My anxiety and panic disorder

by Chris Skinner

I have lived with anxiety disorder and panic disorder at various times in my life.  When I get scared, this stimulates my fight or flight response giving my body a temporary adrenaline rush to either defend myself or run away.  

Anxiety can cause tension, feelings of extreme worry, and physical sensations such an increase in blood pressure. Anxiety disorders are characterized by recurring intrusive thoughts/concerns. Some people avoid situations, which cause physical changes like sweating, trembling, feeling dizzy, or an increased heart rate.

Panic disorder feels like I’m having a heart attack

It comes with vertigo, and a … Read more...

People are finding guest posts through Google

What you see on this page are screen shots of my statistics that show people’s searches from google and on which guest post they landed. If you are using a mobile phone you might have to turn your phone landscape to see them.

These stats illustrate how important your stories are and that they help others when they are hurting or looking for answers. The one above is someone searching for God after a child died. Where was God when my child died?

Someone came from Google and landed on Jill Cichowicz’ story about her twin brother, Scott Neal Zeobrowski, Read more...

How Can Hypnotherapy Help with Depression?

by Adina Silvestri, EdD LPC

Adina Sylvestri

Depression, as you know is a serious mental illness. According to the  National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) depression affects 17.3 million people.

Now you may be wondering, what does hypnotherapy have to do with depression? And can something as simple as hypnotherapy really offer relief for depression? To answer these questions, let’s dive a little deeper into the subconscious mind.

Depression & The Subconscious: Mind The Simplified Version

Many of our beliefs, emotions, and memories are held in the subconscious mind. And everything we experience gets filtered through this … Read more...

May 2019 Mental Health Month

May is mental health month. So let’s share some education! The posts listed below are some suggestions but choose any one of your favorites and let’s make some noise.

My niece, meanwhile, started a mental health club and is working with Active Minds to have speakers come in this week and planned her own panel of speakers from the school last month. All of this, while she applied for colleges and took AP classes. She told me the group and the camaraderie created there has been so important to her this year. I am so proud of her. We are … Read more...

Thank you Midlothian Lifestyle Magazine

The May 2019 issue of the Midlothian Lifestyle Magazine features a number of outstanding women of Midlothian and I’m honored to have been named as one of them.

In this photo on the left, you’ll see the lovely Amanda Moore, of Richmond Mom Prom, an event which raises significant funds for youth programs in the Richmond, Virginia area. Once the electronic version is posted, I will share it with you so you can read about all the outstanding women and what they are doing to improve our community.

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Have you broken up with mental health stigma?

There are a number of things people say that indicate they hold onto mental health prejudices, many of which they are unaware of.

About four years ago, a friend of mine was talking about multiple psych hospitalizations. Then he realized he had not said it was about his daughter and quickly interjected, “I’m not talking about me, of course, it was my daughter who was in and out of the hospital.”

I responded, “And if it was you, we’d be OK with that because it would mean you had taken care of your mental health.” He froze for a second, … Read more...

Exude a new attitude

I knew a young man
Who taught dogs to dance
and could hypnotize frogs
to go into a trance

Some days he would feel
So blue and so sad
Then the very next day
Stay up all night to play

He was a creative soul
Who was misunderstood
He suffered bipolar
Which is a brain disorder

People called him weak
The hurt was deep
One sorry sorry night
He tried to take his life

People called it selfish
They even got mad
They just didn’t get
He was very, very sad

Then one day a boy said,
“I’ll be your … Read more...

I don’t want to turn down kids

Beacon Tree Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Tom and Diana Leahy for the purpose of supporting youth mental health and suicide prevention. Our annual fundraiser, a cocktail party and youth concert.

The event is Saturday, April 28, 2019 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, VA. Tickets are $50 each. And we need to pack the house because the event is paid for already and all ticket sales and donations go straight to help kids.

We help pay for psychological evaluations and treatment not covered by insurance or medicaid for Virginia youth 21 and under.

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Book offers

Laying out the offers for those on my subscriber list. My book will be out in October 2019 and you could win! Some of these offers are repeats but I finally firmed them up for my deserving tribe.

  1. A free, signed advance copy of my book before it’s released to the public for sale (one will be given away)
  2. free, signed copy of the book once it comes out (one will be given away)
  3. Book Club by Zoom. If you have a book club, I will visit by zoom (for those out of town.) For a local book
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I inspire people to break up with mental health stigma

That starts with education through storytelling. With suicide being the number two cause of death on college campuses, I’m going to start there.

So in the fall, I will be targeting colleges, mostly Virginia and North Carolina to start. However, if any of you have a college connection outside of that area, I’m open to it. If any of you have connections locally, please send it. Here is my contact form. That doesn’t mean I am not going to do conferences or other offers that come my way. It just means I’m

Most colleges have a student activities fund … Read more...