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Getting Shrunk

I'm off this week to get my head examined, so am taking a break from using it.  This would be your opportunity to examine the many features of Prozac Monologues.  Here is a brief tour of the site and some tips for cyber-dinosaurs.

The basic breakdown: on the left are mental health and medication resources.  To your right are helps to navigate around the site, plus some fun stuff.

Text that appears in tan is a link to somewhere else.  The links on the left are to sites outside Prozac Monologues.  Most on the right go somewhere on the blog itself.  Notice in particular the feature called Labels.  If you click on a word in that list, several past posts on the same subject will appear.  The bigger the word, the more often I have written on it.  The right side also includes videos that change occasionally and sometimes coordinate with the current post, and sometimes not.  Ditto the Word of the Week.

The text in the middle is the new stuff I try to write once a week, weather and brain waves permitting.  Again, the tan text links to something else.  It could be a research article, an Amazon.com review, another blog, or an earlier Prozac Monologues post.

Below each post are some icons.  Click on comments to read other peoples' comments or add one of your own.  Click on the envelope to email the post to somebody else.  Click on one of the letters to share the post with whatever social media you use.  Click on the number to bring the post to the attention of the cyber world.  I don't actually know how that feature works.  Can somebody tell me?  Then there are more labels, links to other posts that deal with similar matters.  At least, I think they are similar matters.

That's enough to keep you busy while I spend the week filling out bubbles on instruments of torture devised by psychologists, and telling my tale of woe to psychiatrists who have heard worse, even if I can't imagine it, and who think they can come up with a new idea that my own doctor hasn't come up with, though I can't imagine that either.

Catch you later...

flair from facebook.com

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  1. Good Deal to PROMOTE Cognitive Therapy
    The VA did well to teach me Cognitive Therapy.

    I learned it at HVRP and then took it seriously when I left and still to this day use cognitive therapy in my daily affairs and it has helped me deal with a disability and reality much better without the use of DRUGS.

    Recognizing the distortions as they happen and avoiding blowups and meltdowns.

    I recommend Cognitive Therapy to all Americans whether they feel they have issues or not.They will be surprised how useful it is.
    Jumping to Conclusions is still a stickler for me as well as All or Nothing Thinking but the difference is I REALIZE IT today where as I did not realize what made me so uptight before until I actually labelled it.
    Way too many Veterans run around never realizing these distortions and stress becomes UNBEARABLE.DENIAL is a bitch.
    They always get into altercations.
    Road Rage common.
    I had that problem and now I just DON'T DRIVE.
    and I am doing so much better once I just gave in and went inpatient for a couple months and eventually the cognitive therapy worked well along with GROUPS.
    No more Visits to the VA hospital accompanied by patient police officers who i have always had a good relationship with.Especially the VA cops I like them.
    Way too many veterans STAY DEEP IN DENIAL
    I did for fifteen years.
    The VA is going to have a FLOOD of PTSD patients in the next five years.
    PEACE.

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