• Understanding the depressive spiral (Part 1)
    Understanding the depressive spiral (Part 1)
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    Depression and anxiety. Read nearly any article on either subject written in the last decade and you will very quickly notice that the authors usually lump those two terms together.

    But why?

    Throw that question at the majority of mental health professionals who habitually, even daily toss those terms out, and you will learn little. The bulk of them will have to admit they use those terms together simply because everyone else does.

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  • Do you need a high fat diet?
    Do you need a high fat diet?
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    Men’s Journal

    One year later, the high-fat, low-carb group had lost three times as much weight – 12 pounds compared with four – and that weight loss came from body fat, while the low-fat group lost muscle. Even more persuasive were the results of blood tests meant to measure the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The high-fat group, despite eating nearly twice as much saturated fat, still saw greater improvements in LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

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  • How to stay happy.
    How to stay happy.
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    Business Standard

    Scientists were surprised to find that the same equation could be used to predict how happy participants would be while they played the smartphone game, even though the people could win only points and not money.

    They found that overall wealth accumulated during the experiment was not a good predictor of happiness.

    Instead, moment-to-moment happiness depended on the recent history of rewards and expectations.

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  • Are you in a relationship with a narcissist?
    Are you in a relationship with a narcissist?
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    Sam Vaknin

    It is not that narcissists are incapable of expressing what we would tend to classify as “extreme emotional reactions”. They mourn and grieve, rage and smile, excessively “love” and “care”. But this is precisely what sets them apart: this rapid movement from one emotional extreme to another and the fact that they never occupy the emotional middle ground.

    The narcissist is especially “emotional” when weaned off his drug of Narcissistic Supply. Breaking a habit is always difficult – especially one that defines (and generates) oneself. Getting rid of an addiction is doubly taxing. The narcissist misidentifies these crises with an emotional depth and his self-conviction is so immense, that he mostly succeeds to delude his environment, as well.

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  • Here’s a strange one…
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    Elle

    When he came out of rehab for the fourth time, we knew something had shifted.

    The last rehab focused a lot on codependency and trauma, and how they played out in our relationship. For the first time, I went to therapy sessions with my husband, and together, we learned skills for handling the bumps in the road that was sure to come up in our relationship. Recovering from sex addiction is not just about quitting unhealthy sexual behaviours—the quitting is important, but once an addict is sober, he needs to understand the core issues.

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  • When relationships get glued together with silly-putty.
    When relationships get glued together with silly-putty.
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    Heart Support

    Here’s the issue with that. I can’t tell you the last time I spent on the couch just making out with my wife and telling her how incredible she is, how she hung the moon, let alone wanting to even spend an hour on the couch just sucking each other’s face. But when we first started dating? That’s all I could think about. Sure, we have INCREDIBLY romantic times together still and days where my heart is so full it breaks at even the thought of being without her, but that infatuation we first felt is long gone.

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  • Followup on the FDA
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    Food Navigator

    This is a follow up on the already cynical post of Nov 17 — but read Food Nav’s full post — because it gets so much worse…

    98-year-old Dr Fred Kummerow is an emeritus professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois who has studied heart disease for more than 60 years.

    He is seeking a judgment declaring that the FDA’s failure to ban the use of partially hydrogenated oils (the source of ‘artificial’ trans fats), and its delay in issuing a final response to his 2009 petition, violate the Administrative Procedure Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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  • Health and fitness myths
    Health and fitness myths
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    Lifestyle and Strength

    [Myth #] 5. Coffee is bad for you.

    FICTION – This myth has been perpetrated from studies that have now been disproved. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Earlier studies didn’t always take into account that known high-risk behaviours, such as smoking and physical inactivity, tended to be more common among heavy coffee drinkers at that time.”

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  • 10 rules for coping with panic disorder
    10 rules for coping with panic disorder
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    PsychCentral

    Worth reposting: This is simply one patient’s dissection of some basic rules for coping with panic disorder. Most of it is well written — though some is a bit over dramatic…

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