Monday, April 30, 2012


Hello, A motivational video to inspire those who have been stigmatized by mental illness. I couldn't think of a better way to start the week! The person who made this video is encouraging everyone to share this, so feel free to do so.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Friday, April 27, 2012


Hello, Happy Friday! I'm still learning this as I go through life. You truly never know what is going on with someone, you never know what their battles are, so yes, we should pause and think before we make assumptions and judgments of others.
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Have a great weekend,
Janet :)


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wired and Tired?

Hello, I hope your doing well today. I've always been open to the idea of alternative ways to help with all around mental and physical health. So I thought I would share this information with any of you who feel the same. I know as I get older, I would like more Stamina and all of the benefits these herbs can offer. I'm not sure how to use them or where you would get them. I would have to get a book like the one I posted below. And remember, the most important thing to do if you are thinking of trying these herbs, is to talk to your Doctor first as they recommend.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Note: When using herbs, please consult a licensed healthcare provider trained in their use. Some herbs are not compatible with medications. To learn more about the subject of adaptogens, I recommend an excellent book on the subject: "Adaptogens for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes."

Tonight you'll meditate. You really will.

Tomorrow, you'll figure out a way to fit in that yoga class, between getting your kids to school and making it to work on time.

This week, you'll start inching toward that elusive "work/life" balance you keep reading about, keep a positive attitude, and work in plenty of "me time" without neglecting any responsibilities. Really, you will.

If you're like a lot of us, you tell yourself things like this every day but still struggle to make it all fit. You wonder: Who are these people anyway, who eat only home-cooked vegan, organic meals, get regular massages, meditate daily, work, raise their kids, and still find time to blog about how they "have it all"?

Who are these people who reach for their yoga mats in times of stress? The only things you feel like reaching for is a sugary snack, a cigarette, or a glass of wine.

You're not alone. Most of my day is spent assisting patients in finding ways to create some calm in their lives that can seem full to the point of bursting. When I ask them if they feel "wired and tired" the response is usually enthusiastic and immediate: "Yes, that's exactly how I feel!"

People come to our clinic seeking relief for a variety of health challenges: digestive concerns, musculoskeletal pain, immune issues, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue, etc. We spend significant time discussing contributing factors, which are often stress, nutrition, and lifestyle issues. If you were a fly on the wall in the clinic, you'd hear discussions of strategies on how to reduce chronic stress and how to create a more balanced and fulfilling life all day long.

Over the past 20 years of practice, I've noticed a dramatic increase in how patients rate how stressful they perceive their lives. I've also witnessed an increase of more young people looking for ways to balance lives that seem unmanageable. Along with it, the number of people on antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs has skyrocketed. We see a huge boom in spas, yoga centers, wellness centers, life coaches, and so on. It seems like being "crazy busy" has become a badge of honor rather than being "balanced," and people are desperately seeking a way out of the chaos.

For the full article click the link below

7 Herbs to Reduce Stress and Increase Vitality

Panax ginseng: It's used to promote a sense of well-being and endurance, as an anti-depressant, for memory and calmness, for energy (it's one of the ingredients in most energy drinks)... and even as an aphrodisiac!

Rhodiola: also called "golden root" -- is used mostly to treat stress, depression and fatigue, and is also believed to increase mental performance.

Ashwangandha: is one of the premier restorative herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known to help stabilize mood and support optimal physical and emotional well-being

Holy Basil: Within the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to alleviate stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems and inflammation

He Shou Wu: used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic to slow down the aging process. It is a restorative herb, calming to the nervous system, and has also been shown to promote hair growth, alleviate insomnia, and may aid with learning and memory

The Schizandra Berry: It promotes liver function, supports the immune system, relieves anxiety, increases energy, and it can improve mental clarity

Reishi: Chinese medicine uses reishi to "calm the spirit", can be helpful to reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue, and lower blood pressure

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Within You

Hello, I hope your enjoying your weekend. A reminder for you today that it is in you to overcome life's challenges! My philosophy, is to just take the challenges in front of me one day at a time, even a minute at a time if need be. Life should be progress, not perfection.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Aging Mentally Ill

Hello, This is a very important issue to think about if you have a person in your life with Mental Illness that is aging. My siblings and I were faced with this issue when our Mother had a double stroke. She needed to be in a nursing home because caring for her at home would have been to difficult. She was paralyzed from her stroke. It was such a heartbreaking time for me and my siblings. Some of the heart break came from the fact that a lot of nursing homes would not accept her just because she had a diagnosis of Schizophrenia earlier in life, even though later in life she did not show any signs of the disease. Eventually we did find one to take her and luckily they were a good nursing home too. That was an eye opener for me though that the Mentally Ill could be discriminated against in their senior years like that. But even more important, we learned that we needed to have certain paper work in order. So as this article says you should prepare some of these important health care forms, with a guardian if needed, and it will help save some difficulties later in life for them and for you and your family.
Thank you for visiting,
Janet :)


Mentally Ill in Nursing Homes Often Lack Advance Care Plans

(HealthDay News) -- Nursing home residents with serious mental illnesses are less likely to have advance care directives than those with no mental illness, researchers have found.

