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Brain & Behavior: Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses

Unfortunately I haven’t had nearly enough time for blogging these days. I want to continue sharing my journey and my knowledge. My end goal is a career in behavioral neuroscience, here’s a bit of what I’m learning along the way! =)  Carefully describe the differences between graded potentials and action potentials. Include how both are initiated:  An excitatory (glutamate) or inhibitory (GABA) neurotransmitter can cause … Continue reading Brain & Behavior: Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses

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Personality

“Hippocrates’s theory was that personality traits and human behaviors are based on four temperaments associated with fluids that he called humors. Choleric temperament or yellow bile from the liver, melancholic temperament with was the black bile from kidneys, sanguine which was red blood from the heart and finally phlegmatic temperament which was white phlegm from the lungs” (Clark & Watson, 2008; Eysenck & Eysenck, 1985; Lecci & Magnavita, 2013; Noga, 2007). YUCK! Continue reading Personality

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Trait Impulsivity in Bipolar Disorder

Torie B. Simmons June 10, 2020 Abstract Bipolar disorder  is a mental disorder that causes an individual to experience erratic shifts in mood, energy levels, and concentration, making it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities and affecting their quality of life and their ability to function psychosocially. (National Institute of Mental Health, n.d.)     According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website, “There are … Continue reading Trait Impulsivity in Bipolar Disorder

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Priorities

for the last few months I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed, lost, like a deer in the headlights. I have so many opportunities and wonderful options in my life that I just don’t know what to do. When my daughter was an infant I didn’t have much time to do anything other than care for her, mostly due to sleep deprevation; she’s over a year old now and I have some choices to make. Continue reading Priorities

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Pose like a Super-hero!

I was watching a television show today, and one of the characters–a surgeon, posed like a super-hero before performing a surgery. They said “it inspires confidence and improves performance”. I had to look it up, and sure enough: “it alters hormone production; lifting the power hormone and reducing the stress hormone. As science demonstrates, body posture influences our brains and, consequently our feeleings. According to … Continue reading Pose like a Super-hero!

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Learning to Cope

Maladaptive coping mechanisms fascinate me. Often times we know what we are doing hurts us but we do it anyway. Immediate stress relief is addictive. An entirely different part of the brain is responsible for impulsive behavior— as opposed to long term, carefully considered decision making. It’s our brain’s reward system. When we are used to using that part of the brain, I suppose it’s like exercising it.
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Lets Play a Game! How My Hubby and I Made Housework Fun!

One way or another, if human evolution is to go on, we shall have to learn to enjoy life more thoroughly. —mihály csíkszentmihályi1 In a blog I posted, Failure Is a Part of Success; If You Don’t Try, You Wont Succeed, I talked about how I was ‘holding it together’. How my husband and I had transformed our lives and wanted to keep it that … Continue reading Lets Play a Game! How My Hubby and I Made Housework Fun!

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Excuses, Excuses..

I write a lot about bi-polar, PTSD and self-medicating. It’s kinda my thing! I’ve been accused of using mental illness as an excuse or a crutch, and I feel the need to explain why I think it’s important to recognize a “diagnosable” mental disorder. I’m sure many people use mental illness as an excuse but there are other reasons to identify whether or not you … Continue reading Excuses, Excuses..

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How will you be remembered?

Alfred Nobel was a man who dedicated his life to the development of explosives for warfare and construction. Newspapers had confused Ludvig Nobel’s death with Alfred’s, and published obituaries that read, “The Merchant of Death, is dead.” Upon reading these, Alfred was so torn by these obituaries that he amended his will, leaving almost all of his fortune to the cause of celebrating humanity: he created the Nobel Prize. Continue reading How will you be remembered?

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Guest Post by: Kelci Jayde Gwatkin

Kelci Jayde Gwatkin is more than just a beautiful woman, she is a woman who has endured trauma that most couldn’t imagine. She has shared her journey, after losing her baby boy shortly after he was born. Kelci’s story is hers to tell, and I hope to delve deeper into her past a future blog; she has taught me so much about the grieving process, … Continue reading Guest Post by: Kelci Jayde Gwatkin

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Advertising Fails! Laugh for your Health & Decrease Stress

“Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.” https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm/ Here are a couple of advertising/ architectural flops to keep you laughing! Continue reading Advertising Fails! Laugh for your Health & Decrease Stress

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Down The Rabit Hole: A Downward Spiral to Deep Depression

