We Are Now Offering Affordable Online Therapy! — The Psych Talk

Originally posted on Survivors Blog Here:
My profile for affordable online therapy is now live here on fiverr. If you require a listening ear and are unable to afford a traditional face-to-face therapy then this may be right for you! Also suitable for those that are unable to leave their homes or see someone face to face due to their mental […] via We Are Now Offering Affordable Online Therapy! — The Psych Talk

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RAINN.org Christa’s Story

Christa is a Survivor of Sexual Assault, her story is hard to read and yet she comes out on top. She was able to more forward and rebuild her life. She has the strength like many of you. She turned to RAINN.org for support. https://lookingforthelight.blog/2018/12/19/christas-story/   I support RAINN and want to share a postcard with the good news of […]

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Is it Passive-Aggression, or Just Fear of Expressing Your Needs?

By Mike Bundrant ~ 3 min read I wrote an article recently on the various ways in which passive-aggressive behavior can undermine and destroy relationships. And it certainly can do just that. But as I was outlining the behaviors and language typically associated with the passive-aggressive personality, I couldn’t help but feel that several of the traits and habits seemed […]

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Learn More about Building Hope & Resiliency Through DoD Safe Helpline

The program is overdue and my hope is the word gets out for people to use the services.  M RAINN.ORG Department of Defense Safe Helpline is excited to share that their program, Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault has been redesigned. Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault is a self-guided, online, anonymous, […]

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Christa’s Story

RAINN.ORG Christa is a Survivor of Sexual Assault, her story is hard to read and yet she comes out on top. She was able to more forward and rebuild her life. She has the strength like many of you.   “When you speak with a survivor of sexual assault, imagine that they are a loved one who has gone through […]

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[Wellness Wednesday] Discovering Our ‘Why’ For Wellness Changes — Reclaiming HOPE

Happy Wednesday everyone, and welcome to the final Wellness Wednesday of 2018! My son is coming home for Christmas, so I’ll be taking a little break for the last week of the year. Thanks so much to everyone who gave me input last week about our upcoming Wellness Wednesday posts. You all gave me some […] via [Wellness Wednesday] Discovering Our ‘Why’ For Wellness Changes — Reclaiming HOPE

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Go To Honey Facial Massage

Honey Facial Massage The recipe is provided by Willow and Sage by Stampington by Kari Peters.  Honey is an humectant, with means that it draws water to itself, helping to helping to keep your skin moisturized. It’s antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, making it the perfect spot treatment as well as mask. Honey is suitable for all skin types.  You will […]

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On This Day December 13th

2000 Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida, on this day in 2000. 1951 After meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Harry S Truman vows to purge all disloyal government workers. 1972 Astronaut Gene Cernan climbs into his lunar lander on the moon and prepares to lift off. He is the last man to set foot on the moon. Birthdays 1925 Dick Van Dyke, actor, singer, producer; (The Dick Van Dyke TV series, Mary Poppins) 1934 Richard D. Zanuck, film producer; won Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989 (Driving Miss Daisy) 1985 France sues the United States over the discovery of an AIDS serum. 1951 Ted Nugent, singer, songwriter, musician, actor.  

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Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love Wants To Change Attitudes To Mental Health

Sky Sports Friday 16 November 2018 07:48, UK Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love says some types of masculinity portrayed in the NBA are “outdated” and “dangerous” and stop men from getting help for depression and anxiety. The five-time All Star has personal experience after he suffered a panic attack during a game last November and realised he needed help and started seeing a […]

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Today in History December 6th

1865 Slavery is abolished in the United States Eight months after the end of the Civil War, the 13th amendment is ratified by the required number of states, abolishing slavery in the US. Its passage was secured after intense lobbying by President Abraham Lincoln, whose Emancipation Proclamation had declared slaves free, but their status after the war was still uncertain. […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Family Drama During the Holidays

By Sharon Martin, LCS What’s the most stressful part of the holidays? Chances are it’s not the crowds, long to-do lists, or even the financial strain. My clients, friends, and colleagues resoundingly say that dealing with difficult family members and their over-the-top drama is the most stressful part of the holidays. Who creates unwanted drama in your life? For most of us, the holiday season means lots of social events – Thanksgiving with your folks, Christmas dinner with your in-laws, the office holiday party, and additional religious gatherings. It’s a blessing to celebrate when we enjoy each other’s company and treat each other with respect and kindness. On the other hand, it’s draining to spend time with people who exude negative energy, always seem to have a problem or crisis, and demand your attention. Often, overly dramatic people, such as these, want to suck you into their negativity vortex. What is “dramatic behavior”? When you visit your family, do you feel like you’ve stepped into an episode of The Real Housewives or Big Brother? If so, you know exactly what I mean by overly dramatic behavior – it’s intense, loud, aggressive, childish, inappropriate, or a huge emotional reaction. It frequently includes crying, yelling, gossiping, “emotional dumping”, and acting like everything is a crisis or emergency. Being around other people’s dramatic behavior is mentally exhausting and anxiety provoking. It can feel like a dark cloud looming over you and shifting a joyful occasion to one […]

