Grieving My Lost Childhood
I have been in recovery for a while now. Most days, I feel pretty good. Most days, I can keep my anxiety from paralyzing me. Most days, I function well. However, I don’t have to look far to see my pain. All I have to do is think about my parents. Last night, I was watching a TV show, and a woman was grieving the loss of her mother to cancer. It had been about nine months since her death, but since the woman was planning her wedding, she was particularly upset. I could feel the intolerance building up inside of me. I may have even rolled my eyes. I thought to myself, “at least you had a mother.” This doe...
Source: World of Psychology - July 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Elisabeth Corey Tags: Anger Children and Teens Disorders Family General Grief and Loss Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness Parenting Personal PTSD Self-Esteem Stress Treatment Violence and Aggression Adult anxiety Bat Cancer C Source Type: blogs

Changing the culture of American Medicine — Start by removing hubris
This may be the most important post I have ever published. I’m going to tell you about a study that should change the entire way doctors approach patients, and how patients should think of prescribed treatments. These findings should begin a culture change in American medicine. Background: I used to think Medicine would get easier over time. It makes sense, right? You see patterns, you learn how treatments work, and you just get to know stuff. Experience should make it easier to diagnose and treat. That’s not been the case for me. In fact, it’s closer to the opposite. In the exam room, as I look up to the...
Source: Dr John M - July 28, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

Mermaids
She is older than I was when the darkness dragged me down. She is so much wiser. Sweeter, more adventurous. Were those things stolen from me, too?The questions I would ask are drowned in the twilight ringing with laughter from the pool. I feel it - 7 years old - and I act it, splashing, diving, doing headstands underwater. Showing Amy how to breaststroke and kick turn.If you are one, like me, with the hyperactive thoughts, if your thoughts cascade over your head as full and powerful and rushing as a waterfall...drown them. Find something that shuts them out. Find something that makes you SO happy, you are literally soaking...
Source: Turquoise Gates - July 25, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: living in the moment child abuse mothering with PTSD sexual abuse DBT mindfulness borderline personality disorder Source Type: blogs

Jodi Arias Trial: The Importance of Forensic Psychology Guidelines
I have served as a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist expert witness for over twenty years. It is of utmost importance that an even playing field be created in adversarial proceedings. What is conducive to this is use of forensic guidelines as standards by all experts involved in a case. The Jodi Arias trial depicts apparent omissions of important standards that could influence outcome of assessment. There was a lack of collateral interviews, which the Reference Manual for Scientific Evidence (RMSE) addresses. In addition, there were other omissions that I believe are important to the outcome of the Jodi Arias trial...
Source: World of Psychology - July 24, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Michael J. Perrotti, PhD Tags: Celebrities General Mental Health and Wellness Personality Policy and Advocacy Psychology Violence and Aggression Women's Issues Abusive Behavior Arias Clinical Assessment Clinical Assessments Collateral Defendant Domestic Viol Source Type: blogs

Antimalarial Drug Linked to Sgt. Robert Bales Massacre - By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing sentencing by a military court for killing 16 civilians on a rampage in Afghanistan last year, might have faced a perfect storm of stress, which included the use of mefloquine hydrochloride, an antimalarial drug given routinely to soldiers in that part of the world. Mefloquine was developed by the U.S. military and has been used for more than three decades by the government to prevent and to treat malaria among soldiers and Peace Corps workers. But the drug can cause varying neurological side effects 5 to 10 percent of the time, according to Dr. David Sullivan, an infectiou...
Source: PharmaGossip - July 23, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Safety for Survivors: Care and Treatment for Military Sexual Trauma
 “I was sexually assaulted by the same people who trained with me. We wore the same uniform. We worked for the same goals. I struggle every day to be proud of my service.” – Testimony from a Military Sexual Assault Survivor On Friday, July 19th the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs held a hearing on mental and medical services for sexual assault survivors. During the hearing, veteran sexual assault survivors testified that the military and VA failed to provide adequate, appropriate, and timely access to services for sexual assault victims with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sexual assault c...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 20, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Access Advocacy Men's Health Mental Health Source Type: blogs

