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Bottlers, Brooders & Battlers: How do you deal with negative emotions?

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Feeling stuck in a negative emotional state happens to all of us. It is astounding what the mind can get up to: reliving the past, defeating and redundant tapes can play uninterrupted, if we let them. Sometimes we so fiercely need to be right, to believe in a world that is just, we unintentionally block […]

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Bariatric surgery might not bring positive life transformation

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It’s impossible to be part of our culture, and not get ensnared in the cycle of striving for happiness. If we attain a certain possession, begin a new relationship or lose weight then our life will be transformed, and we will be happy. Of course, what usually happens once we attain one thing, it is […]

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Carrie Fisher Remembered for Her Honesty and Advocacy

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Carrie Fisher’s fierce wit and honesty never seemed to fit in with the celebrity culture into which she was born. Really, her vulnerability and openness about her struggles with substances and Bipolar Disorder didn’t much fit in with the world in general. She continued to speak her truth, write about it, and worked as an […]

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How to be resilient in difficult times

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“How you react to the issue, IS the issue.” ― Habib Sadeghi, Within Difficult times come for us all at some point, right? What makes some individuals better able to cope with life transitions and change than others? After hitting some rough times, myself, recently, I’ve been pondering this question. Often it is in times […]

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Surgeon General Releases Stigma Reducing Report on Addiction

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Earlier this week, Surgeon General,  Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, released a report about the impact of the disease of addiction in the U.S. The statistics around how many of us are affected by substance use disorders are staggering, as well as the number of individuals who die from a disease that is treatable.  I found the most […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day

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World Suicide Prevention Day is today, September 10th. This day is within the larger framework of the entire month of September which is Suicide Prevention Month. There are many statistics that are disturbing and shocking about the suicide rate. The one that I continue to find powerful is the comparison of the number of deaths […]

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Mindfulness Based Interventions for Fibromyalgia

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Our friend, Ruwan Jayatunge, MD, has written a new article that will be of help to individuals with fibromyalgia. A condition marked by widespread pain and fatigue, it can cause anxiety and depression as it negatively impacts the daily life of an individual. Dr. Jayatunge points out that while the condition remains difficult to diagnose […]

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A News Media Diet: Repeated Viewing of Tragedies Is Bad for Your Mental Health

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We’ve seen a string of horrific events unfold in the U.S. and abroad over the last several weeks and months. It seems that before we’ve buried people who have died in one event, another incident is occurring before us on the news. Beyond the events themselves, the twenty four hour news cycle and immediacy of […]

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Chaka Khan Enters Rehab for Fentanyl Addiction

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It’s just really become an all too familiar cycle. We lose another talented artist to the disease of addiction; we feel sad; we talk about what could’ve been done differently; then we pretty quickly move on looking for any “good” or “silver lining” to come from the tragedy. Earlier this week, it was announced via […]

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Doctors Realize Heroin Addicts Are Already Their Patients

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The small town of Bridgton, Maine, like so many towns and cities of various size, has been hit hard by the opiate epidemic. Instead of waiting for someone else to provide much needed substance abuse treatment, doctors in this town decided to begin treating it themselves. A mental health professional was among the first to […]

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