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November 3, 2015
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Jorge Bergoglio aka Pope Francis; A Happy Fellow

November 3, 2015 07:45 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Would you have imagined that a Pope would be celebrated for his relaxed and pleasant demeanor? Crowds would assemble and yearn to connect with this ex-bouncer who sees it as part of his calling to wash the feet of a Muslim female prisoner? Or hang on the words of a newly-elected Pope who stands, in muslin, to greet his cardinals rather than receive them from a throne while draped in furs? Who would have expected this? [More]

October 31, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Lamar Odom Fights For His Life Against Depression and Substance Abuse

October 31, 2015 09:45 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Lamar Odom entered the NBA with high hopes. Despite his short college career that was clouded by an arrest in Las Vegas, Lamar had talent that was much desired and was picked 4th in the 1999 NBA draft by the Clippers. Lamar’s story is similar to many athletes that rose above the crime ridden streets of their childhoods to fame. [More]

October 30, 2015
by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Patrick Kennedy's Family Reflections

October 30, 2015 21:10 by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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The Kennedy family has been in the news lately. Patrick Kennedy, son of former U.S. Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has released a memoir that has become controversial, at least within the Kennedy family itself. In the memoir, Patrick, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, details a family history of alcohol abuse and mental illness. [More]

October 29, 2015
by Anne Kip Watson

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Football Season - Preventing Child Head Trauma

October 29, 2015 04:04 by Anne Kip Watson

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With recent headlines for the National Football League on head injuries revealing devastating results, more questions are now being raised about how to keep kids safe from similar future outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, new research examining the brains of 91 deceased football players found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in 96 perfect of them. [More]

October 19, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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Can We Stop the Mass Shootings In the United States?

October 19, 2015 07:55 by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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Lately a common news topic is mass murder/suicide. With the media reporting shootings about once a month (lately sometimes more), we are left with anguish, heartbreak, anger, confusion and fear. Besides grief, the aftermath always includes the questions of why it happened and how it could have been prevented or foreseen. [More]

October 5, 2015
by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

Breaking the Stigma of Psychosomatization

October 5, 2015 07:55 by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

If you are suffering from a so-called psychosomatic disorder, you know how deflating it can be to go to the doctor and be told the problem is in your head. Unfortunately, this experience gives people the false impression that there symptoms are not real. In this video podcast, learn how to contextualize so-called psychosomatic issues in a western medicine world. [More]

October 3, 2015
by Theravive

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Hajj Takes Over 1000 Lives- Brutal Stampede

October 3, 2015 07:55 by Theravive

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In the deadliest incident in 25 years, more than 1000 people are dead and over 900 injured during the last rituals of the Hajj, the Islamic annual pilgrimage that takes place each year in Saudi Arabia. The stampede occurred during a ritual called “stoning the devil” on Thursday, with some pilgrims saving their entire lives in order to participate. The event was held in a tent city about two miles from the holy site in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca. More than 2 million pilgrims attend the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage is a requirement of Islam that all Muslims make the pilgrims at least once in their lives. [More]