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The End of Prevalence

On the last day of 2018, I awakened from my sleep with the phrase, “The end of prevalence” on my mind.  See, I was lying there in somewhat of a dream-like state, with my eyes closed, and a slight awareness of a full bladder.  I could tell the room was no longer completely dark, and… Continue reading The End of Prevalence

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Expecting!

Like most, I use the beginning of a new year to not only look back in reflection, but to list what I hope to accomplish in the coming year.  Some aspects of this process have changed over the years.  Yet, one facet that has remained, is an honest look at my contribution to the successes… Continue reading Expecting!

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Mental Health | All Minds Matter

Consciously Candace

Like many ailments, depression is not specific to any given population or community. One’s socioeconomic bracket, gender, race or age won’t provide protection from the debilitating impact of depression and anxiety. However, what you eat, how much you move and the air quality around you may have more to do with your mood than you think.

According to Mental Health America:

  • Women experience depression at approximately twice the rate of men.
  • About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression.
  • Depression occurs more frequently in women aged 25 to 44.
  • Depression in women is often misdiagnosed.
  • Less than half of women experiencing clinical depression will ever seek help.

Dr. Kelly Brogan, author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, writes that most mental illness symptoms are due to lifestyle choices and misdiagnosed…

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U.P.C.L.O.S.E. – 7 Rules of Engagement

In many ways, social media has provided us with ways to connect to those across the world.  Yet, many struggle to relate in healthy ways to those who are “up close.”  Rather than feel connected, they report feeling more alone and isolated.  How can this be? Have we lost the ability to engage one-on-one?  Are… Continue reading U.P.C.L.O.S.E. – 7 Rules of Engagement

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Jesus and Seroquel: Where Faith and Life Intersect

Deirdre sat there, speaking rapidly and at times, seeming to forget to breathe.  We were meeting to conduct an intake screening to see if she was eligible for services at the clinic where I worked.  Doing what I could to keep the setting calm, I asked questions geared to help us get to the reason… Continue reading Jesus and Seroquel: Where Faith and Life Intersect

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How to Have a Healthy Relationship

Relationships!  They can be tricky. There is the business of maintaining a sense of self and sharing space and time with another.  It doesn't matter if the relationship is with a friend, co-worker, or intimate partner; making sure things stay healthy takes work.  Below are seven tips on how to have healthy connections with friends and… Continue reading How to Have a Healthy Relationship

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Country Home Remedies

I can still see it.  Actually, I’d hear it before I ever caught sight of it.  I’d hear Otto screaming, “NO!  No Mary!!  NO!”, just in time to look out the window and see Mary chasing her step-son Otto.  It was like a choreographed dance.  Otto would zig, and Mary would zag.  Otto’s short stumpy… Continue reading Country Home Remedies