“We are all going to turn to dust and our vanity is so often just in vain, but being kind is actually one of the things that has a little bit of meaning, isn’t it? Being nice to the people around you. That is one of the things that is really worth fighting for. Everything else is vanity.”—James Allen, the train dispatcher at St. Albans station
DIY Emotional First Aid - EFT - Interviewing Karin Davidson
Once, on an anxious visit to my shrink, I was trying to explain the source of my distress and was so near breaking down that I began to employ tapping…part of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). He obviously had not heard of this and looked at me as though I had gone mad and said, “Stop that tapping, it’s annoying, I can’t concentrate!” EFT is an alternative or complementary technique being used worldwide, but not yet embraced by the medical mainstream, so I was not surprised.
EFT a newer, self-administered “emotional first aid,” employs tapping on acupressure points or meridians on the head, hands and body while one verbally forges new cognitive paths.
It can potentially help people with issues such as - Trauma - Abuse - Panic attacks - Anxiety
One time, I called my psychiatrist on the phone and upon his picking up, I said, “Hello doctor, this is Ann Hedonia.” The joke being that my name is Ann and that he knew I was in the lower depths of depression and might find my pun amusing. I knew intellectually that it was funny, but it brought me no pleasure or laughter.
Indeed, Anhedonia is no laughing matter, as this absence of ability to experience happiness, joy or pleasure goes hand in hand with the diagnosis of depression - and enjoyment and engagement with people, places and events is a basic requirement for a full and happy life.
So what is there to do about the dark, joyless times that may befall us?
As the winter nights draw in, we’re going to release some new features. We’ve rolled out 2 major updates into testing across the iPhone and Android Apps in the past week which you may have already noticed
MoodPanda to be featured in Psychopathology textbook
Exciting news! MoodPanda is going to be featured in the 2nd edition of “Psychopathology: Research, Assessment and Treatment in Clinical Psychology" by Graham Davey, to be published Summer 2014!
[This is the cover of the 1st edition]
”Psychopathology is a comprehensive introductory textbook covering all facets of psychopathology and clinical practice for students at all levels supplemented by a wide range of features to facilitate effective teaching and learning.”
How to Keep Anxiety in Check When You're at the Office
Lifehacker posted a great post about anxiety at work, and after a difficult day in the office last week I thought I’d repost it here.
What do you think? Do you have tips for dealing with anxiety in the office? Post a comment below
I had my first panic attack at 19. It was in the middle of a presentation for my internship. As I stood in front of a panel of the company’s executives and all my fellow interns, something happened. I started to get lightheaded as I felt all their eyes on me, I started to shake and I froze. I was no longer the confident breezy person I often am. I was terrified.
MoodPanda delivers happiness report to Channel 4 News
Today, in our quickest turnaround ever, we delivered a bespoke happiness report to ITN for Channel 4 News [uk] in just a few hours, for an article on how the heatwave we’re experiencing here in the UK has affected our happiness
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of our supporters.
There’s 50 MoodyPandas in the supporters team now! That’s a very small team of people, each of whom have donated to help MoodPanda grow, develop and be there for our lovely community of so many people!
Having a solid community of people who you can trust enough to be vulnerable and honest with is a foundational part of life.
Everyone needs people who encourage, listen to and cry with them. Community offers several valuable gifts that combine to improve our emotional state, relationships and quality of life.
Five Reasons why Community is Important.
1) Community gives courage: People who say just the right thing at just the right time give courage to pursue dreams, confront fears and live with less anxiety. A life free from fear is a life that can accomplish anything.
2) Community gives hope: In a painful, uncertain world the understanding and supportive nature of good, honest community can provide the hope necessary to press on and take chances – even in the midst of pain.
Motherhood can be one of the most stressful and amazing times in a woman’s life. While becoming a mum for the first time can be overwhelming at times, tracking moods with MoodPanda can help new moms cope with the challenges of motherhood.
Have you ever walked through the door after a hard day and heard your friend or loved one say, “It looks like you could use a hug!” The truth is, most of us could use a hug, but too many of us aren’t giving or getting the hugs we need. And we do, in fact, need them!
It’s almost the end of the year, and we hit 50% of our annual donation target, not bad for our first year of community funding! There’s still time to help us get towards our target, every penny helps.
Your donations go straight into the future development of MoodPanda - the most notable recent development being our brand new Android App!
You wanted it, you helped us pay for it, you now have it!
If you wish to support us and help us continue build our amazing community, please donate to us for Christmas. It really makes a difference to what we can do. We’re all volunteers here at MoodPanda and we cover all costs (with your help)
Already a supporter? Thank you! Donate again, to help us towards our future :-)
Today (10th October) is World Mental Health Day. This year the focus of World Mental Health Day is depression.
Depression is a condition that affects day-to-day life. It is more than feeling a bit low, or reacting to negative circumstances, it is not a weakness, a personality trait, or a choice of any sort, it is an illness.
This little video, released in time for WMHD, by the World Health Organisation and the incredibly talented author Matthew Johnstone, depicts the condition very well. Please do take a look and share:
"Medication can help some, and others might need a different approach altogether…
Keep a mood journal; getting your thoughts on paper can be cathartic and often insightful. Also keep track of the things that you have been grateful for.
The most important thing to remember is that no matter how bad it gets, if you take the right steps, talk to the right people, black dog days can and will pass.” - Matthew Johnstone
If you would like to try keeping a mood journal but don’t know where to start, visit our site MoodPanda.com, which is an online website and iPhone App that lets you do exactly that, with a support community around it to help pick you up when the black dog visits.