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Category: Mental Health

What it Means to Be A Man

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Regardless of what school of parenting one is set to follow, a parent in today’s society will encounter the same hurdles as those in previous generations, which implies that they are also at risk for the same sort of pitfalls. Even so, in an increasingly digital society marked by packed schedules, constant striving for perfection and an overabundance of “straight talk,” there is some toxic and/or macho type of phrases that parents should avoid, particularly when speaking to their boys. In doing so, perhaps we can redefine what it means to be a man. In a recent article by Fatherly, Jeremy Brown says that in an effort to raise strong boys, parents have inadvertently created damaged men. Is this based…

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Suicide: A Growing Epidemic

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As a stark reminder of the tremendous toll of suicide, the recent deaths of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have once again shined the spotlight on the growing epidemic of suicide in the United States. In a recent article featured in the public health section of National Public Radio (NPR) online, Nell Greenfieldboyce reports that suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the last two decades, with half of the states experiencing an increase of more than 30 percent. This includes men and women, as well as all ethnic groups and those living in both urban and rural areas. In response, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on…

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A Mindful Connection: Understanding the Triune Brain

By Andrew Archer, LCSW
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Western culture seems to be increasingly fascinated with the human brain. Emerging evidence in the field of interpersonal neurobiology links physiological processes of the brain with mindfulness and psychotherapy, and most of our efforts to understand illness, disease, creativity, innovation, attention and cognitive ability have long focused on the three pounds of flesh harnessed within our skulls. The brain is only a small percentage of our body weight, but approximately 20% of our energy is required for its operation. Its three main parts, sometimes referred to as the “triune brain,” consist of the brain stem, the limbic system, and the prefrontal cortex. These parts, which evolved in that order, can be thought of as having “stacked up” over millions of…

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Neurofeedback: A Promising Alternative Therapy For PTSD

By Dr. Adi Jaffe

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This weekend I was reading a gripping story in New York Times Magazine about Sam Siatta, an Afghanistan War veteran, and his harrowing struggle with addiction and his involvement in the criminal justice system when I stopped mid-sentence. After going into an inpatient rehab program at a V.A. hospital and being diagnosed with depression, alcohol addiction, and PTSD, he’d been given a prescription for Xanax to help with his PTSD. Knowing that it has been proven that drugs like Xanax do nothing to help PTSD and can even make it worse, I was shocked (Bostwick et al., 2012). In fact, The U.S. Army Medical Command put out a monster of a memo years ago stating that benzodiazepines like Xanax carry…

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Loss & New Beginnings

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Loss and new beginnings Triune Therapy Group

Remaining connected to our surroundings, and attuned to our environments can be a challenge on the best of days, but it is particularly difficult after a loss. The loss that walked into your life might be enormous and devastating, such as the grief that comes with the sudden passing of a loved one. Maybe you lost steady employment, and the experience left you unmoored and afraid. A break up left you crushed and emotionally wounded. A particular phase of your life might be coming to a close and you’re unclear about why you feel melancholic, but you do. Any number of these painful situations, along with their unique sets of obstacles, can prevent you from seeing a happy, peaceful future…

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