30 September 2023

What is an Empath?

Signs and Symptoms of being an Empath

What is an Empath? : Mental Health and Motivation

The Empath is often said to have such a great degree of empathy that they can literally feel what others feel, and thus intuitively know many of the yearnings, sensitivities, tastes and even thought patterns of the people they're around.” ― Aletheia Luna

Never underestimate the empowered empath. Our kindness and compassion is too often mistaken for weakness or naivety, while we are in fact highly calibrated human lie detectors...and fearless warriors for truth and justice.”― Anthon St. Maarten

Traits of an Empath

Habits of an Empath

Signs of being an Empath

What is a Super Empath?

What is an Empath?
"An empath is a person who has the ability to deeply understand and experience the emotions, thoughts, and energy of others. They possess an increased sensitivity to the emotional states of those around them and can often sense or intuitively pick up on the feelings and needs of others.

Empaths are highly attuned to the emotions and energies of people, animals, and even the environment. They have a strong capacity for empathy, which allows them to emotionally connect with others on a profound level. Empaths can often feel overwhelmed or affected by the emotions of those around them, as if they are absorbing or taking on the emotions of others.

It's important to note that being an empath is not a scientifically recognized term or condition. While some people identify strongly with the empathetic traits described above, it is not a formal psychological or medical diagnosis. Instead, it is a term often used in the realm of spirituality and personal development to describe individuals who have heightened empathic abilities." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

What is a Super Empath?
"The term "Super Empath" is not a widely recognized or scientifically established concept in psychology or mainstream literature. It appears to be a term that has gained popularity in certain online communities and may be associated with ideas related to empathy, sensitivity, and emotional awareness. However, it's important to note that such terms often lack a clear and standardized definition.

In some contexts, a "Super Empath" may be used to describe an individual who is exceptionally empathetic, sensitive to the emotions of others, and highly attuned to their feelings. They may be seen as having an extraordinary capacity to understand and connect with people on an emotional level.

It's essential to approach such terms with caution and skepticism, as they may not have a solid scientific basis. Empathy is a complex and multifaceted trait, and there isn't a universally accepted way to categorize or quantify it. People vary in their empathetic abilities, and these abilities can change over time and in different situations." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Empath Article Links

Empaths and Anxiety: What’s the Connection? Article

Empaths And Mental Health: The Boundless Spirit Article

Habits of Highly Empathic People Article

How to Cope With Being an Empath and Navigating an Emotional World Article

If You Have These 30 Traits, Consider Yourself An Empath Article

Signs you’re a Super Empath and what that really means Ideapod

Strategies for Empaths to Heal Trauma & PTSD Article

Super Empaths: What they are and how they impact society Ideapod

The Dark Side Of Being An Empath Article

The Traits of a Super Empath (and how to know if you are one) Hack Spirit

What does it Mean to Be an Empath? Article

What is an Empath and Can You Become One? Article

What is Empathy Deficit Disorder? Mental Health and Motivation

What is an Empath? Signs and Traits Article

Empath Book Mentions

Empathic Attunement: The ’Technique’ of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
Crayton E. Rowe Jr. & David S. Mac Isaac

The Empath Guidebook
Gary R. Leigh

Empath Test: Signs that You are An Empath - Video


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Mental Health Online Checklists and Tests

Online Mental Health Checklists, Tests, Questionnaires and Quizzes

Online Mental Health Checklists, Tests, Questionnaires and Quizzes

It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.” ― Steve Maraboli

About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can be defined as the general neurosis of our times.” ― Carl Jung

Do I have ADHD / Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

Do I have ASPD / Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Do I have an Alcohol Problem / AUD?

Do I have Anxiety / Anxiety Disorder?

Do I have Depression?

Do I have Bipolar Disorder?

Do I have BPD / Borderline Personality Disorder? 

Do I have NPD / Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Do I have  OCD / Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? 

Do I have PTSD / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Do I have Schizophrenia?

Do I have an Eating Disorder?

Do I have an Opioid Addiction?

Do I have a lack of Empathy / EDD?

Mental Health Online Checklists and Tests
"Mental health online checklists and tests can be useful tools for individuals to assess their mental well-being and gain insights into potential areas of concern. While they can provide some initial information, it's important to note that these assessments are not meant to replace professional diagnosis or treatment. If you're experiencing significant mental health concerns, it's always recommended to seek help from a qualified healthcare professional or mental health provider.

Here are a few commonly used online mental health checklists and tests:

1. Depression and Anxiety Screening Tools:
  • Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9): Assesses the presence and severity of depression symptoms.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7): Screens for symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Beck Depression Inventory (BDI): Measures the severity of depressive symptoms.

2. Stress and Burnout Assessments:
  • Perceived Stress Scale (PSS): Evaluates the level of perceived stress in your life.
  • Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI): Measures burnout symptoms related to work.

3. Mental Health and Well-being Checklists:
  • Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF): Assesses mental health and well-being across multiple dimensions.
  • Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS): Measures positive mental well-being.

4. Personality and Psychological Assessments:
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Identifies personality traits and preferences.
  • Big Five Personality Traits: Measures personality traits, including openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

Remember that online assessments are not a substitute for professional evaluation or treatment. If you have concerns about your mental health, it's best to consult with a mental health professional who can provide personalized guidance and support based on your specific needs and circumstances." (Source: Chat GPT 2023)

Online Mental Health Checklists, Tests, Questionnaires and Quizzes cannot replace any Mental Health, Psychiatric and Psychological Diagnostic Testing from Registered Professional Mental Health Care Specialists and / or Registered Health Care and Medical Institutions for constituting as a Mental Health Care / Personality Disorder Diagnosis.

