Landmark Event Addresses the Role of the Church in Mental Health
"Yes, I really did it. I put "church" and "mental health" in the same title. And guess what? The universe did not collapse. For a long time, society has failed to acknowledge the role of churches in providing mental health support and resources. In fact, the separation of church and mental health has been promoted by much of the mental health community almost as much as the separation of church and state is defended by many politically. But it appears the tides may be turning. " More...
The Art of Letting Go
"Have you been told, "Just let go of it," or tell yourself, "I have to let go," but wonder, how? I've asked myself that question. Sometimes you want to let go of a worry or an obsession about someone else. You may try to detach, but can't. Other times when you can't move forward after a major loss, or when you need to unwind from a busy work schedule. Each case has different challenges, but fundamentally, they all require a shift in attention from the mind into the body and from the past or future into the present. Letting go can be a rejuvenating practice that brings the mind and body into balance for clarity, peace, and heightened functioning." More...
Games and Manipulation: The Games People Play
"Part of being human involves making assumptions about the intentions and behaviour of others. We make our minds up about the intentions of others without having solid evidence to support our thinking. The more we feel we are being manipulated, the more suspicious we become. People can have hidden agendas and many still operate from the egocentric standpoint, as they did when they were children. Egocentrism is a childlike way of viewing the world where an individual finds it difficult to empathise and understand the world from another person's viewpoint." More...
OCD and Atypical Antipsychotics
"While the frontline treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder continues to be Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, many OCD sufferers appear to be helped by medication as well. Often the combination of ERP therapy and medication, typically high doses of SSRI's that are also prescribed for depression, seems to be particularly helpful." More...
The Importance of Boundaries in Romantic Relationships
"All healthy relationships have boundaries. In fact, a relationship cannot be healthy if clear boundaries are not in place and respected. Here's a visual example of how it works: Imagine that you and your partner are facing each other. On the ground between you is a clearly marked line that stretches to the left and right as far as you can see in either direction. This line is like a property line: everything on your side of the line belongs to you; everything on the other side of the line belongs to your partner." More...
U.S. Army's Wounded Warrior Program Aims for Multifaceted Wellness
"April marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Army's Wounded Warrior program. While I'd heard of this program and admired the Army's dedication to caring for its own, it was only recently that I learned just how comprehensive and valuable the program is for active soldiers and veterans. Moreover, the program's structure is a stellar example of how we can all achieve wellness, even in the midst of disability or illness." More...
"Of course, the first question regarding intention is, for what? All the great wisdom traditions of the world, and all the great moral philosophers, have grappled with this question. What should we want? There are many ways to approach this question." More...
Male Survivors of Military Sexual Assault Need Support Too
"April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the U.S. Army is embracing the opportunity to raise awareness and educate the military community about the need to prevent sexual violence. The Army's theme is "Speak Up! A Voice Unheard is an Army Defeated," and that's a great message to promote. I also hope the Army shines a light on a little known fact about military sexual assault: There are more male victims of military sexual assault than women." More...
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