Sharing ways to make good days happen

 


Fort Collins Psychiatrist Offers Tips On Bipolar Treatment! sticky icon

A Stable Routine Helps Stabilize Mood!

But What Does A Stable Routine Involve?

I Made A Social Routine Chart With The Answers!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Sometimes medications alone are not enough to stabilize one's mood, when one is dealing with bipolar affective disorder.  A stable routine can ramp up the impact of medications and help in designing that routine for you may involve using my chart, available free on the freestuff page, at this link: http://www.gooddayjournal.com/system/files/Jensen+Social+Rhythm+Chart.pd...

The Van Gogh Museum--Tour It Now On Your Computer! sticky icon

Art Is Great Therapy--Visit A Famous Art Museum...

Through The Google Arts Project!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I was 19 and just out of high school and wanted to see the world.  When you grew up in North Dakota you felt a little confined, to put it mildly, when you graduated high school and looked around and all you saw for 500 miles were wheat fields.

I felt if I didn't escape from North Dakota a little part inside of me was going to explode!

It was teen angst!

Take A Kid Fishing In Colorado! sticky icon

Here's 101 Places To Take Children Fishing In Colorado!

Colorado Division Of Wildlife Is Trying To Help Kids Get Hooked On Fishing!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

There is nothing like the thrill in a young boy or girls' eyes when they catch a wiggly rainbow trout!  My Mom told me I was so excited at age 6 when I caught my first trout, I couldn't stop talking about it. 

I guess I still can't, so I'm writing about it!

Depression Is A Medical Condition The World Needs To Fight! sticky icon

The Time Is Now To Stop Stigmatizing People With Mood and Substance Use And Neurologic Disorders,

Says United Nations General Assembly Document!

Only Ignorant People And Nations Ignore People With These Disorders!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

The only smart thing to do with a mood disorder is to take care of it.  That means counseling and medication.  The same can be said for addictions and seizures.  Yet all over the world, people are looked down upon for having these problems and for taking care of them!

Going Fishing? sticky icon

Fish Explorer.Com Is A Great Resource

Great For Planning Your Next Colorado Fishing Trip!

Fishing Is Good Therapy!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

It is winter and a time for many to start planning the next fishing trip...in spring or summer.  Check out this link to Fish Explorer.com...it's got loads of information, maps, reports and the like for lakes all over Colorado...

http://www.fishexplorer.com/co/default.asp

 

HJ

Health expenses can be a possible tax write off! sticky icon

Health Club Membership For Weight Loss

Full Spectrum Lamp

And Other Medical Care Services Prescribed By A Doctor Can Be A Possible Tax Write OFF!

Lower the cost of taking care of yourself!

by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal

Calculate basal metabolic rate here! sticky icon

Fit Watch web site has great tips and tools for weight loss!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Here is a great web site for weight loss help. 

Tools for weight loss include seeing how much calories you burn every day, your basal metabolic rate.  Go here to get that:

http://www.fitwatch.com/qkcalc/bmr.html

Lots of other tips, tricks and tools are there!

HJ

Animal Assisted Therapy Really Works! Here's The Science! sticky icon

Dogs, Cats and Horses Can Be Used To Heal Us!

Here's How People Use Our Animal Companions To Heal Illnesses All Over The World!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Like a few psychiatrists, and many psychologists, I have a dog in the

of

fice.  They are wonderful!  Kind, caring, friendly, devoted.  A fabulous addition to create a warm and inviting, and yes, therapeutic office environment.

Just to pet a dog can soothe anxious nerves, lower blood pressure, help a person turn thoughts away from problems and onto finding solutions.

That's right!  A warm and friendly dog with a wagging tail can help a person change their thoughts and behaviors to change their feelings!  That is the essence of cognitive behavior therapy, that changing cognitions (thoughts) and behavior (actions) can over time change emotions.

Wikipedia has a great article summarizing the world wide history of animals being used this way to better our lives.  Here is the link to that article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal-assisted_therapy

Why are animals so helpful? 

They in part have a need to please those they've bonded to.  It helps they can read our body language too, seeing our level of distress from our facial expressions, tone of voice, and some dogs can even understand words on the level of a 1 or two year old child.  They can even smell odors we give off when we are sad or anxious.  Isn't that amazing.

They also have a need to comfort members of their family.

Commonly in my office, a patient will come in the front door and my black or brown lab will greet them at the door!  I haven't taught them this, they just figured it out on their own.  That I find amazing.  Once a patient checks in with Becky, and sit down to read some magazine in the waiting area, the dog greets them again.

Charley, our chocolate lab, he's five years old, will sit with head held up and proud, just the right distace away so he can be petted.  They he will show his total love for all the adoration showered on him.  He'll squit his eyes in happiness, raise his nose, scoot closer to you for more petting.  He's really loving this affection and hoping you are too!

Elsker, our black lab, now 11 years old, will sit near the patient and gets some petting, then give someone a kiss and lay at their feet to warm them...emotionally.  Both Charley and Elsker can lay at your feet as if to show you that you are accepted here, appreciated, included...and the dog wants to be with you.

For some, Charley and Elsker will lean against you.  That is another expression of acceptance, only deeper.  Yes, our labs are "leaners."

Charley and Elsker can lean their heads onto your lap or against your leg or hand, Elsker (pronounced El Ska, which is "Friend" in Norwegian...she was born on May 17, Norwegian Independence Day) will also look into your eyes to emphasize her effort to accept you and feel close to you, but Charley is a male, eye contact can be seen as a display for dominance so he avoids that out of respect for you.  What does leaning their head hard on you mean?  It means they understand you are "family."

No wonder dogs are such great comforters.  They are masters at the art of comforting and soothing others!  Hurray for our animal companions.  I've had them coming to my office for 11 years now.  Or in Dog Years, that would be 77 years I guess.  What great members of our office they are!

 

Seasonal Depression Got You Down? sticky icon

Build Your Own Light Box To Treat Seasonal Depression!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Jouranl

Thanks for all your recent emails to me, giving me feedback on the website.  It's been another great year for Good Day Journal.

In 2012 I hope to offer ebooks, for some of the half a dozen books I've been working on.

They are all about strategies that common people use to change their brain, overcome anxiety or depression or the like...with the power of new thinking and new actions.

Moose Hunters Live The Wild Life... sticky icon

And Here's A Moose Hunting Story To Prove It!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Here is a true story...