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Can Exercise Be Addicting?

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 11:00:10 in Healthy Living

“probably not. I'm thee pretty sporadically.

nice try though.”
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Can Exercise Be Addicting?

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 09:20:08 in Healthy Living

“This is very real I have personally worked with individuals who are addicted to exercise. Many times, these are the people you see every day at the gym, even though you are there at different hours...

Exercise addiction can many times be a sign of an eating disorder - bulimia, anorexia, or something not otherwise specified. The underlying issues here are plentiful and many times the exercise is adding as a layer of defense to their emotions. One behavioral thought behind this activity is, "if I can run the pain out of my body, i'll be free of it."

Unfortunately emotional and physical pain are triggered by memories and experiences. They can only be worked through.

If you know someone like this, or this may be you, please call a mental health therapist and understand that this is very common.

-Brian

http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com

pixelaided on Feb 3, 2012 at 10:44:51

“"Many times, these are the people you see every day at the gym, even though you are there at different hours"

Maybe they are thinking the same thing about you.”
Will New DSM-5 Criteria For Autism Spectrum Disorder Exclude Some People?

Will New DSM-5 Criteria For Autism Spectrum Disorder Exclude Some People?

Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 11:20:12 in Healthy Living

“I'm glad there is a discussion of the DSM V going on throughout the Huffington post. I am still baffled by the amount of ownership this manual has over all of our medical care. it isn't even widely used outside the United States.

Autism is a pervasive disease and if we can't offer mental health resources for individuals anywhere on the spectrum we are going to begin to demoralize individauls without intending to do so.

When someone needs help and they don't fit under the diagnosis in the DSM we miss out on a chance to empower them through hard work, commitment and care.

i hope the DSM gets it right and offers a fair perspective throughout.

Sincerely,
Brian
http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com
SFO Yoga Room: Terminal Two Introduces A Zen Zone (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

SFO Yoga Room: Terminal Two Introduces A Zen Zone (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 11:08:23 in San Francisco

“an explanation is needed.”
SFO Yoga Room: Terminal Two Introduces A Zen Zone (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

SFO Yoga Room: Terminal Two Introduces A Zen Zone (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 23:04:06 in San Francisco

“This is one of the smartest, most progressive ideas for an airline terminal I have seen in a while. Image being someone who suffers from anxiety who is on the spectrum of General Anxiety Disorder to Agoraphobia to OCD. This is something you would be able to use as a deterrent as you build up the courage to board a plane. it's hard enough to just show up at the airport when you have these conditions.

Great thinking SFO. I hope this continues on to other airports.

-Brian

http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com

Tambulei on Jan 29, 2012 at 09:44:59

“Progressive sucks. Didn't you hear?”
The Power Of Introverts: A Manifesto For Quiet Brilliance

The Power Of Introverts: A Manifesto For Quiet Brilliance

Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 09:01:45 in Healthy Living

“Introversion is the key to grdual change and positive contemplation. Finding a healthy balance between extro and intro-version is key to growing as a person. Of course this is more than likely impossible to have at your disposal at all time. But people are both. We crazy human contact and interaction, but we also need time alone to process and create.

Creativity is part of being human. Introspection is there to!

-Brian
http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com
How Thinking Positive Thoughts Could Help With Medication Adherence

How Thinking Positive Thoughts Could Help With Medication Adherence

Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 16:54:37 in Healthy Living

“Martin Seligman is doing some wonderful research on measuring and udnerstanding our potential with happiness. check it out - http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/default.aspx

-Brian”
'Intervention': Alcoholic's Boyfriend Locked Her In Spare Room To Detox (VIDEO)

'Intervention': Alcoholic's Boyfriend Locked Her In Spare Room To Detox (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 10:38:25 in TV

“Emptiness is always a culprit. Money never relieves our worries and she may have entered a relationship as a security measure instead of as a way to enhance her life.

If someone already has anxiety, depression, or some other mental health issue and the try to find semblance in a marriage, their problem isn't going to go away. You can't mask trauma or hardship. Processing it is the toughest thing to do in the world and it sounds like she needs it too.