5 Steps to Improve Sleep & Emotional Vulnerability
Most of us don’t need science to tell us that sleep and emotion are closely linked.  Spend a couple nights with interrupted sleep or talk to any parent of a newborn and the connection is quite clear. The connection appears not just in everyday life.  In certain physical and mental disorders sleep disturbance and emotion dysregulation are hallmark symptoms. Symptoms of one rare disorder, cataplexy, which often co-occurs with the sleep disorder, narcolepsy for example, include sudden muscle weakness when a person experiences strong emotion, such as anger or fear, or exhilaration. Lack of adequate sleep also i...
Source: World of Psychology - July 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christy Matta, MA Tags: Anger Anxiety and Panic Bipolar Brain and Behavior Depression Disorders General Habits Happiness Health-related Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Self-Help Sleep Stress Adequate Sleep Cataplexy Circadian Rhythm Dysregulat Source Type: blogs

Managing Anxiety with Biofeedback
Worrying is natural. In some cases, anxiety can be beneficial, such as before a big sports event or dance recital. However, some of us are overwhelmed by worry on a daily basis. The worry becomes excessive and can interfere with daily tasks. The anxiety or panic felt is gripping for those who have experienced it. Having an anxiety disorder is difficult and frustrating. It is considered a silent killer and most people who see you upset will just say “calm down” or “stop worrying so much” and not truly understand. The feeling anxiety creates and the worried thoughts it causes do not have an immediate...
Source: World of Psychology - July 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Kristi DeName Tags: Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Treatment Anxiety Attack Anxiety Disorders Control Anxiety Daily Basis Environmental Causes Experience Panic Generalized Anxiety Disorde Source Type: blogs

I’m a Helicopter Parent: Have Trauma, Will Hover
Parenting is hard. Single parenting is extremely difficult. Single parenting with family-based trauma is borderline impossible. There are so many times I have wanted to stop a parenting moment in mid-stream, so I could research possible approaches on the Internet. I don’t know what I would have done without the countless books, articles and Google searches that have taught me how to be a parent. I have come a long way in the past seven years. I’m much more patient. I am willing to apologize and admit when I am wrong (sometimes). I don’t spank. I yell significantly less. My children are not exposed to my...
Source: World of Psychology - July 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Elisabeth Corey Tags: Anger Anxiety and Panic Children and Teens Disorders Family General Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness Parenting Psychology PTSD Stress Women's Issues Babysitting Biological Family Books Articles Countless Boo Source Type: blogs

Improving the System’s Response to Domestic Violence: The Iowa Accountability Program
“Where I come from, calling the police is not an option.  [The police] are not there to protect us.”  — Participant in the Iowa Accountability Program Focus Group Webster’s dictionary defines accountability as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”. My goal is to create a system that enhances safety for victims of domestic violence (DV) and increases offender accountability. Accountability must be an integral part of the community and system response to issues concerning DV. DV and abuse is serious: period! It can lead to ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 15, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Access Advocacy Policy Publc Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Invisible Illnesses and Special Treatment
Two kinds of posts endlessly circulate on Facebook.  Both of them are quite whiny.  This one popped up yesterday and is representative of the Type 1 post, INVISIBLE ILLNESS and is presented with odd spellings and punctuation exactly as everyone else posts it: "Ignorant people can be so cruel!! I'm posting this because recently I have been mocked and laughed at for things beyond my control... I have three of these illnesses as does some of my friends.... Not one of my Facebook friends will copy and paste (but I am counting on a true family member or friend to do it). If you would be there for me no matte...
Source: Had a Dad Alzheimers Blog - July 15, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: GBP })i({ Source Type: blogs

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line through the Veterans Administration helps connect veterans with mental health treatment they need.  There are confidential toll-free hotlines to call, online chatrooms, or text messages to help a Veteran in need of therapy and mental health treatment. It’s all free, is around 24/7 for 365 days a year, and there is support for deaf and hard of hearing customers as well.  There are Suicide and Crisis Resources, and Self-Check Quizzes. For all the Veterans who deserve all of our support for possibly giving up their lives for our country, the Veterans Administrations Crisis Line is well...
Source: PsychSplash - July 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anger Anxiety Behaviour Management Collaborative News Combat Stress Consumers Depression e-learning Emotional Health Features For Information Links Multimedia Online Counselling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resources So Source Type: blogs

Link feast
In case you missed them - 10 of the best psychology links from the past week: 1. The expression and perception of human emotion is the same the world over, right? Lisa Barrett doesn't think so as this Boston magazine feature article about her research and theories explains. Not everyone liked the way the article presented Barrett as a lone warrior fighting established theory - check this scathing blog post from Michael Kraus. (also here's more on universality of emotional expression from the Digest archive). 2. What does dopamine really do? Great overview by Bethany Brookshire in Slate is sure to get your ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 5, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs

