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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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Suicide: About the Numbers

Our world was broken again last week by the tragic loss of two public figures to suicide, designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and sobering data on the rising rates of suicide in the United States. They report that suicide has increased in almost every state from 1999 through 2016, up more than 30% in half the states, and highest[…]

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Families Fractured By Mental Illness

A diagnosis of mental illness like anxiety or a mood disorder in one family member affects the whole family.  It might bring a strain on relationships and can be wearing on the entire family in addition to the effects it has on the individual.  These responses are not intentional; they usually arise because of differences in understanding what a mental illness is and how to best deal with it.  But it can lead to fractures[…]

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