Beat depression, tame your nightmares, and make friends on twitter: Wednesday news and blogs

This must be new in the UK since the publisher sent me this book a year or two ago. It’s a nice little primer on how to live clean and improve mood and well-being all around. This book contains good advice for any mental health issue even though he concentrates on depression. I also take issue with the word “cure.” I would simply call it a recipe for improved well-being and I recommend it:

How to beat depression – without drugs A healthier lifestyle could banish the blues, says a new book The Guardian — The programme has one glaring omission: anti-depressant medication. Because according to Ilardi, the drugs simply don’t work. “Meds have only around a 50% success rate,” he says. “Moreover, of the people who do improve, half experience a relapse. This lowers the recovery rate to only 25%. To make matters worse, the side effects often include emotional numbing, sexual dysfunction and weight gain.”

As a respected clinical psychologist and university professor, Ilardi’s views are hard to dismiss. A research team at his workplace, the University of Kansas, has been testing his system – known as TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Change) – in clinical trials. The preliminary results show, he says, that every patient who put the full programme into practice got better.

Ilardi is convinced that the medical profession’s readiness to prescribe anti-depression medication is obscuring an important debate. Up to 20% of the UK population will have clinical depression at some point, he says – twice as many as 30 years ago. Where has this depression epidemic come from?

I’ve had brief moments of lucid dreaming in my life. I would love to develop it further.

How to Tame Your — For some people, the ability to recognize that they’re dreaming while they are in a dream comes naturally—others are able to learn it. Once they master lucid dreaming, practitioners say they can change the scene, the action, the characters and the outcome at will.

“We recommend that most people start with flying. Have fun with it. The laws of gravity don’t apply,” says Stephen LaBerge, a psychophysiologist who popularized lucid dreaming while teaching at Stanford University for 25 years.

I’ve been following all sorts of people who are very different from myself from the beginning of my twitter experience. It is indeed enriching and a source of creativity for me if not always comfortable.

Twitter Strangers : The Frontal Cortex

I’d argue that the benefits of these twitter strangers extend beyond the fleeting pleasures of electronic eavesdropping. Instead, being exposed to a constant stream of unexpected tweets – even when the tweets seem wrong, or nonsensical, or just plain silly – can actually expand our creative potential.

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