Hope

Today I Love The Future

Road coffee (I'm not driving) Today I love the future and the plans that now seem to be coming together to make it great. I love that I have set myself up to win by accepting that things may not go the way I hope. I love that a meme...
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Parenting

Obesity in America

Most of us have heard that we have a problem with obesity in America. We have heard that our kids are becoming increasingly obese and we have heard that our adults are not far behind. But recently a fact has emerged that is even more alarming. America is now number one among industrialized nations in...
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Depression

Medications For Depression

Introduction There are various types of medications used to treat depression.  They include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), including Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft. Lexapro According to , the first type of SSRI used to treat depression is called Lexapro.  Lexapro is used to treat Depression but can also be used to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  However, for the purposes of this article,...
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All

Clearing Up Misconceptions about PTSD

        In this short video, Dr. Suzanne McGarity, a Clinical Research Psychologist working at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, clears up some common misconceptions about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and veterans. Some of the myths she challenges are about symptoms, while others are about suicide, or recovery. In only a couple...
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Books

The Magic of Memoir

Writing is how we learn about ourselves. It is how we come to understand ourselves. To understand the intricacies and complexities, the nooks and crannies of our minds, our hearts, our spleens. As Joan Didion famously wrote, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and...
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Commitment

Reframing

The Transformative Power of Suffering Linda: Life is sometimes difficult. We don’t get what we want, and we get a lot of what we don’t want. We can start to slip into...
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Depression

3 Ways To Help Someone With Depression

Introduction Do you know a loved one with depression?  Are you looking to provide this person with love and support?  Continue reading this article to find out strategies to provide this person with love and support. Be On Their Side According to , the first tip to help someone with depression is to be on their side.  Never say to a depressed person,...
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General

Helping Teens Manage Big Emotions

Research indicates that emotional regulation is one of the most important skills we can teach our children. Teens who lack an effective way of managing distressing emotions may choose maladaptive ways of coping, such as avoidance or numbing through addictions. Managing difficult or complex feelings requires a capacity for self-reflection. The quality of interiority – an...
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Adoptee

Adoption and Trying To Find Yourself

My adoption had never been a secret but neither was it a spoken truth. I hid in plain sight as an adoptee, but my family blurred the view with their own projections. We simply didn't talk about it, mostly because to do so made them unravel; adoption being their Achilles heel: the one bruising...
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ADHD

On Tenter Hooks

... and somewhat stressed over it Have you heard that turn of phrase before? It turns out that the original reference is to the stretching of woolen fabric after it has been cleaned and washed to remove dirt and oils from the original farm production of wool. It seems that the fabric was stretched,...
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ADHD

Tips To Raising A Kid With ADHD: Part II

Introduction In my previous article, I described tips for parents to raise their children with ADHD.  In this article, I will expand upon this topic and include more tips for parents with ADHD to raise their children. Use Positive Phrases When Giving Instructions According to , it is essential to use positive phrases when giving instructions.  Always use positive phrases when giving instructions. ...
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Hope

Today I Love Having Company

Write by the garden of peas Today I love having company visit for a few days from far off lands. I love that they will appear to be three but in actuality will be four, because one of them is expecting. I love that the nine months before birth is a free...
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Bipolar II

What is Subthreshold Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 2-8% of the population, depending on how it’s defined. People who are not familiar with bipolar disorder may only know about those who experience true mania and severe depression. This is known as bipolar I and only affects about 1% of the population. Bipolar disorder is now being characterized as...
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