Articles containing: family

Using the Power of Narrative to #StopSuicide

October 13, 2017

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Increasing public awareness of suicide is not an easy task. To truly grapple with the issue, we have to face some difficult and painful feelings. For these reasons, when we at the Clay Center collaborated to tell the true story of a young sophomore at Harvard named Luke, who tragically took his own life, we decided to turn to film.

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Making The Most Of Summer Vacation

June 29, 2017


Summer vacation might not seem like the most likely topic for a blog that focuses on demystifying psychiatric challenges in kids. Sure, we write about families, children, and parenting, but what in the world could we have to say about that blessed time off that is integral in American tradition?

We might start by asking where it went.

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An Encounter With The Unknown – From A Mother’s Lens

January 10, 2017


This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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Mending A House Divided: Bringing Peace And Good Will To The Holidays

December 22, 2016

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.

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Coping With Holiday Stress

December 20, 2016

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Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Let’s just paint a little picture. It’s a picture we already know pretty well, but still every year it seems to take many of us by irritable surprise.

It’s cold outside.

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What If My Family Doesn’t Celebrate The Holidays?

December 6, 2016


I can’t believe I’m going to begin (another) post by noting that the holidays are upon us.

I know that I’ve written a similar beginning for a seemingly similar article for all sorts of publications over the past few years. The holidays are wonderful, and frenzied, and stressful, and compact, and often overwhelming.

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Let’s Talk Turkey

November 22, 2016


The expression, ‘talking turkey,’ has two opposite original meanings—to speak pleasantly around the dinner table, or to skip the niceties, and get right to what’s important.  It is, of course, this second meaning that persists in everyday conversation, as when we say, “Let’s talk turkey about why you don’t eat your vegetables.

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Prescription For Post-Election 2016: A Block Party

November 10, 2016


The most surreal thing about this morning is that I want exactly the same thing today as I did last night.

I want a block party.

And I want that block party to refuse to acknowledge blocks.

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World Series 2016: A Metaphor For Life

November 3, 2016


My kids roll their eyes when I tell them that being a sports fan is a lot like life.

This is probably because I say it too much.

But just look at our rhetorical metaphors.

For football: “We went the whole nine yards.” Or “I didn’t have anything to lose, so I just tossed a Hail Mary.

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Parents’ Untreated Mental Illnesses Affect Their Children

May 26, 2016


We wrote earlier this month about the growing acceptance of psychiatric illness among the general population. A number of studies demonstrate that more and more Americans are accepting psychiatric illnesses as equal to other illnesses, and therefore actively seeking treatment.

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