Please Note: Online metal health care checklists, tests, questionnaires and quizzes are not professional diagnostic instruments. 

Please read all pre-assessment information / disclaimers on every listed website and on this website.

Mental Health, Psychology and Relationship Resources Disclaimer

Assessment / Tests from Psychology Tools
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Addiction
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
  • Personality
  • Stress

Am I empathetic? Quiz to find out how well You Relate to Other People Calm Moment

Alcohol and Drug Testing Resources Mental Health and Motivation

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Online Test Talk Space

Borderline Personality Disorder Quiz / Test Psycom

Bipolar Disorder Quiz / Test Psycom

Characteristics of Codependent Relationships Checklist Recovery Direct

Depression and Anxiety Self-Assessment Quiz

Do I Have a Personality Disorder? The Recovery Village Assessment

Emotional Abuse Checklist PDF Document Download

Empathy Deficit Disorder Test Mind Diagnostics

Empathy Deficit Disorder Test - Free Confidential Results Online Mind Diagnostics

Cognitive Assessments Mental Health and Motivation

M3 Checklist : Mental Health Assessment Tool What's My M3

Mental Health Self-Assessment Checklist (K10) Checklist

Mental Health Test - Find Out What Symptoms You May Have Elttila

Mental Health Tests, Quizzes, Self-Assessments, & Screening Tools Psycom

Narcissism and Codependency Checklist Abundance No Limits

Narcissism Test (NPI) Individual Differences Research

Narcissistic Online Test Psych Central

Online Assessment Measures American Psychiatric Association

Online Mental Health Screening University of Washington

Personal Abuse : Am I Being Abused Checklist Woodbridge Township D.V.R.T.

Quick Bipolar Test Clinical Partners

Relationship Codependency Checklist Resa Treatment Center

(Robert) Hare Psychopathy Checklist (Original) (PCL-22) Psychology Tools

27 September 2023

300th Post on Mental Health and Motivation Website

A Tribute to a Friend on the Silence of Griefing

A Tribute to a Friend on the Silence of Griefing

This morning I completed the 300th post on the Mental Health and Motivation website with a personal tribute to a very close friend of mine who just recently lost a close family member. It is with friendship and honour to know the 300th post was inspired by another extraordinary special friend (of close to 30 years). I wish him and his family the very best in their healing journey.

The post is accompanied by "The Journey of Grieving, Feeling and Healing" video by Dr. Edith Eva Eger. Her work / research on the personal grieving and loss journey was introduced to me by a very special lady during my own double-loss during the past two years who 'stemmed the tide' by reined in my runaway mind. Her 'golden nuggets' of empathy, context and support' where selflessly delivered over many hours of discussion and informal talk therapy. Very much what one would receive by means of formal CBT or ACT psychotherapy.

I was recommended to read two books by Dr. Eger, 'The Choice' and 'The Gift' on her own grief and acceptance journey. It was indeed the first of the 'golden nuggets' I received overcoming grief and the gaining of an acceptance narrative (of which I described in considerable detail on the Mental Health and Motivation website...)

Coping With Silence While Grieving

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be about me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. If only they would talk to one another and not to me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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© Vernon Chalmers : Mental Health and Motivation (Coping with the Silence of Grieving)

25 September 2023

How to Improve your Sleep

 How to Improve your Sleep: Awareness, Research and Resources

How to Improve your Sleep

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” ― Dale Carnegie

How to Improve your Sleep Research

Sleep Quality Research

How to Improve your Sleep
"Improving your sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being. Here are some tips and strategies to help you get better quality sleep:

Establish a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body's internal clock.

Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Develop a pre-sleep routine to signal to your body that it's time to wind down. This can include activities like reading, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques.

Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment: Make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep. This means keeping the room dark, cool, and quiet. Consider using blackout curtains, earplugs, or a white noise machine if necessary.

Invest in a Comfortable Mattress and Pillow: A good quality mattress and pillow that suit your preferences can significantly improve sleep comfort.

Limit Exposure to Screens Before Bed: The blue light emitted by phones, tablets, and computers can interfere with your sleep. Try to avoid screens for at least an hour before bedtime.

Watch Your Diet: Avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol close to bedtime, as they can disrupt sleep. Opt for a light, healthy snack if you're hungry before bed.

Exercise Regularly: Engaging in regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep. However, try to avoid vigorous exercise too close to bedtime.

Manage Stress: Stress and anxiety can make it difficult to sleep. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation.

Limit Naps: While short naps can be refreshing, long or irregular daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you must nap, keep it under 30 minutes.

Limit Liquid Intake Before Bed: To prevent nighttime awakenings to use the bathroom, try to limit your fluid intake in the evening.

Avoid Clock Watching: Constantly checking the clock can create anxiety and make it harder to fall asleep. Turn your clock away from your line of sight.

Consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): If you have persistent sleep problems, consider CBT for insomnia. It's a proven method for improving sleep without medication.

Seek Professional Help: If you've tried these tips and still have trouble sleeping, consult a healthcare professional or sleep specialist to rule out any underlying sleep disorders.

Avoid Overthinking in Bed: If you can't fall asleep within 20-30 minutes, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy. Lying in bed awake can create anxiety about sleep.

