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  • 12 Films That Feature Mental Illness

    Dr. Deb
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    In celebration of the 2014 Oscars is my list of movies that feature mental illness. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn't. As we roll out the red carpet and honor this year's best films, keep in mind that there's no shame in having a mental illness. 1. Ordinary People (Depression, PTSD, Suicide)This is my absolute favorite movie of all time because it portrays the human experience of loss so well and it also features psychotherapy in a realistic way.  This was Robert Redford's directorial debut, which also starred. Mary Tyler Moore,…
  • Marriage Therapy on Your Own? How to Improve Your Relationship when Your Partner Won't Come Along
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Find out how marriage therapy can save your relationship - even when your partner won't get involved. Marriage therapy: sometimes only one of the two partners is willing to come to therapy. How can you work on your relationship if your partner won't come to therapy? Read on for an exploration of your options and some likely outcomes in different situations, such as: When it's your issue that affects the relationship.When it's your partner's issues that affect the relationship.When external factors affect the relationship.When the major issue lies between both partners. Considering Individual…
  • Stem cells offer clue to bipolar disorder treatment

    New Scientist - Mental Health
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    Brain cells grown from the skin cells of people with bipolar disorder are revealing details about how it arises    
  • Take-Home Induction of Buprenorphine Feasible, Safe

    Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health Headlines
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Starting opioid-addicted patients on buprenorphine treatment without putting them under close observation appears to be safe and may lower barriers to care. Medscape Medical News
  • The Lie of Focusing on Those with Serious Mental Illness

    World of Psychology
    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    I’ve long scratched my head at one of the arbitrary political lines drawn in the sand in the world of mental health and mental illness advocacy — “serious mental illness.” (Some people refer to it as “severe mental illness,” but the correct term is “serious.”) Focusing on this division is a lie. It is a lie told to Congress and to the public with earnest testimonials. But also with little evidence that it represents a valid — or meaningful — scientific distinction. Ask anyone who’s been living with a mental illness for any…
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    Mental Health Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Boosting depression-causing mechanisms in brain increases resilience, surprisingly

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    New research uncovers a conceptually novel approach to treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience.
  • Internet use may cut retirees' depression

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Spending time online has the potential to ward off depression among retirees, particularly among those who live alone, according to research. Authors report that internet use reduced the probability of a depressed state by 33 percent among their study sample. Late-life depression affects between 5 and 10 million Americans age 50 and older. This new study shows that the Internet offers older Americans a chance to overcome the social and spatial boundaries that are believed to fuel depression.
  • In old age, lack of emotion, interest may signal brain is shrinking

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Older people who have apathy but not depression may have smaller brain volumes than those without apathy, according to a new study. Apathy is a lack of interest or emotion.
  • Rare disease of the inner ear: New insights

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    In the most comprehensive study of Ménière's Disease to date, researchers have been able to suggest what goes wrong in the body when people develop the disease, and provide an insight into factors that lead to its development. The analysis also showed that Ménière's patients were more likely to suffer falls and mental health problems, such as depression, than people without the condition.
  • Teenagers who have had a concussion also have higher rates of suicide attempts

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion are at 'significantly greater odds' of attempting suicide, being bullied and engaging in a variety of high-risk behaviors, a new study has found. They are also more likely to become bullies themselves, to have sought counseling through a crisis help-line or to have been prescribed medication for anxiety, depression or both.
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    The World's Stage

  • 5 Highlights of the MTV Movie Awards

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    If you didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards last night (let’s face it, GoT was on), here are a few quick highlights that you can catch on YouTube. 1. Mark Wahlberg‘s acceptance speech Mark Wahlberg won the Generations Award last night, because apparently all of MTV’s viewers are 12 years old and think that Marky Mark is old. Whatever. He spent the majority of his speech dropping f-bombs, and it was pretty hilarious. 2. The opening montage Conan was a great choice to host, because he has no shame, mostly. The MTV Movie Awards montage is always a great tribute to all the…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Graduation Season

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Graduation season is coming up for high school and college students across the nation. Commencement is a proud and joyous occasion that marks a turning point in a young person’s life. Both college and high school graduates are closing the door on one chapter of their lives and embarking on a new journey with new freedoms and responsibilities. Friends and family members cherish these celebrations with their loved ones and are often invited to both the commencement ceremony and a graduation party that celebrates the graduate. But along with this exciting time come many questions of etiquette:…
  • 10 Ways to Get the Color of the Year into Your Life

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    I’m not sure how exactly Pantone was granted the gift of naming the color of the year, but they do a great job. Maybe I am the only one who eagerly awaits the unveiling of the new year’s color, but even if you’re not a fan, there are plenty of reasons to get Radiant Orchid into your decor. The color goes well with a number of pallets, and the vivid bright (without being overbearing) color is sure to inject some happiness into your life. 1. A Kiss of Color With just slightly more of a purple hue than a berry lipstick, orchid is still a very wearable lip color. Pair an orchid…
  • Seven Registry Items You Didn’t Think Of

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    When you and your fiancé registered for your wedding gifts, what did you ask for? Something traditional like a blender, a slow cooker or a toaster oven? Something romantic like a gift card to the spa at your honeymoon resort? Despite the fact that you got everything you wanted, you may have missed out on a few useful items that you later had to buy for yourself. Newly-engaged couples, take note! Here are seven of the best registry items that everyone forgets about! Cleaning gadgets: Register for a portable vacuum to stow in the living room closet, a full-sized vacuum (especially if you have…
  • How To Know When To DIY Or Hire An Expert

    28 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    As the weather warms up and we prepare for the spring and summer seasons, many people are looking toward the beginnings of their home improvement season. In addition to saving money, doing a home improvement project on your own can be a very rewarding experience for some people. But, at some point, you have to draw the line and hire a contractor or professional who knows what they’re doing and how to do it properly. Here are some tips that any homeowner should consider before they decide whether they want to do it themselves or go pro. Go It Alone Painting: For the most part, painting a…
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    World of Psychology

  • Best of Our Blogs: April 18, 2014

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    When your heart sinks from disappointment, rejection, or loss, how do you cope? Do you get engulfed in it falling into a pool of despair? Do you see it as a single moment or an example of more dark ones to come? Is it possible that your latest challenge has a deeper purpose? Could there be roots of meaning under the current ground you’re walking on? External circumstances and challenges may be the signs we need to alert us to issues of our soul. As our bloggers remind us this week, maybe your greatest life lesson is loving and nourishing your deeper self. To do this, it might take being…
  • Water’s Psychological Benefits

    Lauren Suval
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    “All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.” - President John F. Kennedy The ocean shimmered, even at dusk, on that wintry day in Coney Island. It was my first encounter with a beach in several months, and I deeply missed the view. I reveled in the way the tide rolled in and out in a tranquil rhythm, and I…
  • Finding the Right Kind of Mental Health Support at the Right Time

    Gina Ghods, PsyD
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Our society has come a long way in terms of open dialogue about mental health and wellness. What used to be swept under the rug, looked down upon and ostracized is now discussed freely and holistically. However, too many Americans still have a foggy notion of available mental and physical wellness options. When most think of mental health, images come to mind of a doctor hiding behind a notepad and a patient lying on a long black couch. But many new models exist which can be more beneficial and transformative. While individual therapy has an important place in the health and wellness space,…
  • The Lie of Focusing on Those with Serious Mental Illness

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    I’ve long scratched my head at one of the arbitrary political lines drawn in the sand in the world of mental health and mental illness advocacy — “serious mental illness.” (Some people refer to it as “severe mental illness,” but the correct term is “serious.”) Focusing on this division is a lie. It is a lie told to Congress and to the public with earnest testimonials. But also with little evidence that it represents a valid — or meaningful — scientific distinction. Ask anyone who’s been living with a mental illness for any…
  • Why Does the Boss Prefer the Bully to You?

    Sophie Henshaw, DPsych
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Bullying, it seems, pays off. Did you ever wonder why the bully gets away with it and even benefits with a promotion or other reward? Your gut feeling is correct: the boss really does prefer the bully to you. No wonder you hesitate in reporting workplace bullying. Not only is it unlikely you’ll get a fair hearing, but it could also incite retribution and even lead to the loss of your job. Bullies are rarely held to account. Fewer than 13 percent ever lose their jobs because of their bullying ways and fewer than 4 percent stop bullying even after punishment or sanctions (Namie, 2003). Even…
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    Depression News -- ScienceDaily

  • Rare disease of the inner ear: New insights

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    In the most comprehensive study of Ménière's Disease to date, researchers have been able to suggest what goes wrong in the body when people develop the disease, and provide an insight into factors that lead to its development. The analysis also showed that Ménière's patients were more likely to suffer falls and mental health problems, such as depression, than people without the condition.
  • SSRI use during pregnancy linked to autism and developmental delays in boys

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently prescribed treatment for depression, anxiety and other disorders, was associated with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays in boys.
  • Collaborative care model manages depression, anxiety in patients with heart disease

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A telephone-based collaborative care model helped manage depression and anxiety, and improved health-related quality of life in patients with heart disease. Depression following acute cardiac conditions is common and generalized anxiety and panic disorders occur at higher rates in patients with heart conditions.
  • Young dads at high risk of depression, too

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    This study is the first to identify when young fathers are at increased risk of developing depressive symptoms. The lead author of the paper said the results of this longitudinal study are significant and could lead to more effective interventions and treatment for young men early in the fatherhood years.
  • Domestic abuse linked to mental health problems in new mothers

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Domestic abuse is closely linked to postpartum mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, in mothers, new research confirms. The research also found that specific types of abuse are associated with specific mental health problems. "The sheer scope of the mental health problems and types of abuse that we found tells us that we need to take a broader approach to tackling these issues," states a co-author. "And this is clearly not a 'lower class' problem -- medical professionals everywhere need to pay attention."
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    Anxiety News -- ScienceDaily

  • Boosting depression-causing mechanisms in brain increases resilience, surprisingly

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    New research uncovers a conceptually novel approach to treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience.
  • Local homicide rate increases cause more elementary students to fail school

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    A new study finds that an increase in a municipality’s homicide rate causes more elementary school students in that community to fail a grade than would do so if the rate remained stable. "This finding is a source of concern because exposure to environmental violence is highly prevalent in contemporary societies and is unequally distributed along socioeconomic lines," said study co-author.
  • Collaborative care model manages depression, anxiety in patients with heart disease

