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Are you sick and tired? I was. As a matter of fact, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. At the young age of 32 I was a divorced, educated but under appreciated black male who's sole purpose in life was to make it through the day. Not only had I had lost my desire in life, I was ... Views: 70
12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are tradition based programs and have been proven to work. Part of the glue that keeps these programs effective is sponsorship. In AA and in NA, people are required to seek sponsors. A sponsor is a mentor and someone that has ... Views: 90
I recently learned from my routine annual blood test that my thyroid is hyperactive. Since getting the results, questions have been running through my mind as to what could be causing my thyroid to overwork. My thyroid has been checked regularly over the years and the results have been fine so ... Views: 91
With all the recent talk about gun control and mental health, I decided to take a look at how far America’s mental health system has changed (or not changed) over the past few years.
First, I must state that when I wrote a blog about Mental Illness and the Law, the research shows that those ... Views: 118
The “Golden Rule”of the Helping Professions
An Excerpt from “The Human Magnet Syndrome – Why We Love People Who Hurt Us.”
By Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC
It is a common belief within the mental health field that a psychotherapist’s competence is often compromised when they work ... Views: 157
Addiction is a dark and lonely place and the barriers that hinder it are plentiful. It is easy to fall prey to it but you play hell trying to get out. Overcoming an addiction is never going to be anything short of difficult because it grabs ahold of people when they are weak and broken and it ... Views: 206
You ARE the most precious gift that the world can receive. From the moment you were born you were so loved. Your beautiful smile lit up your face. As you grew, I saw your curious mind lead you places. Your innocence was so refreshing in a world filled with hate. Your loving nature makes you ... Views: 338
The biggest problem with addiction recovery is that there are so many people that have failed one or more times. This causes those to become discouraged when in reality it never was their fault that they were not successful. There are millions of addicts hooked on drugs or alcohol and ... Views: 190
When it comes to addiction people cannot help themselves from creating this silent rating scale in their mind, like he’s just an alcoholic, she does too many prescription pills, and he is junkie because he does heroin. It is this kind of judging that creates the stigma that has created an almost ... Views: 249
Everything about heroin has changed full throttle during the past fifty years or so. The mid 1960’s saw a surge of illegal heroin being smuggled into the US and by 1970 there were close to a million heroin addicts in the US alone. Much of this was blamed on Vietnam, the Corsican gangsters, and ... Views: 369
Sleep is something that all of us have to get in order to survive, along with air, food and water. Not getting adequate restful sleep can cause you to have serious mental and physical health conditions. There are many people who have problems with insomnia but it can be found often in ... Views: 699
For years and years cocaine was one of the most dreaded drugs. It was labeled as highly addictive and then along came crack cocaine and that was placed in a league of its own, one that was extremely lethal. Maybe it is the hype surrounding the surge in prescription opiate addiction but it seems ... Views: 916
Renee L. Richardson, M.Ed.
Do Men Hate Women? The Investment Scam
Women, how many times have you pondered the thought as to whether or not your man hated you or was in fact jealous of you? I have on countless occasions. There appeared to be signs of jealousy on behalf of my ... Views: 939
Renee L Richardson, M.Ed.
The Feminine Transformation: Rearing the Little Girl in You
All too many times, I have heard family members, lovers and colleagues say to me that: “You are acting immature, childish, rotten, spoiled” to name a few phrases. Well, when you are angry, ... Views: 1173
Renee L Richardson, M.Ed.
Do Not Make Deals with the Devil: He is Deaf
As we have been told since forever, the “Devil” as you know him has the following characteristics: A liar, cunning, a tempter, deceitful, totally evil, a thief, an adversary, wicked, cowardly, a murderer, ... Views: 757
How would you decide whether your child's language development is on track? As communication is the basis of success in life and at work, emphasis should be given early on to assess the level of your child's control over his or her strength in managing language. This is especially true for ... Views: 1282
In this article, I will discuss how to develop a menaingful relationship with your special needs child. The reason I am going to do this is because as a parent or main caregiver to a child with special needs, you are the best person to serve as a role model for your child.
