Beating Depression By Finding Your Strengths

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What a privilege it was to be able to speak to new employees at Missouri Psychiatric Center on beating depression by finding your strengths.

I have had the privilege, over the last year, to speak for Respect Speakers Institute. Respect Institute  was founded by Joel Slack who has experienced mental health challenges. Tremendous loss . . . → Read More: Beating Depression By Finding Your Strengths

Have a Happy Sober Holiday: Holidays and Addictions

 

The Holidays and Addictions:

 

Holidays and addictions can be particularly challenging when it comes to remaining abstinent. For many families holidays and addictions go hand in hand.  Alcohol and drugs abound everywhere, especially around Christmas time. There are the office parties, family gatherings, and other social events that usually include drinking and sometimes other . . . → Read More: Have a Happy Holiday: Holidays and Addictions

Brain Integration: Hope for Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

Hope for Recovery From Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Living with a mental health challenge and living with someone with a mental health challenge can be stressful at best. I have had both experiences, having had an alcoholic father and brother. Life was hellish, to say the least. My response was to collapse into the abyss . . . → Read More: Brain Reintegration: Hope for Recovery From Addiction and Mental Health Issues.

An Alternative Treatment For Mental Illness: Orthomolecular Psychiatry

 

Mental Illness:

Mental illness has been in the forefront of the news lately. Twenty six innocent people lost their lives to someone with a mental illness. There are traditional approaches to mental illness such as anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs. Mental illness can also be addressed using alternative modalities. One such approach to mental illness . . . → Read More: An Alternative Treatment For Mental Illness:

Turning Negative Thoughts into Positive Thoughts:Building A Happy Life

From Negative to Positive thoughts  

We are all bombarded by negative thoughts. One only has to listen to or read the news to be subjected to negativity. So how do we guard our minds and shift from sad to happy, from depressed to joyful, or from negative to positive thoughts?  The following suggestions may help.

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Mental Health Counselors: Your Impact on Your Clients

Mental health counselors

Sometimes life throws us curved balls and challenges. Mental health counselors can create a positive impact on their clients and steer them into a happier, more productive life.

Such changes can be implemented with the use of several types of therapy including behavioal therapy, cognitive therapy, and interpersonal therapy.

Behavioral therapy

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Roles In Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families: The Family Mascot

The family mascot 

 

In alchoholic families, the family  mascot has a well defined function in taking the onus off the serious issue of alcoholism. By providing daily mega doses of humor, the family mascot  keeps everyone laughing and enables the family to keep up one happy facade. Everything is alright as long as we’re having . . . → Read More: Roles In Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families: The Family Mascot

Step Seven: Humbly Asked Him To Remove Our Shortcomings

Step Seven:

It takes great hmility to face our imperfections. Yes, we are all manifestations of the divine. At the same time, each one of us has areas of imperfection. Growth is an evolutionary process. We are all here to learn and to move forward in life. So asking God to remove our shortcomings isn’t . . . → Read More: Step Seven: Humbly Asked Him To Remove Our Shortcomings

Step Six: Were Entirely Ready To Have God

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What does readiness involve? I’m posing that as a question and am ready to give my personal opinion. Perhaps it means that somehow we have lost the sense of empowerment needed to effect positive change. Step six of the twelve steps is all about submission to God and allowing Him to remove defects of . . . → Read More: Step Six: Were Entirely Ready To Have God Remove These Defects Of Character