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The One-Minute Relationship Test

The One-Minute Relationship Test

Are you in a unhealthy relationship or an healthy relationship? Here’s a 60-second test that may help you find out.

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Funding Mental Health: “The System Failed My Son”

Funding Mental Health: “The System Failed My Son”

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?

How Does the Mental Health System Fail?

Those with mental illness, and their families, need more support. Much more.

Let’s go back to Senator Deeds. According to CNN,

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Can Increased Brain Activity Help Heal PTSD?

Can Increased Brain Activity Help Heal PTSD?

Your body and brain’s response to trauma creates your symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, so can your brain’s activity help to heal PTSD?

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Mental Illness And The Presidency

Mental Illness And The Presidency

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.

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Powerful Books For Positive Thinking

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.

Powerful Books For Positive Thinking

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.

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A Combat PTSD Mobile App that Really Helps

A Combat PTSD Mobile App that Really Helps

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.)

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Using Your Brain (And Body) In PTSD Recovery

Using Your Brain (And Body) In PTSD Recovery

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.

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PTSD Healing Goals Work If You Commit to the Present

PTSD Healing Goals Work If You Commit to the Present

PTSD healing goals usually start strong, then falter. But there's a way to give yourself a fighting chance. Here's how to meet PTSD healing goals, for real.

Following through on PTSD healing goals is as tricky as sticking to New Year resolutions: you muster up a lot of determination and make big promises and then, around about this time of January (or a few weeks into the plan) your momentum slows and things fall apart. Why is that and how can you make it past the flagging focus to follow through on your PTSD healing goals? One idea is to strengthen your goal plan at its foundation.

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Autism Research on Detecting Emotions

Autism Research on Detecting Emotions

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.

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Signs of Spiritual Abuse: When Religion Is Painful

Signs of Spiritual Abuse: When Religion Is Painful

I was religiously and spiritually abused in the name of Christ as a form of mental health treatment. Do you know the signs of religious or spiritual abuse?

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.

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