Author Archives: Betty Ann Surratt

Right to Read

               Working at the community mental health center, I looked for ways of helping those with mental problems, who were homeless or lacked other resources.  Often, I succeeded in linking them with the appropriate resource or agency.  Usually, clients were … Continue reading

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From Fear to Faith

    In today’s world,   anxiety increases with instant media, and personal anonymity. People text, twitter, and phone, but do not see each other face-to face.  Trust in one another breaks down, with news headlines of bombings, mass shootings, and threats … Continue reading

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Surviving the Traffic Jungle

    Something happens when a motorist slides behind the wheel of a car. The primal instinct takes over. The law comes to a new low, with survival of the fittest. It peaks during certain times of day.   Rush-hour traffic … Continue reading

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Pre-Work Workout

  Swimming a mile at the pool every morning at 5:00 has come to be such a part of my work day, that I rarely alter my routine.  Although getting up at 4:00, gathering up my swim gear, and work clothes, … Continue reading

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War Hero Breaks Silence

A World War II prison-of war hero, Sam returns home. Never discussing his war experiences, he marries, raises a family, and becomes an affluent farmer. Now, almost ninety years old, and suffering from hearing and memory loss, his wife refers … Continue reading

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War and Peace

  War and Peace   Entering therapy at the VA Clinic for depression, Tom gets in touch with his anger toward his wife. He recalls her taunting him and calling the police, reporting he was beating her. Refusing to come … Continue reading

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The Anxiety Ladder

Beth relives her military trauma. Clutching her purse nervously, gazing at the floor, she walks with me to my office. After suffering an assault while on base while serving overseas,  she admits she is reluctant to tell her story.   Pressured … Continue reading

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Combat Soldier Coming Home

He comes in, still feeling the mental wounds of combat. Referred by his Primary doctor at the VA clinic, for a positive PTSD screen, he scans the room, and then sits with his eyes on the door. Reluctantly, he has … Continue reading

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Dejected to Connected

“I’m here because my wife sent me. She says I’m irritable.” Slumped in his chair, and dejected, Bill admits, “She’s sick, and demanding. I’m exhausted.” Recounting details of his wife going to the hospital with heart problems, and his picking … Continue reading

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Therapy Thoughts

Is God Punishing Me? “What’s on your mind today, Jack?” I say, as the therapy session begins. His sullen, weather-worn face frowns beneath his Vietnam cap.. Having limped down the hall, cane in hand, Jack slumps in his chair.. “I’m … Continue reading

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