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Friday Quote -Grateful

  A short update on my tumble-down stair’s, I would say it was a Perfect 10! HaHa! My diagnosis after two days of appointments, broken right elbow, shattered left wrist and left orbital bone fracture. When the Orbital bone flexed it took in muscle with it, reason for my crazy eyeball pain. It could work itself out and it’s the lowest of priorities. The left wrist was an hour surgery, sounds crazy with all the veins in the area. I have a t-plate drilled on for support, luckily today’s technology is flexible vs metal. My right arm is the only “functioning” arm. I get to write you! A huge shout out to everyone for the get well notes, hugs and prayers, your words have kept my mood up and looking forward.   You’ll see less of me for a while but know I’m reading. Have a great weekend. M    

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[ Guest Post ] What Depression Treatments Are Available to Me? — Invisibly Me

Guest Writer for Invisibly Me Today I wanted to share a great guest post to illustrate some of the psychological treatment options available when it comes to depression. Please kindly note that any opinions expressed are of that of the writer, not necessarily myself. Depression is a common problem characterized by a worsening of your emotional state, how you think […] via [ Guest Post ] What Depression Treatments Are Available to Me? — Invisibly Me

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Dublin’s Fair City~

Is really so pretty! The historic old pubs are lovely, and fun to explore, on a good, old-fashioned Irish pub-crawl. You are guaranteed to make friends because the people are warm, friendly, and often just a tad tipsy! Dublin is a vibrant, colorful city, justifiably proud, of its artistic and literary history. I am still home at The Holler, but…

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Early Friday Quote *Letting go of Anger*

The multiple quotes are to keep me focused on how anger get’s in the way of every move we make, every person we talk to, how we love. My health is spiraling and I’m getting mixed messages from doctor’s. Big Surprise for my Chronically Ill followers. I know many of you understand and my thoughts are with you. We all carry anger, no matter how small, it can feel magnified towards other’s.  M

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No one wants to have a mental illness — Shedding Light on Mental Health

Really? Yesterday morning I awoke to a text message from my sister Sherry who also lives with bipolar disorder. She wrote, “I hate bipolar illness.” It didn’t take long for my wheels to start to turn. Of course you hate this illness. I hate bipolar too. I don’t like how it interrupted my life and […] via No one wants to have a mental illness — Shedding Light on Mental Health

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He Cares For You

Originally posted on Chronic Pain with a Higher Perspective:
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 I memorized this verse a very long time ago when I was teaching a Sunday school class for 1st graders. It’s a simple verse that even the kids could memorize. How can a Bible verse help you in today’s world? If your hope is in Him, you know there will be a glorious day when all the pain ends. That’s literally what keeps me going every morning when I wake up. I do not believe meditating on a Bible verse relieves chronic pain. Every morning I’m usually in the same amount of pain when I wake up. It’s not easy to keep going, but my hope is not from this world. Knowing there will be an end to the pain gives me the hope I need to continue my life. It is like a birth. You know at the end of the pain there will be a reward of a baby when it is over. I choose to look at my salvation in that way also. Life is hard with physical and emotional pain. This world is not our world. We will feel pain of all kinds, but there is a reward much greater than we can imagine. This verse helps me trust in God giving me peace so that I can focus on what is important,…

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FARA Philadelphia Symposium 2018–Pics & Reflections — Retrospective Lily

Hi, friends. I have a disability called Friedreich’s Ataxia. FARA–Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance–is an organization of doctors, patients, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, patients’ friends and family, etc. that works to advocate, raise money, and search for treatments and a cure for FA. This is my fifth year attending the annual conference in Philadelphia. [Cover Photo Credit: […] via FARA Philadelphia Symposium 2018–Pics & Reflections — Retrospective Lily

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[Wellness Wednesday] 10 Things You Can Do To Stay Well Through Cold And Flu Season — Reclaiming HOPE

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday everyone! This week I’d like to talk about increasing our chances of staying well during cold and flu season. Okay, I can hear you groaning already….. I know we’ve heard it all before, but the reports I’ve seen on the news have been that 80,000 people died from flu or […] via [Wellness Wednesday] 10 Things You Can Do To Stay Well Through Cold And Flu Season — Reclaiming HOPE