-Brian
http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com

kimmiesm on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:44:50

“Very true, and also, somewhere within his own self something is missing. More than likely he feels as if he is somehow benefiting from this relationship with someone that is obviously emotionally unavailable without even being aware of it. Most of the time, people who attract others who are needy have some type of unresolved issues within their own self and they seek a common ground or certain comfort level.”

SuzyScorp on Jan 24, 2012 at 11:22:09

“Hi Brian, wow you're so right! I thought I could save my bf/fiance from the wrath of alcoholism, but quickly learned that's a fight that I couldn't deal with. It had nothing to do with me, and I could do nothing about it. Granted, after we were married, he stopped drinking but was only a "dry drunk" and was too angry and miserable to see that he was doing a good thing by stopping, but he also had to stop the stinking thinking.... That's the hard part! I ended up divorcing him 21 years, but he passed away from cirrhosis of the liver 7 years ago... So sad.”
1 In 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness Last Year: Report

1 In 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness Last Year: Report

Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 00:07:49 in Healthy Living

“I work with these people on a regular basis. So be careful who you begin to point fingers towards. I'm a professional and more than likely have a better degree than you. You can shake your finger to whom ever you like, but you will always be one of those professionals who believe they are smarter and better than everyone else.

Of course mental illness is debilitating, but isn't it interesting that the United States has one of the highest rates of mental illness on the planet. Makes you wonder who is truly driving who nuts.

Oh wait, i know, you'd rather pump these people up with medications until they are catatonic, this way you can control their actions.

I say it again, mental illness is not a debilitating disease. It's our processes and mental health therapists and counselors who become tunnel visioned. Why don't you keep your nose in the DSM and come back with another wag of the finger to make yourself proud of your superior mind.

You probably aren't even a mental health professional. You just like to start fights. You maybe should look at your own truths before questioning others.”

WhereIsTheTruth on Jan 20, 2012 at 00:57:55

“Perhaps you should be careful who you point your finger towards - you are contradicting yourself. I commented on a post in which you declare that mental illness is not debilitating. Your response to my comment contradicts your original post.

"...you'd rather pump these people up with medication­s until they are catatonic, this way you can control their actions." I never said any such thing. My niece is bipolar and has had two children in the last three years, pregnancies for which she discontinued medicating herself to avoid harm to the babies. She was not catatonic prior to, during, or after either of the two pregnancies. While I knew what would occur during her pregnancies, I was proud of her for her choice to discontinue medication. File that where you'd like.

"You probably aren't even a mental health profession­al." You're right. I have worked with a broad spectrum of disabilities over the last 17 years. I have worked as a job coach to help people with disabilities get off of SSI/SSDI and become independent individuals. I have worked to help people with disabilities get out of institutions and into appropriate living arrangements so that they have the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. I also run an organization that helps people with disabilities overcome stigma, stereotypes and limitations imposed upon them by so that they may take their place in this world as an individuals who have something to contribute to society.”
1 In 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness Last Year: Report

1 In 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness Last Year: Report

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 16:57:13 in Healthy Living

“Substance abuse is a very large problem. I currently work as a substance abuse counselor helping people discover new pathways towards progress. I don't know how I feel about the article but I do now that mental illness is not a debilitating disease.

http://progressivetransformation.blogspot.com

WhereIsTheTruth on Jan 19, 2012 at 23:35:34

“"...I do now that mental illness is not a debilitati­ng disease." I'll assume you meant "know" instead of "now" and suggest that you tell that to someone with bipolar disorder or paranoid schizophrenia who can barely function, if at all, without their medications. Perhaps you should leave the mental health judgments to the professionals and stick to substance abuse counseling.”
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Can Money Buy Self-Esteem?

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 15:40:52 in Healthy Living

“No way jose! Really? Has the world come to the point where we truly believe that money is going to build our self-esteem? I'm actually offended. The problem is that we are rooted in Capitalism which doesn't allow us to value our commitments and gain strength in our convictions.

