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General Discussion / Re: Does meditation help?
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:14:50 am »
Hi, HSG - I'm an Alan Watts fan.  Coincidence - I bookmarked some of his YouTubes the other day.

I have various Zen books that I only look at once in a while.  Watts can write a book about Zen Buddhism without mentioning "Zen" or "Buddhism!"  He was an Anglican priest/minister.


Peter

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General Discussion / Re: CAMH
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:17:17 pm »
They have a small building close to McCaul and College - it's for gambling and quitting smoking cigarettes.

I still go to my quit smoking group once in a blue moon altho' I quit about 7 years ago. Yes, I'm still jonesing for a smoke once in a while - it goes away.


Peter

BTW, I get nicotine once in a while, and I've been doing this for 7 years without restarting smoking.  Sometimes when I'm jonesing for one, I use the inhaler for a few minutes.  I haven't in months, though, and I only do that during the evening, and I would never carry the inhaler with me when going out.

The inhaler plus support group plus "the patch" helped me quit.

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General Discussion / Re: Social Phobia Group Closed.....
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:15:32 pm »
Hi, Paul...Send me your email, and I'll forward it to Valerie who arranges the dinners.

tx Peter

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General Discussion / Laughing like Crazy Comedy Show on the 24th.....
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:34:32 pm »
See first page of this site.  I only learned about this show recently, as I was depressed.  I'm usually one of the 8 or so "graduates" that does 2-3 warmup jokes, but not this time - I think they have 8 people already.

Peter

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General Discussion / Re: Does meditation help?
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:29:27 pm »
Hi, e....Some hospitals in Toronto offer such courses, but you may have to be a patient at that hospital.  I took such a course at St. Mike's - I was accepted because my family Dr. and nurse practitioner are part of the hospital.  Toronto General and Western (?) had such courses too.

This area is a little confusing, as there's "regular" meditation, mindfulness meditation (takes too long to explain), and being "mindful."  The MDAO has a course in being mindful.

I've been doing "regular" meditation (sit in chair for 15 or so minutes, concentrate on breath to try to eliminate any thoughts) off and on for years.  VERY helpful for anxiety......re depression, I'm not sure if I can during depression.  BTW, when meditating, worrying/getting mad about intrusive thoughts is worse than the actual thoughts....only learned that semi recently.

I thought I meditated "well" this morning.......I notice that I'm being a little more mindful because of that.......for instance, eating a little more slowly.  Maybe when I get on the bus later, the bus will seem more interesting than usual.....I mean visually.

A bonus of being mindful when walking down the street or whatever - MUCH less negative ruminating - I'm too busy noticing my surroundings!

Good luck, Peter

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General Discussion / Re: I'm back on....
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:17:26 am »
Thanks, back to "normal" now, and I have leftover pain meds just in case.

Different topic - I got myself out of depression (more or less) twice lately by forcing myself to leave the apt and walk a lot/do errands.

I think that more strenuous exercise would help even more.


Peter

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Depression and Bipolar / Re: What's in our feel better Tool Belt?
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:10:09 am »
I need tips on catching triggers.  They can be very subtle.

I haven't finished rereading my WRAP manual yet.....maybe something in there?


Peter

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General Discussion / Re: Donations to charities
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:02:49 am »
Charities are meant for the rich as a tax right off and nothing more . Any money that goes into the charity is just to pay some CEO a million dollar plus bonus.

A little harsh?  You can probably see their salaries on the net.

BTW, Value Village stores donate SOME of their profits to charities. (contrary to public opinion)  I emailed them to ask why no mental health charities on their list, and they said mental health issues people would be indirectly getting some of the profits - I forget the exact phrase they used.

I used to work at Queen's Park.  People there who earn over $100,000 have their names, salaries and titles published for all to see (by law?).  Anyway, lots of surprises, like police constables (lotsa overtime?), tradespeople (lotsa overtime?).

Peter

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General Discussion / Re: Social Phobia Group Closed.....
« on: September 06, 2014, 11:46:24 pm »
Paul, a person from the group emails everyone in the group to tell them.....I always forget which Saturday of the month it is.  The person who emails everyone chooses a restaurant, maybe with input from other members.  Lately not a lot of people show up - less than 10.

Want me to ask her if a "newbie" can be put on the email list?

Peter

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General Discussion / Re: Social Phobia Group Closed.....
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:23:38 am »
Hi, Paul....Me too.  We're still keeping our once a month dinner outing, if anyone is interested.
Please contact me.........I don't run it, but I can turn it on to the person who does.


Peter

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General Discussion / Social Phobia Group Closed.....
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:34:23 am »
  The social phobia support group started by Earla Dunbar (look her up - she's famous in the mental health community).  I forget the exact name, but maybe their site even closed.

However, the other social phobia support group (lotsa members) is still around.  I forget the name, but they often use one of the MDAO rooms, but they aren't part of MDAO.  The head of that group is "Rama."

Earla is a nice lady, and a pioneer.  There are awards named after her.


Peter  :'(

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Depression and Bipolar / Re: What's in our feel better Tool Belt?
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:11:57 am »
Good tips!

The main Toronto library has the largest collection of recordable/downloadable music in the world.  (how they measure these things?)
You need a library card to get on.


Peter

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General Discussion / Re: I'm back on....
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:08:02 am »
I have a package of forms when Emerg discharged me.  A little worrisome/ a little not - the CT scan  (without a dye to highlight stuff in my body) report
 has lotsa little things that are wrong.....btw, MOST of the terms I had to look up on Wiki.
Good news:  The radiologist (?) uses words like "tiny,"very small" a lot......example - I may have a cyst on one kidney, but it's so small, she's not sure.

Good news:  Recommendations on report - get CT scan of chest in a few months.....something or other with gall bladder.....I forget. (report mentions lungs twice, but I can't "translate.


Peter

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General Discussion / Re: CAMH
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:06:25 pm »
Guys, aren't there still two CAMH locations?  Queen Street and College and Spadina.

In that case, which one does Peace mean?


Peter

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General Discussion / Re: I'm back on....
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:04:00 pm »
Hi, guys......I have an appointment with a stomach specialist in Sept.

The hospital is Scarborough General, not far from my place....but my regular hospital is St. Michaels, Toronto.

Peter

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