5 Star #Book Review: Guide to #Natural #MentalHealth by Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer Loyd Eskildson

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on April 24, 2017

The author was formerly the Chief Librarian of the New York State Psychiatric Institute Patient and Family Library, affiliated with Columbia University. Mental illness is a widespread and serious problem. The National Institute for Mental Health estimates about 26.2% of Americans 18 and older meet the criteria for at least one serious mental disorder. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, depression will be the second most common worldwide cause of disability and premature death.

Both exercise and sunshine have been shown efficacious for treating depression. The Omega-3 in fish is not only good for the heart but also the nervous system and brain. Jiang reports it has also been shown good for stopping schizophrenia and helping fight development of diabetes. A sleep deficit built up over many years can also cause lasting physical problems. Eating fruits and vegetables is also good for a person.

Excessive playing of video games or the Internet should be avoided by anyone with anxiety and/or depression problems. Experts say that up to 6% of smartphone users can be addicted. (Checking our phones and finding messages provides a reward in feeling needed.)

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

2 #books about #mentalhealth in the #Top20 abt #anxiety, #bipolar, #depression, & #schizophrenia

Thanks to the Award-Winning Podcast The Half Hour Intern for the interview that launched two of my Kindle books into the top 20 in their mental health category on Amazon.com on the Kindle this weekend! Check em out!

A teaser, we did talk a bit about the epigenome and its relationship to schizophrenia, nature versus nurture and all of that; however, I must say I regret not bringing up the new science of the epitranscriptome and our evolving relationship to schizophrenia, methylation of RNA, etc. Mea culpa! I do hope you will check out the podcast!! I loved the flow of my interviewer! I think it is only available to a few thousand as of yet, because it doesn’t show up on the site’s show database quite yet.

http://www.halfhourintern.com

Below is a screenshot of my two most popular books about mental health in English.

Marijuana: Guys, Just Say No

Drugs are bad.

Even marijuana. The medical studies below from MEDLINE confirm, not even marijuana is innocuous and benign. One of the below studies shows that marijuana can increase the probability of lifelong psychosis: the more one smokes, the stronger marijuana one smokes, the higher the chance of lifelong schizophrenia. The other study shows that marijuana is not good for male sexual health. Period. Does any man want to be unable to perform in bed AND loco? Not me. Do yourself a favor, do not break the law, it is not cool. Live clean, eat clean, have good habits, and get your sleep. You will be happier in the long run. The other way is a fool’s highway. This article was written for the gentlemen, but the same rules for drugs and clean living apply for the ladies. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, whatever you may believe.

Addiction. 2017 Apr 16. doi: 10.1111/add.13826. [Epub ahead of print]

Cannabis, psychosis and schizophrenia: unravelling a complex interaction.

Hamilton I1.

Abstract: The relationship between cannabis and psychosis and schizophrenia has tested the field of addiction for decades, and in some ways serves as measure of our ability to provide a credible contribution to public health. As cannabis is used widely, many people are interested in the risks the drug poses to mental health. This paper focuses upon a seminal study examining this, the trajectory of subsequent research findings and what this has meant for understanding and communicating risk factor information. These studies provided evidence of a dose-response relationship between cannabis and psychosis, and that for those individuals with schizophrenia cannabis exacerbated their symptoms. The findings fit with a multi-causal model in which vulnerability interacts with a precipitating agent to produce a disease outcome. Even though this is a common model in epidemiology, it has proved difficult to communicate it in this case. This may be because at a population level the increased risk is weak and the vulnerabilities relatively rare. It may also be because people bring strongly held preconceptions to interpreting a complex multi-causal phenomenon.

 

Andrologia. 2016 Dec;48(10):1229-1235. doi: 10.1111/and.12566. Epub 2016 Mar 4.

Sexual dysfunction in men diagnosed as substance use disorder.

Kumsar NA1, Kumsar Ş2, Dilbaz N3.

Abstract: Illicit drugs are often used as aphrodisiacs to enhance sexual performance and/or pleasure; however, the available data suggest that most illicit drugs have adverse effects on erection, sexual desire and ejaculation latency in males and that these effects are not fully understood. This study aimed to determine the effect of illicit drug abuse on male sexual function, based on the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) score. This descriptive study was conducted at the Alcohol and Substance Research Treatment and Education Center, Ankara, Turkey. Males diagnosed as substance use disorder according to DSM-IV (n = 101) were included as the patient group, and age-matched healthy male volunteers (n = 43) were included as the control group. A 30-item sociodemographic interview form developed by researchers and the 15-item IIEF were administered to all the participants. Data were compared between the patient and control groups. Mean IIEF score was 46.7 ± 3.3 in the patients that used alcohol, 23.7 ± 3.3 in the opioid users, 34.1 ± 5.3 in the ecstasy users, 43.5 ± 4.2 in the cannabis users and 55.3 ± 1.6 in the control group. There was not a significant difference between the alcohol and cannabis users’ mean IIEF scores and that in the control group (P > 0.05 and >0.05 respectively), whereas there was a significant difference between the opioid and ecstasy users’ mean IIEF scores and that in the control group (P < 0.001 and <0.001 respectively). All IIEF subscale scores in the opioid users were significantly lower than in the control group (P < 0.001). IIEF erectile function, sexual desire and general satisfaction subscale scores were significantly lower in the ecstasy users than in the control group (P < 0.001, <0.005 and <0.001 respectively). In the alcohol users only, the IIEF general satisfaction subscale score was lower than in the control group (P < 0.005).

