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anxiety

When A Patient Becomes Aggressive & Passive-Agressive Vs. Assertive

A therapist I supervise came to me with a case:

F. struggles with relationships and socializing.

The sensory processing and cognitive issues she's struggled with since childhood cause her to misunderstand or miss social cues. Therefore, her responses to people's words, gestures, or tone of voice often were often wildly inappropriate and misfire.

One of the biggest issues for her used to be her inability to read when someone was belittling or bullying her. Her social awkwardness made her an easy target.

With the guidance of her counselor as well as support in developing a healthy response to bullying, she began to be able to assert herself and even stand up for herself, too.

She learned about healthy boundaries and in cases where she used to get overly involved in other people's lives, especially people who were using and/or abusing her, she began to be able to recognize
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8 Steps To Healthy Thoughts & Feelings

Your thoughts and feelings are not, as some suggest, your interface with reality.

They are your reality. 

That's why understanding that you can change your thoughts and feelings is so important, because once you believe you can change them, you give yourself the freedom to do so.

Gaining mastery over your thoughts and feelings changes your life.

Of course, this is easier said than done. 
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Communication

The Turkey Prince: A Story About Healing The Soul


The Turkey Prince by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Once upon a time, the king's son lost touch with reality. He thought he was a turkey. He longed to sit naked under the table snacking on breadcrumbs--so he took off all his clothes and sat under the table, pecking at the floor.

The king summoned the royal doctors--they all tried different medications, therapies, and cures. But none of them could help the prince and they worriedly quit trying.

The king was devastated.

Then, a wise man came. "I can cure the prince," he said.
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Should Docs Give Psychiatric Meds To Babies?

The news is startling. The New York Times reports:

Almost 20,000 prescriptions for risperidone (commonly known as Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and other antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children 2 and younger, a 50 percent jump from 13,000 just one year before, according to the prescription data company IMS Health. Prescriptions for the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) rose 23 percent in one year, to about 83,000.

Through adolescence, our brains and bodies change in ways science has only just begun to understand. But infants' brains and nervous systems change so rapidly that development can be measured not in years or months, but in weeks. How can we know with any certainty that anti-psychotic medications aren't negatively altering infants' and children's development in dramatic ways?

We can't.

So, why are some doctors prescribing anti-psychotic medications to babies?
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Communication

Can An Angry Teacher Teach You About Anger?

An Angry Teacher?

Who are your mentors, teachers, role models? Whom do you admire? Respect? Learn from?

Can they control their anger?

Imagine: You're sitting in a college classroom, taking a course on the philosophy of relationships. Your professor, a tenured, well-respected man, gives a brilliant lecture on the nobility of friendship. He speaks about forbearance, equanimity, tolerance and seeing the good in others.

You have a question about the assignment, but
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