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Fort Collins Psychiatrist Gives Away Dozens Of Stress Managment Books!

Find Them On The Free Stuff Page!

Hundreds Of Chapter Titles Are Listed So You Can See What Might Work For You!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

The power you have to conquer stress lies waiting in you.  You have tremendous power to overcome all kinds of stress!  The energy of stress is something you can harness to make your life something better!

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SKIP THE PIE.ORG Tells The Truth On What's In Food!

Nutritional Content Search Engine Is In This Article!

You Are What You Eat, So Check This Site To See What You're Feeding Your Brain!

By Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Today was the first day of handing out jerky to patients. It's my way this Thanksgiving week, to show my thanks to people in my practice.  Also, natural food is healthier, and studies show what you eat can affect your mood.  People are happier, for example, eating the Meditteranean Diet.

Dr. Harris Jensen Reviews Modern Effective Methods For Treating Major Depression... sticky icon

Holistic Approaches And Medication Can Help Speed Recovery And Empower Self Control!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal.com

Live The Sweet Life! sticky icon

Tuscan Living and The Slow Food Movement

Show Us How To Feel The Sweetness Of Life!

Live La Dolce Vita!

Soldo Vito In Empoli, Italy Brings Tuscan Beauty Into His Food And Life!

You Can Too!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Tuscany seems magical to the world.  Ten million visitors come to this area about the size of Colorado every year, and for good reason.  Something special is happening here, as it has for 3,000 years.  The people have a love for the sweet life (la dolce vita) that is infectious!

The sweet life?

Yes.  They find sweetness in great food.  

They cook lean meats and vegetables with aromatic herbs, and use olive oil to carry the wonderful bouquet of flavors to your taste buds.  Eat Tuscan stir fried vegetables with Tuscan pork as I did this June, and your taste buds want to stand up and applaud!  Mix paste of artichoke with thyme and other aromatic herbs freshly picked, and another taste sensation will fill your mouth! 

More!  Your taste buds want more!

No high fructose corn syrup, no sick "overfull feeling" and no high fat and high salt and high sugar ingredients.  This is natural food, slowly grown, slowly prepared, and bursting with flavor...and well overflowing with goodness.  The stuff is fresh and tastey.  This isn't American fast food.  This Tuscan food makes you feel full and feel good!

The goodness of nature is getting inside you.  

You aren't just eating Tuscany, you are thinking it, drinking it, living it.  Here's a video introduction to a Tuscan farm I recently visited where I learned more about living "The Sweet Life."

 

My family was invited by the family of Soldo and Katerina Vito to spend some time at their villa in June.   We found them on the site Vacation Rental By Owner.  We happily accepted their invitation.  My family had heard about Tuscany for years.  But was that just marketing?  Just hype?  What is there so special about Tuscany?  What is La Dolce Vita anyway besides the name of a movie?

Their farm was located right in the middle of the greatest places to visit in Tuscany.  They are located just outside of Empoli, and to the west is Florence, east is Pisa with its leaning tower, south is the medieval walled town of San Gimignano, and north is Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo.  Here's the map on that:

 

Fort Collins Doctor Talks About Traumatic Brain Injury sticky icon

New Study Finds Biological Basis

For Traumatic Brain Injury Causing Loss Of Memory And Mood Control

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I've listed many sources for my articles, now I get to add a reader!  An anonymous reader sent me the article in Scientific American at this link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=soldier-blast-chronic-t...

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

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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!

 

Massage Therapy Helps Heal The Soul And The Body... sticky icon

Here’s Some Lame Excuses For Not Getting Massage Therapy!

Sharon Welch Reviews What Is Known About Massage Therapy And It's Potential For Physical Healing

 
By Sharon Welch
 
Massage Therapy Editor For The Good Day Journal, and
Certified Massage Therapist
Loveland, Colorado
 

Massage therapists are a little like celebrities in social situations. People are fascinated with us, and the mystery that what we do. When people find out what I do for a living, we usually have one of two kinds of conversations. The first is the obvious, and starts with “I sure could use a massage, how much do you charge!” and the other is the polar opposite, “I could never get a massage.” The latter is the conversation that I love to get into. 

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Depression strikes more people than you think, and in more ways than you imagine

Dr. Harris Jensen Reviews The Devastating Impact Of Depression On Ordinary People In America

No Family Is Spared

By Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal
 
Each year Americans lose $70 billion due to medical problems, and depression accounts for 12 billion of those dollars. This is money lost due to time off work and another $11 billion is lost from decreased effectiveness at work.
These and other amazing facts are reviewed in an article, "Statistics On Depression," in the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website, and all are facts based on articles in scientific publications or government documents.
 How much do you know about Depression? Test your knowledge with the questions below, which are taken from the DBSA website. These amount to an avalanche of statistics that show depression is not just a medical problem, but the number one health care crisis in the world, causing more problems in families lives than any other medical problem.
In the face of these facts, people who say depression is just  a “mental” thing clearly come across as callous and self absorbed or else just not well informed. 
Maybe hopelessly uninformed.
But that is the common attitude about depression in the US. Depression is just a result of “weak thinking” that is easy to reverse if a person would just try a little.
The common person’s view of depression in this country is way off base. About 80% of people in the US think depression comes from how you think, or evil spirits, or a weak character, or a person just isn’t trying hard to be positive. From the mid 1950's to the early 1990's people did not change their attitudes much in regard to taking care of their head, but with the coming of the internet and a higher percentage of well educated people in this country, those attitudes are changing.  People are taking an interest in getting informed about how to take good care of their "noggin."
These ignorant attitudes are changing for the better in this country, and this change is reviewed in an article, “Americans’ Attitudes Toward Mental Health Treatment Seekling: 1990-2003,” by Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PHD, in the May, 2007 issue of Psychiatric Services. (You can Google this article.)
See how well you can be a part of this new trend of people getting informed about what works to take care of your brain. Take the quiz below and try to guess the right answers…
1.       Adults in America with depression in any given year?
14.8 million or 6.7 percent of adults
2.       Average age depression starts?
32.

