The Gift Of Anticipation

As I write this, it’s early in the morning of Christmas eve and while the anticipation of Christmas morning just 24 hours or less awaits, Anticipation itself is felt before job interviews, while awaiting calls to offer you employment or the fresh start on your ramped-up job search in 2015.

Some cynics will tell you not to get too high when job searching, and they base that advice on the knowledge that for every single person that gets the job offer, there are dozens who will be disappointed, let down and could become discouraged. The advice they are kindly giving is meant to spare you the crash from high anticipation to rock bottom frustration. I can see why that advice is handed out….

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Holiday Stress Relief

Each year when the seasons change we start to think of the holidays and start to see sales and Black Friday ads.  Around the time when toy commercials increase there is an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression as well.  For those whose fall experience is not just the crowds and ads, but greater s ……

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Chronicling an MSW Internship: Learning from Clients

As I write, feet of snow sit on the ground outside my window, and more falls, peacefully, making me thankful for a dog at my feet and a mug of tea in my hand. I wrap my hand around the mug and breathe in deeply the scent of the tea leaves. Their earthy scent helps me recall spring time, May days, and I ……

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#Depression, #Internship

What Is The Purpose Of Work Anyhow?

Most people who are unemployed are actively looking for work, while others may have stopped looking and returned to school or training to bolster their chances, and still others may have for various reasons stopped looking altogether and have settled in for a life relying on some form of charity/assistance. And for physical or mental health reasons, some who are unemployed may never work for pay  for stretches of time until they recover enough to seek work again.

What’s the purpose of work anyhow? And given that there’s only twenty-four hours in a day, why choose to spend seven to twelve of them apart from the ones we love most, many of us working in jobs we find unrewarding and difficult, sometimes even bad for our health? Curious.

Well for starters, work accomplishes things that we feel need to get done in order to improve our lives. Without work, we wouldn’t have those nicely paved roads to drive on, the cars themselves wouldn’t be made, and the fuels used to power them wouldn’t be available. Without work we’d have no one to go to when we were ill, no teacher to learn from, no policeman to keep us safe as we sleep and the list goes on and on….

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The Unemployment/Self-Esteem Connection

Of the many things one loses with unemployment, perhaps there is no greater loss than that of self-esteem. I say this because there are many I know who are unemployed and have lost the ability to believe in themselves.

You see, for many the initial period following loss of employment or commencing a job search after training can actually be euphoric; a period of optimism as the thought of working somewhere outweighs the current lack of work. The job search is new, there’s been no rejections, and they have a sense that they’ll be hired soon. For the person just getting out of school or moving into a new town, there can only be reason to be positive.

However, when the weeks of searching turn into months, and the months start mounting to the point where a year is fully in view, that optimism often turns to pessimism; and the frustration will often get a person looking inward. “What am I doing wrong?” or “What’s wrong with me?” These are two questions people will often ask. And you know it might be easy after seven months or so to look at the person and tell them that they aren’t going about it on a full-time basis anymore, putting in a seven hour daily job search, but realistically, how fair is it to expect someone out of work that long to maintain that level of enthusiasm for a job search that’s become a source of reinforced futility?…

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“Oh earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you!”

I took a lot of time off the last week.

With P out of town, I hunkered down for the weekend and watched hours and hours of Netflix. I took naps. After my bad knee gave out on me Saturday, I even had a reason!

The outside-my-body-voice was monitoring the situation, asking if I was sliding back into a major depressive episode. I have felt nostalgic and a bit sad the past couple of weeks. Friends in my hometown are having babies, buying homes, and I want to be there for those things. I’ve had many days where all I can think is that I need my mom’s advice. The winter is coming, and I am hoping that my internship will let me pick up more hours when the semester ends, as I can’t have a month of down time without spiraling….

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Could Child Abuse Be Causing Autism?

Written by, Courtney Kidd, LMSW, SJS Staff Writer
Childhood abuse as a predictive variable in who will have an autistic child. A study put on by JAMA Psychiatry studied 50,000 women, looking at medical records, answered questions relating to childhood abuse(physical, sexual or emotional)…


Promising Study Supports Basis for SEL Inclusion in Cirriculum

Over the course of the last decade plus, the United States has become a nation of over-tested students and over taxed school districts. As a product, students are forced to meet nationalized standards which link teacher ratings and student test scores. Besides the obvious, and well-documented,…


Parenting, Depression, and Anxiety

In this fast paced world titles often work to catch our attention, and to draw us into written content. A recent article titled “Xanax ‘helps me be a better mom’“, posted on CNN, did just that to me today. The article discusses how parents are often more prone to…