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My Thankfuls on Thanksgiving

Part of my beautiful family - my parents, our puppy Flash Gordon, and, of course, Pearl.This has been quite a year.Looking back, I see how I launched into January 1, 2017, with all of my typical gusto and naivete, assuming this was the year I would finally discover just how the Dalai Lama...
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General

OCD and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Daylight saving time has ended, and winter is in the air. During these darker months, up to five percent of people in the United States might suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This article on SAD describes it as follows: Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by feelings of sadness and
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General

It’s My Birthday Again; Still Bipolar

Long time readers of mine know that I do two things on my birthday every year: Write a blog about the previous year through the lens of living with bipolar disorder. Whine, exactly the same way a toddler would if they can’t have a cookie before dinner. I’m
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alone

If You’re Alone on Thanksgiving

A lot of people will be alone this Thanksgiving, either by choice or by a trick of fate. Just know that you're not alone in your aloneness. A lot of us are alone this Thanksgiving. And Christmas too, bah humbug.Let me tell you a little story that has helped me cope with being friendless, more or less, for most of my...
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Mental Health

Community

"It takes a village to raise a child" African ProverbHow do you identify yourself? What do you connect with that is greater than you? Is it your country, religion, state, town, college, or some other group or organization? By being part of a something bigger than ourselves helps our mental health. But...
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General

Job-Personality Fit Contributes to Financial Success

Would you take a job that was a bad fit for your personality to make a lot of money? If so, you might be doing it wrong. That’s because, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, being financially successful may in part depend on finding a job that
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General

The Psychological Power of Gratitude

If you’re feeling thankful this Thanksgiving, you should be thankful that you’re feeling thankful. Being able to count your blessings is itself a blessing. That’s because psychology research has shown repeatedly that gratitude is associated with a range of good mental health outcomes. Here are some examples. 1. Gratitude Exercises
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Blame

Learning to Appreciate Life

Many of my clients seek therapy because they cannot accept that some things in life cannot be changed:”I wish I hadn’t been abused in childhood”; “I wish my spouse was different”; “I wish these things weren’t happening to me.” When you desire to control the uncontrollable, you set yourself up for disappointment...
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ADHD

Now See Here …

I've got this ...My mind works rather quickly in many ways. But sadly, because it covers ground so fast, it tends to squander that ability by rapidly cycling through many thoughts that are a waste of time.I can be cheerfully starting some task, say in the kitchen,...
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Books

A Creative, Meaningful Life Starts Here

A creative, meaningful life starts with self-reflection. It starts with sitting down and identifying our philosophies, principles and approach. Because if we aren't clear on these things, we let others dictate our schedules and maybe even our hearts. We say yes and no randomly, or without much thought, again letting others' agendas set...
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Hope

Today I Love Looking Forward

And then the snow fellToday I love looking forward and seeing all the potential for joy and happiness and love. I love that, although things can go bad, I've realized that to waste time worrying about things that can go wrong just makes the damage from those things worse. I love that...
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bibliotherapy

What Book Should I Read For My Schizophrenia?

Do you or a loved one suffer from Schizophrenia?  Are you looking for a self-help book to read to provide relief for your symptoms?  If so continue reading this article. A Schizophrenic Will: a Story of Madness, a Story of Hope According to , the first book that would be helpful to read is A Schizophrenic Will: a Story of Madness, a Story...
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