How does what you listen to affect your mood? Graphics of brain and music speakers
Mental health

How Music Affects the Brain and Mood

I started this post about three months ago after Rookyn of Never Stop Growing did a post about the beneficial effect of music and other positive/motivational audio on mood. She wondered what the science/psychology behind it might be, and of course, my virtual ears perked up at that. Unfortunately, she's since vanished from the blogosphere,… Continue reading How Music Affects the Brain and Mood

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Rock

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Rock Bollinger.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Rock

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Mental health

Why I Hate the 1-10 Mood Rating Scale

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay I became a nurse in 2004, which was before I became mentally ill.  Even then, I wasn't a fan of using a 1-10 mood rating scale with my patients.  It struck me as a bit of a cop-out—a poor substitute for actually exploring with the person how they were feeling. Adventures in… Continue reading Why I Hate the 1-10 Mood Rating Scale

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Mental health

Identifying Emotions

Wikipedia What exactly are emotions?  Well, there's no easy answer to that; it depends on who you ask and what their theoretical perspective is.   But regardless of how we define them, how do we describe them?  That can be easier said than done.  There's even a psychiatric term, alexithymia, for difficulty identifying and articulating… Continue reading Identifying Emotions