Gleason: Soudtrack of My Life

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This is an amazing and inspiring video, well worth a watch…start to finish. About a former New Orleans Saints football player’s struggle with ALS and his will to leave his young son with enough content via video journal that he would never feel he has not known his father. It makes you realize how fortunate you are–depression, anxiety, addiction can be managed and recovery is possible. Right now, this brave man is fighting against all odds. God Bless him and God Bless his son River.

Here’s the link to watch:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9791391&startTime=00:01

 

 

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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: http://www.glutenfreeclub.com/Article.aspx?nid=1833&utm_nooverride=1

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The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude
http://youtu.be/oHv6vTKD6lg
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…

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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.