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On This Day October 18, 2018

On this day October 18, 2018   I thought about you, how awesome you are, how you help me even on your worst days. Thank you for offering support, the kindest comments and honesty. You’ve made a positive impact on my life and attitude. Thank you for following me, sharing your life, sharing your story, most importantly growing together. M

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Get your Money for Nothing

If you’ve watched daytime television you’ve heard every get rich quick scheme, start your own business and make $3,000 this month………I’m getting off track. I enjoy making money! I keep it simple by making money on purchases I’m already making. There are tons of apps that do coupons, check prices and anything imaginable if you want to be a SUPER […]

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Let’s Smile Thursday

I’ve struggled with a deep depression since the start of the year, comedy provides relief and Robin Williams always makes me smile. I know he understood and helped many people have open conversations about their depression. This video is a forgotten treasure, it’s the first time Robin went on The Tonight Show. I  hope your day is filled with sunshine. M  

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Highway to Hell *Part 2*

Childhoods antics which landed my brother or me in trouble.  I have to start with my favorite story, you’ll get a better idea of who I am. At recess in third grade I told the teacher I HAD to go to bathroom. NO, go back and play. Back to teacher few minutes later I HAVE TO GO! You’re just saying […]

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What do you think of this Theme Mix

I am having trouble getting comfortable with this theme. The post run together on front page, the header selections don’t seem to fit, the background color looks dull. Why can’t I find a bright white background? Do I need to learn the programming codes to accomplish that? Do I have to many widgets making the page to busy? Anything that […]

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Michael Pipich Guest Post: Are You Just Depressed or Is It the Onset of Bipolar Disorder? — Kitt O’Malley

This guest post hits close to home. For twenty-one years, from ages eighteen to thirty-nine, I was diagnosed with chronic depression (dysthymia). I’d tell doctors that I was at least cyclothymic, for I my over-productive workaholism led to cyclical depressive crashes. Finally, at thirty-nine years old, I was diagnosed bipolar II. — Kitt Are You Just […] via Michael Pipich Guest Post: Are You Just Depressed or Is It the Onset of Bipolar Disorder? — Kitt O’Malley

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Lyme Progress #5 Trends

ILADS has taken the bold step from staying under the radar to leading the way to better LYME treatment. Today many “expert” Lyme doctors are training Medical doctors to recognize Lyme, basic treatment with written treatment guidelines. You can download the Treatment Guidelines yourself, I look forward to reading.  In theory it sounds good for Lyme suffers looking for a diagnosis. […]

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Darkness Overcomes Me

I stand watching the darkness settle in. The black dog comes to torture me. Emotions, negative feelings left behind are brought out like dolls in a toy box.  I fight, fight hard not to fall in the abyss. Mask are taken out of their resting place, the mask are for me, which one will I need today. Lies and hurtful […]

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A Grandparents Love Lives On With Happy Birthday Wishes

Originally posted on Looking For The Light:
  ?   My Granny I miss my grandparents everyday, none more than on my birthday. Every year they would get on the phone together and sing Happy Birthday. This was a tradition, gramps called many in the family to sing Happy Birthday. As  gramps fell into a coma, one of his sisters by his side, my brother entered the room, she said it’s T’s birthday and gramps started singing. Those were his last words, I know my brother cherishes every word. Tomorrow I turn 51 yrs old, my grandparents can’t call yet I know they are thinking about me. A daily one minute phone call to say I’m alive was all granny needed. She always worried about me. They loved to watch our reactions to Santa, hiding Easter eggs and fighting over who would lick the bowl of frosting. I learned to roller skate at approx 5 years old. Skating provided an outlet and hearing my favorite music over the loud-speaker made me want to dance. As I got older my grandparents would take us skating. Unlike many parents today, my grandparents would stay to watch us have fun. We were building memories that last a lifetime. I loved to speed skate, coming around the last corner full speed one of my wheels blew out throwing me over the mushroom seats. I got up, sat down and began taking my skates off.…

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ILADS Member Engages the WHO to Include Lyme Disease in Revision of Health Code

The Ad Hoc Committee for Health Equity in ICD11 Borreliosis Codes (or Ad Hoc Committee) is an international, all voluntary, professional committee formed to improve the ICD codes for Lyme and Relapsing Fever borreliosis and address the human rights violations generated by inadequate codes. In 2017, members of the Ad Hoc Committee met with Dainius Pūras, the United Nations (UN) […]

