15,000 followers for some reason.

There are a lot of suicidally depressed people on Tumblr. You can search for tags like "depression" and "suicide" and "cutting" and "selfharm" and see for yourself. If you're one of those people, you can always call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). If you know somebody who is struggling with these issues, there are lots of resources at psychalive.org to help you figure out what the best course of action is. Just remember that you are not your thoughts or feelings, and they don't have to control you. Easier said than done. Thanks for reading, and please follow the blog!

Posts tagged "depression"

blackgirlfunded:

urbanfoodproduction:

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Hey folks,

The food cooperative where I live is in trouble. The landowner has decided to sell the property, which would put an end to 40 years of people-powered, cooperatively owned, ethically sourced food business. The Isla Vista Food Cooperative is now going to amass $200,000 within 30 days in order to purchase the down payment on its property so we can continue doing what we’re doing there.

www.projectweownit.org

I now have 30,000 followers on this blog, and who knows how many followers you each have. Technically, if every one of you donated $10 to the project, we would be done with it. I don’t expect all of you to, but please understand that if you do donate to this project, you are making history.

NO FOOD COOPERATIVE IN THE HISTORY OF FOOD COOPERATIVES HAS EVER CROWDSOURCED FUNDING TO BUY ITS OWN PROPERTY. THIS PROJECT MAY GET NATIONAL ATTENTION, ESPECIALLY IF IT WORKS. IT WILL SERVE AS A MODEL FOR OTHER COOPERATIVES LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY. AND I PROMISE THAT IF YOU HAVE A SIMILAR PROJECT THAT COMES UP IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, SUBMIT THAT TO ME AND I WILL PUBLISH IT. THESE 30,000 FOLLOWERS ARE SOCIAL CAPITAL (and cool people) WE CAN USE TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD. — THAT MEANS YOU!

<3
Urban Food Production Person

While this isn’t a Black Girl Funded Project…I am a Black Girl who likes good tasting fancy snacks. Co-ops DO BE cheaper than Whole Foods Paycheck/StampCard. #support.

"When Miranda Pakozdi entered the Cross Assault video game tournament this year, she knew she had a slim chance of winning the $25,000 prize. But she was ready to compete, and promised fans watching online that she would train just as hard as, if not harder than, anyone else"

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Social Pobia ≠ Shyness: The Difference Between Social Phobia and Shyness

Social Phobia versus Shyness

Social phobia also known as Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is not simply extreme shyness. Many people experience some shyness and discomfort, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people. However, it’s generally tolerable once you warm up and relax after a while. Unlike shyness, such conditions are intolerable for SAD sufferers who find it nearly impossible to relax in social or performance settings.

The Myth

In fact, the belief that people with SAD typically retreat into the background, are often silent, tend to be socially unsophisticated, and generally isolate themselves is a myth. Of course, there are social anxiety sufferers with such characteristics. However, many patients I’ve treated with debilitating SAD are quite competent socially, and some of the adolescents are even the popular kids or star athletes at school.

Features of SAD

So, how are these socially competent, popular individuals diagnosed with SAD? The often misunderstood component is the “performance” condition. Social anxiety sufferers intensely fear being rejected, criticized, judged, or simply perceived unfavorably when having to perform. Although these presumed negative consequences can occur in “social” situations, not all social environments require you to “perform”. Thus, an individual with SAD can be socially sophisticated until s/he imagines the possibility of being disapproved while having to perform (e.g., giving a speech, playing piano at a recital, kicking a goal at a soccer competition). As such, social phobia does not equal mere shyness.

Reverse Narcissism

Individuals with SAD experience what I call “reverse narcissism”. While those with narcissism have an inflated sense of self and direct the spotlight onto themselves, people with social anxiety have a deflated sense of self and avoid this illusory spotlight. Because SAD sufferers believe all attention is focused on them with ready criticisms toward any mistake made (real or imagined), they often exert much effort to avoid social/performance situations at all cost. If unavoidable, they may become overwhelmed with intense anxiety that can lead to physiological reactions, such as racing heart, hyperventilation, sweating, nausea, dizziness, headache, stomachache, etc., and result in a panic attack.

Consequences of SAD

The most distinguishing feature between SAD and shyness is that social anxiety disorder debilitates one’s functioning, and not just socially. In adults, social anxiety can impair one’s work functioning and cause conflicts in family life. In children, social anxiety can interfere with academic achievement, school attendance, social hobbies, and making friends. Furthermore, the lack of self-confidence of social anxiety sufferers tends to result in poor assertiveness skills, and often leads to other psychiatric conditions, such as depression, other anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.

Effective Treatment

The most important precursor to any successful treatment is psychoeducation. Once the sufferer and involved family members or significant partners understand the vicious avoidance-reinforcement cycle of the disorder, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the evidence-based treatment for SAD. CBT teaches patients what causes them to feel anxious and provides tools to control the anxiety. Patients learn effective skills through relaxation and mindfulness training, role-playing, and social skills training. Systematic exposures increase sufferers’ ability to face their fears, while cognitive restructuring teaches them to identify negative thinking patterns that contribute to anxiety.

Conclusion

Although SAD is the third most common mental health disorder affecting as many as 10 million Americans, there is effective help! Social anxiety doesn’t have to result in debilitating impairments. If you suffer from SAD or know of someone who does, there is no time like now to get the relief and freedom to live an engaging life. Summertime is the period of the year that’s filled with outdoor activities, festive celebrations, and social gatherings. Why let social anxiety get in the way of all the possibilities of LIFE?

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Dr. Jenny C. Yip’s experiences with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) began long before her current position as Executive Director of the Renewed Freedom Center.  Since childhood, Dr. Yip has fought her own personal battle with OCD.  Inspired by her struggles and motivated to helping others overcome theirs, Dr. Yip has dedicated her professional career to treating families and individuals with severe OCD, performance and sports anxiety, body image issues, and related anxiety disorders. Dr. Yip has developed her own innovative treatment modality integrating Mindfulness Training and Strategic Paradoxical Techniques with CBT in the treatment of children and adolescents.  She’s published numerous articles, presented at more than 35 national and international conferences, and worked to train other professionals in the field to be effective clinicians. She holds a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Washington, DC – an APA accredited program.  She is an Institutional Member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), a Clinical Member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), and a Clinical Member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Psychology Association (LACPA) where she chairs the Membership Committee and the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Special Interest Group (CBT SIG).

About the Renewed Freedom Center
Located in Los Angeles, CA, the Renewed Freedom Center (RFC) was established in 2008 by Dr. Jenny C. Yip as a way to help those suffering from OCD and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Yip and the RFC’s mission are to provide the most effective and state of the art treatment available for those suffering from a variety of anxiety and body-image based conditions.  For more information visit www.RenewedFreedomCenter.com or contact Edie Trott at edie@blupr.com.

© 2009 Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief Division of Strategic Cognitive Behavioral Institute, Inc.

If 5 is neutral, I’m at about a 6. Maybe 7, but I’m a little sick today.

Attachment refers the particular way in which you relate to other people. Your style of attachment was formed at the very beginning of your life, during your first two years.  Once established, it is a style that stays with you and plays out today in how you relate in intimate relationships and in how you parent your children. Understanding your style of attachment is helpful because it offers you insight into how you felt and developed in your childhood. It also clarifies ways that you are emotionally limited as an adult and what you need to change to improve your close relationships and your relationship with your own children.

Strong community = good mental health.

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