If managed the ... Views: 981
Renee L Richardson
Putting Others First or showcasing our “Good” deeds?
As I sit and reflect on my experiences with sexual relations, I have found that I have performed such more so for my partner than for myself. For instance, I enjoy the concept of having sex but the actual ... Views: 946
Renee L Richardson
It Breaks My Heart: Looking Racism in the Eyes
As an African American woman who has worked diligently to intellectualize, I am disappointed in our society at large. The mere heartache of having to paste my ancestry back together due to African slavery is by far ... Views: 933
Take a close look at the life of any person struggling with addiction, and you will likely find at least one family member or friend 'helping' that person. Somebody making it easier for the addict to continue in the progression of their disease. This behavior is called enabling. The problem is ... Views: 1021
Renee L Richardson
Give Me Back to Me: A Fight for Your Own Identity
Whenever someone makes the mistake of stepping on your foot, most times, you will hear “I’m sorry”. In such cases, sorry goes a long way. However, there are the situations of which you may seem to feel that the ... Views: 1185
Written by Renee L Richardson
The Root of the Misinterpretation: What we say versus what we think
As I sat down pondering the confusing intimate relationships of which I have endured, I was led to the dictionary. I began by looking up the definition of the word change. I chose to ... Views: 1061
•You can improve yourself, boost your confidence, better your attitude, re-energize and inspire yourself to positive actions and results by giving yourself a pep talk anytime, anywhere and any day.
•If you must succeed in life you have to be intentional about it, therefore, it is time to be ... Views: 1229
Article: Written by Renee L. Richardson
Too boyish to Cry: Way too girly not to
As an African American woman, and educator, I sit inside of my preschool classroom amazed at the observations of which I am afforded. During my astonishing experiences with the young learner, I have found ... Views: 1274
Written by Renee L. Richardson
Name Brands, and Hair Beads, and Ego’s Oh My!!!
As a Preschool teacher, I have been afforded the opportunity of assisting the young learner in developing on both the academic and social level. In addition, I have observed many students who have come into pre-k ... Views: 1212
Maybe you are looking at the title to this article and thinking "What the heck? How can family be toxic?". Maybe you are one of those people who know exactly what the title is all about. Whatever your reason for reading this article, I hope it speaks to you and you learn something from reading ... Views: 1294
As we celebrate today the World Suicide Prevention Day, let us revisit the common myths about suicide and reestablish the fact.
Myth: “People have to be crazy or mentally ill to consider suicide.”
Fact: Most people all over the world have thought of suicide at one time or another. But ... Views: 838
Everyone knows how anxiety feels like. It happens when you are about to do a big presentation, when you are about to take a difficult exam, when you are worried about problems that you have at home or at work, or when you are being called for by your boss to his office. If we all feel anxiety, ... Views: 750
If you suffer from stress-induced diagnoses such as depression, anxiety or panic attacks, you know there is another condition that usually tags along: shame. Face it – right now someone in your life is in crisis and you don’t even know it.
On any given day, we all experience ups and downs, ... Views: 757
I am not talking about crass materialism or consumerism, nor am I talking about better living through greed.
Rather, I am talking about a psychological stance that you take toward your “own” life. “Own”, used as a transitive verb means to have or hold a property or to have power or mastery ... Views: 847
Think for a moment how you feel during a depressive episode. Do "helplessness", "hopelessness", and "loneliness" come to mind? If so, that also seems to be the consensus of many people in the depression forums where I spend some of my time.
