Jim’s Journal: Week 4. Part 1

Hey guys, Things are going great! My weight dropped a bit more and my clothes are definitely looser. I had several people notice that I am losing weight. Of course some people think I am getting too thin, but I still have a lot of fat to deal with. I did a body fat analysis […]

Gadget Guide

Heading for the great outdoors? The essentials used to be a couple cans of food, a box of matches, and a sleeping bag. However, these days, life in the great outdoors is a lot more complex.

Five Learning Philosophies

There are five important learning philosophies to succeed in practicing Tai Chi Chuan. Exercise where you live or work. You don’t need to wear special clothes or practice in a special place. Although some spots are highly favorable for their fresh air and lush panorama, it’s not a pre-requisite.

Is It Body Dysmorphic Disorder or Something Else? Part 3

Depressive disorders — Many patients with BDD have low self-esteem, low mood, guilty feelings (often about what they consider their preoccupations about vain and trivial matters), and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. In short, they meet diagnostic criteria for also having serious depressive disorders.

Is It Body Dysmorphic Disorder or Something Else? Part 2

This group, which in some case series may comprise as many as 40 percent, may actually be diagnosed with both BDD and delusional disorder. People with delusional BDD respond to SRI medications about as well as those without delusional characteristics, and may not require the types of antipsychotic medications used to treat delusions in other […]

Is It Body Dysmorphic Disorder or Something Else? Part 1

Body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, is characterized by certain key and associated features, specifically preoccupying obsessions with a particular body part that the person considers unattractive. These preoccupying obsessions:

Playing the Game

The basic essence of curling is to slide a 40-pound hunk of granite (called a rock in curling lingo) at a target (called a house) painted 140 feet down a sheet of ice. Teams consist of four curlers who each throw two rocks. The team that has its rocks closest to the bull’s-eye (the button) […]

Lifestyle and mood: Can they all be good days? Part 3

Your internal energy rhythms While American culture seems to believe that we wake up in the morning full of high energy that lasts until evening falls, most of us find we have fairly predictable energy highs and lows throughout the day. Instead of fighting your energy rhythms with too many cups of coffee, accept the […]

Lifestyle and mood: Can they all be good days? Part 2

Food and mood You probably know people who seem to do fine on a junk-food diet, or sail through the day on only two food groups. Others find themselves extremely sensitive to the composition of their diet. Carbohydrates put them to sleep, sugar knocks them out, too much time between meals sends them into a […]

Lifestyle and mood: Can they all be good days? Part 1

Lifestyle and mood: Can they all be good days? I go to a high-intensity exercise class every day after work. When I feel overwhelmed and stressed out, it turns my mood completely around, and I feel like a million bucks.”