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Our Infertility Rap Sheets

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

As men and women suffering through infertility treatments we are identifying ourselves, sometimes completely, through how many treatments we have endured. We are so much more than this.

7 Tips For Surviving The Post-Marathon Blues

Jennifer Hellickson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hellickson

Without a doubt, the easiest way to avoid a crash after the post-race high is to pick a new goal. Decide what you want to tackle next -- whether it's getting faster, going further, being more consistent with your training, trying complimentary workouts, or maybe even setting your sights on a different sport altogether -- and put a plan together for how you'll go about achieving it.

Accepting Change: Letting Yourself Fall in the Flow of Your Life

Jeff Pulver | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Pulver

Growing up I have been reminded to not let days slip by and not to put things off. My dad often reminded me that the cliché "Youth is wasted on the young" is something he didn't want me to regret too.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

What If You Saw Me Along the Way?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

An unexpected gift of running is that when you challenge yourself, and you dig deeper than you ever thought possible, you not only become immensely proud of yourself but also those who love you bear witness to the inner strength you have unearthed.

A Letter to the 14-Year-Old Girl Trapped in the Darkness of a Body Cast

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

Trust that you will thrive through this and that this isn't the end of your story; because, I promise, it is not even close. And try, to hold onto that light just a little, knowing and believing that someday it will flicker again.

The Authentic Therapist

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

I struggle, and I am a therapist. I am a therapist, and yet I am also a perfectly imperfect human myself.

Too Early for Flowers, Just in Time for Kurt Sipolski

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"Post-Polio Syndrome affects most survivors, in which the muscles become much weaker from overuse and I certainly am no exception. I gym daily, but use a cane often."

Drug Use Is Criminal?

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

As long as individuals are considered criminals for using drugs, and are not included in advocacy for drug education, harm reduction and recovery, stigma will continue to drive policy, access to health care, research and treatment options.

Two Poems Post Veterans Day: One of Death, One of Life

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Matthew Hoh

Now I have two poems to read each Veterans Day. One to ensure those who have suffered never leave my purpose and my life, and the second, to remind me that this is my purpose and that this is my life.

Making a Family Just Isn't That Easy - Part 3

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When it comes to family planning, fertility, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and recovery, there really can't be too much love.

Psychiatry and Recovery: Complementary or Competitive?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.12.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

My clinical and research experience and reading of the literature convince me that medication is essential for most people with severe and chronic symptoms. It is equally clear that medication is way overused in many people who don't need it. The controversial question of coercive treatment also has to be understood in context.

The Paradox of Letting Go: 5 Things We Continuously Hold On To

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

Letting go is an art we must grapple with, I think, throughout our entire lives if we are going to have any sense of peace, contentment and happiness. A practice really. A practice, that I will admit, I must continually put effort into, sometimes daily.

Parenting, An Unexpected Trigger

Dawn Daum | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Dawn Daum

I don't know what people picture when they think of someone who would dare admit that she was molested as a child, but I don't think it is me. Nor do I believe it is the face of the several female and male friends of mine who are also survivors living "normal" lives.

Making a Family Just Isn't That Easy - Part 2

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When we practice empathy we connect. When we receive empathy we feel seen, known and loved. In other words, we all feel not so alone in this huge, hard world.

Roadmap for Rercovery and Prosperity

Harry L. Langer | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

The primary cause of U.S. structural unemployment, economic stagnation, adverse balance of trade, shrinking revenues, and expanding debt is the export of our high and low tech manufacturing, services, and R&D.

What Some Old Photos Revealed About Depression, Addiction And Recovery

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

As the older pictures finished floating up to their new safe haven in the cloud, the more recent photos -- the ones from after my son got clean and sober -- queued up and got ready to follow. Let me tell you, the difference between the "before" and "after" photos is stunning.

Book Review Sobriety: A Graphic Novel

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Martha Rosenberg

Sobriety mostly takes place during one afternoon in a treatment facility. Five addicts share their "using" stories and emotions about their arduous journeys through flashbacks and sometimes flash forwards into comic book-style fantasies.

Recovery From 'Schizophrenia': One Man's Journey From Patient to Therapist

Allen Frances | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

"Schizophrenia" is a name, not a disease. It presents in many different ways and has many different outcomes. There is certainly not one cause of "sch...

Conceiving Our Chosen Family

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Never could I have imagined I would find myself, my home and my destined chosen family all from a woman I met online.

Though I Walk Through the Valley

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 10.28.2014 | Divorce
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Today I am still on the journey. I am learning to lean into and fully confront the depression and feelings of unworthiness that have controlled my life for many, many years. I am working to leave the lies that I have told myself about myself in the valley.

It Happened to Me: Infertility Treatments Didn't Work and I Defined My Own Motherhood

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

We must give ourselves permission to make our own family, however that may look. And, as a society we must all have more fertility compassion for whatever those means are.

The Anonymous People

Emily Liebert | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Emily Liebert

John Silverman, who will receive the 2014 President's Award at the gala, has an inspiring story of resilience and recovery and is now celebrating 30 years of sobriety.

At 10 Years Sober

Maureen Herman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Herman

I am humbled by and grateful for the help I was given and hope that these programs continue to get support and funding so more people have a chance at being able to rejoin society at a level where they too can give, to help the next person.

Taking Off the Armor of My 'Choice'

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I fought really hard to be a mother. I paid lots of money to be a mother. I endured painful tests and procedures to be a mother. I put my body and my surrogate's through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. I put my faith and trust in many doctors and other humans to be a mother.