Depression has a way of creating a psychological ... Views: 790
In today’s world there are many and different types of psychotherapy, each one varying in its approach to patients and it’s common and founding hypothesis and theories. And even though there is still no complete understanding of how the human brain functions, most of the therapeutic approaches ... Views: 915
Today’s psychotherapeutic developments have outgrown the past situation of psychology and psychotherapy. Where in the past, only few people would go and try to solve their problems through therapy, nowadays such people are more in numbers. That doesn’t mean that more people are experiencing ... Views: 732
During the years I attended psychotherapy, my therapist always had classical music paying in the waiting room. I never figured out if that was supposed to be part of my therapy or if it was playing simply to keep me entertained while I waited for my session to begin. But I do know this, that ... Views: 985
Money management tricks of the rich are actually money management tricks everyone already has at their disposal. All it takes is one, knowing what they are and two, applying them to your situation.
The first trick is something I call recognition. A person has to not only recognize they have a ... Views: 1112
One profoundly useful way to journal is to use the practice to change ourselves.
Presumably, most of us like ourselves well enough. Though many people experience true self-loathing at some point in their lives, for the most part we maintain a healthy respect for old Number One.
But even ... Views: 1577
Improved Technologies Lead to Challenging Tasks for CT Scanner X-Ray Tubes.
The most current CT scanning techniques place a high heat load on the CT scanner x-ray tube, due to the need for high tube current values to provide enough photons in the image, when scanning with fast rotations and ... Views: 1204
In 2001 Dore Frances created Horizon Family Solutions, LLC (H.F.S.) with the intention to help and educate parents during a time of crisis with their teenager. This year Horizon Family Solutions is celebrating over a decade of assisting families.
During these ten years, Dore Frances has been ... Views: 747
Take these actions to heart … one a week for 10 weeks to create the well-living workplace.
Eliminate ‘but’ from your conversations. Listen for the word and clarify what the person is saying when they use ‘but’. Have your meetings ‘but free’. Declare your office a ‘but free’ zone! Ask ... Views: 867
In broad-spectrum circumstances, individuals with mental illnesses need help, be it from their families, friends, or other support groups. Moreover, therapies were designed not only for health care providers but also for people who takes part in the treatment of a mentally challenged person. ... Views: 731
Do you remember the old skull and cross-bones? The last time I saw it was when I was watching The Pirates of the Caribbean. There was a time, though, when it was the universal symbol not just of pirates and their undead henchmen, but of poison.
I just checked my box of 20 Mule Team Borax, ... Views: 1345
Every family has a complex emotional history. When alcohol abuse is involved, that emotional history can be tinged with extra pain and bitterness, and these feelings are liable to rise to the surface in any confrontational situation. This is part of what makes an alcohol intervention so ... Views: 882
On the phone with his teenage brother, a young person in my young people’s church organization noticed his brother, the popular, fun-loving, star high school football player, sounded more mature and serious in his conversation. The usual jostling greeting of “What do you want?” was replaced with ... Views: 1029
We all experience times in our life when we are in a crisis, be it emotional distress or physical issues that are beyond a point we ourselves can control or deal with alone. Having a Crisis Management Plan is one of the best ways for you to be prepared for crises that will rise in your life ... Views: 1230
Depression and suicidal moods
Have you ever been so depressed, you felt like life was bleak and nobody cared? Sometimes you do not even notice that your behaviour is actually induced due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Counselling could actually help resolve your deep set emotional ... Views: 843
The Mystery of 5:37a.m.
What if you were awakened early one morning by the ringing of the telephone and to a voice in panic? It is your neighbor who claims his wife has mysteriously disappeared during the night. She was feeling fine when they went to bed and she had no history of emotional ... Views: 1093
For family and friends of drug and/or alcohol addicted individuals, addressing addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of seeking substance abuse treatment. Often, drug and alcohol addiction has built a destructive cycle over a time to the point where daily family involvement actually ... Views: 1279
"Conduct disorder" refers to a group of behavioral and emotional problems in youngsters. Children and adolescents with this disorder have great difficulty following rules and behaving in a socially acceptable way. They are often viewed by other children, adults and social agencies as "bad" or ... Views: 855