Category Archives: Mental Health

LOOKING IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

  What was that old definition of insanity? . . . Repeating the same thing over and over while expecting different results? It would appear that the psychiatric delivery system of psychiatrists and psychologists, therapists, and counselors have been doing this for the last 115 years. They continue to seek the answers to aberrant behavior …

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Wilson

    WILSON By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC   So much of the world appears to be caught up in the belief that any behavior that is not considered usual or normal is the result of a mental illness . . . that there is some sort of chemical imbalance in some people’s brains. I …

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We Need A New Psychology

We Need A New Psychology As of this date, the world is in shock as to the horror of one young man’s actions of killing 20 children and 6 adults before taking his own life.  In events similar to this where mass murder or multiple assault occurs, the same questions are asked and statements made: …

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Finding Comfort in Uncmfortable Situations

Comfort in Uncomfortable Situations As a counselor, I have had the occasion to observe every form of human behavior one can imagine.  I have had clients with symptoms of what is being called Schizophrenic behavior, Dissociative Identity Disorder, all of the Personality Disorders, mood disorders, Substance-Related disorders, PTSD, sex and gambling addiction, just to name …

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Congressional Divorce

Congressional Divorce The word “dysfunctional” has been used, misused, and overused for what seems to have been more than half a century.   We hear it used mostly in reference to individuals indicating mental illness, maladaptive family systems, relationships, and conflict between groups or individuals.  Defined by the dictionary, dysfunction reads: Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially …

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Shame & Guilt: The Happiness Destroyer

  SHAME & GUILT:  THE HAPPINESS DESTROYER   Occasionally I ask the members in my group therapy sessions: “How many of you have some things in your past that you would not like anyone else to know?  Usually, the entire group will raise their hands.   Without probing into each group member’s past, I go on …

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Compulsion, Obsession, Addiction or All the Above?

Are repeated behaviors an addiction?   It would appear that it all depends upon what society and the experts consider addiction to be.  If the behavior is seen as one who repeatedly flips light switches, or washing hands several times, hoarding, or unlocking and locking a door several times, avoiding cracks in sidewalks as in the …

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Aurora Atrocity

  Comment:  This is the start of a new book that I began writing  a day before the terrible shooting incident occurred in Aurora, CO.  I thought it was timely to post it in light of the situation.               As I turn on my TV to catch the morning news, a routine I have …

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Repairing Relationships In Recovery

  Repairing Relationships In Recovery    The previous blog that I posted stressed the importance of relationships in the recovery of addictions.  Looking back on it, I discovered that I overlooked a very important aspect of relationships in that blog in regard to addicted populations.  Yes, relationships are paramount in the management of recovery and especially …

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An Overview of Choice Theory for Addicted Populations

  A Broad Overview of Choice Theory for Addicted Populations.      The Quality World of the addict or alcoholic contains a very vivid image of their drug of choice.  (Alcohol is a drug only in liquid form).  So whatever drug they prefer or whatever brand of beer or liquor they prefer will be vividly pictured in …

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