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What to Do When Traditional Therapy Is Not Working
Therapy is one of the best ways to deal with stress and depression, but it may not work all the time. Nevertheless, the fact that therapy may not work in some cases does not mean that you are beyond redemption. There are several alternatives to therapy that may help you deal with psychological problems.
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3 More Apps

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I have three more apps you might be interested in. The first is called ReliefLink.  It has several relapse prevention planning features in one app. 1. Mood tracking plus suicidal thoughts. If the mood is low or suicidal thoughts are present, the app links to your previously made safety plan or other in app resources. 2.  Relaxation Exercises (relaxation and mindfulness)3. Relaxing Music--just hit play and you will hear calming music. Reallllly calm. It's soft so I th...
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Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a great resource for families. It's called Family Check UP and addresses the 5 following topics, providing resources for how to talk with your family about each:  Communication Encouragement Negotiation Setting Limits SupervisionFrom NIDA's website: "These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progressi...
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Teens Watch on YouTube Other Teens Drinking

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In the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a study was done of videos on YouTube of teens' drinking behavior. The following is quoted from the abstract: Results: There were a total of 333,246,875 views for all videos combined. While 89% of videos involved males, only 49% involved females. The videos had a median of 1,646 (interquartile range [IQR] 300 to 22,969) “like” designations and 33 (IQR 14 to 1,261) “dislike” designations each...
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Helping family members understand depression

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Talking with people about your depression symptoms can be very difficult, especially if those people haven't ever had symptoms of their own. A young woman, Allie Brosh, started writing about her experience on her blog, Hyperbole and a Half. She actually started her blog way back in 2009. But, in October 2011 she started talking about depression, and then did a second entry in May 2013. She is a tremendous artist and you can listen to a great interview with her h...
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The school year is in full swing. Perhaps like many parents, your afternoons and evenings are busy getting kids to sports, music lessons, dance practices, etc. We want to reconnect with our kids and start with "How was your day?". Sometimes the answer is a simple 'fine'. But that isn't much of a conversation. When my kids were younger, and more willing to share all, we would discuss the 3 worst and 3 best parts about their day. That helped us have a dialogue, and that ...
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In our Coping group, one of the things we work on is interpersonal effectiveness. Interpersonal effectiveness has three parts--getting what your want, or your objectives; keeping the relationship intact; and keeping self-respect.  Trying to balance all three of these at the same time takes tremendous skill for many of us.  One of the things people struggle with is saying no to others. We worry people won't like us, will see us as selfish, hard to get along with, uncaring, etc....
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