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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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Irony of the Misread Quote

Strolling by my colleague’s office door, I spotted her weekly quote: “A good marriage is the union of two ‘forgivers’”, which I misread as “foreigners.”  I chuckled to myself, thinking, “What an odd quote!” Working as a clinical social worker at the … Continue reading

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Positive messages:Osteen and Peale Comparison

A while back, I read Joel Osteen’s “Your Best Life Now”, published in 2004. Currently I’m reading Norman Vincent Peale’s “Stay Alive All Your Life” published in 1957. Peale had appeal to great audiences as Osteen does now; both preached … Continue reading

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Do Eating Habits Affect The Way You Feel?

As I glance at the internet , newspaper, and magazines,  I am amazed at the number of articles and advertisements on eating and diet.  Books on diet and cookbooks are the most sold literature in the book store.  In a … Continue reading

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Are Side Effects of Medication Worse Than My Problem?

   Just listen to the commercials; the announcer uses action verbs and lively language when expressing what the medication can do, but uses soft, monotone language, when describing  side effects. Listen to one of these commercials critically; you may dread the … Continue reading

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How Do I Solve A Problem?

Do you ever stop to think  about how you go about solving a problem? Do you ask someone for advice? Do you pray about it?  Do you feel  you should be able to solve a problem without help?  You may go … Continue reading

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How can I communicate with a loved one about a difficult issue?

First, let’s talk about what not to do. People make several mistakes in the following areas: 1) Silent treatment. Some people bottle up feelings, not saying anything, to avoid an argument. Bottled-up feelings can build, to the point where one … Continue reading

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Connections between antidepressant medications and suicide.

Is there a connection between antidepressant medications and suicide? What are the potential risk factors of antidepressant medications (in the SSRI category) given to children and adolescents? Do these antidepressant drugs increase the risk of suicide? With an ever-increasing number … Continue reading

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