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The Hammer

Ken McLeod | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ken McLeod

When that hammer comes down, your life changes. You are not the same person. You learn things about life, about people and about yourself that you didn't know before, whether you wanted to or not.

The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Returning To Work

Bret Hoekema | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

So, when do you think you'll be ready to go back to work? For quite some time now friends and family have been asking this question. I know why they ask. I know why others don't ask even though they want to. I know why I don't always feel comfortable answering.

Triple Threat: Beyond Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP

Until the '80s, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance...

Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

People make assumptions that I must be fine because I have an "invisible injury" and they see me constantly working my butt off. What they don't see is the pain and exhaustion at the end of the day.

The Ambivalence of an Addict

Andrea Wachter | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

If you are struggling with an addiction and considering giving it up, you will likely have to deal with some ambivalence. With help, willingness and positive changes, you can learn to feel your emotions fully until they pass, retrain your brain till it's filled with kinder thoughts, and fill some of the spaces that addiction attempts to temporarily fill. You can challenge the powerful voice of addiction until your ambivalence turns into clarity, conviction and compassion.

How This Woman Bounced Back From 'Spiritual, Emotional And Physical Bankruptcy'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living

For the longest time, Lauren Stahl lived her life according to the traditional definition of success, one that those around her seemed to appreciate. ...

Can We Actually Talk About Recovery This Year?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

So as we move ahead in this new year, let's all resolve to look for the other side of the story when it comes to addiction, and let's be willing to show that our intellectual and emotional capacities for discussing the issue go beyond the bad news.

Welcoming the Mentally Ill Back Into Our Community

Allen Frances | Posted 02.03.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Mental illness often interferes with a person's easy and spontaneous participation in a social unit. A therapeutic community heals hurts and teaches new social skills. It takes a community to help a patient. Virgil Stucker has been living with and for the severely mentally ill all his adult life. Perhaps better than anyone, he can tell us what works.

Making Room for the Light

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It's sad IVF didn't work for us. It's sad we lost our three babies. It's sad we lost those three dreams. Giving myself permission to continue to feel that sadness, as needed, will help to stave off that anger that seems to set me back so much every time.

5 Reasons We Should Stop Talking About 'Recovery' For Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Let's keep talking about behavioral health for everyone. But let's stop talking about recovery for serious mental illness and start celebrating people whose brain disorders cause them to live with health challenges comparable to those experienced by cancer patients. The word we need, in the face of so much loss, is hope. Mental illness is not a choice. But hope is. Even in the face of tragedy, today I choose hope.

The 6 Injustices of Cancer

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

Remission does not mean recovery. The medical community pronounces patients "done" once their final treatments of chemo, radiation or surgery are over. However, for most people with cancer this is where the real challenges begin.

Change the Why

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Justine Brooks Froelker

I think we all struggle with this mean inner dialogue from time to time. I see it every day with my clients. My challenge to us all is to be nicer to ourselves. Especially to take the why out of our self-talk and replace it with how come or what.

Breaking the Stigma: Honor Roll Heroin Addict

Erin Bahadur | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Bahadur

I arrogantly assumed that my lack of a criminal record and the small amount of clean time I had accumulated would exonerate me and I would leave with a slap on the wrist. I was sentenced to 12 months in jail, five years probation, more than $3,000 in restitution and 100 hours of community service.

Taking Part in the Feast of Life

Temimah Zucker | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

My soul cried when I looked down at that poor excuse of a hot dog because I ached thinking of the girl that was once so consumed by food that she missed out on life and love. I was saddened by the years I lost to an eating disorder, devastated by the number of people I know still suffering.

How to Move On When You Can't Ask 'Why Did This Happen?'

Rachael Yahne | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Give up asking "Why?" in the first place. It is a rear-view mirror approach to tackling the obstacle. It proves you are still looking backward looking for the nail that popped the tire, instead of forward for where you need to steer to. Either way, you've got to pull over for repairs.

This Map Reveals Just How Unequal The So-Called Recovery Is

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business

In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama cheered rising wages. What he didn't mention is that much of the income gained sin...

It's Always Been for You: An Ever Upward Circle Back

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

This book is for everyone who is struggling. This book is for everyone who needs a good story to show them some ways out and that it is possible. That we all have the power to change our lives; the power to define our own happy ending.

3 Ways to Manage Anxiety: Advice From My Daughter - by Kristi Jo Jedlicki

Kindness Blog | Posted 03.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kindness Blog

As I recover from this latest battle with the anxiety, I am looking for the lessons it has to offer me. Two of the greatest lessons are to be kinder to myself and to take my daughter's advice more often, as she is both kind and wise indeed.

We Hold the Pieces to Our Puzzles

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

But we must remember we hold the pieces ourselves, as we have the power for change and recovery. We have the power to complete our puzzle and therefore truly, and bravely, embrace and own all the pieces of us.

Trust You Will Tread or Float

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

For the last 15 years I have had the honor of witnessing people journey through some of the most difficult times of their lives to emerge as happier, ...

10 Ways Running Has Changed My Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Like most people, I too have been blindsided by life's curve balls that at times have left me feeling battered, despondent, and alone. And through all that, no matter how far I've fallen or how high I've rebounded, running -- my constant companion -- has never left my side.

So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After the thousands of hours I've spent in recovery meetings, I can say I'm certain of only a few things. First, despite what many people believe, AA is not a cult. It's just a group of alcoholics trying to figure out how to stay sober by helping the next guy or gal stay sober. Two, no matter how shitty I feel before walking into a meeting, I always feel a little better after it's over.

Our Fellow Warriors, True Friends, Limited Supporters and Incapables

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

Being completely understood by others needs to have nothing to do with who we are or our stories. We must honor ourselves, no matter what our loved ones' capabilities of understanding us are.

How Being Full of Yourself Isn't Selfish

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

When you hear someone say, "You're full of yourself," what comes to mind? Arrogant, uncaring about anyone else, wanting your own way, entitled, SELFI...

The Job Market Is Still Years Away From A Full Recovery

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business

Friday's jobs report was generally pretty good news. The jobless rate dropped to a six-year low of 5.6 percent. And the December hiring data capped of...