Use Sleep Aids Sparingly: Over-the-counter sleep aids or prescription medications should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional and for a short duration.

Remember that improving your sleep may take time and experimentation. What works for one person may not work for another, so it's important to find a combination of strategies that work best for you. Prioritize your sleep, as it is essential for your physical and mental health." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

5 Ways to get Better Sleep Mayo Clinic Health System

Best diet for a better night’s sleep Sanitarium

Better sleep, better life? testing the role of sleep on quality of life PLOS ONE

Busy students: This is how you improve the quality of your sleep University of Groningen

Could what we eat improve our sleep? Harvard Medical School

Determinants of Sleep Quality: A Cross-Sectional Study in University Students MDPI

Dreams and Mental Health Mental Health and Motivation

Doze Control: Eat Right and You'll Sleep Like a Baby WebMD

Eating for Sleep: The Anti-Insomnia Diet Intrepid Mental Wellness

Exercising for Better Sleep The Johns Hopkins University

How A Good Night’s Rest Can Change Your Life: A Lot Of New Research Shows Just How Important Sleep Really Is Forbes


How to Fall Asleep Faster and Sleep Better NHS

How to get Better Sleep, according to Science Healthdirect Australia

How to Sleep Better: 15 Science-Backed Tips Headspace

How What You Eat Affects How You Sleep Everyday Health

Improve your sleep with these simple steps University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mood and Sleep Better Health Channel

Sleep Better With Healthy Lifestyle Habits American Heart Association

Sleep this way to add almost 5 years to your life CNN

Sleep Quality: An Evolutionary Concept Analysis NIH

Sleep Quality more important for quality of life than Sleep Duration, study finds Medical News Today

The 20 Ultimate Tips for How to Sleep Better Sleep Foundation

The Best Foods To Help You Sleep Sleep Foundation

The Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Internet Addiction Among Female College Students Frontiers in Neuroscience


What I Did for One Week For Better Sleep EatingWell

How To Improve Your Sleep | Matthew Walker - Video


10 September 2023

Global Mental Health Strategies

Global / International Mental Health Strategies: Awareness, Research and Resources

Global Mental Health Strategies

"It's so important that we all speak up on mental health."- Anne-Marie

Consequently, actions that successfully improve the overall mental health of the population are likely to be accompanied by other important benefits to society.” - Elliott Goldner, Emily Jenkins, Dan Bilsker

Global Mental Health Strategy Research

Global Mental Health Strategies
"Global mental health strategies are comprehensive plans and initiatives aimed at promoting mental health and well-being, preventing mental disorders, and ensuring access to effective mental health care and support on a global scale. These strategies are crucial because mental health issues affect people worldwide and have far-reaching social, economic, and public health implications. Here are some key components and strategies that are typically part of global mental health initiatives:

Mental Health Promotion and Education: Raising awareness about mental health, reducing stigma, and promoting positive mental well-being through educational campaigns and community programs.

Prevention Programs: Implementing strategies to prevent mental health issues, such as early intervention for at-risk populations, promoting healthy lifestyles, and addressing risk factors like substance abuse.

Access to Care: Ensuring equitable access to mental health services, including primary care, mental health specialists, and crisis intervention, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographical location.

Integration of Mental Health Services: Integrating mental health care into primary healthcare systems to provide holistic care and reduce the gap between mental and physical health services.

Capacity Building: Strengthening the mental health workforce by training and supporting mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and community health workers.

Research and Data Collection: Conducting research to better understand the prevalence and causes of mental disorders, track progress, and inform evidence-based policies and interventions.

Policy Development: Developing and implementing policies and laws that protect the rights of individuals with mental health conditions, and promoting legislation that ensures access to mental health services.

Crisis Response and Emergency Services: Establishing crisis helplines and emergency services to provide immediate support to individuals in crisis, such as suicide prevention hotlines.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Building partnerships between governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and international organizations to pool resources and expertise in addressing global mental health challenges.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Continuously assessing the effectiveness of mental health programs and interventions, and making adjustments as needed.

Cultural Competence: Recognizing and respecting cultural differences in the understanding and treatment of mental health issues and tailoring interventions accordingly.

Youth and School-Based Programs: Implementing mental health programs in schools to promote emotional well-being and resilience among children and adolescents.

Trauma-Informed Care: Ensuring that services are sensitive to individuals who have experienced trauma and providing appropriate support.

Global Advocacy: Advocating for mental health on the global stage, such as through the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international bodies, to mobilize resources and support for mental health initiatives.

Community Engagement: Involving communities in the planning and implementation of mental health programs to ensure they are culturally relevant and responsive to local needs.

Technology and Telehealth: Leveraging technology to expand access to mental health services, including telehealth and digital mental health interventions.

