Archives for Goals and Objectives

anxiety

Feeling Stressed? The Checklist

Stress can contribute to many health issues, including, but not limited to:

Mental health disorders (such as depression and anxiety)
Obesity
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Abnormal heartbeats
Acne and other skin problems

Are you dealing with too much stress?  This checklist contains signs that may show you are under stress. Whether or not you can check off items on this list, if you feel you are under too much stress, speak to a friend, family member, doctor, or clergy member. Sometimes, just...
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Children

Teenage Rebellion & Parental Freak Outs

Reported on : "In a study, teens rarely talked to their parents about potentially risky online experiences. Parents and children often have much different perceptions of and reactions to the same online situations. Some of these situations may include cyberbullying, sexual exchanges and viewing inappropriate content online."

"When you asked why teens didn't talk to their parents, a lot of times they mention risky situations, which they didn't think were a big deal, but they add...
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anxiety

Love Older People & Advocate For Them

The New York Times reported on new research that shows there's been an extremely sharp rise in the use of multiple psychotropic drugs in older Americans, even those without mental health diagnoses.
"The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
"The new analysis, based on data...
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Addiction

Flawed Belief System Keeps Him Using Drugs & Alcohol

What you believe—about life, about people, about yourself—is key to how your recovery from addiction progresses. A flawed belief system helps keep you mired in the past or prevents you from envisioning, or believing in, your future.

Recently I met with Kyle. He had been using opioids, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol to self-medicate for more than twenty years. He began using when he was 16, and he's now 36. Although he's actively using substances, and...
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Addiction

12-Steps For 15 Maladies

In the original 1938 Alcoholics Anonymous book*, 15 emotional/spiritual symptoms (referred to as maladies) of addiction are listed:

being restless, irritable, and discontented
having trouble with personal relationships
not being able to control our emotional natures
being prey to (or suffering from) misery and depression
not being able to make a living (or a happy and successful life)
having feelings of uselessness
being full of fear
unhappiness
inability to be of real help to other people
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Addiction

Does Your Therapist Have Successful Outcomes?

When searching for and interviewing a prospective therapist, ask him to tell you about his rate of successful outcomes.

A therapist should be able to tell you what percentage (approximately/in the ball park), of his patients with problems similar to yours (for example, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and so on), have achieved successful outcomes with his help. If you don't have a diagnosis, it still may be helpful to hear from the therapist how his patients...
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