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A telephone-based collaborative care model helped manage depression and anxiety, and improved health-related quality of life in patients with heart disease. Depression following acute cardiac conditions is common and generalized anxiety and panic disorders occur at higher rates in patients with heart conditions.
  • Domestic abuse linked to mental health problems in new mothers

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Domestic abuse is closely linked to postpartum mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, in mothers, new research confirms. The research also found that specific types of abuse are associated with specific mental health problems. "The sheer scope of the mental health problems and types of abuse that we found tells us that we need to take a broader approach to tackling these issues," states a co-author. "And this is clearly not a 'lower class' problem -- medical professionals everywhere need to pay attention."
  • Hereditary trauma: Inheritance of traumas and how they may be mediated

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Extreme and traumatic events can change a person -- and often, years later, even affect their children. Researchers have now unmasked a piece in the puzzle of how the inheritance of traumas may be mediated. The phenomenon has long been known in psychology: traumatic experiences can induce behavioural disorders that are passed down from one generation to the next. It is only recently that scientists have begun to understand the physiological processes underlying hereditary trauma
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    Psych Central News

  • ‘Girly’ Girls, ‘Stud’ Boys More Apt to Favor Cancer-Risk Habits

    Rick Nauert PhD
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    A new study discovers that young people who conform most strongly to norms of masculinity and femininity are significantly more likely than their peers to engage in behaviors that pose cancer risks. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that the most feminine teenage girls use tanning beds more frequently and are more likely to be physically inactive. Similarly, the most masculine teenage boys are more likely to use chewing tobacco and to smoke cigars. The study, found online in the Journal of Adolescent Health is the first to look at cancer risk behaviors in teens based on…
  • Creative Leisure Can Enhance Work Performance

    Rick Nauert PhD
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Good news for those who like to spend their free time participating in activities that encourage creativity: Researchers believe that can boost job performance. Creative pursuits away from work seem to have a direct effect on factors such as creative problem solving and helping others while on the job, said Kevin Eschleman, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. In a new study, Eschleman and colleagues examined whether creative activity might have an indirect impact on employees’ performance. Researchers hypothesized that creative free-time…
  • Casual Pot Smoking Early On May Cause Brain Changes

    Rick Nauert PhD
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    A new study suggests that casual marijuana use during youth and young adulthood is associated with structural changes in specific brain areas. Specifically, researchers found that the size and shape of two brain regions involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week. The findings, as published in The Journal of Neuroscience, highlight the importance of research aimed at understanding the long-term effects of low to moderate marijuana use on the brain. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, with an…
  • Internet Use Can Reduce Depression Risk in Elderly

    Rick Nauert PhD
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Loneliness can fuel depression in older adults, and experts estimate that as many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression. Now, a new study suggests information technology, specifically use of the Internet, among the elderly can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent. Researchers followed the lives of thousands of retired older Americans reviewing data collected by the Health and Retirement Survey — a survey collecting information from more than 22,000 older Americans every two years. “The 30 percent reduction is a very strong effect,” said Shelia…
  • Modeling the Cellular Basis of Memory

    Rick Nauert PhD
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Researchers at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains the cellular mechanisms responsible for retaining select memories a few hours after an event. This new paradigm enables a more complete picture of how memory works and can inform research into disorders liked Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, post-traumatic stress, and learning disabilities. “Previous models of memory were based on fast activity patterns,” said Terry Sejnowski, Ph.D., holder of Salk’s Francis Crick Chair and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. “Our new…
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    Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

  • Inspiration linked to bipolar disorder risk

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    Inspiration has been linked with people at risk of developing bipolar disorder for the first time in a study. For generations, artists, musicians, poets and writers have described personal experiences of mania and depression, highlighting the unique association between creativity and bipolar disorder -- experiences which are backed up by recent research. But, until now, the specific links between inspiration -- the generation of ideas that form the basis of creative work -- and bipolar disorder has received little attention.
  • First stem cell study of bipolar disorder yields promising results

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    What makes a person bipolar, prone to manic highs and deep, depressed lows? Why does bipolar disorder run so strongly in families, even though no single gene is to blame? And why is it so hard to find new treatments for a condition that affects 200 million people worldwide? New stem cell research may help scientists find answers to these questions.
  • Study identifies most common, costly reasons for mental health hospitalizations for kids

    17 Mar 2014 | 5:45 am
    Nearly one in 10 hospitalized children have a primary diagnosis of a mental health condition, and depression alone accounts for $1.33 billion in hospital charges annually, according to a new analysis. The study is the first to examine frequency and costs associated with specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children, and is a step towards creating meaningful measures of the quality of pediatric hospital care.
  • Improving safety, effectiveness of lithium therapy: Closer than ever

    11 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am
    Lithium, one of the oldest and most widely used drugs to treat neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, has a serious drawback -- toxicity. In a continued effort to find a safer form of lithium, researchers have discovered that lithium salicylate, an alternative salt form, might be the answer.
  • New gene for bipolar disorder discovered

    11 Mar 2014 | 9:39 am
    First on top of the world and then in the depths of despair – this is what the extreme mood changes for people with bipolar disorder are like. Two new gene regions that are connected with the prevalent disease have been discovered by an international collaboration of researchers. In addition, they were able to confirm three additional suspect genes. In this unparalleled worldwide study, the scientists are utilizing unprecedented numbers of patients.
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Protein researchers closing in on the mystery of schizophrenia

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Schizophrenia is a severe disease for which there is still no effective medical treatment. In an attempt to understand exactly what happens in the brain of a schizophrenic person, researchers have analyzed proteins in the brains of rats that have been given hallucinogenic drugs. This may pave the way for new and better medicines.
  • Researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    A single molecular mechanism in the developing brain has been identified that sheds light on how cells may go awry when exposed to a variety of different environmental insults. The findings suggest that different types of stressors prenatally activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that may make exposed individuals susceptible to late-onset neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Genetic predisposition to liking amphetamine reduces risk of schizophrenia, ADHD

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine -— the active ingredient in Adderall -— are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), report scientists. "Some of the variants that make you like amphetamine also appear to make you less likely to develop schizophrenia and ADHD," said study leader. "Our study provides new insights into the biology of amphetamine and how it relates to the biology of risk for these psychiatric diseases."
  • Dopamine, hippocampus and psychiatric diseases: Clarifying their relationships

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    The role that dopamine plays in a region of the brain called the hippocampus has been demonstrated for the first time. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a central role in brain function, and many mental illnesses involve an imbalance in this chemical. Research has shown in particular that dopamine is present in the hippocampus -- the brain area associated with memory and learning -- and that it plays a key role in this region.
  • Noisy brain signals: How schizophrenic brain misinterprets the world

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Certain errors in visual perception in people with schizophrenia are consistent with interference or 'noise' in a brain signal known as a corollary discharge, a new study shows. Schizophrenia is a disorder that interferes with the ability to think clearly and to manage emotions. People with schizophrenia often attribute their own thoughts and actions to external sources, as in the case of auditory hallucinations. Other common symptoms include delusions and disorganized thinking and speech.
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    Dr. Deb

  • How To Ask For Help

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Asking for help can be easy for some, and painfully tough for others. There are many myths that tend to keep others from asking support or assistance. Here are a few:Myth: Asking for help makes us look vulnerable.Truth: Asking for help actually creates an atmosphere of empowerment. It communicates to others that, while you may not have the answers, you are willing to find them and make things better.Myth: Holding things in and keeping personal issues under wraps keeps us feeling secure.Truth: In reality, not allowing yourself to be "known" actually keeps you socially isolated, and…
  • The Power of Positive Direction

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:31 am
    Remember this scene from Star Wars ?Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification. Obi-Wan: (influencing the stormtrooper's mind) You don't need to see his identification. Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification.Obi-Wan: These aren't the droids you're looking for. Stormtrooper: These aren't the droids we're looking for. Obi-Wan: He can go about his business. Stormtrooper: You can go about your business. Obi-Wan: Move along.Stormtrooper: Move along. Move along.This snippet of dialogue showing how "The Force" works is similar to the technique known as Positive Direction.Positive…
  • 12 Films That Feature Mental Illness

    4 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    In celebration of the 2014 Oscars is my list of movies that feature mental illness. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn't. As we roll out the red carpet and honor this year's best films, keep in mind that there's no shame in having a mental illness. 1. Ordinary People (Depression, PTSD, Suicide)This is my absolute favorite movie of all time because it portrays the human experience of loss so well and it also features psychotherapy in a realistic way.  This was Robert Redford's directorial debut, which also starred. Mary Tyler Moore,…
  • An Open Letter to Doctors

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Dear Doctor,I can’t begin to convey the frustration I experience as a patient waiting to see you. If it’s not the overbooking that tests my patience, or the rudeness from your overworked office staff, it’s the brisk ten minutes of time I have with you to discuss my symptoms that ends up being misused because you don’t listen.Let me write this again. You. Don’t. Listen.Maybe it’s because you’re pressed for time. The health care system isin crisis, and well, you need to see more patients per hour in your clinical practice to offset your financial costs. Perhaps you're having a bad…
  • The Power of "What."

    17 Feb 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Sometimes the question "Why?" is a good one. Like, why can't we live in a more peaceful world? Or why did I eat all those cookies? Or why don't we call mustaches mouthbrows?But there are times - especially during a crisis - when "why" may not the best puzzle to solve. When you're in an emotional entanglement, a difficult predicament or a physical hardship, asking "what" will do more.Positive: What has directionality. Negative: Why keeps you stuck in circular thinking. Positive: What offers solutions. Negative: Why offers no game plan.So, the next time you find…
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    Beyond Meds

  • Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?