It's important to adapt these strategies to the specific needs and contexts of different regions and populations. Global mental health initiatives aim to reduce the burden of mental disorders, improve the quality of life for individuals with mental health conditions, and promote overall well-being on a global scale." (Souce: ChatGPT 2023)

Advancing Global Mental Health Action: Lessons from Canada World Bank

Africa CDC Non Communicable Diseases, Injuries Prevention and Control and Mental Health Promotion Strategy (2022-26) Africa CDC 

A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services Guide for Practitioners and Providers The Department of Health and Aged Care PDF Download The Department of Health and Aged Care Australia

Bridging the Global Mental Health Gap King's College London

Developing a Global Mental Health Strategy for the Workplace Business Group on Health

Digital Mental Health: The Answer to the Global Mental Health Crisis? JMIR

EU Commission lays out mental health strategy EURACTIVE

Global Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing PDF Download experion

Global Mental Health Research: Time to Integrate Basic Science Springer Link


Global Mental Health: the social, economic and political rights challenges PDF Download Commonwealth Health

Global Mental Health: Where We Are and Where We Are Going Springer Link

Global Mental Health from a policy perspective: a context analysis Characterising mental health and recommending engagement strategies for the Mental Health Innovation Network PDF Download MHIM

Global Mental Health: Where We Are and Where We Are Going Springer Link

Global Strategic Direction for Mental Health World Health Organisation

Implementation strategies for the new World Mental Health Report in low‐resource settings NIH

Mental Health Initiatives from around the World bridge Support

Mental health in Social and Global Context University College London

Prioritizing the Mental Health and Well-Being of Healthcare Workers: An Urgent Global Public Health Priority Frontiers in Public Health

Toward a multi-level strategy to reduce stigma in global mental health: overview protocol of the Indigo Partnership to develop and test interventions in low- and middle-income countries BMC

Shaping the future of mental health research The University of Strathclyde

Strategy for Lifelong Mental Health Research PDF Download MRC Medical Research Council

WHO and ILO call for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work IOL / International Labour Organization

Establishing political priority for Global Mental Health: Old Challenges, New Opportunities



Maintaining Personal Boundaries

 Personal Boundaries Awareness: Information and Resources

Maintaining Personal Boundaries

“Just as we expect others to value our boundaries, it's equally important for us to respect the boundaries of others.” ― Laurie Buchanan

Healthy Personal Boundaries Research

Personal Boundaries
"Personal boundaries are the limits and guidelines that individuals establish to define their emotional, physical, and psychological space. They serve as a way to protect and honor one's needs, values, and well-being. Setting and maintaining personal boundaries is essential for maintaining healthy relationships, self-respect, and overall mental and emotional health.

Here are a few aspects of personal boundaries:

1. Emotional Boundaries: Emotional boundaries involve recognizing and communicating one's feelings and needs while respecting the feelings and needs of others. It's important to have a clear understanding of your emotions and express them appropriately, while also understanding and respecting the emotional boundaries of others.

2. Physical Boundaries: Physical boundaries relate to personal space and touch. Individuals have different comfort levels when it comes to physical contact, and it's important to communicate and respect those boundaries. This includes setting boundaries around personal space, hugs, handshakes, or any other form of physical touch.

3. Time Boundaries: Time boundaries involve setting limits on how you allocate your time and energy. It means knowing when to say no to commitments or requests that would overextend or overwhelm you. Setting boundaries around your time allows you to prioritize self-care, rest, and the activities that are important to you.

4. Intellectual Boundaries: Intellectual boundaries pertain to your thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. It involves expressing your opinions and beliefs respectfully while also respecting the viewpoints and perspectives of others. It's important to engage in constructive conversations and maintain a healthy exchange of ideas while acknowledging the boundaries of intellectual autonomy.

5. Digital Boundaries: With the increasing presence of technology and social media, digital boundaries have become important. This includes setting limits on screen time, managing online relationships, protecting personal information, and being mindful of the impact of digital interactions on your mental well-being.

Setting and maintaining personal boundaries involves self-awareness, assertiveness, and effective communication. It is essential to communicate your boundaries clearly and respectfully to others, and also to honor and respect the boundaries that others set for themselves. Remember that personal boundaries are unique to each individual and may vary depending on cultural, social, and personal factors." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

A Guide to Setting Better Boundaries Harvard Business Review

Boundaries: What are they and how to create them Wellness Center

Establishing Effective Personal Boundaries Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Examples Of Healthy Boundaries In Relationships live bold & bloom

How building healthy boundaries is the key to work relationships BetterUp

How To Create Inner Peace With Emotional Boundaries Hailey Magee

How to Set Boundaries: 5 Ways to Draw the Line Politely Science of People

How to Set Boundaries with Kindness Better Boundaries Workbook

How to Set Boundaries with "Toxic People" Sharon Martin

How Setting Boundaries Can Boost Your Well-Being WebMD

How to Set Healthy Boundaries & Build Positive Relationships Positive Psychology

How to Set Healthy Boundaries With Anyone. A guide to setting limits with parents, partners, friends, and co-workers Verywell Health

How to Set Healthy Boundaries With Friends TalkSpace

How to Talk about Boundaries Kindly, but Firmly Urban Wellness Blog

Mental Boundaries as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Social Support and Self-Esteem PDF Download John Mathe Duquesne University

Setting Emotional Boundaries: Stop Taking on Other People’s Feelings tiny buddha

Setting Emotional Boundaries in Relationships Road to Growth Counseling

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Relationships HelpGuide

Setting Personal Boundaries Mental Health and Motivation

Ten Ways to Build and Preserve Better Boundaries Psych Central

Ten Ways to Set Boundaries with Difficult Family Members Taylor Group

The Guide to Strong Relationship Boundaries Mark Manson

The Importance of Personal Boundaries Psych Central

The Phenomenon Of Psychological Boundaries ResearchGate

The Power of No: How to Build Strong, Healthy Boundaries The Guardian

This is what it Looks Like to Set Healthy Boundaries Real Simple

What are Personal Boundaries? PDF Download Therapist Aid 

What Is Boundary Setting? A guide to setting limits with Parents, Partners, Friends, and Co-workers Verywell Health