What are Some of the Physiological Manifestations of PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a result of severe trauma. The trauma experienced is usually one that has threatened a person’s safety. PTSD is seen in people returning from fighting in a war, or people who have been victims of violence or a natural disaster. It’s normal to feel traumatized by significant life events such as surviving a severe car accident. It becomes pathological when the feelings of trauma, anxiety, panic, or sadness don’t fade with time. People who experience PTSD may feel like they are forever changed and suffer constant panic attacks, loss of sleep and social isolation. T...
Source: World of Psychology - June 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Joanna Fishman Tags: Antidepressant Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Disorders General Medications Mental Health and Wellness Military Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Stress Treatment Anxiety Panic Arousal States Blood Cell Count Coronary Hea Source Type: blogs

Guest blogger Dr. Manuel Mota-Castillo on the overdiagnosis of ADHD
We don't shy away from controversy here at Shrink Rap, and today, child psychiatrist Dr. Mota-Castillo joins us to discuss the idea that children with bipolar disorder are being misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder and then being inappropriately treated with stimulants, which may be causing them more harm than good.  I've already written about my thoughts on the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder as a catch-all category, and if you'd like to revisit that, see my article on Rethinking Bipolarity in Clinical Psychiatry News.   And now for our guest blogger: *             *   ...
Source: Shrink Rap - June 28, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Oh little girl
{Warning: This post may contain triggers; please read only if you're ready.}Bare feet on beams. We go to cool off down by the stream. It is 2013, and the memory washes so far over me that I catch my breath, forgetting children laughing under the bridge. I'm no longer here, I'm gone again - into the trap of the secret sin. I am remembering the halcyon days before you ruined my favorite clearing in the woods. I remember the cool of the shade, the feel of the moss under foot, the whispering wind quaking through the aspens, the shafts of sun lighting the world yellow and green. I was at peace there, it's where I went to think....
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 27, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: childhood sorrow child abuse sexual abuse fear PTSD flashbacks shame beaten Source Type: blogs

Bouncing back
In the darkness of the soul, only the shadows of shame, grief, hopelessness are visible. Profiles of black against an unattainable light. The future appears as shrouded as the moment you are in now.Time and again, I've sighed, resigned myself, and stepped back into the light. The living light. Grace is holding me by the hand, and mercy the tug of life's current around my ankles. You are never alone, He whispers. Each day is sprinkled more and more heavily with happiness. Laughter with my therapist. Sharing a joke with my kids. Yelling and screaming at my daughter's softball game, totally abandoned to the moment. A card ful...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 26, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: moving mountains depression recovery hope DBT God's tenderness faith hopelessness Source Type: blogs

Unraveling the Secrets of Our Mysterious Brain
There are many big moments in scientific discovery. Humans have explored our world and learned incredible things. We’ve discovered a giant asteroid belt circling a star 25 light-years from earth. We determined that disease comes from microorganisms. We’ve explored the structure of an atom. And we can see bones inside our bodies as well as bombs inside suitcases. Yet the human brain still remains very much a mystery. Recent advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have led to great gains in our understanding of the brain and how it functions.  But even so, scientists have not yet discovere...
Source: World of Psychology - June 23, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christy Matta, MA Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Alzheimer's Brain and Behavior General Health-related Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Research Schizophrenia alzheimers Asteroid Belt Biological Structure Bombs brain initiative Br Source Type: blogs

Every moment is a fork in the road
I comfort myself with the fact that someday this day will be burned away: reduced to ashes or jewels. This crazy day. This hard day. This day of sadness and grief. This day of betrayal.Anxiety dissipates as I recall that however this day came about - by the trickle down effect of my sin or someone else or none at all - God has either allowed it or willed it. This is the truth of trusting, that you accept your reality as it is and not how you wish it to be. You can accept what you hate, loathe, are afraid of, disagree with. Acceptance doesn't equal approval. But it does equal a modicum of peace for the soul. When you a...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 23, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: radical acceptance mental illness depression repentance God's image giving God the glory anxiety PTSD God's will Source Type: blogs

