HOW AFFAIRS CAN HELP YOU CONTINUE TO MAKE BAD DECISIONS


Stories or movies containing scenes of people making mad, passionate love activate brain structures releasing chemicals that make us feel good. Movies can also expose us to scenes that scare us a bit and stimulate the release of cortisol that doesn’t overwhelm but stimulates us just enough to be excited. As a rule, if movies…

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INTRUSIVE, MORALLY REPUGNANT THOUGHTS


Have you ever had an intrusive, morally repugnant thought pop into your head? Intrusive means the thought was uninvited. Slapping a random toddler in a store, shouting an obscenity in church, jumping in front of a bus, stabbing a girlfriend, or hurling an insult at a waiter go against your morals. When these kinds of…

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DISTRESSING INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS


Distressing intrusive thoughts about self harm may be the least known intrusive thoughts in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Most people think OCD pertains only to keeping things neat and orderly or compulsive hand washing. People don’t often share obsessive intrusive thoughts about self harm. This type of OCD doesn’t show up on popular media. One way they…

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SCRUPULOSITY OCD


SCRUPULOSITY: A form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in which people are overly concerned that something they do or say violates religious doctrine or morals. In fact their concerns or behaviors exceed or disregard religious law or standards. Imagine the overly scrupulous person who fasts worrying that swallowing his or her own saliva would break the…

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Will my kids become addicts or dropouts?


Kids involved in athletics, music, dance and scouts are less likely to become dropouts, get pregnant early, more likely to attend college, and less likely to become drug addicts. Parents fear negative outcomes and want to do all they can to see that their children have bright futures. Kids are signed up for athletics, music,…

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Exercise for your mental health


Who hasn’t heard that exercise is good for you. Physicians and fitness experts have been telling us for years that a good aerobic exercise program is one of the best things that you can do for your physical health. A good aerobic exercise program can provide physical benefits such as:   Increase cardiovascular/respiratory functioning Increase…

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Controller for My Mind? by Dr. Judy Park


There are remotes for the TV – There are buttons for the cellphone & computer – IS THERE A CONTROLLER FOR MY MIND? Our brains generate a constant stream of thought, sometimes unwanted and intrusive. Our mind’s nature is to wander and we cannot often stop it from doing so. We may feel as if…

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GOLDEN RULE and Parenting


Religions share variations on the Golden Rule. Having learned them, we often cite the Golden Rule when explaining to children why they should treat their siblings or playmates with kindness, share, and, in general be respectful of others. As an adult, at times, I find it challenging to reign in a smart remark to rudeness…

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Alcohol: How much is too much?


Drinking to excess puts individuals at significant risk. Heavy drinking risks their health and can bring on illness and difficulties for family and friends. The “Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test” (AUDIT) was developed by the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence. It provides health care providers a valid method of conducting…

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Amputee on a Scooter


Waiting to pull into traffic I thought I saw a man with high tech prosthetic legs riding a motor scooter. When I was able to pull out, I felt compelled to speed up a bit and verify what I saw. Initially, I thought this looked risky. What happens when he puts a foot down at…

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