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Friday Quote

Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you […]

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Netflix Original Series “Afflicted” Looks Deep At Chronic Illnesses

Netflix original series “Afflicted” season one has started and you can look at latest trailer at http://www.netflix.com/title/80188953 The Netflix promo grabbed me by the neck and said watch me. “Afflicted” is a show with the people who have baffling long-term chronic illnesses telling their story. Talking with medical professionals, most are clueless what is causing the illnesses. M  

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Sexual Assault of Men and Boys

Why doesn’t Sexual Assault of men and boys receive equal, mainstream media coverage as Women? We have to help change to allow healing. Sexual Assault does not discriminate! Joyful Heart Foundation partnered with 1 in 6 to create awareness and initiatives creating a safe environment to discuss trauma with peers. Please check out both organizations for support or how you can help volunteer today.  M […]

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Survivors Blog Here Welcomes Chronic Pain with a Higher Perspective and Adi’s Wings

Originally posted on Survivors Blog Here:
Survivors Blog Here is thrilled to announce Chronic Pain with a Higher Perspective and Adi’s Wings have joined our community as Contributors. Both are inspirational and committed to helping people with the challenges life throws our way. Please stop by their personal sites for post archives. Chronic Pain with a Higher Perspective http://www.validatingchronicpain.com Adi’s Wings…

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We Don’t Talk Much About Debt and Depression. This Blogger Is Changing That

Melanie Lockert remembers checking the traffic for her blog, Dear Debt, and feeling shocked at the results. Someone had found her site by searching, “I want to kill myself because of debt.” Lockert started Dear Debt in January 2013 after spending the previous year feeling depressed about her student loans. She posted monthly updates about her efforts to pay off […]

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STAY — Patricia J Grace

The tendency to run every morning from feelings has been much of what my life was like. Staying, going deeper, like catching someone running by and grabbing their T-shirt, stay put. Don’t be afraid. Yet life is scary, not knowing day to day what will be, more so, facing the quagmire of thoughts within. Yet […] via STAY — Patricia J Grace

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I have a serious mental illness and I don’t want to die young — Shedding Light on Mental Health

No one ever said having bipolar disorder is fair. Not only does it take years to find the right combination of medications, it also takes a great deal of time to sort out how to best take care of ourselves. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is we must learn how to advocate for […] via I have a serious mental illness and I don’t want to die young — Shedding Light on Mental Health

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Emotionally Equipped

  DonorsChoose.org Mrs. Orozco has a new project! Donate to Technology Matters! to help her classroom. I want to share the type of projects teachers are doing in our school district today for the leaders of tomorrow. I included the book list, you may want to purchase some books yourself. Emotionally Equipped My students need fictional books over social issues and emotions […]

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Postpartum Depression I

Originally posted on Adi's Wings:
“Mothers cannot give from a depleted source. Every mother needs emotional, mental, physical and spiritual validation, nourishment and support. When a mother is respected and well cared for, she, and her whole family, will benefit.” I think this has been the post I’ve mostly put off. There is a lot of things that happened,…

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Nominated For Sunshine Award From Two Besties

The Sunshine Award comes to me from two close friends Danica Piche http://www.livingabeautifullife@wordpress.com and Robert M. Goldstein http://robertmgoldstein.com. They are so special I took my No Awards sign down to participate. The sign is back up, I forgot how much work these are. The rules are: Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award and link to their blog. Thank you Danica and Robert, surprised I accepting the award? List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post. Answer the 11 Questions asked of you. Write a new list of 11 Questions for your Nominees Nominate 11 Bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award Many of the blogs on the list of nominees are award free blogs so those bloggers will know I’m thinking of them.  For those of who accept the award I hope you’ll find my questions interesting or crazy! I’M USING ROBERT’S QUESTIONS SINCE HIS AWARD CAME IN FIRST. I STILL LOVE YOU DANICA, OF COURSE HEDGEHOG TOO. Why do you blog? Blogging started as a way to help grieve my Granny as time went on I wanted to share what I had learned as a caregiver. The rest they say is history. What most frustrates you about blogging?  When I’m to sick to write or write anyway and its complete gibberish. What do you enjoy most about blogging? Learning, meeting people from every corner of the globe, feedback and helping others. Blogging also fulfills my 6th […]

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When Bias Turns Into Bullying

By Lindsey Phillips June 29, 2018 We all have our biases — but just because bias is a universal part of the human experience doesn’t mean it is something we should ever dismiss offhandedly, either in ourselves or others. That’s because bias has serious consequences, and when left unchecked, it can turn into bullying. A 2012 study of California middle […]

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