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Journals for Anxiety, Depression and General Mindfulness

Journals for Anxiety, Depression and General Mindfulness

LifeStyle
Over many centuries, journals have served as tools for recording history, as emotional outlets and as creative stimulants. In the current age of self-care and self-optimization — not to mention digital overload — logbooks are resurging, this time as a means of supporting one’s mental health.The Anti-Anxiety Notebook, a tidy blue-and-white volume, is one example. It takes a page, or several, from cognitive-behavioral therapy, featuring work sheets that aim to challenge cognitive distortions — the thought patterns that can make anxiety worse, such as catastrophizing (assuming the most disastrous possibility will play out) or self-blaming (“believing that you are entirely responsible for a negative situation,” as the book's appendix puts it).“When we were writing this notebook, we were thinki...
The Trouble With Airports, and How to Fix Them

The Trouble With Airports, and How to Fix Them

Travel
During this summer of frequent flight delays and cancellations, many travelers spent more time in airports than expected, often subjected to blaring TV news, rock-hard seats and scarce electrical outlets. Add anxiety over Covid-19 and disagreements regarding mandated masking and it’s little wonder incidents of bad behavior have surged in the air. The Federal Aviation Administration reported more than 4,000 cases of unruly passenger complaints this year through August, initiating more than 700 investigations to date, compared to 183 in 2020.Deep into a six-hour travel delay recently, as I was pondering the role of airports in aggravating travelers, I found my way to Denver International Airport’s Concourse B-West and a set of new gates with floor-to-ceiling windows, modular furniture, high-...
How Facebook Relies on Accenture to Scrub Toxic Content

How Facebook Relies on Accenture to Scrub Toxic Content

Business
In 2010, Accenture scored an accounting contract with Facebook. By 2012, that had expanded to include a deal for moderating content, particularly outside the United States.That year, Facebook sent employees to Manila and Warsaw to train Accenture workers to sort through posts, two former Facebook employees involved with the trip said. Accenture’s workers were taught to use a Facebook software system and the platform’s guidelines for leaving content up, taking it down or escalating it for review.‘Honey Badger’What started as a few dozen Accenture moderators grew rapidly.By 2015, Accenture’s office in the San Francisco Bay Area had set up a team, code-named Honey Badger, just for Facebook’s needs, former employees said. Accenture went from providing about 300 workers in 2015 to about 3,000 i...
Flight Attendants’ Hellish Summer: ‘I Don’t Even Feel Like a Human’

Flight Attendants’ Hellish Summer: ‘I Don’t Even Feel Like a Human’

Travel
But while airlines are eager to capitalize on the demand, many appear to lack the staffing to keep up.Bureau of Transportation Statistics data show that the number of full-time-equivalent employees at U.S. scheduled passenger airlines was nearly 14 percent lower in June 2021 than in March 2020. Tens of thousands of flight attendants took leave during the pandemic, the A.F.A. union said. American Airlines said about 3,300 flight attendants have yet to return from leave.“So many people were let go so quickly on extended leave of absence, early retirement, that they’re struggling to meet the travel demand,” said Paul Hartshorn, a flight attendant and spokesman for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents about 24,000 American Airlines attendants. “And staffing is ti...
Las obsesiones y las compulsiones afectaban mi matrimonio

Las obsesiones y las compulsiones afectaban mi matrimonio

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Le supliqué que dejara de preocuparse y prestara atención.Cuando le expliqué la situación a mi terapeuta, me recomendó que viéramos a alguien especializado en el trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo, o TOC, del que Mike y yo sabíamos poco. Más bien, pensábamos que lo conocíamos, pero lo que imaginábamos era la versión cinematográfica: lavarse las manos con frecuencia, encender y apagar las luces, evitar pisar las grietas. Esos no eran los problemas de Mike.Además, la gente suele asociar el TOC con ser un “maniático del orden”. ¿Cómo era posible que mi despistado marido, con sus montones de ropa sin doblar, tuviera un TOC?Un especialista me explicó que la obsesión de Mike no era la pulcritud, sino la seguridad, especialmente en relación con la contaminación y el envenenamiento. Sus compulsiones er...
Love Letter: Married to a Worrier

