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

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How to Make Good Memories in the Worst of Times


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?

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Welcome to MoodPanda’s new Blog Author - Annie!

imageAs part of our push to build TeamPanda, we’re very happy to welcome Annie on board!

Annie is a retired English teacher and writer in Michigan and mother to a college-aged son and two Siamese kitties.

Annie will bring you  fascinating posts about Family, Mental health, and Happiness, and we’re very proud to have her on board

Welcome to TeamPanda, Annie!

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World Mental Health Day 2012

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, 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.

Read more about World Mental Health Day 2012 at MentalHealthy

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