During recovery, it’s important to have goals—distractions—something to work toward. My blog has done just that and my supporters have helped me continue to focus. Today I’ve felt depression take hold. Depression doesn’t have to be symptomatic of an outside influence; it isn’t in this case. Depression, to me, feels like my body is enveloped in one of those tar face masks. I know, odd … Continue reading Down The Rabit Hole: A Downward Spiral to Deep Depression

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Share Your Truth Project: Sarah

I met Sarah when she was working in my little town as a teacher. I met her at a party when I was still drinking. Our first conversation consisted of me trying to convince her that she had to be older than me because I graduated in 2006 and she graduated in 2008—hello—6 is smaller than 8. I obviously felt like a complete moron when … Continue reading Share Your Truth Project: Sarah

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Share Your Truth Project: Gaylene Bruce-Moyers

  I have known Gaylene since middle-school. I always saw her house a place of comfort when things weren’t as good at my home. I thought she was Superwoman–and I still do. She works hard in every aspect of her life. She’s kind–generous–beautiful–healthy–and smart. She has this quality about her that can’t be explained, you just have to get to know her to understand. Not … Continue reading Share Your Truth Project: Gaylene Bruce-Moyers

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Share Your Truth Project: Darlene Starr

Darlene Starr is an all around amazing person. She is modest and doesn’t understand why I think so much of her. It’s hard to explain–she is just one of those people who uplifts others and never brings anyone down. She has inspired me with her attitude and as much as I know about the way she lives her life. Here is the writing she posted. … Continue reading Share Your Truth Project: Darlene Starr

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Share Your Truth Project: Writing by Brandon Forseth

My goal in doing Share Your Truth was to share stories and values from other people. I’ve learned from so many people and I want to offer as much helpful information on coping, grief, health,  and strength–while using positive rhetoric to uplift the soul. I want to engage a wide audience in order to touch as many lives as possible. I’ve never even met Brandon Forseth … Continue reading Share Your Truth Project: Writing by Brandon Forseth

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Share Your Truth Project

  This month alone my blog as been viewed by readers in the United States, Kenya, Ireland, Canada, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Spain, and New Zealand. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to reach people in so many places. I don’t know, honestly, if I’ve truly helped anyone. I am hopeful and the outlook is good. The more I write, the more I wonder … Continue reading Share Your Truth Project

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Is it ever OK to have an addiction?

A subject that I’ve broached with my therapist many times, especially during the process of recovery is how do I know if I’m an addict—or more specifically am I addicted to a particular substance? What defines an addict? I have degenerative arthritis in my back and I was prescribed Gabapentin for the pain. Gabapentin isn’t bad for the liver or kidneys, it doesn’t have serious … Continue reading Is it ever OK to have an addiction?

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Shooting Up To Success: My husband is my hero

Shooting Up To Success: My husband is my hero I have made leaps and bounds in my recovery. Not only did I straighten my life out but I have exceeded every personal expectation, finally reaching a peaceful state. There are many cogs that were essential in achieving success. Therapy, hard work, and using my medication properly (no self-medicating). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a work … Continue reading Shooting Up To Success: My husband is my hero

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A Mother’s Choice: Taking responsibility for another life.

A Mother’s Choice: Taking responsibility for another life.       I remember holding my brand new baby and loving her more than I knew I could love. I also remember being shamed by a nurse. She told me that I should think of the health of my baby; referring to my use of medication. A decision that was based on careful, meticulous, research. I … Continue reading A Mother’s Choice: Taking responsibility for another life.

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Are you being deceived?

Cognitive Distortions II Are you being deceived? Imagine that you’ve just taken a pill that makes you feel as though your leg has just been severely broken. You have no physical injury and it’s perfectly safe to walk but you are in complete agony. Your goal is to overcome the pain and walk, or maybe even run. This is what comes to mind when someone asks me … Continue reading Are you being deceived?

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Meth Monsters

The focal point of many therapy sessions, dreams, journal entries and the source of many  insecurities, has been “the night my dad went bad“. I remember my mom always referring to it as such. I’ve analyzed the event over and over. I remember waking up to my dad moving from room to room frantically, reading the bible, talking about the demons inside everyone. I remember … Continue reading Meth Monsters

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Summertime Mania: The Incident

I woke up happy and ready to face the day. Summer-time mania was always the best. I had talked to my psychiatrist a week or so prior about the fact that my meds hadn’t been fully effective and I was still experiencing relatively severe bouts of both hypo-mania and depression. She informed me there was nothing to do really, other than be vigilant.  I have … Continue reading Summertime Mania: The Incident