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Archives for August, 2015

Communication

10 Was To Cope With The Explosive & Labile Personality

Do you know someone who tends to take every little thing you say personally and holds a long-term grudge against you? What do you think the problem is? Is it the offense itself or could it possibly be the personality of the offended? Sometimes it's both. The negative effects of living with a rageful, angry, selfish, and domineering person can be great. The emotional, psychological, and physiological effects can also be...
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Mental Illness

The Reality of Depression: It Exists

For most of us, we've had a few rainy days that felt endless. But for the remainder of society, rainy days happen all the time. A lot of people tend to believe that depression is a fleeting emotion and something that cannot destroy the natural flow of one's life. Sadly, some families tend to make depression taboo and refuse to acknowledge it or discuss it. The use of medication further stigmatizes families and causes barriers for open...
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Advocacy

Trauma Informed Care: Using the SELF Model To Gain Awareness

Trauma is a complex, but necessary subject. For the month of June and July I spent the majority of time writing articles on childhood trauma. It's a known fact that many people fail to recognize how common and pervasive it is. Our society tends to believe that trauma is only for those individuals who have experienced a terrible life event. But that is not all trauma is. Trauma, as noted...
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Advocacy

Personal Stories: “My Son Committed Suicide 15 Years Ago”



Are you the father of a son who struggles with mental and behavioral problems? Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the emotional and mental health needs of your son? Are you are mother or wife in a household almost completely destroyed, on a daily basis, with family conflict and emotional chaos? If so, E Martyn Ramsey has written a book just for you. He the father of a son who, following an...
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Advocacy

“Help!” 6 Reasons Why Therapists Are ONLY Human

Are you a mental health professional or work in the field of mental health? Are you a caregiver? What are some of your most vivid experiences? There is always at least one experience that made some kind of impact on you emotionally, psychologically, or even physically (, injuries during restraints, etc.). The experience could be positive or even negative. Either way, the experience will probably always be apart of your existence. It's difficult to...
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Advocacy

Personal Stories Week: “Abuse Only Happens to Others”

How would you describe your parent(s) growing up? Were the parents who used corporal punishment (spanking), "time out," or some other form of punishment? Despite years of controversy surrounding what parenting "techniques" are good and what are bad, the topic of child abuse rarely gets discussed. It's a taboo topic. This week, during Personal Stories Week, we will be discussing a variety of topics relating to attachment, parenting, mental illness, and mental health...
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Advocacy

5 Reasons To Love My “Personal Stories Week”

Photo credit: DGlodowska

Stories are powerful. It wasn't until I began in the field of clinical psychotherapy that I recognized just how important stories are to the structuring of our lives. We gain meaning and strength from our stories. We also provide others with empowerment and courage through our pain. A story can be so powerful that it changes not only the heart and mind of a person struggling with mental health...
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Parenting: 5 Reasons Why Children with Mental Illness Are Sometimes Abused

What kind of a parent would you consider yourself to be? Are you a good parent, firm parent, or somewhere in the middle? For many parents they would quickly identify themselves as a parent somewhere in the middle. But in some cases the reality that parents lack appropriate skills to cope with their child’s behavioral and mental health problems is real. This article will discuss the challenges often faced by parents raising children...
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Advocacy

5 Types of Therapy To Re-Think for Adopted/Foster Children

How would you feel if a therapist, who claimed to be trained in working with adopted or foster children with mental and behavioral health problems (a topic discussed last week) came into your home and encouraged you to engage your 10-year old child in a "therapeutic session" that would include you holding your child down to re-create the "childbirth experience?" How would you feel if a trauma therapist forced you to discuss a...
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