Digital Distractions

I have been naïve. I am not stating that I completely failed to recognize the extent to which our phones, the internet, and social media permeate our lives. Until now, however, I have dismissed the impact of screen time. After finally watching the 2020 Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, I am shell-shocked by the realization that a vast majority of us are addicts. Aptly noted by professor emeritus of … Continue reading Digital Distractions

Living with Bipolar Disorder

Years ago, I had an acquaintance who, for the purposes of this article, I’ll call Rob. He was a bright guy, a hard-working engineer with a sharp mind and a thirst for adventure. When he got interested in a topic or excited about a recreational pursuit, he went after it with a no-holds-barred intensity.  One summer, Rob took up whitewater rafting. From his suburban Atlanta … Continue reading Living with Bipolar Disorder

Children & Therapy

It has become common to discuss mental health among adults, but what about children’s mental health? Just like adults, children experience hardships and can struggle to make sense of things on their own. When children have problems, they cannot handle on their own, therapy can help because it can give them a safe place to voice their feelings and build new skills that will enable … Continue reading Children & Therapy

Words Matter

Words are the foundation of our communication with others. We are constantly using them. Even as I type this article, words are being placed together to expound upon a topic. No matter what, we can cannot escape using words. Once a year we celebrate this with “Words Matter Week.”   What is Words Matter Week? Since 2008, “Words Matter Week,” which coincides with National Grammar Day, … Continue reading Words Matter

Finances and Mental Health

With apologies to Cousin Eddie in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” membership in the Jelly of the Month Club is decidedly not “the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.”  As Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold illustrated in an epic 45-second rant which punctuated that memorable scene with Randy Quaid, money problems – in this case, not receiving an expected holiday bonus – can send a … Continue reading Finances and Mental Health