Can this identify GAPS Syndrome vs. Depression or Schizophrenia?

Swallow This Camera, Diagnosis Disease Painlessly

Swallow This Camera, Diagnosis Disease Painlessly

If you have undergone an endoscopy to diagnose or follow celiac disease, you may be wondering if there is anything on the horizon that might replace this type of test. Capsule endoscopy (CE) is a new way to look inside the intestines. A tiny camera near the size of a large vitamin is swallowed, and it records thousands of pictures as it passes through the intestinal tract. These images are sent to a device strapped around the waist or across the chest and are retrieved later….for more info click the link:


The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude
This is a great video about gratitude…and how it makes you happier. So true, so good to do each and everyday. This experiment is a bit different than what I try to do each day…make a “gratitude list”. It’s great to do at the end of the day right before going to sleep…makes for sweet dreams…


How to help a depressed friend.

1 in 4 of you will suffer from clinical depression at some point in your life. Many deal with it on a day by day basis, struggling to get up, get going, clean up, face life, face the world.  It’s not fun. I know.  Fortunately, my depression, though clinical is a result of Anxiety, which I am learning to manage.  Before I understand this, it was sometimes a challenge.  My sister said I was bi-polar.  Not!  I knew I had depression, but I didn’t know why and I knew that sometimes when I came out of it I was so happy and relieved that I did show signs of being on a manic high–shopping excessively, etc.  But it’s about Anxiety, a disorder I have suffered with since I was a child but didn’t understand it.  Now I do.  I feel it coming on and do whatever it takes to get away from it—call a friend, hang up on a phone call that is stressing me, I listen to EMDR tapes (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), I eat ice cream, I go for a walk, I borrow my daughter’s dog named Bear.  Whatever it takes!  I avoid stress that induces anxious feelings the same way a diabetic avoids sugar.

That said, many do not know they have clinical depression or understand.  It’s not easy to get out of it either.  If you or a loved one suffer–REACH OUT…go to a 12-step program like Emotions Anonymous or DDA (Dual Diagnosis Anonymous) to share and learn about it.  Or go to a therapist.  EA and DDA are “dollar therapy”.  They can help you find a therapist or give you someone to talk to that understands.

Whatever you do… do something… which is sometimes the hardest thing for someone to do who if suffering with clinical depression.


An Open Letter

From the author:  “Mental illness is a disease, whatever the particular diagnosis. We are not ashamed to talk about heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. Why are we ashamed to talk about bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, or personality disorders? These are diseases that affect many people. No one asks to have them. They are not punishment for sins. Mental illness is not caused by demons, though it is certainly evil.”

An Open Letter.

ISEPP 2013: “Abolishing Unscientific, Corrupt, Dehumanizing, Insane Psychiatric Treatment and Rehumanizing Mental Health Care” with Bruce E. Levine, PhD

ISEPP 2014 International Annual Mental Health Conference: Transforming Mad Science and Re-imagining Mental Health Care

Dr. Bruce Levine will be among our esteemed 2013 conference presenters.  

Title:  “Abolishing Unscientific, Corrupt, Dehumanizing, Insane Psychiatric Treatment and Rehumanizing Mental Health Care”

Summary: History tells us that unscientific, corrupt, dehumanizing and insane institutions ultimately disappear, but only in part because they are unscientific, corrupt, dehumanizing and insane. And so, current standard psychiatric treatment will one day be abolished (and there are signs of that beginning), but only in part because it is unscientific, corrupt, dehumanizing and insane. Dr. Levine will discuss what history tells us is a likely reason that it will be abolished; what we can do to speed this abolition; and how we can rehumanize mental health care.

Bio: Bruce E. Levine, PhD, is a practicing clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio. He writes and speaks widely on how society, culture, politics, and psychology intersect. His most recent book is Get Up, Stand…

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