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Sibling Bullying as Detrimental to Mental Health as Peer Bullying

Sibling Bullying as Detrimental to Mental Health as Peer Bullying

  Fights between siblings are often regarded as a normal process for children growing up in the same home together, without any long term detriments. However, a new study from the University of New Hampshire suggests that sibling violence can cause just as much damage to mental health as peer bullying. Parents and doctors need to become more aware of the implications of this culturally acceptable sibling ritual, and intervene in order to help the children … Read entire article »

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Principles before Personalities… Even in Sober Living

Principles before Personalities… Even in Sober Living

  “Principles before personalities” is one of those sayings that you hear at every Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting. A lot of the times, I hear it and forget it as soon as the meeting closes.  I just return to life and all of the stresses that it carries. However, we are encouraged to practice these principles in all of our affairs – and I have found this a difficult principle to implement, especially in the chaotic … Read entire article »

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Reimagining Bereavement

  If there was one thing I never understood about how we react to death as a culture, it would be that there is needless stress and grief. Never have I understood this concept before. There seems to be varying opinions about death when we move from culture to culture. For instance, if you observe in Mexican culture, they have a holiday called “Día de los Muertos.” It’s a day where they notice, recognize, and celebrate all that have died. It’s a happy, festive occasion. I think we should adopt a similar attitude to these people. They have a better time dealing with bereavement due to the great optimism they hold about it. Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult … Read entire article »

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America’s Addiction to Violence

America’s Addiction to Violence

  From the Columbine massacre to the Newtown tragedy to the Lone Star College stabbings, violence of epic and tragic proportions has embedded itself deeply in our culture. This isn’t simply a problem of high-profile outliers; rather, it is an issue that plagues our society every day. As a country, we have a problem with the glorification and the desensitization of violence. This problem is compounded by our willingness to overlook warning signs in individuals that … Read entire article »

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Postpartum Depression More Common and Serious Than We See

Postpartum Depression More Common and Serious Than We See

  Being a new mother is difficult for any woman, and mood swings are simply a part of the experience. However, when these are serious and persisting, they can very easily signify postpartum depression. This disorder is largely undiagnosed and undertreated. Up to 1 in 7 new mothers may suffer from this type of depression. Leaving the disease untreated poses serious health and safety concerns to both the mother and her child, such as leaving with … Read entire article »

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Recovery without God

Recovery without God

  A recent study performed by Harvard University’s McLean Hospital looking into the recovery process concludes that “faith in God positively influences treatment for individuals with psychiatric illness.”  While the belief in a God, often euphemized as “Higher Power” in many mental health and addiction recovery communities, is promoted heavily especially in 12-step programs, it is not for everyone and recovery is possible without this approach.  I prefer a more personalized approach based on self-empowerment and … Read entire article »

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Drugging Kids on Flights

Drugging Kids on Flights

  Flying is often a long and difficult experience, especially for parents with young children. How to get children to behave on flights is more of a mystery than most life situations, but some parents and flight attendants are claiming to have a simple answer: medicating young children with antihistamines and other over-the-counter drugs to induce sleep (Ianelli). While I and many people – parents and others alike – can understand the frustration of a screaming child … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Life

Recovery and Circumcision

Recovery and Circumcision

  Recovery through the 12 Steps is a lot like the ancient Biblical practice of circumcision. Circumcision is the surgical removal of flesh (foreskin) from the male penis, having possible origins in ancient Judaism. In the book of Genesis, the Biblical God made a covenant of circumcision with Abraham, and from then on, it became a tradition for all the men of Israel. However, the physical act was intended to represent the inward change of hearts. Either way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

The Saddleback Church Family Launches Petition to Raise Awareness of Mental Health

The Saddleback Church Family Launches Petition to Raise Awareness of Mental Health

  Pastor Rick Warren and the family at Saddleback Church have made a proactive response to the suicide death of their son Matthew, starting a petition on the church’s website to raise awareness about mental illness. The pastor and his wife have also started a foundation on mental health in their son’s honor, naming it after him. Warren’s 27-year-old son shot himself after a lifelong battle with mental illness and depression. The Saddleback family has taken this … Read entire article »

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Mismatched Drinking May Lead to Divorce

Mismatched Drinking May Lead to Divorce

  Marriage brings to mind wedding bells, newlywed bliss, and stress down the road. We know that financial problems, arguments over familial ideals, and coming from different places in life can lead to tension, and further down the road, divorce. However, it has recently been found that different drinking habits in a couple can be one of the reasons for divorce – especially in the case of a woman drinking substantially more than a man, rather … Read entire article »

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