Can Music Tame Your Inner Beast? Music Therapy for Mental Health
Music can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings and behavior and has been shown to assist with managing stress, expressing emotion and improving communication. Music therapy — the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals — helps people with understanding and developing self-identity, promoting quality of life and maintaining well-being. So how does music therapy work to help someone with their mental health concerns? Music therapy can be used with children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs as well as seniors af...
Source: World of Psychology - June 22, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Saakshi Arora Tags: Creativity Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment Adults With Developmental Disabilities Being Music Creating Music Health Music Improving Communication Improvisation Inner Bea Source Type: blogs

“Imagine you are happily commuting to work one day when someone pushes you onto the train tracks” #Atos #wca #MentalHealth
ATOS Miracles Kirsty F*********** In her own words…. “Imagine you are happily commuting to work one day when someone barges past you on the train platform, pushing you onto the tracks where the train goes over your legs. You wake up in hospital, no legs and damaged internal organs. You can’t even take care of changing your own nappy. You have to learn to use a wheelchair and how to live again with your disability. You can’t work so apply for ESA. ATOS demand you attend a work capability assessment. “But I’m still in hospital!” You reply. ATOS reply “we don’t believe yo...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - June 21, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Dawn Willis Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

A Conversation on "MINDLESS NEUROSCIENCE"
Brainwashed: The use and misuse of neuroscience Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld in conversation with David Brooks. NY Times columnist David Brooks had a dualist epiphany: the brain is not the mind.It is probably impossible to look at a map of brain activity and predict or even understand the emotions, reactions, hopes and desires of the mind.The first basic problem is that regions of the brain handle a wide variety of different tasks. As Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld explained in their compelling and highly readable book, “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience,” you put somebody...
Source: The Neurocritic - June 19, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

How to Respond to Insensitive Remarks about Mental Illness
Julie A. Fast once told her dad that she disliked being single but felt like it was the best option at the time. “I just get too anxious with dating.” He replied, “Well, no one wants to have a relationship with someone with bipolar disorder.” Even close family can make insensitive remarks about mental illness from time to time. (We covered nine common comments here.) “I know for sure that he was not trying to be mean. He simply wasn’t thinking,” said Fast, a coach who works with loved ones of people with bipolar disorder, and author of bestselling books on the disorder, including T...
Source: World of Psychology - June 17, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Disorders Family General Parenting Relationships Self-Help Amp Bestselling Books Bipolar Bipolar Disorder blog Circumstances Coach Dad Dating Extreme Anxiety Inner Critic Insensitive Remarks Mental Illness Nbsp Pens Source Type: blogs

Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience, Part 1
There was a fascinating article that recently showed up on NBC News.com on June 2.  It dealt with the overarching concept of resiliency possibly being rooted in childhood, and featured some survivor stories of recent tragedies of natural disasters.  It presented that some people did well; others less so. The article nicely brought a mental health issue with the potential to affect us all one step closer to the general public.  As well, though, it pointed toward something fascinating — that in terms of causalities of mental health and illness, there is “nature and nurture” and then there is ...
Source: World of Psychology - June 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Lisa A. Miles Tags: Brain and Behavior Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Minding the Media Personality Psychology PTSD Research Treatment anxiety Brain Chemistry Child Psychology Depression Elus Elusive Combination Emerging Research Source Type: blogs

Letting the light in
I spoke of things this week that I never thought would cross my tongue. Childhood hurts locked away tight and buried after all these years of avoidance. I am nudged - gently - to sift through the secrets and unlock the padlocks and let someone in. To this most horrible part of my self. I shy away, trying to trust.It is difficult to say "yes" to grief. Especially if that thing you're grieving is nearly 30 years old. Why bother now, I ask in desperation? My friend, my therapist - she says it's important to let the light in. That the truth will set me free. That my fear of the thing is bigger now than the thing itse...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 13, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: counseling redemption grief fear PTSD remembrance freedom Source Type: blogs

The Painful Politics of Painkillers Opioids are deadlier than ever, but research into cannabis is still taboo
Opioids like oxycodone and methadone have been prescribed for pain relief since the early 1900s. But the rise of these painkillers, most notably Oxycontin, as a panacea treatment for chronic pain in the past two decades has been costly. Dr. Barth Wilsey, a physician specializing in chronic pain at the University of California Davis Medical Center, has watched their growth with increasing concern. Although he recalls only one patient death in his 17-year career, it's not an uncommon way to go: In 2010, 22,134 people died from prescription drug overdoses, a number that has quadrupled since 1999.“In my perspective,&rdqu...
Source: PharmaGossip - June 13, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Study: PTSD Could Be Prevented Through Drug Therapy
Can Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD be prevented? Some researchers, including Emory University neuroscientist Raul Andero Gali, thanks to studies done with mice that had been deliberately traumatized and then given an experimental treatment.Contributor: Mark WhittingtonPublished: Jun 08, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - June 9, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