    Monica Cassani
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, psychiatrist & senior lecturer, University College London speaks and lots of additional info and resources about psychiatric drug withdrawal. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Whisper Rapture

    Monica Cassani
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    WHISPER RAPTURE: A BONFIRE MADIGAN SUITE is a 26-minute symphony of song and cinema featuring six original compositions by cellist and composer, Madigan Shive, four of them brand new and unreleased. The title refers to Madigan’s childhood fantasy companion, Whisper, who she used to talk to through a doorknob-smashed hole in her bedroom wall. Her conversations with Whisper paved the way for her visionary songs of rapture and rage, now poetically visualized with luminous imagery by award-winning filmmaker Ken Paul Rosenthal … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Uplifting Energy: energy healing for body, mind and spirit

    Monica Cassani
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Donna Eden also healed herself from Multiple Sclerosis after western doctors told her she only had months to live. She works with a lot of people with auto-immune illnesses too. Psychiatric drug withdrawal often triggers serious auto-immune issues and they are often a part of the constellation of issues that people with protracted withdrawal have. I have dealt with several serious auto-immune issues some of which have healed completely and others I'm still working on. When she had MS she also had severe food sensitivities to the point that she could only eat one food. Those all cleared up for…
  • The growing edge

    Monica Cassani
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
  • Mamma earth in action and my big brother

    Monica Cassani
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    otherwise titled "Mamma earth in action and my big brother" I actually woke up this morning thinking I'd arrived. I'm well...even if still sick in some regards. Perhaps from the outside looking in I'd be perceived as still ill in many regards. I have many practical limitations. I remain unable to make most commitments that most people take for granted, for example. But from my standpoint I'm well. I'm in touch with what I need to do to live and thrive and be happy...that is being well as far as I'm concerned. I know what I need and I know what sort of boundaries and limits I need to make for…
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • And usually I support squatting…

    Mentally Interesting
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    My other website (google my name Seaneen Molloy, you’ll find it) has been nicked and is now being squatted. I have no idea if I can get it back, I seem to have lost everything on it. Just so you know, there’s nothing there now but spam. I am a twat. I forgot to send the Paypal to renew it and now it’s gone forever.  Thanks so much to Bekki Williams for hosting me so generously for so long. I’m sorry I’m a forgetful eejit. If anyone has any ideas about how I can get my stuff back, I’d love to hear them Archive has saved a fair amount though:…
  • Control- Or, Why I Haven’t Written a Book

    Mentally Interesting
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:54 pm
    People ask me why I haven’t written a book. And because I promised to clean the kitchen earlier, I’m going to sit down and tell you. And it might sound really pretentious. In short, I wasn’t mentally or emotionally capable of writing a book and dealing with the fall out. In long… I actually had a literary agent in 2009-2010.  A proper one. I met her by accident. She casually emailed me, having found this blog, to ask me in for a chat. So I went.  I’m always up for a chat. I will speak to anyone. A beautiful office off Leicester Square, with this beautiful…
  • Dear Edwina, Thankyou for last night. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. #bigbenefitsrow

    Mentally Interesting
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:23 am
    Mentally Interesting:I love Jack Monroe. Originally posted on JACK MONROE: Dear Edwina; It’s 9 o clock on Tuesday, the morning after the night before, where we were both on a panel on The Big Benefits Row on Channel 5. I haven’t watched it back, I was there, and know what I look like when I’m angry. I need to get this out – because it’s everything I wanted to say last night but couldn’t, as I kept being rudely shouted over by you. Honestly, my three year old behaves better than that. At least he knows that when Mummy does her ‘will you just be QUIET and LISTEN to me’ then the…
  • Self conscious post

    Mentally Interesting
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This is a self conscious, “Ooh, I have a few new readers at the moment and it might be a bit depressing round these parts so here’s something silly at the top” post. It’s been a tricky year but 2014 will be better. In the meantime, you should listen to this song. Filed under: Mental health
  • Withdrawal

    Mentally Interesting
    17 Jan 2014 | 7:10 pm
    So once again, I am attempting to get off Quetiapine.  Oh so many reasons (weight gain, think I might have developed diabetes, flatness, spending ALL my spare time sleeping, not being sure I have manic depression, not being sure I believe in manic depression actually existing), but the biggest one being I don’t think I need it. My psychiatrist agrees with this. (Although recommends keeping an, “In Case of Emergency” stash). It’s been six years on varying doses. I am doing it sensibly this time- i.e titrating. Everyone around me, including my manager, knows what…
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  • Lighthouse

    Robin Farr
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It’s my week for content on Postpartum Progress. My week, as a member of the Warrior Mom Leadership Team, to share something about postpartum mood disorders and help you feel less alone. I’ve known this week was coming for a while, and yet on this Monday night I’m sitting here staring at a blank screen. […] The post Lighthouse appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsOh my goodness Robin, what a letter you received! There is ... by Cristi ComesGood reminder. I too feel a sense of…
  • Big News!!! Announcing the 2015 Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference

    Katherine Stone
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    In 2004 came Postpartum Progress the blog. In 2011 came Postpartum Progress the nonprofit. In 2013 came Postpartum Progress’ Climb Out of the Darkness, the world’s largest event raising awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. And in 2015 … ANNOUNCING THE FIRST-EVER WARRIOR MOM CONFERENCE, a patient-centered, community-focused conference for survivors of perinatal mood […] The post Big News!!! Announcing the 2015 Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.
  • Letting Go Of The Guilt

    Susan Petcher
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    I suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety with a side of OCD for two years after my first child was born.  And though I sought treatment and began my path to wellness after my baby had her 5 month birthday, it took every last day of that additional 19 months for me to feel like […] The post Letting Go Of The Guilt appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsThank you for the reminder! xoxox by ramsmommyDon't stop fighting. You are not alone, ever.
  • Rach’s Story

    Susan Petcher
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every Warrior Mom is bound together in a sisterhood of understanding.  We have all been through something that only another PPD survivor can truly appreciate, but our experiences, treatments, and paths to wellness are as varied as the mamas themselves.  It’s important to remember that there is no one “right way” to suffer or heal […] The post Rach’s Story appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsJust wanted to update you that i found a support group and a ... by RachelI…
  • How My Doctors Missed My Antenatal Anxiety

    Susan Petcher
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was in my first trimester of my first pregnancy when antenatal anxiety washed over me like the tide, insidious and unstoppable.  We were living on our own in the midwest at the time, and the loneliness was crushing.  I compensated for my irrational worries by donning a brave face and making light of my […] The post How My Doctors Missed My Antenatal Anxiety appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress.          Recent CommentsHi Nickole, I'm so glad you commented and asked me to clear ... by Susan PetcherI wish this surprised…
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    A Splintered Mind

  • What Willem Defoe Was Warning Me About

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I am sick today and alone with my thoughts. It's probably a nice day outside, but my shades are drawn, and I am in the dark. I'm quite happy, however, so you needn't worry about me. I'm as happy as one can be with a stomach bug.I wish I could say that the most notable thing about today was my success in a new freelance job. However, I can't shake from my mind this morning's vivid dreams. I overslept for hours, obviously because I was ill, and I dreamed. I haven't done that in a very long time. It was at first a very bland dream. I was at a baseball game and we were trying to convince some…
  • ADDitude Magazine: Who Needs Sleep Anyway?

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Almost exactly a year ago this little fiasco was posted to ADDitude Magazine. Who needs sleep when you can stay up all night filling out the paperwork you promised to finish and turn in? That reminds me, the Leprechaun is eagerly awaiting a packet of papers I was supposed to have finished and submitted the other day. Good thing she can't fire me. You can read all about Who Needs Sleep Anyway? over at the Family Guy.
  • In the Aftermath of the Pittsburgh Mass-Stabbing, Where Do We Draw the Line To Feel Safe?

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    In Pittsburgh there was a mass-stabbing at a high school today. At least twenty victims, but no deaths. In a small way this is comforting. At least parents in Pittsburgh will not be grieving for the loss of their children tonight. Since anti-gun people jump on mass-shootings immediately, though, I’m wondering if it’s too soon to demand all kitchen knives be regulated. Perhaps Eric Holder’s gun bracelet idea can be modified so that only authorized, federally registered owners can use knives. Also, we need to do something about weaponized No. 2 pencils. Those things are sharp, ya know.
  • 59 Disability Bloggers You Probably Didn't Know About

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I learned the other day that my blog, A Splintered Mind is one of the top 60 disability blogs according to Alexa and curated by Dr. Joe Reddington. He removed blogs from the list that were featured on heavy hitting sites like (where Alexa doesn’t break down individual stats for the blogs versus their parent sites) to come up with a balanced, more grassroots list of disability bloggers. Now, these sort of things go up and down. I was #27 out of sixty when he compiled the list, but I could drop off the list entirely next month. Who knows? I’m just excited to be there. Assuming you…
  • Depression: Cloud Therapy

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    I've been moody lately, like a cold night thick with moisture but no rain. I can almost feel the sky within me building pressure and pushing against my restraints, threatening to bring on a depressive episode to flood over all that have come before. Certainly, I have been under a great deal of pressure from outside influences. Freelance work has been non-existant, bills have doubled, and complications from the car accident last year continue to affect my quality of living. I recently had my left elbow operated on because it developed a lump exactly where my elbow was injured in the collision.
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    Anxiety, Panic & Health

  • Comments – Important Information

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Comments are an essential part of this website’s success. There has grown up a community over the years that support each other and new commenters. Unfortunately, there has been of late a flood of “comment trolls” touting everything from fake Vuitton bags to aluminum siding (really!) to enlargement pills for your err… umm… member. These […] Related posts: Important Research Finds Brain Cells Related to Fear
  • Panic Attacks Can’t Hurt You–Really!

    11 Aug 2013 | 4:29 pm
    The article I’m Dying: What a Panic Attack Feels Like is one of the most popular posts on this site, with over 350 comments. Many of the comments–some are very long–are heartbreaking: relationships wrecked, jobs lost, fear trailing like a shadow. Over and over people describe how panic attacks affect them: In response to heart […] Related posts: Are You Having a Panic Attack? What Can You Do? What Panic Attacks Have Taught Me I’m Dying: What a Panic Attack Feels Like Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks…
  • What Panic Attacks Have Taught Me

    29 Jun 2013 | 1:32 pm
    All anxiety disorders can devastate your life. But panic attacks are unique in their ability to spread fear and uncertainty into every minute, every daily activity, every relationship. You become a virtual prisoner of that fear, with all your freedom to act snatched by the awful anticipation of the next panic attack. I had my […] Related posts: Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Yes! No! Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Conquering Your Panic: Dave’s Success Story Are You Having a…
  • Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Yes! No!