Time for a check up on your medical checkups! sticky icon

Are you happy with your medication?  Your mood?  Your doctor?  Your medical care?

New survey helps patients give feedback to their doctor on how they feel about their medical care...

Mood Swings can break through medicines because of poor communication between doctors and patients...don't let it happen to you!  Updated 4/24/09

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

New Self Help Book Released By Harris Jensen, MD sticky icon

"The Four Secrets For Successful Living"

Combines The Most Powerful Elements Of Several

Psychotherapy Strategies Into One Powerful Approach (Updated 5/14/09)

by Harris Jensen,MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

(To get the PDF book now, click GET BOOK and go to bottom of the article and click the blue words "The Four Secrets For Successful Living.pdf" to get book, or click the blue audio ".m4a" file, "The Four Secrets -- Preface.m4a, " to hear the book read by the author!  The audio file will start playing shortly, and after the full file is downloaded you can save it to your computer and burn it to a cd and listen to it wherever you want to!  You may be able to go to "file" on your browser and "save page" and save the audio file to your computer.)

Growing up, I had a hard time learning to believe in myself.  Finally, a camp director caught me doing some actions well.  He not only told me I did a "good job" but said this was evidence of continued promise for success.

I had what it took to succeed.

This is the approach used in motivational psychotherapy. Help people see they can generalize from successes in one area to other areas that currently leave them "stuck."

The weakness in that approach is one often needs some sophistication in naming irrational thoughts.  That is the approach used in cognitive behavior therapy.  And sometimes that isn't enough.  In situations involving the need for communication skills, interpesonal therapy can train thos

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I've pulled together these diverse approaches in my book, "The Four Secrets For Successful Living."

Here is how it helps stress managment:  A person let's say comes home and his children are screaming and that gets on his nerves.  Instead of yelling, he sees he's having an emotional response--that's normal and expected--that is the first of four steps in solving problems effectively.  Seeing that, and that emotions don't inform his decisions, he takes the "energy," as it were, from the emotions, and directs that energy to talk to his girlfriend.  "Boy these kids get on my nerves," he self discloses, "but I love you and I love them!  I wonder what we can do. You are good at working with their rascally behavior?"  She suggests they play hide and go seek, a game outside that will redirect the kid's energy, which is up in part because they are frustrated about being inside, and about Dad being at work all day.  He is now at the second step of successful problem solving, the thinking step, and he's gathering information, resisting the urge to go back to the first step, the emotional response step, because that wouldn't bring him any more information.  It's information he needs now to make a well informed decision.  Thanks to his girlfriend's help and her thoughts, he's got that information.  Then he swings into the third step, the action step, and makes a well informed decision that the family can focus on what works for "us," and vote on what we as a family want to do.  He's encouraging "us" thinking, and modeling the four step model.  The kids vote to play...what else was possible?  But the structure of how they relate to others is different.  There is an order and direction here, based on he and his girlfriend working together in a loving way.  The fourth step is observing the situation you started with.  It's changed!  But he is seeing the situation in a new way, informed by his  thinking, guided by his love and devotion for his family, and energized by his emotions--not misguided by them.

Does this make sense?  If so, read the PDF book below!

I am not satisfied with the self help books out there.  After 15 years of work as a psychiatrist, I keep seeing people read books and make the same mistakes.  Whether the mistakes are -- thinking errors, interpersonal skill deficits, communication mistakes, motivation problems--the books just are not communicating well enough.  So I've just simply pulled together the very best of all those books and put them in one.

I think alot of self help books are hopelessly boring.

No color pictures!  No sound!  No drawings!  No color drawings! My pdf book has lots of color illustrations.  And some books have no CD audio book...hello isn't this the internet era where multimedia approaches help people learn everything from software to meditation?

So I have added an audio book version...and an audio and PDF versions of the book are  available here for free at the bottom of this article.  Click "read more" at the end of the article here, then go to the bottom of the article and you will see the .pdf book, "The Four Secrets For Successful Living.pdf."  Click the .pdf file to download it.  It has dozens and dozens of color pictures to help you learn key concepts! 

Then click the audio files and download them...they may start playing in a minute or less after clicking them...a full download may take several minutes or longer.   The preface of the book took about 25 minutes to read.  Then, once the audio file has fully downloaded, save that audio file to your computer, if your software permits that.  At any rate, open up the .pdf file and move forward to the preface to the book.  Then play the audio file "The Four Secrets--Preface" and  you can listen to me read the book while you read it. 

I think people learn best from both reading and listening to a book being read.  That way you get both the auditory and visual information at the same time.  I think some people learn more effectively if they get both auditory and visual information at the same time.  At any rate, do as you wish, and hope you enjoy the pdf and audio book.

As an added note, the clock face used in the book is available for download as a jpeg file at the end of the story, here.  Just click on the blue link for "clock face" and you got it!

Have a good day!

 

 

  

HJ