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​An Honest Look at Behavioral Modification Programs for Troubled Teenagers

I have an adopted son. When we were approved, my wife and I were over the moon. This little boy, whom we had already fallen in love with, was going to be under our care and in our family for good. We couldn’t think of anything more perfect.

It was only a couple of months in when we started to really grow concerned. He was angry, threw constant tantrums that would last for hours and could become violent. While his actions were manageable when he was little, we worried about what would happen as he got bigger. After recognizing that he wasn't making progress as he got older and spent more time with us, we were unsure of what to do for him.

People with Bipolar Disorder Share How They Started Treatment—and Why They Stick with It

Bipolar disorder is highly treatable, and yet so many people don’t seek treatment. Or if they do seek help, they later stop taking their meds or stop attending their therapy sessions. Or both. And then their bipolar blows up. Their mania spikes. Their depression sinks even deeper.

Sticking to treatment is not easy. Medication has side effects. Therapy takes work. The illness itself can be stubborn, exhausting, confusing.

It can all feel so frustrating.
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Best of Our Blogs: August 14, 2018

Did you ever hear a quote, mantra or phrase that really hit you? It summed up your deepest thoughts and wishes in a few words.

Recently, I was watching a reality show when a new father said about his baby's mother, "She was built to be strong." These words spoke to me. I think of it any time I'm confronting a challenging situation.

But there are others.

In this post, a writer lists 20 Carl Jung quotes including this:
“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.”
And this:
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
Do any of these speak to you? If they hold a modicum of truth, write it down and return to it when you need hope, encouragement and assurance that you're not alone in you're experience.

The Benefits of Learning to Accept People You Dislike

"We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction." - Aesop, The Eagle and the Arrow
We can sometimes have difficulty accepting our friends, family, and loved ones as they are when their habits, quirks, or behavior annoy us. Our natural tendency is to try to change what we don’t like about them, which often leads to resentment. Nonetheless, given their importance and presence in our lives, we are usually willing to make an effort to accept them as they are.

7 Signs You May Be in an Abusive Relationship

Physical abuse is easy to identify because it is tangible. Unlike the indefinite phenomenon of being systematically torn down that is emotional abuse. Physical abuse is an easily knowable thing. That is not what I am here to discuss. I want to talk about the more covert examples of emotional abuse. I want to acknowledge the jealousy and possessiveness that rob survivors of autonomy.

You know that emotional abuse exists, but do you really know what it looks like? Do you know what to look out for? Would you be able to recognize it if you found yourself in an emotionally abusive relationship?

Work Begins on Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier (Finally)

Back in 2008 -- a decade ago -- we noted that the good folks who oversee the Golden Gate Bridge finally approved a suicide barrier for this iconic landmark. Every year, 30 to 50 people jump from the bridge. With a 98 percent fatality rate, the chances of survival are poor.

Six years later in 2014, we noted that a specific barrier type was approved for the Golden Gate Bridge -- a wire-mesh netting that would be mostly out-of-sight tucked underneath the bridge. Construction was expected to be completed by 2018.

Here it is August 2018, and still no suicide barrier has been erected at the Golden Gate Bridge. What's going on?


Madness in Motion

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” - Isaac Newton
Schizophrenia is madness in motion. When I am psychotic -- when I see and hear things others do not -- it seems as though the buzz of atoms, the molecular bonds that hold things together, reveal themselves as tiny humming grains beneath the appearance of my surroundings.