Category Archives: behavioral health

Restraint, Asking for Help

I recently saw a post on social media representing nurses and pertaining to our newly-reinvigorated struggles for equality. “Friendly reminder that nurses have to restrain violent, confused, intoxicated and belligerent people all the time. And we make it happen without … Continue reading

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Waiting

Many years ago when I was a college student, I went to visit a friend who lived in exurban Connecticut. My friend was the third of that name and was so called “Buddy,” the other names having been used on … Continue reading

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Managing Health Anxiety

I am staying home like everyone else, surfing media like everyone else, most of it either humorous (my choice) or useless (most news as usual). But I ran across an item from someone who was writing as a self-proclaimed “recovering … Continue reading

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Do Therapists Give advice?

I started off as a peer counselor in an outpatient substance abuse treatment program– I had stopped using mind altering substances in an addictive way for over a year and gave lots of advice to people who were trying to … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness Month

  Recently I was with a group of people getting involved with Mental Health Awareness Month by discussing the question, What is mental health?” As the only full time professional there, I thought it would be good to remain silent and … Continue reading

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Acceptance, Action, Self-Compassion

I can never get enough of this stuff. I don’t have time to add some of my own thoughts right now, but I can’t let this one pass without passing it on: it’s always helpful to accept yourself, especially when … Continue reading

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Take Good Care of Yourself

  I have had a couple of things I have been working on, don’t have anything I feel ready to publish just yet, but ran across this from Center for Greater Good on how getting enough sleep is good for your … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Shopping Cart

Have you ever gone to a supermarket, gotten a shopping cart, started to push it up the aisle, and realized that it tended to pull to the right (or left)? It’s like a car that needs the alignment done. At … Continue reading

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Did You Plant Cotton?

Sooner or later,  people come to some issue where they may want to go it alone, but they need help. I sometimes confront people, but in a way I hope is gentle. I take hold of my shirt sleeve and … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Wanted to Be Happy

I have found myself recounting this story many times in the course of my professional work, most recently in the week just past. I read it many years ago in a collection of children’s stories, and I associate it with … Continue reading

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