    19 Jun 2013 | 11:09 am
    The good news is that Anxiety and Panic Attacks can be cured. The bad news is that Anxiety and Panic Attacks cannot be cured. It depends on your definition of “cure.” Let me explain: A previous post, Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured?, has been the most commented-on opinion article on AP&H since […] Related posts: Can Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks Be Cured? Panic Attacks And the Inability to Express Emotions: Are They Related? Are You Having a Panic Attack? What Can You Do? Conquering Your Panic: Dave’s Success Story Medications for Anxiety,…
  • Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder: Good News! (Maybe)

    27 Mar 2013 | 8:33 am
    The most commented on articles on Anxiety, Panic & Health are those about Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder (ASAD)   The comments can be heartbreaking: confusion, mental anguish, strained and broken relationships, and the frustration of no “official” diagnosis. All that is about to change. A revision of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual […] Related posts: Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder: Not Just Kids, Part 1 Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder and Attachment Style Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder: Not Just Kids, Part 2…
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    Perinatal Pro Weekly Blog

  • Megan Huntsman, infanticide and maternal mental health.

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Stories about infanticide are heartstopping and thankfully rare occurrences. But when we are confronted with infanticide, and in this case, allegedly serial infanticide which may have occurred across a decade, we must again consider how and when we decide that a pregnancy or postpartum mood disorder had any role in these infant deaths. It is gratifying that one reporter from the Salt Lake City Tribune, Lindsay Whitehurst, made it her business to speak to those who could help guide the public’s impression away from a simple diagnosis of postpartum depression. This tragic situation…
  • Rare Program for New Fathers Merits Review!

    26 Nov 2013 | 9:39 am
    Whenever I have the opportunity to speak to a group of fellow professionals, it is always incredibly rewarding. Not only because of the fabulous clinical feedback received from dedicated colleagues, but the discovery of creative, effective facility based programs which the world needs to know about. Last month, I addressed a room of perinatal professionals at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital. As always, I am in awe of the fantastic work that is helping move our issue forward. The energy and interest in the room made it an inspirational evening for all of us, courtesy of Jo Leonard RN MA FACCE who…
  • The preventable death of Miriam Carey

    7 Oct 2013 | 8:50 am
    Miriam Carey While the nation’s attention is once again focused on the preventable tragedy of Miriam Carey’s death, we wonder if this horrific event which leaves a motherless child and a family in mourning will lead to anything beyond another sensational headline. And the inevitable damnation of any mother whose post birth experience includes mental illness. My attempts to field media inquiries regarding her reported status as having suffered from postpartum depression led to the usual futile attempts to clarify the differences between postpartum depression and the rarer mental…
  • Postpartum Support International Press Release in Response to the Miriam Carey Tragedy

    7 Oct 2013 | 8:16 am
    POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL URGES MOMS AROUND THE WORLD TO REACH OUT TO SAFETY NET PSI joins with worldwide advocates for prevention through education, early diagnosis and treatment of maternal mental health distress (October 4, 2013) – According to Postpartum Support International (PSI), at least 20% of pregnant and new mothers will experience a maternal mental health disorder, yet most are never screened, diagnosed or treated. “Women, families, and health care providers need to know that pregnancy and postpartum mental health distress and disorders are common, real, and…
  • 2020 Mom Project introduces summary video!

    30 Jul 2013 | 8:26 am
    The 2020 Mom Project In one of the most concise historic summaries of America’s challenges in maternal mental health, the 2020 Mom Project has introduced a video highlighting the road journeyed thus far and continuing obstacles to helping mom’s and providers access the services they need to recover from pregnancy related mental health challenges. Click here or on the link above to watch the video! Read below for further information on this welcome initiative! LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 – The California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (,…
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    Lawyers With Depression

  • My Date With Depression

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Trish Morrison write abouts depression in The Huffington Post.  Read the News
  • Your Struggle Does Not Have to Define You

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    A blog from Caren-Baginski at Tiny Buddha, who writes that we are much more than our depression.  Read the Blog
  • Depression and Loneliness Are More Contagious Than You Think

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Depression is known as the ‘common cold’ of mental illnesses and 40% of adults will experience loneliness in their lifetimes. Consequently, the likelihood of you being in close contact with a person who is either depressed, lonely, or both is rather high. Since both depression and loneliness have been found to be contagious in certain situations, how worried should you be when your roommate, close friend, family member, or spouse is suffering from depression or loneliness (read Are You Married But Lonely here), and what steps can you take to protect yourself from ‘catching’ these…
  • 4 Quick Tips for Helping Someone with Depression

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    From veteran depression blogger Therese Borchard, some quick and easy tips for how to help the depressed loved one in your life.  Read the Blog
  • Depression Can Hike Risk of Heart Disease by 40 Percent

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Scientists have discovered a powerful connection between depression and heart disease.  Read the News
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    Scientific Dream Interpretation

  • Explanations For Unexplained Phenomena And Mental Health Issues

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    We live trying to have a good life, while we despise our spiritual reality. We should in fact pass through a process of spiritual and psychological transformation, without concentrating our attention on our material reality. We have to learn how to be wise. This is the meaning of the human life in general terms, even though we ignore this truth. The explanations I’m giving you come from the divine unconscious mind that produces our dreams. All dreams contain important messages. Now that I simplified Carl Jung’s complicated method of dream interpretation you can verify this truth by…
  • Understanding Your Reality Thanks To The Information You Have In Dreams

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Even though the superficiality that prevails in our absurd world distorted the real meaning of dreams, Carl Jung’s research and my research help you accurately translate the meaning of dreams with safety. You are able to understand the wise messages they contain. Thus, you immediately verify that this information is valid. Since you have valid information that shows you the truth about yourself, you verify that this is the right translation of the meaning of your dreams. For example, a patient submitted her dreams for professional dream translation for the first time. She was supposed to…
  • God’s Words In Dreams And The Lies Of The World

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The scientific method of dream interpretation is based on Carl Jung’s discoveries about the meaning of dreams and their healing power. My work completes his research, showing you the religious importance of many scientific truths. The existence of God is a very important fact, even though the materialistic and atheistic mindset of the current civilization doesn’t recognize this truth. The wisdom contained in the dream messages proves that the dream images are not produced by chance. They contain precious guidance, which can only come from a superior mind. The ignorant human mind…
  • My Mentally Ill Friend And My Obligation

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    I knew I was born to be a writer because all the words I had to write already existed in my mind. I was an expert from the beginning of my literary career. I seemed to be wise, but I was superficial and naïve. Only when I suddenly lost everything I had, could I abandon my theoretical conclusions and understand my illusions. It happened when I was a teen. I understood I was a ridiculous observer. My words were wise, but my mind was empty. My heart was frozen. My life was dark. I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I didn’t know what I had to find. Certain day, I found Carl…
  • Abnormal Psychology and Mental Health Explained

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The mysterious nature of mental disorders and the chaotic condition generated by craziness could be explained thanks to my research. I continued Carl Jung’s research without accepting ignorance at a certain point like he did. I had to confront the anti-conscience, which is our wild conscience and generates mental disorders within our conscience. Before being able to discover the existence of the anti-conscience I had undoubtable proof of God’s existence and of the fact that I could really trust the information I had in dreams. Many confirmations in my daily life helped me completely trust…
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    Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

  • [ preview ] Wrinkles

    Peter Jones
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    individual, dignity, person, memories, identity,security, communication, perception, meaning, friends,belonging, mood, orientation ...demographics, evidence based care, medication, treatments, physical environment ....policy, standards, inspection, training, organisation, safety, governance, management culture, leadership ...Link:
  • IEEE Computer, Special issue on Physical-Cyber-Social Computing

    Peter Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Physical-Cyber-Social ComputingFinal submissions due: 1 September 2014Publication issue: May/June 2015Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 15 August 2014Guest Editors: Payam Barnaghi, Manfred Hauswirth, Amit Sheth, and Vivek Singh (ic3-2015 AT, communication, and mobile technologies are among the most influential innovations that shape our lives today. Technology advancements such as mobile devices that reach over half of Earth's population, social networks with more than a billion members, and the rapid growth of…
  • ERCIM News No. 97 Special theme: "Cyber-Physical Systems"

    Peter Jones
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Dear ERCIM News Reader,ERCIM News No. 97 has just been published at theme: "Cyber-Physical Systems" editors: - Maria Domenica Di Benedetto, University of L’Aquila, Center of Excellence DEWS- Françoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, CNRS, Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes- Erwin Schoitsch, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology/AARIT.Keynote: "The Importance of Cyber-Physical Systems for Industry" by Clas Jacobson, Chief Scientist for United Technologies Systems & Controls Engineering, USAThis issue is also…
  • Making learning visible and dodging bullet points

    Peter Jones
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Since January and the start of the course in Technology Enhanced Education there's been - and still is - a lot of reading to do. I've gained new and renewed insights into possible research methods and I'll share some of this in the next few weeks. The figure below is from:Hay, D., Kinchin, I., Lygo‐Baker, S., 2008. Making learning visible: the role of concept mapping in higher education. Studies in Higher Education. 33, 295–311. doi:10.1080/03075070802049251Figure 4 from Hay.Over the years I've noticed and been rewarded when after a session on the care domains model some audience members…
  • Angling for Ideas

    Peter Jones
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The Angler by Paul Klee (1879-1940, Switzerland)This is just a rock poolI reflect So is this, even before Pollockjust a single drip in the oceanFishing for praiseHere we trawl, as we do we maul.Why owns the holistic ocean?Does it bleed, does it leak?Abs-orbs all angles?just? Image source:
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    Ask the Psychologist: Online Clinical Psychologist

  • I’m Ashamed to take a Low-Class Job

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Q: I know that when it comes to work, everyone has to start somewhere, and that is typically much further down the ladder than we’d like. Still, I find it hard not to identify with the low social status of particular jobs I’m qualified for, such as store clerk. I see my perfectionism as stopping […]Tags: motivation, workplace
  • Managing Pregnant Wife’s Neediness

    Dr Elizabeth Wohl, PhD
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Q: How do I convince my wife to see a psychologist or psychiatrist? She has very low self-esteem. She cannot accept a compliment or make even simple decisions, and she is extremely sensitive. For example, if I do not call her from work to say “hi” a few times a day, she says she feels […]Tags: pregnancy and childbirth, relationships, responsibility, self-esteem
  • What’s the Point of Living Morally if We All Die the Same?

