Living with Depression: A Challenge No Matter How You Cut It

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow While some people might feel “down” occasionally, such feelings do not describe the intensity of negative emotions and debilitating effects of depression.  Clinical depression (major depressive disorder) isContinue reading “Living with Depression: A Challenge No Matter How You Cut It”

Fitbit Watches and Mental Health

My clients’ constant glance at their watches and my conversations with my cousin really got me to thinking about these things.  Are they really that good for our health? When I saw people as a mental health provider, I began to notice they were starting to look at their watches all the time.  At first,Continue reading “Fitbit Watches and Mental Health”

Mental Health Care and the Free Market

Should Mental Health Care go to the highest bidder? I can remember a conversation I had a while back with a county commissioner.  I was discussing an idea with him when he paused, calculated for a moment, and said “Yes.  That fits into my way of thinking.”   It was a while ago, so I don’tContinue reading “Mental Health Care and the Free Market”

Loving a Façade: The Powerful Deception of Abuse

A human being is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation that relates itself to itself or is the relation’s relating itself to itself in the relation; the self is not the relation but is the relation’s relating itself to itself. A humanContinue reading “Loving a Façade: The Powerful Deception of Abuse”

Relational Reflexivity as the Key to Emotional Balance

The psychic fact receives from speech the power to be what it is. From Difficult Freedom by Emmanuel Levinas As one who has worked in caring services for most of his life, it is a privilege to hear the stories of those who are afraid, who are overly anxious and who are depressed.  There appearsContinue reading “Relational Reflexivity as the Key to Emotional Balance”