Why Personal Boundaries are Important and How to Set Them Psych Central

Setting Healthy Boundaries - Video


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How Dopamine Influences Mental Health

Dopamine and Mental Health: Awareness, Research and Resources

How Dopamine Influences Mental Health

You can change dopamine and the dorsal striatum with exercise. You can boost serotonin with a massage. You can make decisions and set goals to activate the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. You can reduce amygdala activity with a hug and increase anterior cingulate activity with gratitude. You can enhance prefrontal norepinephrine with sleep.”― Alex Korb

Dopamine and Mental Health Research

Difference Between Dopamine and Serotonin

How Dopamine Influences Mental Health
"Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in various aspects of mental health and overall well-being. It is often referred to as the "feel-good" neurotransmitter because it is associated with feelings of pleasure, reward, and motivation. However, dopamine's influence on mental health is complex and multifaceted, and both too much and too little dopamine can have significant effects on mental well-being. Here's how dopamine influences mental health:

Reward and Pleasure: Dopamine is released in response to pleasurable experiences, such as eating delicious food, engaging in enjoyable activities, or receiving rewards. This reinforcement mechanism motivates individuals to seek out and repeat these pleasurable experiences. Dysregulation of the dopamine reward system can lead to conditions like addiction, where individuals compulsively seek out rewarding stimuli.

Motivation and Goal-Directed Behavior: Dopamine is also involved in motivation and goal-directed behavior. When dopamine levels are balanced, it helps individuals set goals, plan, and take action to achieve them. Low dopamine levels can lead to feelings of apathy, lack of motivation, and difficulty in initiating tasks.

Mood Regulation: Dopamine plays a role in regulating mood. Imbalances in dopamine levels have been associated with mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Low dopamine activity in certain brain regions may contribute to symptoms of depression, such as anhedonia (loss of interest in pleasurable activities) and low energy.

Attention and Focus: Dopamine is essential for maintaining attention and focus. It helps filter out irrelevant information and allows individuals to concentrate on tasks. Conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are characterized by dysregulation of dopamine in the brain, which can lead to difficulties in sustaining attention.

Stress and Anxiety: Dopamine interacts with the body's stress response system. Elevated levels of stress can disrupt dopamine signaling and contribute to anxiety and related disorders. Chronic stress can also lead to changes in dopamine receptor sensitivity.

Schizophrenia: Dopamine dysregulation is implicated in schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder. Excessive dopamine activity in certain brain regions is associated with positive symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations and delusions. Antipsychotic medications often target dopamine receptors to help alleviate these symptoms.

Impulse Control: Dopamine plays a role in impulse control and inhibiting inappropriate behaviors. Dysregulation of dopamine can lead to impulsive behaviors, which are often seen in conditions like attention deficit disorders and certain addictions.

It's important to note that while dopamine is a critical neurotransmitter for mental health, it doesn't act alone. Other neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, also play essential roles in mood regulation and overall mental well-being. Moreover, individual responses to dopamine can vary widely, and what might be considered a healthy dopamine level for one person may not be the same for another.

Understanding the complex interplay between neurotransmitters and their role in mental health is essential for developing effective treatments for mental health disorders and promoting overall emotional well-being. If you have concerns about your mental health, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and guidance on treatment options." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Dopamine vs. Serotonin
"Dopamine and serotonin are two important neurotransmitters in the brain, each with distinct roles and functions. They play key roles in regulating mood, behavior, and various physiological processes. Here's an overview of their differences:

Dopamine:Function:
Dopamine is often referred to as the "feel good" neurotransmitter because it plays a crucial role in the brain's reward system. It is associated with feelings of pleasure, motivation, and reward.

Mood Regulation:
Dopamine is linked to positive emotions and feelings of happiness. It's involved in reinforcing behaviors that lead to rewards, which can include natural rewards (like food and sex) and artificial rewards (like drugs).

Motor Control:
Dopamine is essential for motor control and coordination. A deficiency of dopamine is associated with conditions like Parkinson's disease, which leads to movement-related symptoms.

Attention and Focus:
Dopamine also plays a role in attention, concentration, and executive functions like planning and decision-making.

Serotonin:

Function:
Serotonin is known as the "feel stable" neurotransmitter. It is involved in regulating mood, anxiety, and overall emotional well-being.

Mood Regulation:
Serotonin is often associated with feelings of contentment, calmness, and emotional stability. Low serotonin levels are linked to mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

Sleep Regulation:
Serotonin helps regulate sleep patterns and is involved in the sleep-wake cycle. It is also a precursor to melatonin, a hormone that helps control sleep.

Appetite and Digestion:
Serotonin plays a role in controlling appetite and is involved in gastrointestinal functions.

Key Differences:

Mood Regulation:
Dopamine is more associated with positive mood and reward, while serotonin is more associated with emotional stability and well-being. Imbalances in these neurotransmitters can contribute to mood disorders like depression (low serotonin) or addiction (dopamine dysregulation).

Neurological Conditions:
Dopamine is particularly important for motor control and is linked to disorders like Parkinson's disease, while serotonin is more closely associated with mood disorders and conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Sleep and Appetite:
Serotonin has a more prominent role in regulating sleep and appetite, whereas dopamine's primary role is not related to these functions.

Targeted Medications:
Medications that affect these neurotransmitters are used to treat various conditions. For example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety, while drugs like L-DOPA are used to manage Parkinson's disease by increasing dopamine levels.

