Birthdays, COVID, and Reframing (Oh My!)

Join Gabe and Lisa as they discuss the Year of Coronavirus and the good and bad that came with it.

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Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from Gabe Howard. To learn more, please visit his website,





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Lisa: You’re listening to Not Crazy, a Psych Central podcast hosted by my ex-husband, who has bipolar disorder. Together, we created the mental health podcast for people who hate mental health podcasts.

Gabe: Hey, everyone, and welcome to this week’s episode of the Not Crazy podcast, I’m your host, Gabe Howard, and with me, as always, in a sparkling good mood, Lisa Kiner.

Lisa: Today’s quote is from Jeremy Mortis, Age is not just a number. Aging is a collection of experiences and life lessons

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Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help? – Harvard Health Blog

Are you one of the 20 million to 40 million people in the US suffering with migraine headaches? If so, here’s news worth noting: The FDA has just approved an over-the-counter nerve stimulation device that delivers mild electrical shocks to the forehead as a way to prevent or treat migraine headaches.

This might seem like an unlikely way to treat migraines, so how did we get here? And what’s the evidence that it works? Is this a game changer? Hype? Or a treatment that falls somewhere in between?

Our changing understanding of what causes migraines

Blood vessels throughout the body, including those near the brain, narrow (constrict) and open up (dilate) regularly, throughout the day. That’s normal, and it varies depending on the situation. Sleep, body temperature, physical activity, and many other factors affect this activity of blood vessels. Not long ago, conventional wisdom held that migraines were due to an exaggeration of this normal constriction and dilation of blood vessels. Experts thought that a trigger — like certain foods, stress, or a host of other factors — made blood vessels supplying pain-sensitive parts of the brain suddenly constrict for a short while and then dilate, before returning to normal. We know that similar blood vessel changes occur in other conditions such as Raynaud’s disease, so this was an appealing theory to explain migraine symptoms.

If migraines were due to exaggerated blood vessel constriction and dilation in some people, that could explain why migraines are so common, temporary, and not associated with any permanent injury to the brain or other parts of the body. However, this theory is now considered wrong.

The current theory of migraine

Current evidence (as described in this review) suggests that migraine headaches begin with an abnormal activation of cells in the nervous system

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