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Cancer is Scary, Depression is Harder

Breast cancer is scary, but having depression is, or can be, much harder to deal with.  This I know firsthand.  While that is my personal experience, I’ve also heard it from other people.  The reasons for this difference are many. Breast cancer has always been disfiguring and frightening, with fewer good outcomes in the past than there are now.  Treatment options are better today and it’s no longer a guaranteed fatal illness.  (ten year survival[…]

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Do You Feel Like Your Hands are Tied? More Thoughts on Helping Someone Who Refuses Treatment

A few years ago I posted a blog on how you might help someone who refuses mental health treatment (October, 2016).  It seemed to resonate with many readers at the time.  I am again prompted to write because someone recently asked me how to help their 19 yo son who is reluctant to seek professional care for depression.  Being the parent of someone over age 18 who is free to make his own decisions is[…]

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You can’t buy yourself a perfect day!

There was a recent online article in Laddersby Monica Torres on what Americans think the perfect day looks like.  She reports on a survey of 2,000 Americans done for the US Highbush Blueberry Council and conducted by One Poll.  I don’t know the assortment of people in the 2,000 respondents, who’s in that group, how to best describe them.  I don’t know how this organization came behind this type of survey question; one can only[…]

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