It's important to note that these neurotransmitters don't work in isolation, and their functions are interconnected. An imbalance or dysfunction in one can impact the other and contribute to various mental health and neurological conditions. Treatment approaches often involve targeting these neurotransmitter systems to restore balance and alleviate symptoms." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

A Drug that Increases Dopamine can reverse the Effects of Inflammation on the Brain in Depression, Emory study shows Emory University

Brain Dopamine and Serotonin differ in regulation and its consequences PNAS

Dopamine Affects how Brain decides whether a Goal is worth the Effort NIH

Dopamine Deficiency Cleveland Clinic

Dopamine Deficiency: What you need to know Medical News Today

Dopamine Impacts your Willingness to Work Vanderbilt University

Dopamine Primes the Brain for Enhanced Vigilance Massachusetts Institute for Technology

Dopamine Production and Mental Illness Banyan Treatment Centers

Dopamine and Depression – Separating Fact from Fiction Mental Health Management Group

Dopamine in Health and Disease: Much More Than a Neurotransmitter NIH

From Reward to Anhedonia-Dopamine Function in the Global Mental Health Context MDPI

How Does Dopamine Affect the Body? Healthline

How Does Dopamine Drive Our Behavior? Intro Action Recovery Centers

Neurotransmitters and Psychology Mental Health and Motivation

The Science Behind Happiness: Dopamine vs. Serotonin betterhelp

True Behavior of Dopamine Will Reshape How We Treat Psychiatric Diseases and Addiction Neuroscience News

We Have a Dopamine Problem The New York Times

What Is Dopamine? WebMD

What’s the Difference Between Dopamine and Serotonin? Healthline

Controlling Your Dopamine For Motivation, Focus & Satisfaction | Huberman Lab

Personal Mental Health Recovery Strategies

 Personal Mental Health Recovery Strategies: Awareness, Research and Resources

Personal Mental Health Recovery Strategies

We believe that a mental health system that was fully supporting recovery would look different in language, assumptions, theory base and working practices. It would have a natural focus on strengths.” — Mike Slade

Personal Mental Health Recovery Strategy Research

Mental Health Recovery Strategy
"Developing a mental health recovery strategy is essential for individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges. It involves a holistic approach that addresses various aspects of one's life to promote healing, resilience, and overall well-being. Here is a comprehensive mental health recovery strategy:

Self-Awareness and Acceptance:
  • Acknowledge your mental health condition and accept that it's a part of your life.
  • Understand that recovery is possible and may involve setbacks.

Seek Professional Help:
  • Consult with a mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist) for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Follow their recommended treatment plan, which may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

Build a Support System:
  • Connect with friends and family who understand and support your mental health journey.
  • Consider joining support groups or online communities with individuals facing similar challenges.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices:
  • Prioritize physical health through regular exercise, a balanced diet, and sufficient sleep.
  • Avoid substance abuse, as it can exacerbate mental health issues.

Stress Management:
  • Practice relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to manage stress.
  • Identify and reduce sources of stress in your life.

Set Realistic Goals:
  • Establish achievable short-term and long-term goals to regain a sense of purpose and direction.
  • Break these goals into smaller, manageable steps.

Structured Daily Routine:
  • Create a daily schedule that includes self-care activities, work or school, social interactions, and relaxation.
  • Consistency can provide stability and a sense of control.

Self-Care and Coping Strategies:
  • Develop a toolbox of coping mechanisms, such as journaling, art, music, or other creative outlets.
  • Practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself during difficult times.

Education and Advocacy:
  • Learn about your mental health condition to better understand its nature and treatment options.
  • Advocate for yourself in seeking appropriate care and support.

Medication Management:
  • If prescribed medication, adhere to the prescribed regimen and communicate any concerns or side effects with your healthcare provider.

Therapeutic Approaches:
  • Engage in psychotherapy or counseling to address underlying issues and learn coping skills.
  • Explore different therapeutic modalities that resonate with you.

Social Engagement:
  • Maintain social connections and engage in activities you enjoy to combat isolation and loneliness.
  • Communicate openly with friends and loved ones about your needs.

Monitor Progress:
  • Keep a journal to track your emotions, symptoms, and progress.
  • Regularly assess your mental health and adjust your strategy accordingly.

Crisis Plan:
  • Develop a crisis plan with your healthcare provider and support system, including emergency contact information and coping strategies for times of acute distress.

Professional Check-Ins:
  • Continue regular appointments with mental health professionals, even during periods of stability.
  • Discuss any changes or challenges you encounter.

Adaptability and Patience:
  • Understand that recovery is not linear, and setbacks can occur. Be patient with yourself.
  • Adjust your strategy as needed and seek help when necessary.

Celebrate Achievements:
  • Acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small.
  • Recognize the progress you've made in your mental health journey.

