As a 65-year-old, I’m no stranger to the distressing world and national news. Goodness knows I’ve lived through a great deal of volcanic change in my lifetime, sad as well as terrifying moments, and several periods of uncertainty. Many of these stick in my head—the day Kennedy was assassinated, Martin Luther King’s murder, the Cuban missile crisis, the years of the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and numerous new presidents coming into office. I have also witnessed amazing upheaval too—the end of apartheid in South Africa, the fall of the Soviet Union, the tumbling down of the... Read More
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Like many others, my holidays are tinged with sad memories. When I was 13, my beloved grandmother who lived with us, died suddenly of a heart attack two weeks before my birthday, which happens to fall on December 26th. That year, both my birthday, and the holiday was touched with sadness and loss. When I was 28, my brother was killed by a drunk driver. The last time I saw him was over the Christmas holiday. Just three years ago, my mother had a heart attack during our yearly holiday gathering that brought her to the end of her life two months later.
These personal losses are not so... Read More
Recently I spoke to a young woman who lost her mother to cancer. Naturally, she feels bereft. It’s so hard to lose a parent on the doorstep of adult life. She imagines the years ahead---marriage, children, and career without the guidance and support of her mom. She worries about her father, and how he will cope. She spent many hours and days in recent years helping and caring for her mother. She hoped and expected that her mom would recover. With her death, she feels defeated and lost.
Grief and loss is an inevitable part of life. With birth comes the certainty of death. This we... Read More
This is a guest blog from James Dauer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Mr. Dauer sees Behavioral Health patients at our Smokey Point location.
Let’s face it. For the most part, we do not like change. We like what we like. Back in the Day and The Good old Days are common pop culture themes that direct our mind to a better time and place—at least for some. Such themes resonate with today’s modern lifestyle and have made their way into music and the movies.
Remember When is a moving song by country... Read More
“Mom, my tummy hurts!” This kind of complaint is commonplace with some kids. Frequently, their symptoms are vague. “Where does it hurt?” Dad asks. “I don’t know,” whines Joey, “It just hurts.” Sometimes kids will feel nauseous too.
Anxiety or nervousness can cause kids and adults to have “butterflies” in their stomach just an unfriendly feeling. And, it can sometimes cause sharp pain too. It’s always good to check these problems out with your pediatrician or family doctor before assuming that they are of a nervous nature. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
When Mary, age 12, has a... Read More