 

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net or See his Amazon Author page for all of his books at http://www.amazon.com/author/williamjiang

 

14 Distorsiones Cognitivas Comunes

¿Qué es una distorsión cognitiva y por qué tantas personas las tienen? Distorsiones cognitivas son simplemente formas en las que nuestra mente nos convence de que algo no es realmente verdad. Estos pensamientos inexactos son utilizados generalmente para reforzar los pensamientos negativos o las emociones — diciéndonos cosas que suenan racionales y exactas, pero en realidad sólo sirven para hacernos sentir mal con nosotros mismos.

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A “Hot”, New Technique to Sleep Better

Excerpt From:The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Better Natural Sleep

By William Jiang, MLS

A good night’s sleep can be elusive these days. Why are we sleeping worse than ever before? There are a few simple answers to this complicated question. Light at night (LAN) is not supposed to be in our environment before sleep. It is unnatural. If you look at a computer screen after dinner, you are shifting your circadian rhythm strongly due to the light from the computer monitor, iPad screen, or smartphone screen. All these screens work like light boxes. Before all our technology, indeed, before electricity, primitive societies sleep cycles followed the rising and setting of the sun strongly. They slept as much as we do, but they went to sleep easily and insomnia did not exist. Also, the light from televisions and our house lights can keep us up and activated. Luckily there are alternatives to these lights I will mention later in the book. The further we go from following the natural cycles of the day, the further away from healthy sleep we travel. Long time night-shift workers notoriously have really serious problems with sleep, anxiety, and depression many times.

In this book there is a great article titled “Nutrients and botanicals for treatment of stress: adrenal fatigue, neurotransmitter imbalance, anxiety, and restless sleep that has many nutrients that can help one go to sleep from chamomile to hops and beyond. That article needs to be be read as there are so many natural interventions to aid sleep that they would not fit in the article summary. Also, most of the articles have links to full text articles for further exploration and learning.

Most of the text of this book is culled from MEDLINE.

There are many medicines that help with sleep, but I feel that one should do everything on one’s power to get sleep naturally before resorting to medicines. Also, if one takes medicine for sleep, why not do everything one can for better natural sleep.

Good Sleep Hygiene Dictates that One Should..

  1. Go to bed about the same time each night.
  2. Eat and drink in a healthy way throughout the day, and not too close to sleep.
  3. Limit Caffeine after noon as it has a long, seven hour half-life, so if you drink a cup of coffee at 3pm, you will have half a cup of coffee in your system at 10pm.
  4. Create a dark, quiet place where you can really relax for sleep.
  5. Limit long daytime naps
  6. Include Exercise in your day. Even a little exercise will help you to sleep better.
  7. Limit Stress in your life.
  8. Increase exposure to nature, decrease exposure to technology.

About The “Hot”, New Technique for Sleep

About number 8, we live in a modern world, and most of us cannot totally avoid technology. I bring good news. The “Hot, new technique to sleep better” is to turn up the temperature of the light on our screens when we don’t need things like photorealism. See below for a list of helpful links to turn up the temperature on your screen.

Why turn up the temperature on your screen? So, when your screen looks more red, it has less blue. Why? All screens are made of Red, Green, and Blue pixels. This is why when designers create graphics for the screen in programs like Photoshop, they work with the RGB colorspace. If you turn up the intensity of the R for Red the longest wavelength, you will decrease the amount of B or Blue, the shortest wavelength reaching your eyes and activating your brain when you are trying to sleep at night. What does this mean? In short, your screen will have a reddish tint, and you will sleep better if you use the apps below.  The good news is that we can reduce our exposure to the blue light from screens using the free settings, apps, and plugins below, thus making sleep much easier and decreasing our daytime stress. That’s the theory anyway, you would have to see how it would work out for you, personally. Some might “See Red” like a bull!

Anyway, how can we increase our red and decrease our blue light from the screen?

 

  • From the Google Chrome App Store for the Chrome Browser get the Extension called the  Blue Light Filter Guard and add it to your browser.

Red light is not for everybody, but it may be for you, at least in theory.

William Jiang, MLS

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

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Author William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net His Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthbooksdotnet

Escritor William Jiang, MLS es un ex Jefe de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Columbia y autor de 63 libros, incluyendo la autobiografía exitosa Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia de Locura y Esperanza. Un enlace a su página de Autor Amazon y su blog se encuentra en http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net Su pagina de Facebook es https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthbooksdotnet