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Blog posts : "emotions"

Divorce: Empower yourself by separating feeling and fact

May 16, 2012

An important thing to remember when going through a  divorce is that feelings serve a purpose but are not fact. Feelings are based on our inner reality while facts are shared observations over time.

It may be impossible to completely separate thought from emotion but humans can see thing…

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NATO, family, or friends: Feelings are not facts

May 16, 2012

Imagine living back in the day when our Sun revolved around the Earth. Then, along comes a guy who says, “We have it wrong, the Earth twirls about the Sun.”

It may take years for that idea to trend its way throughout the land and reach your hamlet but when it does, yipes.

If you were a f…

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Holocaust: The heart turned inside out

April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2012 — Mixed in with today’s media buzz about the NFL draft, hockey suspensions, political wars, and current scandals, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Is the memory of the Holocaust as strong today as it was 40 or 50 years ago? That is unlikely, but it is a part of histor…

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Tax deadline spotlights procrastination: Nuisance habit or problem?

April 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2012 - Some of us remember one or both parents hovering over tax forms, a pencil in their mouth, madly punching numbers into a mechanical calculator. Somehow, they managed to stuff the IRS envelope and make it to the post office before midnight on April 15th, year after…

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Things get better: Let your heart know depression will pass

April 9, 2012

The sun shines on everyone. It is no respecter of persons. None of us receive light because we deserve it, but because we are in the path of the sun’s rays. That is rather humbling when you consider it. Individuals may become as special or important as they can, and the sun will not grant th…

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Masters: The game of letting go

April 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2012 - Those of us who have tasted at least one “perfect” golf swing understand the pure pleasure of it. That slice of perfect mind and body coordination is the carrot at the end of every beginning and intermediate player’s club. Never mind that there are a minimum of 2,…

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Happiness: Mega millions, pleasure and gratification

April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2012 - Winning mega millions in the lottery touches on the subject of happiness. Or does it? It might be more accurate to say that it touches on the ease of obtaining pleasure. Mega money buys us pleasurable goods and experiences, and there is nothing wrong with that. Th…

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March madness and mental health

March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2012 – Imagine a college band performing at half time during a football game.

The band members miraculously play their instruments while carrying out a choreographed march, forming interesting patterns on the field. If, in the middle of their song, the bass drums starting …

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Mental health and women in history: Mary Todd Lincoln

March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2012—March is Women’s History Month, and Mary Todd Lincoln is a remarkable character in history. She is primarily remembered as being the wife of a famous man who was as undemonstrative and she was demonstrative, and for having mental and emotional issues that intensified o…

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Empathy for our genes: No longer our body’s CEO

March 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2012—All of us are intimately connected to our environment. Day to day it appears as if we are beings walking through a movie set that is separate from ourselves. That separation is an illusion, and you do not have to be Buddhist to realize this. 

Some researchers have be…

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Depression has a new adversary: TMS

February 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, February, 25, 2012 - TMS is almost new. It has been around several years, and is getting more media buzz everyday as a treatment for medication-resistant depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is the use of magnetic pulses to stimulate mood related areas of the brain. It…

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Antidepressants and placebos: On a bicycle built for two

February 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, February 9th, 2012 - Are placebos just as effective as antidepressants? It depends who you talk to, although trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong about this issue detracts from the vast gray area between. That gray area is teeming with the mystery of what it is to be a co…

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Being bipolar: Hyper-hare or slo-mo tortoise

January 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, January, 27, 2012 - Martin is in his late thirties and depressed. He is fatigued, can’t concentrate, or make decisions. His mood is sad and irritable, and he thinks about suicide. “I know how I screwed up my life a few months ago,” said Martin, “But it seems like it was someone else …

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Other Causes of Depression

January 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2012 - Maybe someday we will come up with a concise and exact explanation of the cause of depression; one size that fits all. However, it is more likely there will always be a queue of explanations, since every solution invites more questions. We read about genetic researc…

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Relationships: Can You Have Faith in Someone Who Disappoints You?

January 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2012 – What does it mean to tell someone you have faith in them?

PART ONE: How Could She?
Marie is a 48 year old mother of two young adults. After 26 years of marriage Marie divorced her husband and moved a few states away to be with someone else. Family and friends event…

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Christmas: Don't clean it up too quickly

December 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, December 24, 2011 –Anticipation of the Christmas celebration lifts the human spirit. Preparation takes time and effort, but most of us do it even as we complain. It is a pleasure giving gifts and delightful to get them. People we seldom see may be with us which makes up for being wit…

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How Christmas Toys with Our Emotions

December 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dcember 15, 2011–December can be a mixed bag of feelings and emotions for anyone, but especially for those who celebrate Christmas. The holidays send your emotional self in several directions, some more pleasant than others. Being aware of all that tugs the heart-strings during the C…

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