Dr. King and Mental Health

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an adult, Dr. King experienced bouts of severe depression. From childhood, he experienced highs and lows. A brilliant student and writer, he skipped his freshman and senior years of high school before…

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race and mental health

The importance of vulnerability

Vulnerability is the driving force of connection. It’s brave. It’s tender. It’s hard to connect without it. But we’ve turned it into a weakness. Toughing it out, chin up buttercup, has become a standard. It defines strength to many people. For others, hearing the refrain, ‘you’re so strong’, may leave them feeling that sad, tender,…

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The Science of Compassion

In my doctoral studies, I had the honor of working on a research study on conjugal bereavement with Dr. Dacher Keltner. Dr. Keltner, in addition to prolific work in a wide range of areas, has developed the science of compassion and empathy into a multidisciplinary field. In short, the study I co-authored found that in…

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Generalstrategies for self-care

Adult Symptoms of Trauma – A Quiet Epidemic

The psychoanalyst Alice Miller wrote: “the true opposite of depression is neither gaiety nor absence of pain, but vitality—the freedom to experience spontaneous feelings. It is part of the kaleidoscope of life that these feelings are not only happy, beautiful, or good but can reflect the entire range of human experience, including envy, jealousy, rage,…

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Is Crying Healthy?

Client: please teach me how not to cry. Me: what would happen if you did? Him: it’s not acceptable.  Crying is a natural response humans have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, anger, and frustration. It is not unusual to cry, and both sexes cry more than many people may assume.…

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Generalstrategies for self-care
Embolden Psychology

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