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Q: I have had one question lingering in my mind for a very long time, and no one has satisfied me with their answers. Some people hurt everyone so badly with their words, they don’t care about others at all, and they are so deeply selfish. However, they put on a very good act and […]Tags: ethics, miscellaneous, social skills
  • My Wife Threatens Suicide When I Bring Up Separation

    Michael Wiederman, PhD
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Q: I am 31 years old, my wife is 32, and we have been married for 4 years. We are both students at the same university and I help her with her studies to such an extent that I take very few courses in order to study her subjects and teach her. I am also […]Tags: divorce, relationships, self-esteem, suicide
  • Managing Social Anxiety at School

    Dr Elizabeth Wohl, PhD
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:38 am
    Q: I have a question regarding stress and embarrassment. For a long time, I’ve had a difficult time talking to people like adults, or even my classmates, and the reason is this. If I am talking to someone like a teacher, and they began to yell at me for not having finished an assignment, or […]Tags: anxiety and stress, school and studies
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    Therapy Blog

  • When Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense: Kids Caught in the Middle

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join us when Patricia McGuire, MD, FAAP, presents her continuing education event, titled "Never Assume: Getting to Know Children Before Labeling Them," at 9 a.m. PDT on May 9, 2014. This presentation is free to members and is good for two CE credits....
  • Psychpedia Friendship

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Join us when Patricia McGuire, MD, FAAP, presents her continuing education event, titled "Never Assume: Getting to Know Children Before Labeling Them," at 9 a.m. PDT on May 9, 2014. This presentation is free to members and is good for two CE credits....
  • Trauma and Re-Experiencing: The Intrusion of Past into Present

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sunda Friedman TeBockhorst, PhD - When natural healing of trauma is interrupted by distressing memories, it's called "re-experiencing." A therapist can help....
  • Losing Connection in the Age of Information

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pooja Shah, PsyD - Social media and technology put information at our fingertips, but how are these things affecting our relationships to ourselves and others?...
  • Should We Require Prospective Parents to Be Licensed?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Gerald Schoenewolf, PhD - Almost every occupation requires some sort of license, certification, or training, yet parenting?the biggest job of all?does not. Why?...
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  • Stories of Courage and Hope | Patricia is “Brave Beyond Words”

    Bill White
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    What’s on your emotional/mental plate? Hmmm - major depressive disorder, a nasty anxiety situation, anorexia, PTSD, bereavement, compulsive behavior? Something else? If you’re in the midst, I’m thinkin’ you could use a story of courage and hope. And I just happen to have one… So I came up with the idea about a week ago, and presented it to you in Stories of Courage and Hope | I Want Your Mission (Im)Possible Tale (bossy of me, huh). FYI – the concept and article were inspired by the reaction to a piece I posted some two weeks ago, The Journey to a Good…
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  • 5 Reasons Why the California Society of Addiction Medicine Rejects Rapid Opioid Detox

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Though the idea of avoiding withdrawal symptoms while under sedation sounds appealing, the California Society of Addiction Medicine does not endorse rapid opioid detox. Here are 5 primary reasons why they don’t. Thinking about ultra rapid detoxification? Maybe you should think again - here are 5 solid reasons why the California Society of Addiction Medicine says ultra rapid opioid detox isn’t worth the risks. What Is Rapid Opioid Detox? Sedated withdrawal: You are put under anesthesia or placed under heavy sedation and then given an opioid antagonist, such as naloxone.This opioid…
  • 7 Reasons Why Buying Street Suboxone Won't Help You Get Clean

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Why does it matter where you get the Suboxone? Well, when you buy street Suboxone you still associate with dealers, you rarely get counseling, you're not forced to make life changes and you use it more like drug than a medication. Suboxone is a medication for the treatment of opiate addiction. It is available by prescription from clinics and doctors who are specially certified to dispense Suboxone. The purpose of Suboxone treatment is to keep opiate addicts from experiencing withdrawal while they receive counseling for the psychological aspects of addiction. Many people choose to buy street…
  • Marriage Therapy on Your Own? How to Improve Your Relationship when Your Partner Won't Come Along

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Find out how marriage therapy can save your relationship - even when your partner won't get involved. Marriage therapy: sometimes only one of the two partners is willing to come to therapy. How can you work on your relationship if your partner won't come to therapy? Read on for an exploration of your options and some likely outcomes in different situations, such as: When it's your issue that affects the relationship.When it's your partner's issues that affect the relationship.When external factors affect the relationship.When the major issue lies between both partners. Considering Individual…
  • 15 Signs Your Opioid Use Is Becoming Opioid Abuse

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Do you use opioids (or does someone you love)? It’s so easy to slide from responsible use to dangerous misuse. Test yourself to make sure you’re not falling into addiction. Do you have a legitimate need for opioids but wonder if you might use them for more than just pain management? Or, does someone you love use opioids for legitimate reasons but you wonder if they might take more than they should? Well, unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to see the line that separates abuse from addiction as you pass it, and once addicted, responsible opioid use becomes almost impossible.
  • Addiction Treatment Options for Opioid Addicted Chronic Pain Patients

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Three opioid addiction treatment options for people with chronic pain – including options for people who still need opioids for analgesia. What do you do when you’re addicted to opioids, you have/develop a chronic pain condition and you decide you want to get your life back under control with addiction treatment – how can you manage your pain without the use of potent opioid medications? Though this seems like an impossible situation, with treatment and monitoring you can retake control and still get the opioid analgesia you need. Three Primary Treatment Options According to the…
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    The Business Incubator

  • Business Taxes – Internal Revenue Service

    Angela Brooks
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Good Ole Tax Time … Did you know that a business out of your home is a deduction for your taxes? Don’t take my word ask your CPA. Working at home has many advantages other than being your own boss. You fall into a higher tax bracket and working for yourself is hard work that is worth it. Your home has many tax breaks that can save you money being a home business owner. I teach what I have done to change my income and replace my 27 years of nursing income. It is s a deduction to better yourself and learn how to run your business better with  education and training for your…
  • I have finger prints on my windows

    Angela Brooks
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    No this little fellow is not mine (smile) and I cried cleaning them off…. I have enjoyed this week off and being unplugged from my normal business routine of go to work – cook supper – go to my office. Actually I am having a hard time plugging back in – life sometimes feels like a extension cord and everything is plugged in to all of the slots waiting for circuit overload to pop the breaker. Today I am getting back in the swing of being home after a week out of town. Washing clothes, cleaning floors and wiping the many finger prints off the doors and cabinets. Today as…
  • How essential oils helped a baseball mom make it to the game

    Angela Brooks
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:03 pm
    This weekend my family have traveled to Fort Walton Florida to the last high school baseball trip. Five days of straight baseball games, fun with friends and memories none of us would trade for anything. As moms that travel with the team we all makes sure everyone one is safe, feed, and where they are suppose to be. Traveling with respectful and well mannered youth makes the trip that much more enjoyable. As we were dragging our luggage ,the coolers, multiple bags, and the dog into the hotel room,the door had just closed when we heard a tap on the door. I open the door with my 6’3 son…
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    Scott D. Miller, Ph. D.

  • Dumb and Dumber: Research and the Media

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    “Just when I thought you couldn’t get any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!” - Harry in Dumb & Dumber On January 25th, my inbox began filling with emails from friends and fellow researchers around the globe.  “Have you seen the article in the Guardian?” they asked.  ”What do you […]
  • Are you any good as a therapist? The Legacy of Paul W. Clement

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:01 am
    Twenty years ago, I came across an article published in the journal, Professional Psychology.  It was written by a psychologist in private practice, Paul Clement.  The piece caught my eye for a number of reasons.  First, although we’d never met, Paul lived and worked in a town near my childhood home: Pasadena, California.  Second, the question he […]
  • Good News and Bad News about Psychotherapy

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Have you seen this month’s issue of, “The National Psychologist?”  If you do counseling or psychotherapy, you should read it.  The headline screams, “Therapy: No Improvement for 40 Years.”  And while I did not know the article would be published, I was not surprised by the title nor it’s contents.  The author and associate editor, […]
  • Did you know your clients can tell if you are happy?

    19 Jan 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It’s true.  Adding to a growing literature showing that the person of the therapist is more important than theoretical orientation, years of experience, or discipline, a new study documents that clients are sensitive to the quality of their therapist’s life outside of treament.  In short, they can tell when you are happy or not.  Despite our best efforts […]
  • Do you do psychotherapy?

    26 Sep 2013 | 7:47 am
    You know psychotherapy works. Forty years of research evidence backs up your faith in the process. And yet, fewer and fewer people are seeking out the services of professionals. Between 1998 and 2007, psychotherapy use decreased by 35%. People still sought help, they just went elsewhere to get it. For instance, use of psychotropic drugs […]
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    HSP Health Blog

  • What Happened To Play?