We need to relearn whats important to us.

http://progressivetransformation.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-is-happiness.html
5 Tips to Give Yourself a Break!

5 Tips to Give Yourself a Break!

Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 13:17:19 in Healthy Living

“Thats great. I'm glad you can do that. What happens if you come across a client who has mental I'll ess or extreme needs that can't be met by a non medical professional? Do you refer them out?

I luckily hav access to the journal and will look-see when I have some time. Glad to hear it is part I the conversation.

Could be a great business opportunity/consulting service of you can expand. Hint hint.

Best,
Brian”

hp blogger James M. Lynch on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:08:55

“Brian;
I belong to a consortium of 'life transition professionals' and we refer to each other; from financial consultants and lawyers to social workers and psychologists, so I can refer. Mostly though, I look for healthy businesses in unhealthy habits and help them clean it up. I've been to your site and hope you continue to share some good ideas with people.”
5 Tips to Give Yourself a Break!

5 Tips to Give Yourself a Break!

Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 09:18:30 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for the tips. I pose this question - if corporations had private therapists, not Human Resources, to help create balance in someone's private life, would we connect with our work more?

My hypothesis is 'Yes.' We would be happier and more productive. If we were to be able to talk about job change or the unnecessary tidbits of our day that make us anxious or angry, AND TRUST IT WILL NOT BE SHARED WITHIN THE COMPANY, you may have something that can help support your colleagues and employees.

You may even reduce health care costs..

-Brian
http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com

hp blogger James M. Lynch on Jan 31, 2012 at 13:00:03

“Brian;
I agree except for the word 'therapist'. I have engagements as a coach with corporations that allow me to have that neutrality and create work-life balance with no attachment to employees staying or going, with what's best for them . . . I really suggest this current Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb edition. You'll see there are a lot of people having this conversation. Thanks for commenting.”
Creating 20/20 Vision in a Bi-Focal World

Creating 20/20 Vision in a Bi-Focal World

Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 09:15:14 in Home

“What a great question. Plan A and Plan B correlate with one another. The only way one can take the route of Plan A is if they are able to take the outside stimulus of Plan B and evaluate its worth. In some situations Plan B is a great option. You can see where the next steps are when in a crisis moment or perhaps receiving a promotion is by way of a specific track (i.e. college education, apprenticeship, employment, continuing ed, and so on).

We all want to live in Plan A. In fact I lived Plan A for quite some time. But too much of each plan is not a good thing. If you are purely a Plan A person, you likely have the characteristics of a Sociopath. That isn't healthy. So the question I am left with is, how much of Plan A is necessary to achieve our hopes and dreams, and where does Plan B interweave?

We are social beings. We depends on others for guidance through our own process, right? I don't know.

-Brian
http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com
Self-Help Is for Suckers

Self-Help Is for Suckers

Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 12:37:41 in Healthy Living

“I love the tidbit about the University students. People are natural givers, and being able to relay one experience to another's, all in the name of help, always boosts self esteem and perspective. One of the best modalities of self-help to this day is volunteering. It's an amazing experience when you understand how helping changes a life, even if it is for one moment.

We get caught up in our psychological titillations. They are relevant and need attention. But we also have to learn to find a balance to serve our sense of self.

Great post! Thanks for the insight.

Best,
Brian
http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com

hp blogger Sam Sommers on Jan 30, 2012 at 23:58:11

“Thanks. If you liked the post, you'd definitely enjoy the book-- details here: www.samsommers.com
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Don't Confuse Grief With Depression

Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 12:47:33 in Science

“This scares me so. Grief is a normative and necessary function in our ability to emote and express loss. Western culture overlooks the necessary steps of grief only to misunderstand and misconstrue the mechanics and experience of grief.

There are complications such as anticipatory grief and complicated grief, but they stem from an expected or unexepected event. We are able to trace the experience to a loss.

