Dandelion Black And White Nature Alone FlowerEpisode 60: Isolation, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Molly, tells the story of her depression, bipolar and suicidal ideation, and how ECT (electroshock therapy) has helped her regain her metal health and a more balanced life. Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Isolation—the experience of being separated from others—may result from being physically removed from others, as when a person lives in a remote area, or it can result from the perception of being removed from a community, such as when a person feels socially or emotionally isolated from others. Social isolation is distinct from the experience of solitude, which is simply the state of being alone, usually by choice. Taking time to be alone can be a healthy, rejuvenating experience that allows us to reconnect with our own needs, goals, beliefs, values, and feelings. But when a person experiences too much solitude or feels socially isolated from others, he or she may develop feelings of loneliness, social anxiety, helplessness, or depression, among others.

How Can Therapy Help Isolation?

Therapy can help address the emotional and psychological issues that lead to isolating behaviors. Sometimes isolation is not a matter of choice; some people may report wanting to have friends and engage emotionally, but are unable to do so out of fear or because they do not know how to proceed. In addition, many people battle a sense of isolation during major life transitions, such as when someone loses an intimate partner or close confidant, and others may experience isolation simply because they are physically isolated by living in remote areas. In any case, feelings of isolation can be severely distressing, and therapy can help a person develop social skills and learn to manage symptoms. In fact, the therapeutic process itself provides an opportunity to establish trust with and experience the emotional support of another person, all of which will help a person to live a less isolated existence.




TDP Episode 59 photoEpisode 59: Nausea, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Carolyn King, is a kinesiologist and tells the story of her depression and how wanting to fit in as a teenager lead serious depression as an adult. Her book “Empowered Happiness” talks about her journey to mental health and wellbeing. Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Carolyn’s book:

More information on perimenopause and nausea, can be found:

Menopause health Matters. com

Hormonal imbalance in perimenopause is one of the primary causes of digestive problems in women between the ages of 45 and 55. You do not have to be experiencing other symptoms of menopause to be experiencing digestive problems in perimenopause.

Many women have reported that their Healthcare Professional failed to associate their digestive symptoms with perimenopause as they had not presented with any simultaneous menopause symptoms.

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Nausea, like many other symptoms of menopause, is caused by fluctuating hormone levels. Low estrogen levels can cause fluid retention, which can result in dizziness and bloating. Although uncommon, nausea may stem from these menopause symptoms.

Symptoms such as nausea often begin during perimenopause, the first stage of menopause transition. Perimenopause generally begins in a woman’s forties or early fifties, although it may begin slightly later, and rarely, much earlier.


TDP Episode 58 photoEpisode 58: Hormones, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Ross McKeachie, tells the story of his depression and how yoga and meditation helped him get through his darkest times, and inspired him to start his own business to help others to live their heart’s vision. Sunday, April 28, 2017.

Ross McKeachie’s website:

Perimenopause, or menopause transition, begins several years before menopause. It’s the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier.

Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of perimenopause, this drop in estrogen speeds up. At this stage, many women have menopause symptoms.

Causes of Panic Disorders

Paranoia or panic disorders during menopause happens due to imbalances in key chemical messengers in the brain, known as neurotransmitters. Brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin are responsible for feelings of calm and happiness, while other chemical messengers such as norepinephrine regulate energy levels and “fight or flight” responses in crises. In particular, estrogen plays a key role in the brain’s production of serotonin.

As hormone levels of estrogen and other hormones begin to decline and fluctuate during menopause, brain chemistry can become altered. Serotonin levels can descend, and adrenaline levels can rise, affecting the way that women interpret events and people around them – and even how they perceive themselves. Chemical changes during menopause can lead to feelings of panic, dread and heightened self-consciousness.

The Female Brain – Louann Brizendine