Choose Joy

Choose joy As the emotion you want to feel Acknowledging that we will feel other emotions Life is like that Ignoring it is silly Nevertheless we can still choose to commit 100% to feeling joy as often as possible. Seek it With your eyes With your nose With your ears With your skin With your mouth With…

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Psychiatric diagnoses for three year olds?

Our government has decided to invest eleven million dollars over the next five years in mental illness checks for three-year olds. “THREE-YEAR-OLDS will be screened for early signs of mental illness in a new federal government program that uses behaviours such as sleeping with the light on, having temper tantrums or extreme shyness as signs…

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Drugging Our Lives

“10 year study of inpatient kids: 44% got antipsychotics. Is that a lot? Yes. It’s a lot. And most of the time, not even for psychosis. 44% of the PTSD and ADHD kids got antipsychotics. You can wrack your brain trying to figure this out or blame the usual suspects, but the answer is right…

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not mad, but sad

“So how come you’re not working in psych anymore?” “Burnt out.” “Not surprising.” “What do you mean?” “Well, what a job working with mad people and all. No wonder something rubbed off on you.” I sigh; look at the sky, taking the time to allow my spirited self to calm down before replying. “I burnt…

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Gather your wounded selves…and heal

There were three people. The conversation was fast, emotional and each spoke over the other when impassioned by what was said. Faces were pulled when interruptions occurred, which was about every ten seconds, voices raised to get across points, arms waved in disagreement, faces flushed… As I left one person walked me to my car.…

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teenagers need you!

I listen daily to the talk of teenagers and I am saddened by their negativity. But then I listen to the talk of adults around me and I understand why our teens are feeling this way. We have an increasing youth suicide rate. We have ‘just turned’ teenagers smoking pot before the neural pathways are…

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Anxiety, Charlie and the Tree

I’d like to tell you about my mate Charlie I met Charlie because he needed some help. He was in his fifties, living alone in a flat, on the disability pension and completely addicted to pain and anxiety prescription meds after a long history of GP mismanagement.  He had a minor acute brain injury and…

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