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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#Attitude, #Depression, #Employment, #Interview, #Jobs, #MentalHealth

Tis’ the Season to be Jolly & Sober

As we all know, the holiday season brings joy to some and anxiety to others.  It is therefore not unexpected that at this time of year there is an increased feeling of loneliness for those who are alone, a heightened sense of hopelessness for those who have depression, and an increased challenge by the temptations of the season for those who are faced with the disease of addiction. “Tis’ the season to be jolly.  Fa la la la la, la la la la.”  Really?  So during a time when we are faced with the senseless deaths of fellow citizens for minor crimes and the rising up of voices, which reminds us of the disparity that existed between the discriminatory penalties imposed for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine, I thought I would share a few stories….

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#Abuse, #Addiction, #Alcohol, #Health, #Holidays, #MentalHealth

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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#Anxiety, #Christmas, #Depression, #Holidays, #MentalHealth, #Stress

Applying ACEs to Juvenile Justice

The high rate of abused and neglected children within the juvenile justice system was one of the themes percolating throughout a three-day conference on childhood trauma last week in San Francisco.

“The relationship between childhood trauma and juvenile justice involvement is pretty startling,” said Karleen Jakowski, supervisor of adolescent behavioral services at a non-profit health clinic in Yolo County. Jakowski was one of five juvenile justice panelists at the conference calling for improvement in the treatment of traumatized youth. …

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#Abuse, #Advocacy, #Healthcare, #JuvenileJustice, #MentalHealth, #Youth

Olathe Suicide Reminder of Warning Signs

According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 12-18.  Every day in the United States, there are over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people in who are in grades 7-12.  What is important to note is that 4 out of 5 of those 5,400 youths give w ……

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#MentalHealth, #Olathe, #Suicide, #Teen, #TeenSuicide

Being Diagnosed With A Mental Illness Has Made Me A Better Person

Written by Susan Page
I grew up in a foster home for the first six years of my life in Oakland, California, where I witnessed abuse and neglect. At six years old, I was adopted. It was then that I learned that my birth mother gave me up because she was too sick to take care of me due to her struggles with bipolar disorder.
For years, I was warned about my increased susceptibility for developing bipolar disorder. But no one ever told me what it would feel like if I did or that I had a good probability of developing it even as I got older….

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#Children, #MentalHealth

Most Californians have experienced childhood trauma; early adversity a direct link to adult onset of chronic disease, depression, violence

 

Nearly two-thirds of California adults have experienced at least one type of major childhood trauma, such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse, or living with a family member who abuses alcohol or is depressed, according to a report released last week.

The report – “Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California” (HiddenCrisis_Report_1014) – also reveals the effects of those early adversities: a startling and large increased risk of the adult onset of chronic disease, such as heart disease and cancer, mental illness and violence or being a victim of violence. …

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#Abuse, #ChildTrauma, #CriminalJustice, #MentalHealth, #Policy