Love Letter: Married to a Worrier

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Even if you’re not usually an anxious person, it’s common to feel worry, doubt and even fear in times of uncertainty. However, excessive worrying can often drive a wedge between you and your loved ones.Nicole Comforto, the writer of this week’s Modern Love essay, noticed that her husband’s bouts of panic became more frequent after their first child was born. Soon, her husband’s chronic worrying about keeping their family safe intensified. Although Ms. Comforto recognized that her husband’s fears stemmed from a deep desire to protect them, she started to wonder if they would eventually have to live separate lives.[Like this newsletter? Sign up to receive it in your inbox.]
A Marriage Stressed by Obsessions and Compulsions

A Marriage Stressed by Obsessions and Compulsions

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The irony is that obsessing about safety can actually make you less safe because you become so focused on an imagined problem that you don’t see the real one. When he dropped off our son at preschool, Mike began worrying that he had accidentally hit someone and not known it. Instead of watching the road, he started obsessively checking the rearview mirror.I pleaded with him to stop worrying and pay attention.When I explained the situation to my therapist, she recommended we see someone who specialized in obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, which Mike and I knew little about. Rather, we thought we knew, but what we imagined was the movie version: frequent hand washing, turning lights on and off, avoiding stepping on cracks. Those weren’t Mike’s problems.Also, people often associate OCD w...
In ‘Mr. Corman,’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looks Inward and Asks, ‘What If?’

In ‘Mr. Corman,’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looks Inward and Asks, ‘What If?’

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Acting ultimately won his heart: From 2007 to 2016, he was part of at least one favorably reviewed film every year, including scene-stealing performances as Leonardo DiCaprio’s right-hand man in Christopher Nolan’s visually arresting “Inception” and as a young contract killer in Rian Johnson’s 2012 time-traveling epic, “Looper.”His collaborators are among Hollywood’s biggest heavyweights: Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Zemeckis. He added Aaron Sorkin to the list last year by playing the conflicted young prosecutor in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”Zemeckis, who directed Gordon-Levitt as the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit in “The Walk” in 2015, said that Gordon-Levitt had a singular commitment to immersion. Before filming began, Gordon-Levitt trained for eight straight days wi...
Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It.

Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It.

Technology
“V.R. is not going to be the solution,” said Jonathan Rogers, a researcher at University College London who has studied rates of anxiety disorders during the pandemic. “It may be part of the solution, but it’s not going to make medications and formal therapies obsolete.”Does V.R. Therapy Work?Virtual reality treatments aren’t necessarily more effective than traditional prolonged exposure therapy, saidDr. Sherrill. But for some patients, V.R. offers convenience and can immerse a patient in scenes that would be hard to replicate in real life. For some people, the treatment can mimic video game systems they’re already familiar with. There’s also a dual awareness in patients who use virtual reality — the images on the screen are almost lifelike, but the headset itself functions as proof that t...
Naomi Osaka and the Changing Power Dynamics in Sports

Naomi Osaka and the Changing Power Dynamics in Sports

Sports
Thirteen sentences.That’s all we got from Naomi Osaka as she bowed out of the French Open on Monday after causing a ruckus over her plan to skip post-match news conferences. She did not speak those sentences. They were posted on her Instagram account. Nor did she provide anything like deep explanation. A global icon at age 23, Osaka left unclear when she would return to the women’s tour. She revealed for the first time that she had struggled with depression since beating Serena Williams in a controversy-cloaked final at the United States Open in 2018.Thirteen sentences.That was all she needed to rock the sports world and to provide another lesson in the increasing power of athletes to own their message and set their terms.She waded briefly into the water, made a splash and stepped away.Usi...