Remember that mental health recovery is a unique and ongoing process. It requires commitment, self-compassion, and the willingness to seek help and support when needed. The strategy may evolve over time as you learn more about yourself and what works best for your well-being." (Source: Chat GPT 2023)

Characteristics of mental health recovery narratives: Systematic review and narrative synthesis PLOS ONE


Identifying and Exploring Sustainability Determinants of Mental Health Recovery-Oriented Interventions: A Mixed Methods Study Protocol Spriner Link

How do recovery-oriented interventions contribute to personal Mental Health recovery? A Systematic Review and Logic Model ScienceDirect

Mental Health Recovery in Social Psychiatric Policies: A Reflexive Thematic Analysis MDPI

Models of Mental Health Recovery: An overview of systematic reviews and qualitative meta-syntheses American Psychological Association

Mental Health Recovery and Nature: How Social and Personal Dynamics Are Important Mary Ann Liebert


Models of Recovery in Mental Illness Social Science Protocols UK

Mental Health Recovery and Support Action Plan NSW Government

Mental Health Wellbeing and Recovery Eastern Health Australia

Personal Recovery within Positive Psychiatry Taylor & Francis Online

Recorded Mental Health Recovery Narratives as a Resource for People Affected by Mental Health Problems: Development of the Narrative Experiences Online (NEON) Intervention MIR Publications

Recovery and Mental Health health direct

Recovery Model of Mental Illness: A Complementary Approach to Psychiatric Care NIH

Recovery From Severe Mental Health Problems: A Systematic Review of Service User and Informal Caregiver Perspectives NIH

Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice: A Social Work Perspective JSTOR

Recovery Strategy Enabling people with their recovery and wellbeing PDF Download NHS

Self-Management Strategies in Recovery From Mood and Anxiety Disorders Sage Journals

Serious Mental Illness Recovery: The Basics NAMI

Strategies Aimed at Optimizing Mental Recovery from Training and Occupational Performance NSCA / National Strength and Condition Association

STEPS – leaders in mental health research, innovation and best practice Steps Group Australia

The Journey of Loss Mental Health and Motivation

The Recovery Model in Mental Health Care Verywell Mind

Translating mental health recovery guidelines into recovery-oriented innovations: A strategy combining implementation teams and a facilitated planning process ScienceDirect

Your Mental Health Recovery Plan Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Young people's recovery processes from Mental Health problems – A Scoping Review The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

What is Recovery in Mental Health? - Video


Mental Health and Internet Addiction

 Internet Addiction Awareness, Research and Resources

Mental Health and Internet Addiction

Use the internet wisely for not just the petty enjoyment of your senses, but for the development of your mind as well.” ― Abhijit Naskar

Internet Addiction Research

Mental Health and Internet Addiction
Mental health and internet addiction are two interrelated topics that have gained increasing attention in recent years. Internet addiction, also known as problematic internet use, refers to excessive and compulsive use of the internet, leading to negative consequences in various aspects of an individual's life.

Here are some key points to consider regarding mental health and internet addiction:

1. Internet Addiction and Mental Health: Internet addiction can significantly impact an individual's mental health. Excessive internet use has been associated with various mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, and stress. Spending excessive time online may lead to social isolation, which can exacerbate pre-existing mental health conditions or even trigger new ones.

2. Social Media and Mental Health: Social media platforms can have both positive and negative effects on mental health. While they can be a source of connection and support, they can also contribute to feelings of inadequacy, comparison, and cyberbullying, leading to negative mental health outcomes.

3. Escapism and Coping Mechanis: For some individuals, the internet serves as a coping mechanism or a way to escape from real-life problems and stressors. This can create a cycle of dependence, leading to a problematic pattern of internet use that further affects mental well-being.

4. Youth and Vulnerability: Adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable to internet addiction and its effects on mental health. Their still-developing brains and emotional regulation may make them more susceptible to the allure of constant online engagement, leading to potential long-term consequences for their mental health.

5. Co-Occurrence with Other Disorders: Internet addiction may co-occur with other mental health disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance use disorders, and impulse control issues.

6. Screen Time and Sleep: Excessive screen time, especially before bedtime, can disrupt sleep patterns and quality, leading to sleep disturbances that can negatively impact mental health.

7. Treatment and Support: Treatment for internet addiction may involve cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, family therapy, and other therapeutic interventions. Recognizing the problem and seeking professional help is crucial for breaking the cycle of addiction and addressing underlying mental health concerns.

8. Preventive Measures: Promoting healthy internet usage habits and digital literacy from an early age can help prevent internet addiction and its associated mental health issues. Encouraging offline activities, setting screen time limits, and fostering face-to-face social interactions are important strategies.

9. Technology and Balance: It's essential to strike a balance between using technology for positive purposes, such as learning, work, and socializing, while also being mindful of the potential negative impacts excessive use can have on mental health.

As our dependence on the internet and digital technologies continues to grow, it is essential to raise awareness of the potential risks to mental health and promote healthy online habits. If you or someone you know is struggling with internet addiction or mental health issues, seeking professional support and guidance is essential for overall well-being. (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

A Review of the Research on Internet Addiction JSTOR

A Study on Internet Addiction and its relation to Psychopathology and self-esteem among college students Industrial Psychology Journal

A Systematic Research Review of Internet Addiction and Identity IGI Global

Associations between internet addiction and psychological problems among adolescents: description and possible explanations Frontiers in Psychology

Associations of Internet Addiction Severity With Psychopathology, Serious Mental Illness, and Suicidality: Large-Sample Cross-Sectional Study JMIR Publications

Current Research and Viewpoints on Internet Addiction in Adolescents NIH

How is Internet Addiction Affecting Your Mental Health? PharmEasy

How the Internet affects your mental health PiedMont

Internet Addiction and Relationships with Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Academic Performance among Egypt pharmacy students: a cross-sectional designed study BMC

Internet Addiction MDPI

Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice ResearchGate

Internet Addiction and its Associated Factors among Undergraduate Students in Kathmandu, Nepal Journal of Addiction Hindawi

