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May 30, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Operation Jade Helm 15: Cause for concern?

May 30, 2015 05:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Whether on US soils or abroad, military exercises have been taking place for years. For whatever reason or combination of reasons, Jade Helm 15, a massive multi-state military exercise, has attracted the attention of the public. For some people it has raised concern about the federal government’s motives and intentions as it relates to them and their family’s personal freedom and future well-being. Public reaction to these concerns is varied from outright rejection and mockery, to cautious consideration there might be something undisclosed that is worthy of concern, to rising hysteria about the federal government targeting specific groups of citizens. [More]

May 28, 2015
by Henry M. Pittman, MA


Dangerous World of Spice- Synthetic Marijuana Explored

May 28, 2015 05:55 by Henry M. Pittman, MA

The common thread between the District of Columbia, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska is that they all have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Each state has their own set of rules on how they govern the purchase, selling, transportation, and cultivating of marijuana. There are many states that are working towards their own legalization of marijuana. Regardless of when or if that comes to be, the effects of marijuana are the same, it is substance that causes euphoria, a high that causes impairment. There is no employer that is going to take a risk of allowing a person to use marijuana and be employed. It is a risk hazard regardless of it being legal per certain states and remains illegal on the federal level. Therefore, people who want to get high and/or avoid anyone knowing that they have substances in their urine, aka pass a drug test; would use “fake marijuana” or “synthetic marijuana” or “Spice” [More]

May 26, 2015
by Cynthia Morales

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Josh Duggar- Molestation Reality

May 26, 2015 07:55 by Cynthia Morales

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A popular celebrity publication, In Touch Weekly, exposed a family secret last week hidden for over a decade by the popular reality television family, the Duggars, who star in TLC’s long-running “19 Kids and Counting”. Josh Duggar, 27, eldest male member of a family known for their televised and strong Christian views, confirmed an uncovered police report from 2008 detailing his sexual molestation of multiple girls, a number that includes his own sisters. [More]

May 25, 2015
by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Hillary Clinton: Is the U.S. ready for its first woman president?

May 25, 2015 08:25 by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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On April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton made the long-awaited announcement that she’s entering the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Part of the public discourse around her candidacy is the issue of sexism; is Hillary being treated differently (worse) because she’s a woman. Or maybe there’s something more basic at work here. Something fundamental to all living things. It could be that homeostasis is the common denominator driving what can otherwise be viewed simplistically as bigoted behavior in politics. [More]

May 23, 2015
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.


Summertime Safety: Beyond Bug spray, Bottled Water, and Backpacks

May 23, 2015 07:34 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

Summertime is known to be a time of relaxation, fun, family time, and long and lazy days. It is also a time when children are a little more independent, as they are off with friends, away at camp, on vacations and field trips, and learning and trying new things. Generally speaking, parents are prepared to send children on their adventures. Their backpacks are armed with bug spray, bottled water, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and with extras of everything just in case. But what is often missed is the opportunity to arm them with safety from those who may try to harm them. [More]

May 20, 2015
by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC


Taylor Swift Inspires Man's 400 Pound Weight Loss: Music and Motivation

May 20, 2015 07:24 by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

Syracuse, NY native Ronnie Brower has managed to lose 425 pounds in just under two years. Not only is this feat amazing for the amount of weight loss, but it is a testament to Brower’s hard work as he lost the weight through old fashioned exercise and eating well. Two years ago, Brower was faced with news that his weight of almost 700 pounds could mean death before reaching the age of 30. Well Brower just celebrated his 30th birthday, and he did so over 400 pounds lighter, reaching his goal of 250 pounds. Along his journey, Brower often cited Taylor Swift’s songs as his inspiration as he continued to put in long hours at the gym. [More]

May 17, 2015
by Carol Campbell, M.A


Riots Over Police Misconduct- Psychological Perspective

May 17, 2015 05:55 by Carol Campbell, M.A

All across the United States, social justice protests in recent weeks have erupted into violent attacks on symbols of private property, authority, and power. Outrage at obvious racism embedded in police culture and government policies flashed through poor neighborhoods unwilling to tolerate another example of systematic contemptuous treatment of minorities by predominantly white police departments. Like a match set to gasoline, long suppressed pain and helplessness unleashed violent, out of control hatred. [More]

May 15, 2015
by Dr. Johanna Tiemann,Phd


Henry Rayhons Aquitted of Sexual Assult Against His Wife With Alzheimer’s

May 15, 2015 07:44 by Dr. Johanna Tiemann,Phd

The words “rape” and “sexual assault” are powerful under any circumstances. When the alleged victim is a patient in a nursing home suffering through the late stages Alzheimer’s disease, the apparent crime takes on a certain kind of perverse nature. Add to this picture a perpetrator who is a former state senator, and even the most open-minded of us is ready to abandon the tenet “innocent until proven guilty.” [More]

May 12, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT


Novel Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Unveiled

May 12, 2015 08:43 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

Using three dimensional images and statistical analysis, the team has identified a way to discern specific patterns of facial features and structures which may be common to children with ASD. Once children’s faces have been scanned, the measurements of features along the actual curvature of the faces are compared to the various symptoms displayed. The results of this study have indicated correlations within subgroups based on facial traits and the severity and types of ASD. [More]