Posts tagged "mental health"

Depression and Suicide Awareness: Everyone Deals with Personal Demons

Depression and Suicide Awareness: Everyone Deals with Personal Demons
Through music I either tame my demons or unleash them and allow them to be what they are. I don’t want the music to be about provocation, I want the music to bring you to a place where you feel at home. - Michael Franti As the news of Robin Williams’s passing came about, I was... Read more »

Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life

Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life
Spring is a time of a renewal.  It is a time for growth and  beautiful changes all around us. It is also a time where we start to examine our lives and start to make it better.  It is a time for positive changes and turning our lives for the better. Personally, I have started... Read more »

What is Sad About Living and Dealing with SAD in Chicago

What is Sad About Living and Dealing with SAD in Chicago
We are entering a time of the year where you really dread about.  It starts after Daylight Savings Time when evenings get dark outside much earlier than you want.   The days start to get more grey and less sunny.  You tend to get a little bit moody and not as cheerful. It is Seasonal Affective... Read more »
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Toxic Stress: When Too Much of a Bad Thing is Never Good

Toxic Stress: When Too Much of a Bad Thing is Never Good
Stress never should make you sick….literately.  It really should not. By definition, stress is a simple reaction to a stimulus – a stressor – that throws us off either physically or mentally.  Stress is something that something that should be well managed and kept under control.  A little bit of stress keeps our life interesting,... Read more »

One Adult's Struggle with ADHD: Continuing the Journey

One Adult's Struggle with ADHD: Continuing the Journey
Part 2: Starting the ADHD medications Note from author: When I wrote my article on Wednesday, I did not expect to receive as much attention from the huge number of readers.  I appreciate that many of you have forwarded this article via Google, Facebook, or Twitter.  I also received a few e-mails from people who... Read more »

One Adult's Struggle with ADHD: A Personal Journey

One Adult's Struggle with ADHD: A Personal Journey
Since October is ADHD awareness month, I figured that I would open up with my own personal struggle with the disorder.  I have been struggling with the disorder for most of my life.  Unfortunately, I was not diagnosed until my early 20’s when I attempted to return to the classroom after a hiatus and found... Read more »
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ADHD is not just a kids mental health disorder

ADHD is not just a kids mental health disorder
October is ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness month, but I wanted to start the month a little bit early. I wanted to bring awareness and advocacy to a group that is not usually associated with ADHD – the adult with ADHD – because I am one of the small group who deal with the... Read more »

Jovan Belcher, KC Chiefs Tragedy Examined With a Sport Psychology Prospective

Jovan Belcher, KC Chiefs Tragedy Examined With a Sport Psychology Prospective
This is an article that I did not plan to write about. It was a topic that completely fell in my lap on Saturday morning. I woke up, opened up my iPhone, and saw the headline involving the murder-suicide in Kansas City involving Jovan Belcher. My first reaction was in shock followed by sadness. I... Read more »
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