An advance care directive enables people to make informed decisions about their future treatment or identify a person who will make health care decisions for them if they become too ill to do so.

U.S. researchers looked at four types of advance care plans among 13,500 residents in 1,174 nursing homes: living wills; do-not-resuscitate orders; do-not-hospitalize orders; and restrictions on feeding tubes, medications or other treatments.

The study found that 68 percent of residents with no mental illness had at least one of the four types of advance care plans, compared to 57 percent of residents with a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder or a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia.

The study authors noted that mentally ill people in nursing homes are among the most important groups of patients with whom health providers should work to create advance directives.

"Our findings reflect disparities in medical decision-making caused by such factors as provider bias rather than actual differences in expressed care preferences," wrote the study authors, Dr. Peter Cram, Xueya Cai and Yue Li, who are affiliated with the University of Iowa and with Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The researchers also noted that nursing home care typically focuses on managing chronic medical conditions and functional disabilities. Staff members may not have been trained in mental health issues, they added.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Hello, A beautiful way to say trust your instincts and go for what you desire in life!
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Janet :)


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

10 Foods That Improve

Hello, I hope your doing good today. I thought this was an important article to share with all of you. I have found that eating certain foods, along with exercise, can help keep my mood positive. Try adding some of these foods to your daily diet if you feel you could still use a little boost in your mood! And how nice it is to see that Dark Chocolate is on the list! I'll just have to keep reminding myself though, when it comes to that delicious Chocolate, "everything in moderation"! For the full article click the link below.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


It’s no secret that there are intricate links between our physical health and the food we eat. But mounting research has also connected the dots between mental health and a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Although food alone cannot cure a disorder such as depression, a diet rich in mood-boosting foods can provide a nice complement to traditional psychotherapy and/or medication

Salmon is chock full of Omega-3s, heart-healthy fats that aid mood and memory. Omega-3 fatty acids are present in the brain more than in any other part of the body, and several studies have suggested this nutrient can help lift mood, alleviate mild depression, and improve memory

The egg yolk, often unnecessarily shunned for its high cholesterol content, is rich in vitamins D, B12, and choline, which help enhance memory. Vitamins D and B12 both increase levels of serotonin

A banana is rich in magnesium, which reduces anxiety and improves sleep. Calming and stress-reducing, bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into serotonin in the body

Dark leafy greens—such as spinach, chard, and kale—are high in folic acid, a nutrient proven to help alleviate depression and reduce fatigue. These greens also boast abundant antioxidants, which protect brain cells from the free radicals that dampen mood and drain energy

Turkey contains the chemicals tryptophan, a mood regulating substance that contains a level of protein that helps the mind relax, and melatonin, which helps the body relax (causing that sluggishness you feel after Thanksgiving dinner). Turkey is also rich in tyrosine, an amino acid that lifts energy levels and helps the body cope with stress

Whole Wheat
Without carbohydrates, our bodies can’t produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes us tranquil and more able to cope. Fiber helps the body absorb carbohydrates more slowly, keeping serotonin levels steady

Milk is an ideal source of vitamins A and B, calcium, carbohydrates, magnesium, phosphate, protein, riboflavin, and zinc. Consuming whey, a protein present in milk, is shown to decrease anxiety and frustration

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is an indulgence with benefits. This treat contains antioxidants that keep blood vessels healthy and happy. Chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa delivers a natural brain boost from sugar and endorphins

Rich in serotonin-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, this antioxidant-rich nut is an easy on-the-go mood booster. Studies have shown that magnesium deficiency may cause depression, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia

Vitamin C
Vitamin C deficiency is associated with low energy, depressed mood, and irritability. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, provide an instant burst of Vitamin C and help to pump oxygen through your body and brain

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Silly Me

Hello, I'm just feeling silly today, so I thought I would share some Easter humor with all of you.
Have a great weekend,
Janet :)





Tuesday, April 3, 2012

On The Way

Hello, I hope your doing well today, I am doing good! I have learned that our plans, our dreams, in life can definitely turn out different than we expected them to. But have faith that sometimes that is a good thing, whether we understand it or not, and that something better could just be around the corner.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)