By Jen Wilson for GoodTherapy.org Affect and addiction are intertwined in a number of unique ways. One of the primary associations that these two domains have is their relationship with self-consciousness (SC). Individuals with depression often have high levels of SC and people with alcohol addiction often have affect and mood issues such as depression. […]
by Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D for Psychology Today I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I […]
By Jen Wilson for GoodTherapy.org Affective dysregulation takes many shapes, but mostly appears in the form of psychosis, depression, anxiety, and related conditions. Some of the hallmark symptoms of these issues include feelings of paranoia and perceived social discomfort. More specifically, people who have depression often report low levels of social acceptance and high levels […]
By Traci Pedersen for PsychCentral A new study reveals that practitioners of meditation experience changes in gene expression that are the exact opposite of what occurs during the “flight or fight” stress response. Specifically, genes associated with energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, insulin secretion, and telomere maintenance are turned on, while those involved in inflammation are […]
A fascinating video about how mindfulness can help to train the brain away from depression.
by Michael W. Taft You may think that you are too busy to practice meditation. But there is nobody who doesn’t have a spare minute here or there to be mindful. Even in the midst of a crazy workday, focusing on sensory events now and then is a powerful way to banish stress, anxiety, overwhelm, […]
by Amanda Enayati “Does scratching my eyes out count as a stress reliever?” asks Pamela, an attorney with whom I am discussing ways in which lawyers attempt to alleviate anxiety. “Well, no,” I say. “It’s quite the opposite, really.” “That’s all I know,” shrugs Pamela, done with the topic. “And don’t use my last name […]