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    Negative thoughts...

    Negative automatic thoughts (NATs) are negative thoughts or impulses that pop into our heads without any warning, which if left unchecked, worsen our mood and contribute towards anxiety and depression. Many psychological treatments and talk therapies, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)...
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    5-HTP for insomnia...?

    I've been having a wretched time with insomnia for the past month or so. It usually comes on mid-November and I generally get through most winters using my light box, but since the start of January the insomnia has been a real problem and is really affecting how I feel during the day. I always...
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    Low fat diet - amazing results...

    Back in January I was diagnosed with very high cholesterol levels (8.5 mml/L - UK measure; 330 mg/dl - US measure). I was prescribed a course of Lipitor by my doctor. As usual, I suffered a bad reaction to the medication -- the Lipitor made me feel tired, listless and groggy. I made a deal with...
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    All the top SJW brands in one place...

    I checked into the St. John's wort section of internet supplier iherb.com this morning and noticed that their main page showcases the three top brands of SJW that are discussed on this message board - Kira, Perika and Nature's Way SC27. If you're new to this forum and are looking for a good...
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    Fish oil -- my experience...

    I've been taking fish oil more or less continuously for about three years and have tried a few different products during that time. However, in the last week I seem to have reached a final position regarding what works best for me, so I thought I would write a quick post about it. ** A quick...
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    Switching fish oil brands...

    Just yesterday I switched fish oil brands from one I had been taking for ages, realtively high in DHA, to one with high EPA levels. It seemed like a logical move, because I'm always reading that high EPA fish oil is generally better in realtion to mood and overall mental condition. I wasn't...
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    Working in offices...

    I was having a chat in the pub this evening with a friend about how stressful working in an office can be. Some people seem to be able to handle it OK....but some definitely don't. Roughly eighty per cent of us work in an office environment at some time or other, yet to many people that...
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    New Chapter SC27 in the UK...

    As previously noted on this board, the availability and range of SJW products in the UK is extremely poor. Of the major brands, only Kira is available on the high street and only at extortionate expense (usually around ?22.00 for a blister pack of 30 x 300mg tablets). If anyone is interested...
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    A little bit of music for you...

    This is the Beatles playing a (relatively obscure) song called 'Hey bulldog', back in February 1968. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrEZH7j1bQ If you like it -- if you hate it...tell me what you think. I reckon these guys are the goddam greatest! Sheephead. :smile:
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    New Chapter - SC27 vs. Serofin...

    Given that New Chapter are widely regarded as one of the top brands of SJW, I was quite interested to read this advisory note from New Chapter's own website... "Cutting-edge research has revealed that hyperforins and hypericins are independently capable of producing beneficial effects, but...
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    Blood pressure - a few random thoughts...

    We were talking on one of the other threads recently about the issue of high blood pressure - and I didn't want to hijack that thread, so I thought I would continue the subject here... My blood pressure is slightly high - it averages about 135/95, give or take. When I first had my blood...
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    Bouncebackability...

    Bouncebackability [noun]: The ability to bounce back. This word was introduced into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006 after a campaign by cult British football TV programme, Soccer AM. The word was originally used by Crystal Palace FC manager, Iain Dowie, to describe his team's ability to...
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    Is it possible to take too much Vitamin B...?

    I've recently substantially reduced my intake of vitamin B as part of an overall reduction in the quantity of vitamins and minerals that I take....and d'you know what - my sleep has suddenly improved. Of course, I'm not one-hundred-percent sure that there is a definite link, but my strong hunch...
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    Rip-off Britain...

    This subject came up in Sad Scot's thread a couple of days ago. The availablility of good quality SJW in the UK is an absolute joke... Two of the three leading brands (Perika and New Chapter) aren't available in the shops at all. The other brand, Kira, is quite widely available but at an...
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    I worry about trivial things...

    I worry about trivial things, me. About this and that, About whether things that don't really make any difference Should be attempted - perhaps - in some completely different way or other. And then, if I've got nothing to worry about I'll worry about something else Things that don't really...
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    7 things your low mood might be telling you...

    Depression can be devious and cunning. As well as undermining the way you feel, it tries to change the way you think. If left unchecked, it can poke a never-ending stream of negative thoughts and emotions into your head. It cramps your style. It's always telliing you things that aren't true...
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    Straights and screwballs...

    I have a theory about people -- it's slightly frivolous, but the more I think about it, the more it seems to make some sort of sense.....and it's a bit of fun! See what you think....Which one are you?? ;) People sub-divide into two generic types, 'straights' and 'screwballs'. Probably the...
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    New treatment for social anxiety...

    Sunday Times, 22nd June 2008: 'Scientists investigating oxytocin, a natural hormone that helps mothers bond with newborn babies, believe it could become a wonder drug in the treatment of shyness and social anxiety. Trials have found that oxytocin can reduce anxiety and ease phobias. Paul...
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    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy -- my experience and first impressions...

    I have recently attended a few CBT counselling sessions and thought that since there is very little on this message board relating to what?s commonly referred to as ?talk therapy?, I would post my experiences and impressions to date Firstly a bit of background. I have been suffering on and off...
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    Sheephead - "Work-related stress, depression and other shennanigans" - my story

    I thought I would post my experiences with depression, starting at the very beginning and going right up to the present day, in order that it might be useful, or interesting to people. I hope that you might be able to identify with bits of my story and possibly find it helpful in some way. It?s...
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