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10 Tips to Lower Holiday Stress

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are...

Successful Self-Control

Newton’s third law of motion is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For many, the opportunity to live without consequences would be wonderful.  But of course,...
Today I Love Curling With Friends

Today I Love Curling With Friends

Today I love curling with friends on teams that we’ve gathered with the intention of just having fun. I love that half my team is rather newish and the other...
15 Tips to Avoid Hurtful Encounters on the Holidays

15 Tips to Avoid Hurtful Encounters on the Holidays

Living in an abusive household hurts most during the holiday season. Drunken episodes, physical altercations and humiliating verbal assaults severely dampen the joyful holiday spirit. Here is an abused pet’s...
The Trouble with Empowerment

The Trouble with Empowerment

They say we should be empowered. We hear it all the time, especially about women. What does it mean for women to be empowered? A women’s site defines empowerment thusly:...
Have Yourself a Sober Christmas

Have Yourself a Sober Christmas

Christmas time brings new challenges if you are struggling to stay sober. You want to participate in family gatherings. You want to enjoy time with the people you love and...

Mental Health: The Most Common Extracurricular

Two parent family? Check. Highly regarded public school? Check. Excellent student? Check. Involved in extracurricular activities? Check. Mentally ill? Check (nods sheepishly). I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa–more Americana...
Enjoy a Mindful, Meaningful, and Fun Holiday Season

Enjoy a Mindful, Meaningful, and Fun Holiday Season

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.” I’d have to agree with Emerson. Many of us think that...
Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Being given a diagnosis of a personality disorder can be a shock if you weren’t expecting it, but it can be a relief too.  You may have long felt that...
My 25 Time Management Tips

My 25 Time Management Tips

The other day, one of my interns (I’m a supervisor for mental health students getting their license) asked, “How do you get it all done?” It is a valid question...
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Writing the Stories You Need to Release

Writing the Stories You Need to Release

Writing is medicine. It’s the ultimate form of self-care. Because it helps us to connect to, acknowledge and release our emotions. It gives us perspective and insight, so we can...
At The Right Time

At The Right Time

“When one door closes another opens, but you might have to wait in the hall.” Tom O’Connor  So much of life is in patience and waiting for the right time....
OCD and the Need to Be in Control

OCD and the Need to Be in Control

In my previous post, I discussed 6 common themes in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Starting with today’s entry, in a series of 5 posts, I will be discussing additional aspects of obsessive-compulsive...
Study: Limit Use of Antipsychotic Meds for Younger Patients

Study: Limit Use of Antipsychotic Meds for Younger Patients

New research suggests restricting high-dose antipsychotic medications among children and young adults to those battling psychosis. Investigators from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that children and young adults without...
Hospitalizations of Homeless May Be on the Rise

Hospitalizations of Homeless May Be on the Rise

An estimated 553,000 individuals are homeless — lacking fixed and reliable housing — on any given night in the United States. In a new study, researchers looked at patterns, causes...