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    Source: playingwithbrushes – Flickr What happened to play? Did you make mud pies when you were a child? Perhaps you spent time in a playground, or a sandbox. Did you build castles in the sand? What happened to the joyful spirit of play in your life? Enter Insecurity I was raised in a conservative environment so conditioning started at a young age. I am not good about being indoctrinated so I noticed when anyone tried. To this day, I notice. However, the force feeding of fear and insecurity has an effect whether you like it or not. It causes sadness, pain and loneliness. And insecurity.
  • Breaking The Failure Taboo

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    Source: Tinou Bao – Flickr Failure is something that many of us if not all of us have been taught to be afraid of. Unfortunately, failure is a big subject and perceptions about failure are not necessarily innocent. Fear of failure causes so many people to hide and makes them afraid to be themselves. What a loss! Why Failure Is Such A Big Subject Failure has been a big subject throughout human history. If you take a look at ancient myths and stories many of them are as much about failure as about bravery. In early human societies, failure was dangerous. Failure was life threatening and…
  • What Time Pressure Costs Us

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    patience © by rosmary How do you feel about the time pressure of this impatient world we live in? Personally, I hate it, yet I often feel that slow is “wrong”. Slow means getting run off the road by someone faster. Slow means “missing the boat” because you can only miss it by being slow. The fast pace of our society has a life of its own. It feels like “reality” and when we drop out of the high speed movement of our economic culture it can seem like a form of death. But if you look at it another way, our fast paced system can feel like a form of death as…
  • A Reexamination Of Comfort Zones And Creativity

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    Source: Out-of-Comfort Zone: Dance like a Chicken – Mike “Dakinewavamon” Kline Being in one’s comfort zone or not seems to be a marker of all sorts of wonderful traits including creativity and progressiveness. I can even be a path to success and wealth! I consider myself a creative person. However, I find many ideas about comfort zones, and getting out of them, to have very little to do with creativity and creating a good life for yourself. Since I perceive quality of life something that we can and need to create for ourselves, I think that reevaluating comfort zones…
  • The Value Of Mistakes

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    Source: wetsun – Flickr Mistakes are a no-no, even a taboo. That is unfortunate because they are very important and necessary. Without mistakes you cannot be in touch with and claim your own power. Embracing mistakes is a important if you want to come into your own as an HSP. The Hidden Benefit Of Mistakes According to Robert Fritz, author of the Path of Least Resistance and Creating, the creative process can be divided into three large phases: the idea or germination the development of the idea from concept to completion releasing the result Although we can make mistakes at any time…
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    CogniFit's blog

  • If you visited the CogniFit home page recently, you may have...

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    If you visited the CogniFit home page recently, you may have noticed that things looked different. We decided to give this page a facelift to make it more attractive while keeping a familiar look. We hope you like it!
  • For a brain boost, spend time with your grandchildren … but only...

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    For a brain boost, spend time with your grandchildren … but only once in a while Grandparents often say that spending time with their grandchild gives them great joy. What they may not realize is that their brains can actually benefit from the interaction. A new study finds grandchildren keep grandmothers mentally sharp. The study, published on April 7th, 2014 in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, finds post-menopausal women who spend time taking care of grandkids lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. However, too…
  • Cardio exercise in your 20s could benefit your brain in your...

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Cardio exercise in your 20s could benefit your brain in your 40s Ask any runner and she will tell you that running helps clear your mind and that the oxygen feeding your brain gives you that clear focus. A new study shows that regularly engaging in cardio exercise in young adulthood could potentially protect your memory and cognitive health decades down the road. Researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that better cardiac fitness in young adults translated to better brain fitness 25 years later, adding to a growing body of evidence that links heart health with mental…
  • Brain differences in college-aged occasional stimulant...

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
    Brain differences in college-aged occasional stimulant users Scientists have discovered college-aged individuals who occasionally use stimulant drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines and prescription drugs such as Adderall, display brain changes that may put them at higher risk for developing a serious addiction later in life. The study from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, published on March 26th in the Journal of Neuroscience, says screening for these changes could help to predict whether a young person experimenting with stimulant drugs should have early…
  • A protein, normally active in fetuses, may also protect the...

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    A protein, normally active in fetuses, may also protect the neurons in older people. Along with symptoms of cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease patients often have an accumulation of plaques and tangles of proteins in parts of their brains. But one of the big scientific mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease is: Why do some people whose brains accumulate the plaques and tangles so strongly associated with Alzheimer’s not develop the disease? Now, a series of studies published on March 19th 2014, in the journal Nature provides new clues that suggest a possible answer, one that could lead to…
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    Social Work Career Development

  • Best in Mental Health (weeks of 3/31-4/13/14)

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to... This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development. To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see
  • Got LMSW Exam Anxiety? 4 Strategies + 10 Practice Questions

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Are you feeling a bit anxious about your upcoming LMSW exam? You are not alone... Many of us feel this way whether we end up taking the licensure test right after we graduate or do so years later. What can you do to feel less anxious about the test? Prepare for the exam: As Alexander Graham Bell stated, "preparation is the key to success." Here are the Ten Tips I Used for Passing the
  • Mental Health Webinars for You, April 2014

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Do you want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the mental health arena? Attending one of these free webinars is an easy way of doing just that :) This post is part of the monthly series, Mental Health Webinars for You, featuring the registration information for free webcasts for this month in the field of social work and mental health. For a quick overview of the topics
  • Best in Mental Health (weeks of 3/17- 3/30/14)

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to... This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development. The two themes that were prominent among this week's round-up were career and
  • Can Hypnosis Be Used As a Therapeutic Tool?

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Dan Short, Ph.D. Hypnosis can be an effective modality with a variety of symptoms such mood regulation, panic attacks, pain management and smoking cessation. As per Dan Short, Ph.D., therapeutic hypnosis is a “collaborative exploration of possibility, as previously unrecognized resources and potentials are brought to awareness." The primary objective of therapeutic hypnosis is for the
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  • responding with empathy

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Me to a few friends recently: “I am going through XXX, I feel miserable because ABC… I do not know why people enjoy this process. I do not. I am very unhappy….” My friends’ responses: “Do not feel like that, it is a blessing what you are experiencing, many people would love to be in your position….” “This change is a miracle, be grateful for the time and opportunity you have….” “Think more positive, try to enjoy yourself through XXX…. Do not think like that…” My initial responses and emotions: cringe in anger for they did not understand where I was coming from…
  • The Pooping Donut

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I was eating a raspberry jam donut a few days ago. After taking a huge bite and putting it back down on the plate, I noticed that jam was leaking from the other side of the donut. I was in hysterics – by myself at the table. I found it wildly amusing. I took a photo of the donut and put it up on Instagram, sent it to a few friends on WhatsApp, and shared it with my friends on WeChat (a China-based instant message / facebook service). I captioned the photo, “The Pooping Donut”. I did not expect the flurry of responses. I was only entertaining myself. A few friends came back with…
  • Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Canto Pop

    10 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm
    This post is dedicated to one of my readers, P., — thank you for the suggestion! I started playing the piano when I was 7 years old. Bang bang bang…. When I streamed back into the HK education system after a few years running wild in Australia with my family, I had to learn the piano properly, taking examinations and theories. I learnt to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony – Da Da Da Daaaaaan! Da Da Da Duuuuum!!!!! The relentless hours of practice in order to pass piano exams, which for me bore no importance or significance in my life, made me loathe Beethoven. And for that matter, I…
  • Yoyogi Park – the fragility of my being

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:13 am
    This post is part of the Travel Series – reflections and muses based on the cities I have lived in or travelled to. My departure was set from Tokyo was set for early June in 2009. For one last time that spring, I savored the chance for hanami, not knowing that all would change from then onwards. Hana meant “flowers”, and mi meant “to look” in Japanese. It was a revered festive fortnight to appreciate the ephemeral beauty of the unique flower, the sakura, the cherry blossoms for which Japan was famous. The sakura would be in bloom for only a few weeks a year and the Japanese…
  • Butterflies

    13 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    Butterflies petrify me. Such beautiful creatures, so harmless, so delicate, so gentle – their unobtrusive presences anywhere within a radius of 1 meter is sufficient to make me freeze on the spot. When on my own, I would squeal. When others are around, I try to suppress the scream, and walk away calmly. I am in such fear of them that my psychologist decided I needed to undergo desensitization treatment for phobias. I have recurring dreams and nightmares of butterflies. I run down a long hallway, dimly lit by yellow light bulbs. There are wooden doors on both sides, but all closed. I am…
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    A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole

  • On Whether Manic Depression Is A Blessing Or A Curse Or Both

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    So, this is a question I struggle with periodically. Is Manic Depression a blessing, curse or both? There is no denying that my life has changed immensely both for the good and the bad since being diagnosed in the early 2000′s. But, is my life really worse than it was before? Was I truly happy, […]
  • Test email

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    From Jennifer KelleyFiled under: Bipolar Disorder
  • Feeling Sappy and Reminiscent

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I do promise to finish the series that led me from birth to Bipolar disorder, but allow me to engage in a bit of reminiscent sappiness. This song was recorded when I was three (3) years old in 1974, and has sustained me for the past few days where I have been depressed but not […]
  • The Verve ~ One Day

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Once again a song says it better than I can: feeling very down today. One day maybe we will dance again Under fiery skies One day maybe you will love again Love that never dies One day maybe you will see the land Touch skin with sand You’ve been swimming in the lonely sea With […]
  • Being Lonely And Alone Sucks

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:48 pm
    …..enough said.Filed under: abandonment
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    Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness

  • Sexual Assault Counseling & Recovery

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    What is Sexual Assault? Sexual assault occurs when one person forces any unwanted sexual contact onto another person. It can involve a stranger, friend, partner, or acquaintance. It can involve any type of unwanted sexual behavior.   Being sexually assaulted involves both physical and psychological assault. Assault victims experience a range of emotions that include fear, shame, ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: How to Support a Loved One Surviving Trauma When Should You Seek Therapy or Consult a Counselor?
  • Switching Careers in Mid-Life

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Have you considered changing careers? I was invited to interview on mid-life career change. Listen to the interview here. Have you successfully changed a career? Share you comments on how you did it, we’d love to hear from you! If you’re interested in changing your career, join us for an 8-week career coaching program, “Create Your ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: How Can I Change Careers Changing a Career? Start Small by Taking Charge of Your Current Situation Find Your Meaningful Career Path…
  • What is a Solution Focused Therapist?