New Psychiatrist!
So far in my new doctor search, I have struck gold since I've moved!  My appointment with my new psychiatrist couldn't have possibly gone any better, I don't think I could have liked her any more than I do.  When I walked into her office - she had a little dog, JUST like mine, but maybe twice the size, which is still small, since Bailey weighs 6 pounds.  I guess it's a therapy dog?  It was a great conversation starter anyway, but she put him away which made me sad but probably very wise.  I would have talked and gushed and played with the dog all hour which may have been why she put him in his crat...
Source: bipolar.and.me - June 6, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Everybody poops
My new medication is WORKING and my depression seems to be letting up a bit! Most of all, the terrible flashbacks from PTSD have calmed down in the past few days. So, without further adieu, I have a funny story for you today!We have twin cats. Their names are Pearl and Seashell (Shelly for short) because one is white and the other looks like the outside of an oyster shell. They both got pregnant for the first time at the same time - twins all the way! - but Pearl delivered her kittens first. Unfortunately, when they were less than a week old, a ferrel tomcat came and killed the kittens (MAJOR drama with the kids!) When She...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 5, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: hilarity poop pets Source Type: blogs

The story of #Atos hunger striker George Rolph #MentalHealth #wca #disability #PTSD
Thanks to: http://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/george-rolph-on-hunger-strike-because-of-having-his-benefits-denied-is-censored-by-facebook/ George Rolph We all know about the growing disconnect in this country between those who claim to lead us and the people they want to lead. We have all seen the ever more intrusive nature of government poking into our daily lives. Right now you are on cameras that are watching you closely. Give them a wave and a cheer. We have witnessed the awful corruption going on, both here in the UK, and in the EU. We have sat and gasped as politicians have openly led us into illegal wa...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - June 5, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Dawn Willis Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

Transcript of President Obama’s Remarks at the National Conference on Mental Health
This is an edited transcript of President Obama’s remarks to the participants of the National Conference on Mental Health, held in the White House on June 3, 2013. Our coverage of the National Conference on Mental Health will continue here tomorrow with a summary of the conference.   President Obama:  Thank you so much. Everybody please have a seat. Thank you so much. Welcome to the White House. Thank you Janelle for that introduction and sharing your story and making such a difference through your organization. We’re really proud to have you here. I want to thank Secretary Sebelius, Secretary Arnie D...
Source: World of Psychology - June 4, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Psychology Advocates Arnie Duncan Critical Goal Decades Eric Shinseki Eve Faith Leaders Fellow Americans June 3 Leadership Main Goal Members Of Congress Mental Health C Source Type: blogs

Heart Attack Links to Sleep Problems and PTSD
A new study reveals there is a link between heart attacks, sleep problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Contributor: Lana BandoimPublished: Jun 04, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - June 4, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation For Depression Coming to U.S.
Brainsway, having won FDA clearance at the beginning of the year for its Deep TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) system as a treatment option for drug resistant major depressive disorder, is about to begin shipments of its device in the U.S. Deep TMS sets ups highly focused magnetic fields within a special helmet to target specific regions of the brain. In Europe, besides depression treatment, the system is also approved for addressing neuropathic chronic pain, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia and is being investigated for conditions such as Parkinson’s, PTSD, and as an aid in quitting smoking.Treatment is c...
Source: Medgadget - June 3, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Editors Tags: Neurology Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Out here
Ever had a day when you wondered if you were screwing up your kids forever? I do! Between their squabbles, whining instead of obeying, begging for more screen time (constantly), and the rolled eyes that have become commonplace around here with three girls growing, I often wonder if they will turn out alright.And then, one of them will do or say something so mature, so sweet, so kind, that I think - maybe it will all work out. Rosy sang me this song from her "diary" today:"Out Here"I just want to be out herein the music with the bird's song.Being calmed,crickets singing their calming music,wind through t...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 1, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: homeschool creativity count your blessings mothering with PTSD 1000 gifts children Source Type: blogs

