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Mental Health

The Occupation Of Afghanistan Must End

"Suppose they gave a war and nobody came"

I was touched by a recent comment regarding the mental state of veterans visiting my blog. I think there is no better way to serve the cause of veterans than by working diligently for peace and making their number non existence. 
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Mental Health

The Paper Eagle Roars

"When life gives your lemons don' t follow the simple course, throw them back at the source" FeatherLeaf 

"Show me a sermon"

I'll admit it at this time I am more words then action. Except with my wife and in that case I am in action...
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Anxiety

Balancing Business With the Health of All Customers

Photo by Ferlinka Borzoi (Deb West)

Delta Air Lines announced this morning that it is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with on-board service and emotional support animals. This comes after an increase of animal-related safety incidents that have occurred during the past few years.

New policies will go into effect on March 1, and will require "that all customers traveling with a service or support animal show proof of health or vaccinations 48...
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Bipolar II

What Repealing Obamacare Means for Bipolar Disorder

President-elect Donald Trump recently released his plan for his first 100 days in office. Among his listed goals is repealing the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. This act necessitates action from Congress, but with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Trump’s goal will likely be realized. The Affordable Care Act has had a significant...
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General

Part 2: 7 Challenges of Borderline Personality Disorder

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Last week I discussed 7 challenges of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) such as: dysphoria, attention-seeking, manipulating, controlling, emotional chaos and storms, internal emptiness and loneliness, relational chaos, denial, anger, rage, and progress in some ways and deterioration in other ways. BPD is a complex disorder that requires a supportive family, active treatment, and competent treatment providers. Without these things, recovering from BPD can seem almost impossible.

This...
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General

Part 1: 7 Challenges of Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most complicating disorders for mental health professionals and researchers. Why? BPD is complicated based on many factors such as the environment (, upbringing, influences, etc.), temperament, genetic predisposition, age at which BPD was identified and treated, treatment recommendations, etc. So much goes into identifying, understanding, and coping with BPD. What makes matters more complicated is the unraveling of convoluted symptoms...
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9 Reasons Trauma Is So Hard To Understand

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What comes to your mind when you hear the term trauma? Do you think of physical or psychological trauma? Do you have preconceived notions about how trauma may affect human development? Sadly, many people struggle to understand the emotional, psychological, and/or physical toll trauma can have on overall health. Trauma is not well understood by society which leads to miscommunication, misunderstandings, and sometimes...
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Family

7 Consequences of Having an Emotionally Detached Parent

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Do you know an emotionally avoidant and detached parent/guardian? If so, what makes that person so emotionally unavailable? Is it a mental illness, personality disorder, or something else such as a job, career goal, or educational endeavor? Whatever it is, having an emotionally unavailable parent or guardian can lead to a lifelong journey of unstable or failed relationships, emotional neediness, empty voids, identity confusion, poor attachment to others,...
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General

6 Reasons Why Self-Diagnosis Should Never Happen

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Do you diagnose yourself? If so, how?

For many of my clients the process of diagnosing themselves and others involves a quick Google search and a couple of minutes looking at WebMD or the Mayo Clinic's Symptom check lists. For others, self-diagnosis may occur after speaking with friends who have been formally diagnosed (, diagnosed by a mental health professional) or who also diagnose themselves.

Unfortunately, self-diagnosis can lead to...
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Anxiety

8 Simple Steps to Ending the Sunday Night Blues

Who's looking forward to going back to work tomorrow? Nobody! I was lucky enough to have the last two weeks off. I like my job, but even so, I'm not looking forward to heading back to the office.

People don't like Sundays. And they really, really don't like Sunday nights. Sunday night means the weekend is over. It's time to head back to work, school, appointments, schlepping the kids around,...
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Happiness

How to Cope with Loneliness and Grief this Holiday Season


 

This holiday season many of us will experience loneliness and loss. We usually associate grief with death, but we grieve a lot of other losses as well.

Some of the reasons people feel alone during the holidays include:



a break up or divorce
moved to a new community
estranged from or not talking to family
don't feel connected to or accepted by the people you are with
loved one is...
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Teens With Suicidal Thoughts: 5 Things Parents Should Consider

Suicide. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Do you panic and feel overwhelmed and anxious? Does your mind begin to search for answers and question why anyone would ever consider such a thing? If so, you are not alone. You are with the tens of thousands of people who feel the same way. Suicide is a public health concern. Four out of 5 teens are said to give clear warning signs...
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Family

Taking Psychiatric Medication: How To Help Your Loved One

The introduction of Thorazine, an antipsychotic medication, in the mid 1950s led to multiple changes in mental health including positive (increased levels of independence, reduced psychiatric stay, and control of symptoms) and negative (terrible side effects, over-medicating, prescription drug abuse, and de-institutionalization) outcomes. Leeriness of psychotropic drugs has continued into 2013 and many supporters of medication usage are being met with resistance.

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