Archive for: Video

How Sugar Affects the Brain

Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you ingest that delicious bit of sugar you have been craving? Here is a TED-Ed video that explains how the reward system works in the brain. This also applies to sugar, other behaviors, and even substances.

Gratitude in HD

This gorgeous film, by Louie Schwartzberg, expresses an important sentiment, both simple and profound: gratitude is one of the most potent forces in the human universe.

 

The Power of Vulnerability – Brené Brown TED Talk

This is such a wonderful talk. Self-acceptance. Change. Self-love. Brené Brown knows what she is talking about. Give yourself a little gift: spend twenty minutes listening to what she has to say.

 

Video Game Addiction: Scope of the Problem

It is difficult to estimate the number of U.S. children impacted by gaming addiction. It is an emerging area of concern for public health researchers. According to the American Medical Association, up to 90% of U.S. children regularly play video games. Most of these children are not addicted. But as many as 15% of them may be. That means that as many as 5 million U.S. children may be addicted to video games.

“Video games may look innocent, but they can be as addictive as gambling or drugs and just as hard to kick.” — Keith Bakker, founder of the  Detox Center for Video Game Addiction

 

 

More info: Online Gaming Addiction

Why Alcohol Makes the Head Spin

Alcohol is a powerful drug that impacts multiple systems in the human body. How powerful is alcohol? Unlike marijuana, for example, a one-time alcohol overdose can be lethal. Alcohol’s effects begin mildly, with cognitive impairment, disorientation, and impaired judgement. Many people stop drinking as they begin to experience these effects. They feel “buzzed” or “tipsy.” Individuals who continue to drink will experience more profound effects: dizziness, nausea, inability to walk or talk, loss of consciousness. How powerful is alcohol? If an individual continues to drink over an extended period of time the human body will pass out in self-defense.

This video explains, in detail, an aspect of alcohol’s  physical brain effects. This one should be familiar to most people who have consumed alcohol: dizziness or the spins.

 

CDC Study Reveals High Prevalance of Binge Drinking

A new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported a significant increase in the number of U.S. adults who regularly binge drink. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks on a single occasion for men or four or more drinks on a single occasion for women.

The most shocking revelation: one in six adults binge drink four on more times per month. The health consequences from this type of overindulgence can be significant. This type of drinking can also lead to dependency and addiction.

The complete study: CDC Vital Signs: Binge Drinking

Check out our newest welcome video

As just one new feature of the Pinnacle website, we now have a new welcome video. The short clip explains who we are as a mental healthcare team and why we are proud of what we do at Pinnacle Counseling. For more information, click here to view the clip and we look forward to seeing you soon.

The Search for happiness

TED.com pioneered the digital presence of speakers on a world stage, to your own computer, tablet, or smartphone. Happiness and people’s perception of happiness is a hot topic of discussion today. How we each choose to pursue and believe in our own happiness is an ever-changing process of growth, introspection, and inspiration. Below are videos from TED Talks about three people’s very different views of happiness and how one can practice happiness daily.

#1: Matthieu Ricard – The Habits of Happiness
Ricard discusses navigating what some call “the dirty work of happiness” and how happiness is an attitude that can be found from within oneself, regardless of the outer experiences of life.
http://www.ted.com/talks/matthieu_ricard_on_the_habits_of_happiness.html?embed=true

#2: Neil Pasricha – The Three A’s of Awesome
Blogger of 1000awesomethings.com, dedicated to celebrating the simple things in life tells his personal journey with the three A’s of awesome: attitude, awareness, and authenticity.
http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_pasricha_the_3_a_s_of_awesome.html?embed=true

#3: Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment
Killingsworth discusses his research into the mental state of everyday people and when they are happier. He talks about his findings that when a person’s mind wanders, people tend to be less happy.
http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_killingsworth_want_to_be_happier_stay_in_the_moment.html?embed=true

 

“May you be well. May you be happy. May you be free from suffering.”
–traditional Buddhist prayer

 

Erika McCaghren

 

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