The DSM V is heavily subsidzed by the pharmaceutical companies that offer our medications Its no wonder why they are pushing this. Anti-depressants are some of the most successful drugs and profit making pills anyone has ever seen.

I am studying the DSM right now at a well known university and have to admit that the more i know whats going on, the more scared I get. We need to tone down our corporate and capital gains and remember we have a people to serve, not a boss.

-Brian
http://www.progressivetransportation.blogspot.com
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Suffering Is Your Creation

Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 16:34:43 in Healthy Living

“If only we could suffer no more. This is a great article. It goes to the core of eastern studies and possibly some western ideas. Unfortunately we don't gauge our happiness on how much we suffer. More times than not we are comparing our 'haves' to others. Those that are truly suffering feel pain. Even then there is a lack of correlation. But once the correlation is made, it's amazing to watch the change in suffering. Great article!

-Brian
http://wwwprogressivetransformation.blogspot.com
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4 Obstacles to Positive Life Change

Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 10:44:58 in Healthy Living

“I understand that sometime self-help books and dvd's do not work. I understand that people will do anything to find relief from discomfort. I even understand that there are a myriad of options out there to get help and reduce our turbulent lives. But calling all of these "snake oil" isn't fair.

Many times people need help. They go on their own journey to figure out what ails them and they make decisions that they believe will help. Some options work, some don't.

The only way to deal with stress, high anxiety, depression or other mood disorders and frustrations is to reflect on whats going on. We can identify every trick in the book but if that person seeking help isn't willing to actually do what you and I would call "the work" there's nothing anyone can do. it's part of the process of change. You, I, and others are doing everything we can to help facilitate this, we can only help those who are interested.

Please don't sound like an advertiser in your next post. You've got good ideas but calling out other programs as snake oil isn't fair. Especially since you are offering ways to gain insight, just as others do. I don't believe most self-help opportunities are snake oil. They just may be a path you personally wouldn't take.

Best of luck.

-Brian
http://www.progressivetransformation.blogspot.com
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Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be a Losing Battle

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 16:58:41 in Healthy Living

“YES! I agree. The secret is to start at the finish line. Where we go wrong is when we lose the value of our commitment. We see what we want to see, how do we get there when facing adversity? That is the tough part.

http://progressivetransformation.blogspot.com
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Is it Selfish to Seek Happiness?

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 16:55:48 in Healthy Living

“I love your post. I too had to found an eclectic vocabulary and practice in order to gain insight to who I am and my own happiness. You're right, selfishness is found in serving and sharing with others. I have always struggled with my own version of happiness and the people's around me.

"Selfish" is one of my favorite words. When you realize how good being selfish is for your relationships and self, your entire world changes.

I put together a little blog (started 9 days ago) about finding happiness and understanding cycles in happiness and strength. When you get a shot, give it a look. let me know what you think. I'm new at this and excited to be selfish in helping others as I mature in my own eclecticism.

Sincererly,
Brian

http://progressivetransformation.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-is-happiness.html
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7 Ways to Improve Your Relationship

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 16:29:22 in Healthy Living

“What about improving our relationship with ourselves? I find the more I respect myself, the more i receive respect for the people around me.

http://progressivetransformation.blogspot.com/

Margaret Paul on Jan 19, 2012 at 23:19:57

“That's actually the first one on the list, because we greatly improve our relationship with ourselves when we take responsibility for our feelings. I totally agree to the importance of this and that the more you value and respect yourself, the more others respect you.”
How to Follow Your Passion When You're Just Trying to Pay the Bills

How to Follow Your Passion When You're Just Trying to Pay the Bills

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 15:38:10 in Healthy Living

“Great post! It took me over ten years to figure out what made me happy. I was passionate about being in the fine arts and burned out rather quickly. I had to find a new path to my happiness and learn how to create new opportunities through different perspectives.

The best part is that happiness is all we are looking for. If you can accept the comings and goings of happiness you can brave any economic or social storm that comes your way.

http://progressivetransformation.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-is-happiness.html