Instagram is not therapy. There is no such thing as an "Instagram Therapist." There are brave, generous, trailblazing therapists using social media as a platform to advocate for mental health reform, make information more accessible, and market their services. Instagram, used by 1 billion people worldwide, was deemed the worst social media for your mental health in 2017. It reportedly leads to negative body image, increased depression and anxiety, and an increase in bullying. Therapists are acutely aware that the information we consume on this platform directly impacts our mental functioning and overall health. Social media’s psychological impact is something that clinicians around the globe contend with in their offices every day. So, it might seem odd that therapists around the world are embracing this controversial medium with open arms. Source: Whitney Goodman Is Instagram a viable platform for therapists? Most mental health professionals are trained to think small and … [Read more...] about Instagram Is Not Therapy and I’m Not an Instagram Therapist
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March is when we observe National Creative Arts Therapies week. What are the creative arts therapies? I’m glad you asked. 1. Creative arts therapy is not synonymous with art therapy. The English language is rich and beautiful. And ambiguous. We use art to mean all kinds of things. In its more restrictive sense, the word refers to the visual arts: painting, drawing, sculpture, and so on. But the creative arts encompass so much more. Just think about it—there were nine muses in ancient Greek culture. Baldassare Peruzzi, Dance of Apollo and the Muses Source: Public domain 2. There are six disciplines represented by the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations. They are: Art therapy Dance/movement therapy Both drama therapy and psychodrama—they are different things Music therapy Poetry therapy 3. When people talk about the expressive therapies, they’re talking about the same thing. I still prefer the term creative arts therapies. … [Read more...] about Six Things to Know About the Creative Arts Therapies
Home Health Wellness Wellness oi-Staff on March 9, 2010 A new research has highlighted the fact that no dietary supplements should be taken during radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer. Such dietary supplements increase the radiosensitivity of normal prostate cell lines, leading to tissue complications. Many prostate cancer patients choose to take nutritional supplements to improve or increase sexual potency and alleviate symptoms associated with poor prostate health. About half of prostate cancer patients use an herbal or dietary supplement without consulting a doctor. Researchers at William Beaumont Hospital sought to determine if the widely used prostate-specific dietary supplements change the radiosensitivity of normal prostate. Reports of negative clinical effects for some tumor sites from the use of certain dietary supplements after chemotherapy have been found out. The cell growth and radiosensitivity of the malignant tumor cells were not affected by any of … [Read more...] about Dietary Supplements Not Advisable For Prostrate Cancer
Most of us entered the field of mental health care because we wanted to be able to help others. We began this process as eager learners obtaining advanced certificates and degrees. We engaged in internships that were both intimidating and full of wonder. Our first jobs were those that may have involved high acuity or complicated cases and we thrived on those challenges. We felt alive in the midst of chaos and in getting inside the darkness of client minds. Finally, we settled on the population that we want to work with, and while this may have changed over time, we may not have made the career changes that reflected our evolving preferences and needs. Some of us changed specializations due to personal or professional interest and others just “fall into” work with various client populations. And then life happens ... dating, marriage, personal issues, having children, moving, stress, health issues, family issues, addiction, etc. But we press on. … [Read more...] about The Dangerous Silence of Clinician Burnout
A restful night's sleep comes with finding meaning in life. Source: iStock/GeorgeRudy Those who toss and turn at night or suffer from sleep disorders like apnea or restless leg syndrome may have a new drug-free solution. A study published this month found that having a purpose in life results in fewer sleep disturbances and improved sleep quality. The researchers behind the study believe that helping people cultivate purpose in life—perhaps through mindfulness therapy—could be an effective strategy for minimizing sleep disorders and improving overall sleep quality. The study was performed at Northwestern Medicine and Rush University Medical Center. The 825 participants were older, between the ages of 60 and 100, but the results are likely to apply to people of all ages. More than half of the group was African-American. At the start of the study and then one and two years later, each participant answered a series of questionnaires designed to assess sleep … [Read more...] about The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.