Are you in a unhealthy relationship or an healthy relationship? Here’s a 60-second test that may help you find out.
Recently, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds spoke to Anderson Cooper at CNN and to 60 minutes about a family tragedy that, sadly, could have been avoided. In Deeds’ words “the system failed my son.”
I know how he feels – except that, luckily, my son is still alive. So far.
The truth is that, despite the fact that Ben has “case management” from the state, they have to do very little to help Ben, or us. They are overworked, underfunded, and all too glad to have us take the “burden” from their shoulders. But – what would happen to Ben if anything were to happen to us?
Those with mental illness, and their families, need more support. Much more.
Let’s go back to Senator Deeds. According to CNN,
America may not be perfect, it may not even be pluperfect, and, truth be told, its glory days as a superpower seem to be shrinking faster than telephone poles in the rear-view mirror of a Cadillac El Dorado fleeing a crime scene. However, there is one area in which we have progressed nobly, that is, making good on our constitutionally guaranteed claim of unequivocally equal opportunity for all, regardless.
It seems incredible today but, when I was just a little Funny In The Head, JFK’s Catholicism was a source of fierce debate and considered a political liability. When Barack Obama became president he made history because of his racially mixed heritage. Today, many people believe that Hillary Clinton will be our next president, which would make her the first woman to smash through the nation’s loftiest glass ceiling.
The right book can crack you open to fantastic feelings. When you find one that resonates with you, it can help break patterns that keep you from living the life you want. Looking for a good read that will get you thinking in a new way, feel happier, and gain tools to keep you from falling back into the cycle of low self-esteem? These may do the trick.
Positive thinking may seem unattainable. However, the right book can crack you open to fantastic feelings. When you find a book on positive thinking that resonates with you, it can help break patterns that keep you from living the life you want. Are you looking for a good book that will get you thinking in a new way, feel happier, and gain tools to keep you from falling back into the cycle of low self-esteem? These may do the trick.
There are many ways to get help for combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but one you might not think about is a combat PTSD mobile app. And while there are many apps that aim to help mental health issues, the app I would like to highlight is the PTSD Coach (which is free). The app is created by the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs National Center for PTSD in partnership with the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology
This combat PTSD app has been downloaded over 100,000 times, so clearly I’m not the only one who really feels it can help. (And, I should say, while designed with combat PTSD in mind; this app is appropriate for anyone suffering from any form of PTSD.)
Using your brain and body in PTSD recovery is critical. It isn’t one or the other but both that contain important elements of healing: messages, ideas, options and opportunities for success.
The following healing stories were shared with me as I interviewed one of our national treasures: Dr. Bernie Siegel. Don’t know him? He’s an American writer and retired pediatric surgeon, who writes on the relationship between the patient and the healing process. Known for his best-selling book, Love, Medicine and Miracles, Bernie is a unique presence in the trauma world because he’s a doctor (a/ka/, a person trained to believe “the mind and body are completely separate”) who believes that not only are the mind and body connected, you can use your mind to heal your body.
More often than not, when people see others yawning, they find themselves yawning as well. This phenomenon is known as social yawning and it involves a deeper set of emotions. Yawning in this scenario reflects a person’s empathy for another. Such instinctual display of empathy usually strengthens the social group and the relationship among individuals. However, recent research shows that contagious yawning is not always the case for people on the autism spectrum (ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder).
Research offers many explanations for the deficiency to perceive emotions typical for the ASD population. The most dominant one is that autistic children tend to confuse the expressions being displayed and therefore find it difficult to interpret them successfully.
A new documentary, “Kidnapped for Christ”, was recently released. Although I haven’t seen anything other than the promo, the movie made my must-see list. The movie is about a dysfunctional Christian behavioral modification school and the teenagers who were sent there involuntarily.
It brought back memories. While my parents thankfully never sent me off to the Dominican Republic because of my psychiatric disorder, I feared that they would. Some kids, including a high school friend of mine, weren’t that lucky. I was, however, abused in the name of God, just like these folks were, as a form of mental health treatment.
Yesterday I turned 36 years old. Yes, that’s right, I’m on the “wrong” side of being in my mid-30s. And while I realize that, in our culture, being in your 30s is nothing to be proud of (especially if you’re a woman), I am, in fact, proud.
And here’s why.
I’m proud because I’ve been living with a serious mental illness for (at least) 16 years – and I have survived. Many of our brothers and sisters with bipolar disorder have not been so lucky and we should all celebrate for those who can’t.
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