Wednesday, February 1, 2017

“No matter what I do, I will never get out of this world alive”!

These lines from a popular music album pretty much reflects our collective dilemma. We are born, grow up (some), and die. In the meantime, each of us has our own issues or baggage to deal with and if you think you have it bad, just look at the world poverty situation where 3 billion people live on just $2.50 a day. If poverty is not enough, then think about the mentally ill, disabled, homeless, etc.

However, we have been given a life and since no one yet has decoded why we are here and what we are supposed to do with it, there is tremendous anxiety and depression among our ranks. Over one-half of the US population are prescribed psychiatric medication one or more times a year and 74% of Doctor visits involve drug therapy discussions/prescriptions.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the top selling psychiatric drugs are for anxiety or depression with Xanax the number one drug with 48 million (mm) prescriptions followed by Zoloft with 41mm, Celexa with 39 mm, and Prozac with 29mm. It seems that more people are seeking treatment due to Drug Company advertising and acceptance or lack of stigma.

In addition to prescription medicine, the self-improvement market exceeded over $10 billion in 2013 and climbing. It is estimated that over one half of the US have read a “self-help” book in the past year and this involves mostly women, since men still seem to hang onto their “macho” mentality where they will not admit to their problems and self-medicate rather than see a doctor, much less a shrink.

All this adds up to a world with universal personal issues and more are using medication to help calm down their demons. The lesson here is that it has been proven we can rewire our neural circuits or synapses with our thinking, which controls our feelings (neuroplasticity). This can be done using a combination of psychotherapy, self-help programs, and/or medications. If you take the initiative and begin in earnest to meditate, pray, exercise, and expand your word view, you can do it yourself. It will take some time, but the results are stunning. You will experience your world in a brand new “light” and awe at the beautiful majesty of living beings and nature and how it all works together. You will experience unbelievable connections you did not know you have and become a new person. It will help lead to a drug free life with total mind clarity.

Why not start now? After all, we don’t know how long we have to enjoy this incredible world.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions hard to achieve!

Just about as many US citizens (45%) attempt to make New Year’s Resolutions as those that don’t (38%).

The overwhelming odds of achieving a major behavior change (Losing weight is #1 and getting organized is #2, etc.) is reduced to down to just 8% that consider themselves successful. That’s 8% of 45% that try.

It all seems so futile, but human beings have the innate desire to improve themselves mainly via self-help programs which most promise the moon and deliver about the same if you just set your mind to your goals. Also, the overwhelming majority who try are women, probably because men are so macho and prideful that they avoid self-help or even professional improvement programs and substitute with drugs, alcohol, or any mind numbing substance that may help the demons go away if only for a short time.

Well, you might think that if 8% succeed, which is really 4% or less for the total population, then in 20-30 years everyone would be solving all their problems-not! Don’t forget that we all experience “life” in unexpected ways of bad health, work and money issues, family problems, and on and on. This is constant and we all have to deal with our own issues the best way we can and they can happen so unexpectantly.

There is no question that psychotherapy is the best investment anyone can make for themselves. To have a trained and competent therapist to discuss your issues and concerns will help you work through your problems and give you a better chance of securing the ever elusive “peace of mind” we all seek.

Give it a try. You will be rewarded in time, but it will be well worth the investment of time and money.

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