Internet Addiction In Children And Its Effect On Mental Health PDF Download Ilkogretim Online - Elementary Education Online

Internet Addiction in young adults: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review ScienceDirect

Internet Addiction: Symptoms, Causes and Effects The Diamond

Introduction to Internet Addiction MentalHelp

Impact of Internet Addiction on Mental Health: An Integrative Therapy Is Needed Karger

Impact of Internet Addiction on Mental Health among undergraduates in Nigeria International Journal of Surgery Global Health

Internet Addiction Disorder and Mental Health in Adolescents Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Internet Addiction and Child Physical and Mental Health: Evidence from panel dataset in China ScienceDirect

Is Internet Addiction Real? Child Mind Institute

Risky Business: Internet Addiction Mental Health America

School teachers' awareness of Internet Addiction in elementary school students: a regional survey in Japan Frontiers in Psychiatry

Social Media Addiction Mental Health and Motivation

Students’ Internet Addiction: Study and Prevention PDF Download Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education

Study of Internet Addiction in Young Adults International Journal of Health Sciences and Research  

The association between Internet Addiction and Psychiatric Disorder: A Review of the Literature Cambridge Core

The effect of Psychiatric Symptoms on the Internet Addiction disorder in Isfahan's University students NIH

The prevalence of Internet Addiction and its relationship with Mental Health among high school students in Bushehr, Iran (2018) International Journal of Preventative Medicine

Treatment of Internet Addiction American Psychological Association

The Relationship Between Internet Addiction and Mental Health Conditions PDF Download Locus: The Seton Hall Journal ofUndergraduate Research

The More You Use The Internet the More You Suffer - Video

Coping With Silence While Grieving

 Coping With Silence While Grieving: Awareness, Research and Resources

Coping With Silence While Grieving

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be about me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. If only they would talk to one another and not to me.” ― C.S. Lewis

Coping With Silence While Grieving Research

Coping With Silence While Grieving
"Coping with silence while grieving can be challenging because grief often brings a sense of emptiness and isolation. Here are some strategies to help you navigate this difficult journey:

Acknowledge Your Feelings: It's essential to recognize and accept the silence as a natural part of the grieving process. Grief can feel overwhelming, and silence may be an opportunity to process your emotions.

Create a Support System: Surround yourself with understanding and empathetic friends and family members who can provide companionship and comfort. Sometimes, just having someone to sit in silence with can be soothing.

Talk About Your Feelings: While silence can be healing, it's also important to express your feelings when you're ready. Talking to a therapist or joining a grief support group can provide a safe space to share your thoughts and emotions.

Journaling: Writing in a journal can help you express your feelings when words fail. You can write letters to your loved one, document your memories, or simply jot down your thoughts and emotions.

Engage in Mindfulness and Meditation: Mindfulness and meditation practices can help you find peace in silence. These techniques encourage you to focus on the present moment, which can be particularly helpful when dealing with grief.

Create Rituals and Memorials: Creating rituals or memorials to honor your loved one can provide a sense of connection and purpose. Lighting a candle, planting a tree, or dedicating a special place in your home can help you keep their memory alive.

Seek Solace in Nature: Spending time in nature can be a powerful way to find solace in silence. Nature has a calming effect and can provide a sense of connection to something greater than yourself.

Engage in Creative Outlets: Express your grief through creative activities like art, music, or writing. These outlets can help you channel your emotions into something tangible and healing.

Practice Self-Care: Take care of yourself physically and emotionally. This includes getting enough rest, eating well, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Give Yourself Time: Grief is a highly individual process, and there's no set timeline for how long it should last. Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to grieve at your own pace.

Professional Help: If you find it difficult to cope with silence and your grief is overwhelming, don't hesitate to seek help from a therapist or counselor who specializes in grief and loss.

Create New Connections: While you may miss the companionship of your loved one, consider reaching out to new people or reconnecting with old friends. Building new connections can help fill the void left by the silence.

Remember that grieving is a unique and personal journey. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and it's essential to find strategies that work for you. It's also crucial to seek help if you feel overwhelmed or if your grief is interfering with your daily life. Grief counseling or therapy can provide valuable support during this difficult time." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

A Loss in the Family: Silence, Memory, and Narrative Identity after Bereavement ResearchGate

Breaking the Silence on Death and Grieving Be Ceremonial

Connecting in the Silence of Grief The Children's Bereavement Center

Coping With Silence While Grieving Open to Hope

Deathly Silence: What to say to Someone Who's Grieving Independent Age

‘Denial and silence’ or ‘acknowledgement and disclosure’ PDF Download ICRC

Disenfranchised Grief (Silent Grief) Verywell Health

How Silence Supports Us in Times of Grief Welldoing

Reflecting the Silence: Supporting a Grieving Person Friends of Hospice

Silent Grief The Grief Toolbox

Silent Grief: the loss that dares not speak its name Irish Farmers Journal

Silent Remembering: The Meaning of Unspoken Grief Psychology Today

Silence After Loss MommiNation

Silence In Grief Still Standing Magazine

The Feelings and Healing of Grief The Big Silence

The Grief of Losing a Parent Is Complex — Here’s How to Start Navigating It Healthline
 
The Silence After Tragic Loss Center for Trauma and Grief Therapy

The Silent Grief, when no one Understands your Pain Psychology Spot

What does grief feel like? Mind

What is Silent Grief? The Love Always Project

The Journey of Grieving, Feeling and Healing | Dr. Edith Eva Eger


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