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Healing Your Digestive System Heals Your Mental Issue?

Could this be serious? You might not need psychotropic drugs to heal your brain? Who would propose such an idea? And why would any sane person accept this idea? OK. I am not being serious. I just blogged about whether we can trust our own brain, and the answer is frequently we cannot. Our mind plays tricks on us because of its low computing power in the prefrontal cortex. That lack of computing power is dealt with by the brain in some increasingly predictable ways, like resistance to change.

Trusting Your Own Mind

As the CEO for two organizations, one problem we encounter are the “resisters.” Change comes very hard to some people. In my experience, a hard core resister will go to extraordinary measures to stop change. I let one one of my top line executives go after showing extraordinary insubordination. As I filled the leadership void for a while, I was using his executive computer and discovered searches for dirt on me, including a search for lawsuits, bar association discipline and other attempts...

Helping First-Responders Deal With Depression, PTSD []

Trish Buchanan's husband, Paul Buchanan, was a decorated East Hartford police officer who took his life in March 2013 after months of struggling with depression. He had feared the repercussions that seeking help for mental illness might have on his career, Trish Buchanan said. When they finally called some mental health professionals, they were asked whether Paul was at immediate risk, otherwise the soonest he would be able to see someone would be six weeks later. When they did find someone...

Young People Need Early Access To Mental Health Care []

I was 16 when I had my first full panic attack. I sat clutching my French horn (yes, I played the French horn), waiting for a solo in a school band performance, and found I couldn't catch my breath. My stomach and chest felt impossibly tight. This wasn't an average case of nerves: my entire body responded to the fear of playing music publicly with what I now understand to be chronic anxiety. I felt I might die. I managed that day to slow my breathing just enough so I could finish my solo...

This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning. []

Imagine you're working at a school and one of the kids is starting to act up. What do you do? Traditionally, the answer would be to give the unruly kid detention or suspension. But in my memory, detention tended to involve staring at walls, bored out of my mind, trying to either surreptitiously talk to the kids around me without getting caught or trying to read a book. If it was designed to make me think about my actions, it didn't really work. It just made everything feel stupid and unfair.

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Opioid abuse in the State of Alaska

The State of Alaska just had a forum that included the FBI, members of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, the WAANT (Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team), and community behavioral health representatives concerning the sobering statistic: Alaska has 50% higher rates of deaths than the national average of opioid- and heroin-related deaths per capita. Here in Alaska, I am convinced that much of the rampant abuse is due to these two facts - Alaska leads the nation in domestic violence and sexual...Read More...

To ask or not to ask -- TIC guidelines

I'm a bit confused -- my understanding of TIC is that we don't oblige people who have been abused / suffered trauma, is this correct? Yet a lot of research shows that a heck of a lot of people with histories of abuse / trauma / ACEs enter treatment settings yet are very often never asked about their histories of these events in their lives, and that this is not honouring their right to appropriate and adequate treatment.Read More...
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Missed webinar

I registered for the Masculinity and Violence: Trauma, Control, & The Pressures of Masculinity webinar on Sep 14, 2016, but due to restriction on my work computer, I was unable to attend. I was wondering if I could be directed to resources from that webinar. I am working on sexual assault prevention training for Soldiers at Fort Campbell and any information I could get would be invaluable. Thank you.Read More...