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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Building Healthy Families and Communitites



Building Healthy Families and Communities.

Counselors, educators, ministers, and anyone else who has a vested interest in helping others must sometimes cry out in pain when confronted with the challenges facing those who come to them for direction.

Why do an estimated seventeen percent of middle school and high school students dabble in . . . → Read More: Building Healthy Communities, Healthy Individuals, and Healthy Families

The Life Long Impact of Child Abuse: Depression and Anxiety

The Life Long Impact of Child Abuse:

Child abuse is one of the most egregious types of crimes. Children look to adults for safety, security, love, and acceptance. When those expectations are short cut due to abuse, serious consequences can and often do occur. Some of the most serious effects of child abuse in infants . . . → Read More: The Life Long Impact of Child Abuse: Depression and Anxiety

Is Mental Illness Caused by Nature or Environment?

Is Mental Illness Caused by Nature or Environment?

Does nature produce mental illness or does environment?

Honestly, I do not know the answer to this one.

My aim in this blog post is to present views on this topic while remaining a passive observer. Drawing from my own experience as a psychiatric survivor of . . . → Read More: Is Mental Illness Caused by Nature or Environment?

The Gift Of Empathy: Helping A Depressed Friend


Helping A Depressed Friend

Most of us know someone who is depressed from time to time. The question is, how do we help a depressed friend?

Despair has been my friend more than once, especially in my teen years. Raised in an alcoholic home, shame, hopelessness, and utter depression were my daily companions. Nothing . . . → Read More: The Gift Of Empathy: Helping A Depressed Friend

Resilience and Mental Illness: The Long Road to Recovery

Resilience and mental illness

Mental illness can be a devastating load to carry. The ability to bounce back enables sufferers to survive with strength and courage. Resilience and mental illness are inextricably linked.

According to the thesaurus, the word resilience has two meanings.

1. The capability of a strained body to recover its size and . . . → Read More: Resilience and Mental Illness: The Long Road to Recovery

Peer Support for The Mentally Ill


Peer support for the mentally ill can be an important part of a recovery program for those suffering from mental illnesses. Who better knows the loneliness, heartache, and despair often accompanying the presence of depression, anxiety, and psychosis than one who has traveled that road.

Picture a small child, six years old, . . . → Read More: Peer Support for The Mentally Ill: Hope for the Mentally Ill

Building Healthy Communities

Healthy-communities: Ways to help build healthy communities

Doctor Patch Adams defines depression as a symptom of loneliness. His life mission is to encourage construction of healthy communities that serve to protect and nurture inhabitants from cradle to grave.

There is currently a debate in the mental health arena about the origin of mental . . . → Read More: Building Healthy Communities: Building Healthy Lives

Caretakers - Take Care Of Yourselves

Learn to celebrate caretaker health


Passengers on a plane about to take off are instructed to put the oxygen masks on first before placing it on their children.

The same is true in caretaking situations. Caretakers need to learn to create and to celebrate caretaker health for themselves.

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Mental Illlness and Social Challenges: How Therapists Can Help



Part of my mission is to create an understanding of the possible social implications of mental illness. Only a small percentage of patients are hospitalized due to the introduction of anti psychotic medications in the nineteen-fifties. Consequently, thousands of us live with one foot in the world of the normal, seeking to educate . . . → Read More: mental-illlness-and-social-challenges-how-therapists Can Help