SSDD Subsyndromal Dysthymic Disorder (Same Sh*t Different Day)

Michael HoffmanHumor

Source Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Outlandish University School of Unnecessary Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Denial N, Bogus J. Abstract Although DSM-IV acknowledged the clinical significance of some subthreshold forms of unipolar depression, such as minor depression (MinD) and recurrent brief depression (RBD), clinicians continued to struggle with the reality that people have a shitty day from time to time. A substantial number of patients continued to be bummed out when their iPad could not connect to the Internet and allow them to access Facebook or when they took their cars to AAMCO and found out they did need ... Read More

6 Kinds of Loneliness

Michael HoffmanPersonal Growth, Self-Improvement

To be without a reference point is the ultimate loneliness. It is also called enlightenment. by Pema Chodron in Elephant Journal In the middle way, there is no reference point. The mind with no reference point does not resolve itself, does not fixate or grasp. How could we possibly have no reference point? To have no reference point would be to change a deep-seated habitual response to the world: wanting to make it work out one way or the other. If I can’t go left or right, I will die! When we don’t go left or right, we feel like ... Read More

Alcoholism and Drug Addiction as Psychospiritual Crisis

Michael HoffmanRecovery, Self-Improvement, Spirituality

Alcoholism and Drug Addiction as Psychospiritual Crisis by Stanislav Grof, M.D., PhD It makes good sense to describe addiction as a form of transpersonal crisis ("spiritual emergency"), in spite of the fact that it differs in its external manifestations from more obvious types of psychospiritual crises. In addiction, like in the possession states, the spiritual dimension is obscured by the destructive and self-destructive nature of the disorder. While in other forms of spiritual crises people encounter problems because of their difficulty to cope with mystical experiences, in addiction the source of the problem is strong spiritual longing and the fact ... Read More


Michael HoffmanSpirituality

From Spiritual Emergencies: Understanding and Treatment of Psychospiritual Crises by Stanislav Grof One of the most important implications of the research of holotropic states is the realization that many of the conditions, which are currently diagnosed as psychotic and indiscriminately treated by suppressive medication, are actually difficult stages of a radical personality transformation and of spiritual opening. If they are correctly understood and supported, these psychospiritual crises can result in emotional and psychosomatic healing, remarkable psychological transformation, and consciousness evolution (Grof and Grof 1989, 1990). Episodes of this nature can be found in the life stories of shamans, founders ... Read More

Depression: It’s Not Your Serotonin

Michael HoffmanDepression

NOTE: Here’s a re-post must-read for anyone concerned about Rx for depression. SoberBuddha thanks Dr. Brogan for her scholarship and cyberjournalistic integrity. Written By: Kelly Brogan, M.D., Millions believe depression is caused by 'serotonin deficiency,' but where is the science in support of this theory? "Depression is a serious medical condition that may be due to a chemical imbalance, and Zoloft works to correct this imbalance." Herein lies the serotonin myth. As one of only two countries in the world that permits direct to consumer advertising, you have undoubtedly been subjected to promotion of the "cause of depression." A ... Read More


Michael HoffmanHumor, Mindfulness, Personal Growth, Self-Improvement

You’re awakening spiritually when you start… …letting things happen instead of trying to make them happen. …smiling often for no particular reason. …feeling connected to natural environments. …appreciating people, places and things you used to overlook. …acting with enthusiasm instead of fearing failure. …liking how you feel, one moment after the other, for no special reason. …forgetting to worry about what used to worry you constantly. …losing interest in arguing and trying to be “right” all the time. …realizing what other people think and do is usually none of your business. …remembering to praise yourself for what you do well. ... Read More


Michael HoffmanHumor

August 21, 2015 Dear Sober Buddha, How can I clean out funky energy in the new car I bought yesterday? Is there a super-mindful way to do it? Thanks, Chuck F.   August 22, 2015 Chuck, Try this technique. It works every time. - Get a cheap $12.00 car wash. - Drive home and park the car facing east if possible. - Turn off engine, radio, etc. - Roll down all windows. - Make sure ashtrays are empty and clean. - Vacuum interior if the car wash missed anything. - Remove bags, boxes, clothes, papers, etc. - Kneel or sit ... Read More


Michael HoffmanDepression

We humans have an important need: the need to like and be happy with ourselves. Our ability to do that is aided or harmed by our culture through rewards and punishments, approval and disapproval, being included or excluded. How that is handled is very important and can make or break a society. We humans also have a need to be a part of and contribute to the culture that sustains us, and we also want to be proud of it. We need to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror at night and know that we did our ... Read More