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    What Does a Solution Focused Therapist Do? Most types of psychotherapy involve exploring feelings, being validated, finding explanations, exploring wishes and dreams, setting goals, and gaining clarity. Every therapist has unique ways of working with clients, based on his or her personality, training, and views of how people change. A solution-focused therapist is likely to do the following: ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: When Should You Seek Therapy or Consult a Counselor? Take Charge of Your Life De-Clutter…
  • Bulimia Facts

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Facts About Bulimia The National Eating Disorder Association prepared these bulimia facts in the form of an infographic for eating disorder awareness week, see below. 59-83% of development of bulimia may be genetically related Most people who struggle with bulimia are of normal weight Many people struggling with bulimia also struggle with depression, anxiety, and/or ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: Stories of Weight Stigma Do You Feel Out of Control with Food Behavior? You Could Be Struggling with Disordered…
  • Managing ADD (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder)

    Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    Managing ADD Adult attention deficit disorder (ADD) can have a significant impact in productivity, work and family life. The following strategies can help you manage these areas of life. Determine which ones might be most appropriate for you and give them a try! Productivity: - Break down tasks into smaller tasks. Write them down and ...Read the rest... Eddins Counseling Group : Emotional, Career, Relationship & Body Wellness Related posts: What is Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) De-Clutter Your Mind and Develop Self-Confidence How to Stop Procrastinating
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  • Antidepressants May Increase How Long Mothers Breastfeed

    Sheryl Wood
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Mothers who take prescription medications often worry if they can breastfeed their baby. Stopping antidepressant use may not be necessary and may even help breastfeeding.
  • Understanding the New Daddy Blues

    Tara Haelle
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Becoming a parent brings a host of changes that not every person is prepared for. Depression after a new child's arrival can occur for both mothers and fathers.
  • Balancing Antidepressants' Risks during Pregnancy

    Tara Haelle
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has always involved a balancing of possible benefits and risks. But so does skipping the medication when a mom has depression.
  • Few Spine Surgeons Used Psych Screening Before Surgery

    Nancy Maleki
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Mental health issues may play a role in disabling back pain that can require surgery, and experts recommend mental health screening before spinal surgery. But it seems some surgeons may have missed this recommendation.
  • Depression Can Hit the Heart

    Liza Baskin
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Depression is a mental condition. However, the dangers of this condition can spread beyond mental health, and may even involve the heart.
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  • Elizabeth Warren and I

    Kiersten Marek
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Kiersten Marek:Please tell me that Elizabeth Warren is not going to be bought by the Corporate Education Reform movement. That would just be too depressing for words. Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog: I have recently read that Senator Elizabeth Warren is a supporter of school vouchers. This made people who despise public schools, like certain hedge fund managers, tingle with joy. At last, a progressive who is as contemptuous of public education as they are! At last, someone who will support their efforts to dismantle our nation’s precious democratic institution whose doors are…
  • News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market

    Kiersten Marek
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    From Steve Stycos: There are 2 more weeks of the winter market! Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Edgewood Congregational Church on Broad St.   Add some local flavor to your Lenten, Easter and Passover favorites: fish, bitter greens, potatoes, honey and, of course, eggs are all available from our vendors. Plus bread, soup, scones, little pizzas, and more.   Blue Skys Farm is featuring “Small State Seeds”, chemical-free and locally grown seeds from Scratch Farm in Cranston. Tried and true veggie varieties for the Rhode Island climate. Friends of the Pawtuxet River and…
  • Can Creativity Be Measured?

    Kiersten Marek
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Kiersten Marek:An important question and discussion… Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog: The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who think that the world can be divided into two kinds of people and those who don’t. No, let me try that again: those who think that everything that matters can be measured, and those who think that what matters most cannot be measured. Count me in the latter group. What matters most is love, friendship, family, imagination, joy….I see no reason to develop measures for those things. And if they were developed, I would doubt their…
  • Rhode Island Social Workers to Join Union, Receive Increased Pay

    Kiersten Marek
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    April Fools!
  • Sacrificing Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, the Arts, and Athletics for Test Prep

    Kiersten Marek
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:06 am
    Kiersten Marek:Oh, and happy social work month (sorry for the sarcasm!)… Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog: Kathleen M. Cashin and Bruce S. Cooper are on the faculty of Fordham University. Dr. Cashin, an experienced educator, is also a member of the New York State Board of Regents. She is regularly in the minority on votes that increase the pressure for high-stakes testing. Dr. Cooper is a scholar who has written about school finance for many years. In this essay, they criticize the state’s pressure to raise test scores while sacrificing the social and emotional supports…
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    American Association of Christian Counselors

  • He is Risen

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many times before to pray. But this time was different. This time He was in an agony. What’s interesting is that this is the only time this phrase is used in all of scripture. It was not just agony. It was an agony. A battle… a fight…a struggle in deep anguish. “Abba, Father, all things are…
  • The Face of Mental Illness in the Church

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Donna Gibbs, Ph.D. photo by Eddi van W. on Flickr   Though we’ve come a long way as the Body of Christ in recognizing and understanding mental illness, we still often fall short of creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment in our churches for someone who struggles with the dreaded symptoms of mental illness. One of my clients, a woman I have grown to admire over the last few years because of her successful fight for a sound mind, shared her testimony with me and has specifically asked that I pass it on to you. Kathy desires that God use her painful experiences to better…
  • Alcohol Use Among Veterans Who Served in Afghanistan/Iraq: A Research Update

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Laurel Shaler, Ph.D. In 2011, research pertaining to veterans who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq (known as OEF and OIF veterans, respectively) was facilitated through a collaboration of a doctoral student and the Department of Veterans Affairs (Shaler, 2011). One of the more interesting results was finding that 100% of the 100+ plus sample reported problematic drinking behavior. This was based on the scores received from their completion of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), a widely used reliable and valid instrument (Babor, Higgins-Biddle, Saunders and Monteiro,…
  • Winning in Marriage: Navigating Hardships and Fostering Spiritual Intimacy

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Dan Seaborn, Director, AACC Marriage & Family Network  photo by garryknight on Flickr Vince Lombardi, a football coach who is most famous for his days coaching the Green Bay Packers, was once quoted as saying, “Winning’s not everything, but wanting to win is.” Certainly Vince Lombardi didn’t win every game he coached for the Green Bay Packers, but I can tell you that he sure looked like he wanted to win. He had a winning attitude. In the organization I lead we say, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” That’s because we are referring to marriage and…
  • Why can’t we all just get along?

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1-3 (ESV) Bickering. Backbiting. Selfishness. Grudges. Fighting over things that don’t matter with family and friends — even in the church. Disagreements happen. Arguments are inevitable. But our calling from God is to oneness —…
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    Where I Stand

  • Here’s a tool for mental health planning.

    erin casey
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Mental health planning and recovery planning can seem daunting. I’ve personally thought to myself “how am I ever going to understand myself and all of this stuff?” But let me tell you there is so much hope and a few key things that EVERYONE can do to help make sure that we stay healthy and aware of ourselves throughout our day. I’ve titled this document “Knowledge is Power”. It’s so true that we often ‘run’ from knowing ourselves, but in reality that hurts us so much more. Knowing just a few key things can make the difference between a…
  • Reflections of a former people-pleaser

    Rachel Leigh
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” So here I am, bearing everything to you dear reader. I will pour out my guts and insides to you if at least you will take away from my posts just one life lesson. If all you take away is this, then I will consider my job over and done with. Whatever you do… Don’t live your life to please other people. And if you are, then consider the fact that you find yourself in good company. I too have been here before, and I’m familiar with the repercussions of “people pleasing”. I know…
  • Meet our newest blogger: Christina Mannarano

    erin casey
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Christina MannaranoCurrent City: Harrisonburg, VaTopics: Substance Abuse, Anxiety and Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Self-HarmingGrowing up, I lived with an abusive, and controlling alcoholic father. It was hard seeing someone you love be so difficult on themselves and their family. I firmly believed and even told myself when I was younger that I would never abuse alcohol. But things change. When I was in highschool I began drinking and partying with my friends because it was “the cool thing to do” at that age. As I grew older and got out of highschool I began looking for parties;…
  • Where I Stand: I Stand For Hope Apparel

    erin casey
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Where I Stand: I Stand For Hope Apparel Let’s all stand together for hope. This is Where I Stand’s first ever promo tank with the message “I Stand for HOPE” on the front with our heart in hand logo and on the back the same logo Help us spread the word, spread hope and raise money for Where I Stand’s free speaking program coming to schools this fall! We need to sell 100 items for the products to be made (in two weeks)!!! Share with all your friends! 
  • One truth about therapy.

    erin casey
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I sit on my therapist’s green couch every other week these days and we talk about tools, emotions, recovery, being proud of myself, being grateful, goals, disappointments, relationships, work and everything or anything else that comes up. Therapy is a tool that I use to help me navigate through some of the more challenging or complicated parts of my life. It’s a treatment that has taught me new ways of doing things and/or reacting to situations; because I’ve been through things and have certain illnesses that require additional assistance and are particularly challenging. I…
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    Anxiety Killed The Cat

  • Hypnosis for Anxiety Relief: 7 Easy Steps for Self-Hypnosis

    Ashleigh James
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Using hypnosis for anxiety isn’t a new concept however hypnosis itself is often given a questionable rap. The majority of peoples experience with hypnosis actually stops at having seen it in a movie or television show, where it’s effects are often exaggerated. In the real world however, and in the instance of using hypnosis for anxiety, it’s…
  • Is Your Social Anxiety Ruining Christmas?

    Ashleigh James
    14 Dec 2013 | 10:50 pm
    Fellow social anxiety sufferers, the holidays are upon us! Christmas for most is a magical time of the year where family and friends get together, exchange gifts and generally enjoy each others company. But for those that suffer from social anxiety disorder, Christmas namely consists of a number of social situations and events that they would like nothing…
  • How to Calm Anxiety: Change Your Diet

    Ashleigh James
    4 Nov 2013 | 2:01 am
    Last updated: 13th April 2014 Inline with the natural approach from my article The First Steps, making a few simple changes to your diet can greatly boost your efforts in how to calm stress and anxiety. Today, we’re going to focus on how to calm your anxiety with a healthy diet because studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms…
  • The Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

    Ashleigh James
    30 Aug 2013 | 3:34 am
    The diagnosis of anxiety actually covers a wide array of types of anxiety disorders. On its own, it is a blanket term used to describe acute stress. It is also used more generally to describe moments when a person is feeling anxious. The truth is, we all experience anxiety at one point or other. In fact, some even go as far as to say that -not- feeling anxious could…
  • The Link Between Caffeine and Anxiety

    Ashleigh James
    26 Aug 2013 | 11:23 pm
    Is there a link between caffeine and anxiety? Does caffeine affect anxiety? Let’s find out! Caffeine plays a huge part in the daily lives of many people. Everyone knows that there’s plenty of caffeine in coffee, right? But did you know that caffeine is in tea as well? It’s also most likely in your afternoon can of soft drink and that piece of…
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    Panic Attack Away

  • Go In Through The Out Door

    Andrew Morris
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Stress. Now that is a loaded word! Are you a person who lives a stressed outlife ? Do you just seem to stress out all the time? Is your anxiety level high? Does life just seem like one ominous challenge after another? Then You Will Want To Hear This : The great news is that you […] The post Go In Through The Out Door appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Do You Have This “What If…” Thoughts ?

