A Washington Post “Parenting” Columnist’s Stunning Ignorance!

I’m very grateful that someone shared with me today a column in the Washington Post called ‘On Parenting’ by their “parenting advice” columnist, Marguerite Kelley. She appears on radio and TV, so her opinions are shared far and wide.

Her advice made me ill.

A couple wrote in about the trouble th ……

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#Adoption, #Advice, #Parenting

Drugs, Addiction and Murder: A Fictional Insight

Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine physician delves into world of substance abuse, family dysfunction and the ‘what-ifs’ of life
“Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine” by Dr. Steven Kassels is a unique medical murder mystery/legal thriller that entertains audiences and educates readers through the realistic depiction of the struggles of addiction. The book dissects our societal discrimination toward drug addicts and explores common misperceptions of what addiction really is – a chronic illness requiring a similar treatment approach as other chronic diseases….

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#Abuse, #Addiction, #Boston, #Detroit, #Maine, #Medical, #Michigan

Chronic Unemployment And The Fear Of Success

When faced with an opportunity to gain something of importance, many people will voice their fear of failing to achieve their goal. Sometimes this fear is attributed to only having a single chance, or weighing that which they have to risk in order to achieve what they want. But every now and then, I’ve come across people who aren’t afraid of failure; they’re afraid of succeeding.

And the fear of succeeding is something that can be paralyzing, or cause a pause in what has been up to that point of realization, a determined effort. …

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#JobSearchAdvice, #MentalHealth, #SocialServices, #Unemployment

We are all guilty: treatment of asylum-seekers

We are in dangerous moral territory. Australian Liberal and Labor governments are guilty when it comes to the treatment of people seeking asylum. Our treatment of people has reached new heights of cruelty and we condone it by our silence. It is not just governments – everyday Australians are guilty because we allow it….

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#AsylumSeekers, #HumanRights, #Refugees

Bullied out of life

I can only tell you of my own experience, over most of my life, at the sharp end of bullying – group bullying, family bullying, religious bullying, social bullying, workplace bullying, bullying within the LGBTI community, and within the commercial gay scene in Dublin.
I now live in the UK but was raised ……

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#Bullying, #LGBTQ

7.5% of Children 6-17 Given Psychotropic Medication

According to a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 7.5% of children ages 6-17 were prescribed medication for “emotional or behavioral difficulties” during a 6 month period from 2010-2011. More than half the parents of these children reported that the medication helped “a lot”.

In addition those children enrolled in Medicaid or Child Health Plus were more likely to be prescribed medication as were children whose families were 100% below the poverty line.

Male patients were prescribed medication significantly more than their female counterparts at a rate of 9.7% vs. 5.2%. …

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#PsychotropicMedications, #Youth

Getting Social Workers Out of the Closet

There has been much talk recently about who can legitimately call themselves social workers.  What training is required?  Which licenses are needed?  And, there have been many discussions about the variations of social work licenses that exist in different states.  License or no license, we know that many social workers are “hiding” in non-clinical environments and in places where it doesn’t seem much social work is happening.  Places like Congress, the World Bank and federal agencies such as the departments of Labor, Housing, Education and Health and Human Services (HHS).  In many of these settings, social workers operate under cover….

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#MacroSocialWork, #Research, #SocialWork

The Voice That Whispers, “I’m Not Qualified”

Just as I arrived at work this morning around 7:30 a.m. I took a call from one of the people I’m working with to gain employment. It was good news. She has a second interview today for a job she applied to last week, and in that same last week had her first interview which she obviously passed.

What I found interesting is that she feels very insecure going into the second interview. Instead of feeling assertive and one step closer to a job she really believes she can do, she said she doesn’t know why she was invited back to a second interview because she feels under-qualified. …

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#JobInterview, #JobSearchAdvice, #Selfesteem

Global poverty, stigma, and the spread of disease

In the Spotlight

The Guinea Ministry of Health recently announced the identification of 203 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Ebola, a viral fever, has no known cure and kills 9 out of 10 of those infected. The research evidence available indicates that the virus is likely animal-borne with its origins stemming from bats. It is believed that the first patient during an outbreak is infected through contact with an infected animal. Then, human to human transmission occurs through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person or exposure to objects contaminated by infected secretions. The virus causes its victims to suffer a great deal, with symptoms including fever, severe headaches, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding that can occur internally and externally. …

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#Disease, #Poverty, #Stigma

Are the Baby Boomers to Blame?

Okay, here we are the baby boomers (let’s call ourselves the “BB’s”), as we are not so much babies any more – we range in age from 49 to 67… and yes, that includes me. We, the BB’s, according to the data, use significant amounts of illicit substances – and no I don’t mean just “pot” which is a whole other topic. Drug abuse is surging among BB’s – for adults aged 50 to 54, use of illicit substances more than doubled from 3.4 percent in 2002 to 7.2 percent in 2012. For those aged 55 to 59, it’s at about 6.6 percent. And what is the most commonly abused drug in the over 50 age group – not weed but a combination of opiates (codeine, oxycodone, other pain pills), and benzodiazepines (valium, ativan, other tranquilizers) with alcohol. …

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#Addiction, #Babyboomers, #DrugAbuse