Psychology

Coping with Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder with Chinese Herbs

Coping with Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder with Chinese Herbs

Autumn is here. Winter is coming. No, really. Even in South Florida. The early morning air is now crisp and cool, and the humidity is low. The seasonal change is very subtle in Florida, but there are changes. Daylight is shorter, darkness comes earlier, and with the time change, the sun sets soon after the workday ends. Traditional Chinese Medicine […]

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Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and ADHD

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and ADHD

I wish I had known more about Traditional Chinese Medicine when I was pursuing my graduate and post-graduate psychology degrees.   I wish – as I was indoctrinated with “scientific” treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – that I knew enough – and was brave enough – to possibly raise my hand to question why we were creating a generation […]

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bipolar Disorder

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bipolar Disorder

In both my professional and personal life, I have known people who, having been diagnosed as bipolar, tried to mask their symptoms in order to fit into the outside world. Bipolar treatment has, indeed, come far from when it wasn’t even acknowledged, just quietly medicated or hospitalized. Today, more and more people are beginning to have this very important dialogue […]

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Dreams

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Dreams

Those of you who know me, know that before counseling, before Acupuncture and TCM, I was an English teacher. For over ten years, I taught secondary and post-secondary literature. One of the more joyful lessons – at least for me – involved interpreting with my students the writings of Henry David Thoreau.   It didn’t matter what grade I was teaching, […]

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Acupuncture, TCM and Overthinking

Acupuncture, TCM and Overthinking

If Olympic medals were given for overthinking, I would definitely win the gold. In truth, I overthink my overthinking. I overthink texts and emails – wondering if I missed something, wondering what they may have meant, wondering if I miss-spoke, or miss-typed. I can overthink so much I paralyze myself into some alien frozen state. A recent post on notsalmon.com […]

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and OCD

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects all people of all ages in all walks of life.   OCD “occurs when a person gets caught up in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get […]

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Acupuncture, TCM and PTSD

Acupuncture, TCM and PTSD

The irony of writing this nearly one year after Hurricane Irma pounded South Florida while the media reports on Hurricane Florence bearing down on close friends in South and North Carolina is not lost on me. I used to say that Hurricane Wilma in 2007 gave me an enhanced respect for Mother Nature when she decided to destroy my roof. […]

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Acupuncture, TCM and Depression

Acupuncture, TCM and Depression

When Simon and Garfunkel released this song in 1966, I was enough of an English-major nerd to know it was based on a poem written by Edwin Arlington Robinson in 1897. It is a cautionary tale about admiring someone else and being misled by appearances. Today, the poem stays with me, shocking in its clarity about the dangers of depression. […]

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