    Kelli Walker
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The dreaded “what if “ thoughts can dominate the minds of us anxious folk, whether we’re aware of it or not. One of the first tips I like to give my clients is: if a thought begins with “what if ” then it can usually be disregarded as nothing more than an anxious thought. It’s […] The post Do You Have This “What If…” Thoughts ? appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Laughter Is The Best Medicine

    Andrew Morris
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Laughter is truly the best medicine. Laughing cures all ills, stresses, anxieties. Laughing feels wonderful and is so good for you. You cannot possibly be mad, upset or disgruntled when you are laughing-it’s impossible! Smiling alone feels good, but laughing feels even better. Relationships can really thrive if they are based on a mutual ability […] The post Laughter Is The Best Medicine appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • Useful Ways To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    By : Zack John Have you ever faced something very crucial in your entire life? It could be a new relationship, a new vehicle, a new job or promotion etc. Something happens in life that completely changes your state of mind or potential of thinking. Usually, people who suffer from any crucial happening started losing […] The post Useful Ways To Reduce Stress And Anxiety appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
  • What To Do If You Had Panic Attacks Driving ?

    Barry McDonagh
    5 Mar 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Panic and anxiety attacks while driving One of the more common questions I am asked is how to cope with anxiety while driving. Ranging from fear of being caught in traffic to crossing waterway bridges‚ people have many different fears in this area. Often the anxiety stems from a fear of being trapped in the […] The post What To Do If You Had Panic Attacks Driving ? appeared first on Panic Attack Away.
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  • Can You Thrive with a Mood Disorder?

    Care for Your Mind
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Gregory Simon, MD, MPH Investigator, Center for Health Studies Group Health Cooperative Can You Thrive with a Mood Disorder? The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance has designated 2014 as the Year of Thriving. Throughout the year, they are challenging the … Continue reading →
  • Target Zero: Redefining the Clinical Definition of Success

    Care for Your Mind
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The first priority in treating a mood disorder is ensuring that the person is out of immediate crisis. But should this be the end goal? Too often researchers, providers, family members, and peers consider a stable mood as a measurement … Continue reading →
  • Working to Dispel Stigma Among Asian Americans

    Care for Your Mind
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Pata Suyemoto Working to Dispel Stigma Among Asian Americans Cultural stigma and language barriers result in extremely low utilization of mental health services among Asian Americans (8.6 percent versus nearly 18 percent of general population). But individuals and organizations are … Continue reading →
  • Criminalizing Mental Health in the United States

    Care for Your Mind
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Melody Moezzi More than 60 percent of the population in U.S. prisons are minorities, and by some accounts, the three largest mental health facilities in the country are prisons. CFYM continues its interview with attorney, author and mental health activist … Continue reading →
  • Does Cultural Bipolarity Create Barriers to the Delivery of Quality Mental Health Care?

    Care for Your Mind
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Melody Moezzi What would it be like if your clinician didn’t understand your culture or treated you as something other than “normal” because of your ethnicity, religion, or gender?  Would you receive appropriate, effective treatment? Attorney, author and mental health … Continue reading →
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    The Fusion Model

  • 12 Amazing Sayings about Happiness from Philosopher William James

    Frances Masters
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    It’s often said that William James (1) was to the USA, what Sigmund Freud was to Europe. William James was an elderly man when he finally met Freud at a lecture in 1909. They walked and talked together for a while. Nobody knows what their conversation was about. Must have been interesting. There’s no doubt that James has been one of the world’s most original thinkers and, although written over a hundred years ago, his sayings about happiness add up to a formula for living your best life that’s timeless. During his lifetime, he wrote a whole library of academic works.
  • 5 Top Tips to give your Confidence Level an Instant Upgrade

    Frances Masters
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    ‘I’ve been promoted’ said Angela with a wry smile. ‘That’s great’ I replied ‘Isn’t it?’ ‘Well, yes it is but……there’s a problem!’ ‘I seem to have great difficulty taking the lead. It is something that makes me very nervous and although I will air my views in team meetings, my heart pounds and I feel as if I can’t breath. There’s also a lot of strong characters there and I think a little resentment that I have a senior title when if fact they have been there a lot longer than me, so this is…
  • 7 Quotes about Anxiety that Anxious People Need to Know

    Frances Masters
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    1. ‘Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.’ Haruki Murakami (1) A lot of the anxiety we suffer is self-inflicted. We think anxious thoughts. We look into the future and run scary movies in our head or we drift into the past and are full of regrets and hurts. It’s not really the things which happen to us that cause our anxiety, but our own response to them. No one can make you fearful or anxious without your permission. You have to allow that to happen. Make a decision to deal with life’s ups and downs as and when they happen. Make an assumption that some bad stuff…
  • The #1 Major Life Hack for Raising your Confidence Level.

    Frances Masters
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Ghosts. Maria was a broken woman. My first impressions as I looked into her dark eyes were of someone who was haunted. ‘I haven’t been able to sleep for months now’ she explained. ‘And when I do sleep he is there!’ Turned out Maria had been married to a violent man; a man who was involved in the shady world of drug dealing. He had been abusive to her in the marriage but when he died a violent death, she thought she would be free of him. ‘In my Sicilian culture,’ she said. ‘If you are visited in your dreams by somebody who has died, they are…
  • Depression and The Self-Help Secret all New Mums Need to Know.

    Frances Masters
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:02 am
    I’m angry! I’m feeling really angry at the moment. The newspapers are often full of troubling headlines about inadequate mental health services. But a recent report touched both a personal and professional note for somebody who, more than twenty years ago, suffered herself from postnatal depression. (1) I can now make the professional observation that the medical model of treatment for PND is not appropriate and actually risks lives. The story which disturbed me was that of a young mother who jumped from the top of the multi-storey car park just a few months after giving birth to…
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    Teen Addiction Treatment Blog Feed

  • The Role of Antidepressant Drugs in Treating Adolescents

    Brian Burgess
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Antidepressant drugs are one option for teen addiction treatment. Typically they are given in combination with education and counseling. In some instances, omega-3 fatty acids, St. John’s Wort and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are also given. A pediatrician or psychiatrist can prescribe antidepressants. If you are working with a psychiatrist, it is important to make sure […]
  • World Health Day: Adult ADHD Treatment With Vitamins and Minerals

    Brian Burgess
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is an ailment characterized by short attention spans and significant hyper-activeness. People with ADHD cannot remain static for long and have short attention spans, making it difficult to hold a conversation with them. ADHD patients are usually prescribed stimulant drugs that activate the brain circuits responsible for attentiveness and focus. However, […]
  • Treating Cocaine Addiction: Research on Molecular Mechanism

    Brian Burgess
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cocaine is one of the most addicting drugs on the planet. A group of scientists at the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have a pretty good handle on why. Studies show that cocaine ingestion triggers a rapid increase of a specific enzyme in the brain. This enzyme occurs naturally in varying concentrations within the […]
  • Does Marijuana Smoking Actually Decreases Your IQ?

    Brian Burgess
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Marijuana commonly known as pot or herb gives you a mental high when smoked. People who smoke marijuana are often relaxed, or on a mental high that causes them to express severe emotional feeling. For example, they may laugh uncontrollably or suffer bouts of emotional downtime. Marijuana directly alters the chemicals in the brain. IQ: […]
  • ADHD Drugs and Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Brian Burgess
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:24 pm
    There appears to be a connection between ADHD and heroin addiction. Many mental healthcare doctors as well as medical blogs have stated that ADHD has often been a big reason for heroin addiction. The Surprising Link Many heroin addicts are commonly diagnosed with ADHD. The addicts are put on prescription medications such as Dexedrine, Adderall, […]
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    Chattertree's Family Alliance Network

  • Holding Their Attention: Get the Scoop on ADHD

    chattertree fact finder
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was once considered a problem that children outgrew. If they didn’t, their parents were often blamed for bad parenting. But researchers have found that ADHD is a very real disorder rooted in brain development. Effective treatments are now available, and researchers continue to make progress in understanding what causes ADHD—as well as how to prevent and treat it. Many people blurt out things they didn’t mean to say from time to time, or jump from one task to another, or become disorganized and forgetful. But people with ADHD have more…
  • Suicide: Who’s at Risk and Warning Signs

    chattertree fact finder
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Men are four times more likely than women to die from suicide. However, three times more women than men attempt suicide. In addition, suicide rates are highest among young people and those over age 65. Primary risk factors for suicide include: Prior suicide attempt Family history of mental disorders Alcohol or other substance abuse Family history of suicide Family violence, including physical and/or sexual abuse Firearms in the home (the method used in more than half of all suicides) Warning Signs If someone talks about suicide, you should take it seriously. Urge them to get help from their…
  • Tom Izzo Speaks In Tribute To Lacey Holsworth

    Ryan Beale
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    This past Wednesday evening famed MSU coach Tom Izzo gave an impromptu tribute in honor of 8 year old Lacey Holsworth in front of at the historic Spartan Rock. Lacey Holsworth tragically lost her battle to cancer earlier that morning. Tom Izzo’s speech is a reminder of how me must find the lessons within our own and each others struggles in order to make our difference to the world around us. This video is a must watch 8 minute video that will remind you why Coach Izzo is such a well respected leader.  
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over

    chattertree fact finder
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Do you feel the need to check and re-check things over and over? Do you have the same thoughts constantly? Do you feel a very strong need to perform certain rituals repeatedly and feel like you have no control over what you are doing? If so, you may have a type of anxiety disorder called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). What is OCD? Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with OCD feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and…
  • Dealing With the Other Difficult Parent

    chattertree fact finder
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    By: Dr. Noel Swanson Q. My stepson, who is four years old, goes to visit his real mother on weekends if and when she is available because she is constantly in and out of jail and has 86 felonies. These visitations do more harm to our son than good. When he comes back he is very sad and doesn’t say a word for hours. A. This is, indeed, an unusual situation, though it is very common with separated parents. Generally, the child living with the mother goes to the father for the weekend. But the effect of the meeting is the same: the child behaves queerly – either loud and noisy or absolutely…
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