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Unaccepted Illness
Despite proving to be devastating to its victims, PTSD is not widely accepted as a legitimate illness. Learning about its symptoms and the effect it has on the diagnosed can vastly improve our understanding of sufferers.Contributor: Alyssa MoorePublished: May 30, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - May 31, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Hooves for Heroes Program Helps Post Traumatic Veterans
Program participants work with licensed mental health professionals and professional horse trainers, many of whom are also veterans, to build socialization and communication skills.Contributor: Yancy CaruthersPublished: May 27, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - May 28, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Nurse Bullying: We Shall Overcome
On May 20th, 2013 on RN.FM Radio, we discussed nurse to nurse bullying with Renee Thompson, a national expert on the subject. In the course of that discussion, we heard that bullying among nurses continues to be a problem nationwide--and most likely worldwide, as well. What will it take to turn the tide on what appears to be a widely acknowledged form of aberrant workplace behavior within the healthcare industry?According to many reports, articles and anecdotal stories, many nurses experience bullying and harassment on the job at the hands of other nurses. While new nurses may bear the brunt of such behavior, seasoned nurs...
Source: Digital Doorway - May 23, 2013 Category: Nurses Tags: nurse wellness RN.FM Radio nurses health nurse bullying new nurses nurse-nurse relationships nurse careers burnout prevention Source Type: blogs

From the Archives: Have Americans Become Afraid of Their Doctors?
Noncompliance and the paranoid style. [Originally published June 27, 2007] Note: In the everlasting battle between consumers and Big Pharma, amid a string of recent exposes concerning whose doctor took what payment under which table, I am republishing an essay I wrote several years ago, in which I attempt to view the doctor/Pharma/patient interaction from a different angle. Once upon a time, Americans went to their doctors to get pills. Doctors complained that patients believed competent medical care consisted of being handed a prescription. In the absence of that piece of paper with the unintelligible signature, a p...
Source: Addiction Inbox - May 19, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs

DSM-5 Released: The Big Changes
The DSM-5 was officially released today. We will be covering it in the weeks to come here on the blog and over at Psych Central Professional in a series of upcoming articles detailing the major changes. In the meantime, here is an overview of the big changes. We sat in on a conference call that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) had in order to introduce the new version of the diagnostic reference manual used primarily by clinicians in the U.S. to diagnose mental disorders. It is called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and is now in its fifth major revision (DSM-5). James Scully, Jr., MD, ...
Source: World of Psychology - May 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Policy and Advocacy Professional Psychiatry Psychology Adhd Adulthood American Psychiatric Association Apa Autism Spectrum Disorder Bereavement Big 5 Bipolar Bipolar Disorder In Children blog Ceo Charac Childhood Source Type: blogs

Embrace The Joy
It's not exactly Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but everybody knows my level of patience varies from time to time.  So I was surprised to find myself happily telling the emergency room that I would assess the patient shortly.  The kids were horsing around on the playground, and I knew I would have to call my wife and ask her to come home.  It would be my second forty five minute trip to the hospital on an otherwise busy Saturday afternoon. For some reason today, I was able to sublimate the automatic annoyance and return without emotional drama.  I slowed down, listened to the pa...
Source: In My Humble Opinion - May 18, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Authors: Jordan Grumet Source Type: blogs

Blessings from the little ones
These children, whom I've laid down my life for over the past 10 years, they are blessing me beyond belief. Yesterday, Rosy brought me breakfast in bed, 8-year-old style: butterscotch pudding left over from the night before, coffee, and daisies. This morning she brought me a card, marked "Joy Full" on the envelope. Inside, her creative script full of swirls and hearts, read, "God is wonderfull, like you." She tells me it's what she thought this morning when she read her devotions. I'm not sure how the story of the Tower of Babel led to this thought, but I was blessed by it regardless.You work for years ...
Source: Turquoise Gates - May 16, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: blessings motherhood count your blessings mothering with PTSD everyday miracles 1000 gifts children ordinary joys Source Type: blogs

The grass is always greener
Pearl's new kittens. They remind me how much I don't miss nursing my babies!Have you ever looked on in someone else's life, sighed, and thought to yourself, "It seems so much easier than mine!" Have you then given yourself the grace to truly acknowledge that their life really might be simpler than yours...along with a quick soul-check to make sure you're not envious?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a difficult experience to live through. For many, it involves being surrounded - at random times of day - with auditory, visual, tactile, and sensory hallucinations. In addition, there is an extraordi...
Source: Turquoise Gates - May 13, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: radical acceptance mental illness depression mothering with PTSD hope anxiety validation living your own life Source Type: blogs