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Laughter (Overview)

Laughter = psycho-physiological reflex which is often in response to being amused or happy.


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Does laughter therapy work?

Does laughter therapy work?

Of course.: Get netflix or amazon prime and watch every episode of "the three stooges." there is no medical effect from "laughter therapy." it's still a good idea, though, because learning to laugh despite the worst of problems gives you the proper attitude: every day that we are alive on this earth is a precious gift, and it is to be enjoyed. Count your blessings. Laugh like you mean it. ...Read more

Laughter (Overview)

Laughter = psycho-physiological reflex which is often in response to being amused or happy.


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What could cause hysterical laughter while sad?

What could cause hysterical laughter while sad?

No one knows but: It is possible that different emotions may originate simultaneously from different parts of the brain prompting an individual to engage in seemingly incompatible behaviors. For example, sometimes very happy events, such as weddings, can bring us to tears. ...Read more

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What are laughter therapy excercises?

What are laughter therapy excercises?

Methods of therapy: You watch a movie, people watch and notice the amusing, silly, funny, goofy, and heartwarming, the result is your mindset changes to more positive, realistic, hopeful, helpful and caring. I have clients draw a cartoon of their situation with a funny spin to it to see the humor in life. Your optimism soars and with it, your ability to problem solve and negotiate tough issues with people. ...Read more

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3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

Start by giving her: pediatrician a list of specific behaviors, e.g., screaming, hitting, biting, lining up toys, insistence. on routine, + onset, duration, immediate precipitants & consequences for each behavior to guide referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to assess for Autistic Spectrum Disorder or child psychiatrist for mental illness vs. ASD. Also get a (neuro)psychological evaluation & therapy. ...Read more

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Anyone know anything about laughter therapy excercises?

Anyone know anything about laughter therapy excercises?

Of course.: Get netflix or amazon prime and watch every episode of "the three stooges." there is no medical effect from "laughter therapy." it's still a good idea, though, because learning to laugh despite the worst of problems gives you the proper attitude: every day that we are alive on this earth is a precious gift, and it is to be enjoyed. Count your blessings. Laugh like you mean it. ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

See a psychiatrist: These may be symptoms of major depressive disorder or other psychiatric disorders. It is important to seek help from a psychiatrist or get a referral from your primary care doctor. Suicidal thoughts should be evaluated immediately. Call your doctor or go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Anyone ever hear of nonverbal learning disorder?

Anyone ever hear of nonverbal learning disorder?

Yes: These are more common in young children. You should seak a child psychologist or a child psychiatrist who specializes in learning disabilities and they will be better able to explain whether someone has it and how to deal with it. ...Read more

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Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

See below: Are these new or old symptoms? Are you or have you started any new medication? Tried any new drugs? All these things potentially might have an effect on you. It's always a good idea to rule out anything medical going on. You might want to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor for a complete work up and then take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger,  mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Seek help ASAP: It sounds that you need help asap. Find a professional -- psychologist and psychiatrist to help you manage your symptoms. If you feel that it's difficult to control your suicidal thoughts, or any of your symptoms are unmanageable, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room, where staff will assess you and find you appropriate referrals. ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts, what to do?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts, what to do?

First things First.: You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255). If you are suicidal please have a friend or relative drive you to the nearest emergency room or call 911 for transport. Help is available. If you aren't working with a psychiatrist that is a must. ...Read more

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Do violent video games cause violence?

Do violent video games cause violence?

Controversial: That's a tough question to answer. Certainly playing violent games seems to be associated with violence, though that doesn't mean the games actually caused the violence in the real world. I would say that in my judgement, children who are already vulnerable may be more easily influenced, and that kids who play these kids of games constantly are more likely to be affected. ...Read more

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What does "inhibitory volition" = adhd?

What does "inhibitory volition" =  adhd?

Mouthful: The inability to inhibit a prepotent behavior is one of the deficits in executive function that occur in many patients with adhd. A child with this needs behavioral therapy along with medication. His medicine is like " eyeglasses for his brain." it helps him focus & think about the consequences of his actions, but it doesn't teach him what is okay to do. " pills don't teach skills." therapists do. ...Read more

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Can intuniv be used for asperger's / emotional meltdowns/ violent thoughts?

Can intuniv be used for asperger's / emotional meltdowns/ violent thoughts?

Perhaps: This is more difficult than it seems. All autism spectrum disorders are not alike. Looking at functional brain scans[spect} has taught us this important lesson. Thus, all aspergers folks will not respond to therapy the same way.. In general guanfacine[intuniv] helps many but may have to be combined with Oxcarbazepine [trileptal] or tegretol to achieve the outcome you describe.Functionalbrain scan. ...Read more

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Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Clearly: This is not something that can be handled online. Your medications are not helping enough, and you need to see a psychiatrist asap for complete evaluation and treatment. If currently having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of violence towards others, please go to an emergency room for evaluation. Please get a friend or family member to drive you, or call 911. ...Read more

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What's information on laughter therapy?

What's  information on laughter therapy?

Try this.: Get netflix or amazon prime and watch every episode of "the three stooges." there is no medical effect from "laughter therapy." it's still a good idea, though, because learning to laugh despite the worst of problems gives you the proper attitude: every day that we are alive on this earth is a precious gift, and it is to be enjoyed. Count your blessings. Laugh like you mean it. ...Read more

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I have severe bi-polar disorder, depression, anger, anxiety, ocd. Don't like humanity. Strange interests, help?

I have severe bi-polar disorder, depression, anger, anxiety, ocd. Don't like humanity. Strange interests, help?

Warmline: You can try to call the warmline in your area. Check out warmline, com for someone to talk to about your problems. You should see a psychologist and a psychiatrist asap. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more

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Does listening to classical music enhance infants' intelligence?

Does listening to classical music enhance infants' intelligence?

No evidence for this: Classical music is wonderful, relaxing and exciting at times both recorded and attending live concerts (nothing like it). But there is no proof that your creativity or intellectual capacity will be altered. You might extend your creativity to newer areas while relaxing with classical music and it might stimulate alternative thinking. Your infant may sleep better with it but it will not be smarter. ...Read more

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How come people genuinely think laughter is healthy?

How come people genuinely think laughter is healthy?

Benefits of laughter: Laughter can actually reduce the amount of stress hormones. In fact, research shows that good humor & laughter may: induce relaxation, boost the immune system, cheer up a blue mood, decrease fear & anxiety, help people cope with cancer & other life-threatening illnesses, reduce your risk of heart disease & heart attack. Embrace the funnier side of life, despite stress. Ref. Vitality(2):2014. ...Read more

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Frequent frightening dreams. Help please?

Frequent frightening dreams. Help please?

Get in psychotherapy: Talk to a therapist... Dreams are the voice of your inner/unconscious self talking to you... About what's on its/your mind... Frightening dreams are suggestive of inner turmoil of sort... Past trauma? Anxiety? Fears? ... Heed the call for help... You'll be glad you did... ...Read more