Friday: On The Other Side
MyNDTALK – Ending Zero Tolerance – Derek W. Black

In the era of zero tolerance, we are flooded with stories about schools issuing draconian punishments for relatively innocent behavior. One student was suspended for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. Another was expelled for cursing on social media from home. Suspension and expulsion rates have doubled over the past three decades as zero tolerance policies have become the normal response to a host of minor infractions that extend well beyond just drugs and weapons. Students from all demographic groups have suffered, but minority and special needs students have suffered the most. On average, middle and high schools suspend one out of four African American students at least once a year.

The effects of these policies are devastating. Just one suspension in the ninth grade doubles the likelihood that a student will drop out. Fifty percent of students who drop out are subsequently unemployed. Eighty percent of prisoners are high school drop outs. The risks associated with suspension and expulsion are so high that, as a practical matter, they amount to educational death penalties, not behavioral correction tools. Most important, punitive discipline policies undermine the quality of education that innocent bystanders receive as well--the exact opposite of what schools intend.
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MyNDTALK - It Didn't Start With You - Dr. Mark Wolynn

Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains--but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited--that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. Dr. Mark Wolynn discuss It Didn't Start With You which builds on the work of so many esteemed clinicians. Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood. 
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MyNDTALK - Take Good Care - Cynthia Orange

In a time when tens of millions of people provide care for family members, older adults, and people with special needs, we should all be experts. Instead, we often struggle with caring for others while taking care of ourselves.

Cynthia Orange discusses the range of experiences - thoughts and feelings - that are often a part of the caregiving life. Listen to this conversation and know that you are not alone. 
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MyNDTALK - Democracy Betrayed – Dr. William Keller

As a society, we have yet to comprehend the meaning of universal digital interconnection, its impact on our psychology, and its transformation of our government and society. America is at a crossroads in contending with a security goliath; it is the beginnings of a police state, and the conversion of our 'liberal democracy' to a 'secure democracy'-- one where government overreaches, tramples on civil liberties, and harnesses great advancements in technology to spy on the populace. Dr. Keller walks us through what these changes can mean to our society and, more importantly, what we can do to halt our march toward intrusive and widespread surveillance.
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MyNDTALK – Finally Out – Dr. Loren A. Olson

Dr. Loren A. Olson has frequently been asked two questions: How could you not know that you were gay until the age of forty? Wasn't your marriage just a sham to protect yourself at your wife's expense? Dr. Olson answers these questions by telling the story of his evolving sexuality, into which he weaves psychological concepts and gay history. Olsen discusses human sexuality, particularly the sexuality of mature men who, like Dr. Olson, lived a large part of their lives as straight men--sometimes long after becoming aware of
their same-sex attractions.
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MyNDTALK - Is There A Reason To Hurt? - Dr. Aneesh Singla

"Why must we feel pain?
It is a question humans have asked for centuries. Harvard-trained pain specialist Dr. Aneesh Singla offers a physician's point of view as he takes a journey through medicine, history, and the world around us to provide some insights into our experience of pain, what we can do about it, and why it hurts in the first place.

Drawing upon over a decade of experience, Dr. Singla offers an honest and insightful look at how we must balance our desire to "cure" every type of pain with the urgent need to manage the colossal problem of chronic pain, which afflicts over 116 million Americans, and many millions more across the globe.

As the opioid crisis in the United States is reaching critical levels, we live in a world where misinformation about the nature of pain is all around us. Countless books offer miracle cures for all kinds of pain, with varying levels of success. However, pain can be a transformative experience, and the idea of resilience and how pain can and does make us stronger is often ignored.

The fact is, humans have evolved to feel pain as a necessary part of life. From children born without the ability to sense pain, we have learned that a life without pain can have serious and often times fatal consequences."
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MyNDTALK - To Fool the Rain - Steven Werlin

Steven Werlin chronicles his journey with Fonkoze - Haiti's leading microfinance organization. Fonkoze provides financial and non-financial tools to assist Haitians to work out of wrenching poverty. Hear stories of some of the participants who have benefited from the Fonkoze program making it clear there is no single pathway to a better life. The stories of each of these women are the stories of Fonkoze: individual begin­nings, challenges, and successes bound together by the themes that pattern life in rural Haiti.
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MyNDTALK - Conquer Your Stress - Dr. Kathy Gruver

Kathy Gruver discusses the history of the stress response and how it affects us today. Learn practical tips for decreasing the body's reaction to stress and how you can use simple techniques to increase your health by lessening your tension. This conversation is a treasure trove of easy methods you can do at home and also gives a multitude of choices of professional therapies you can incorporate into your life. 
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MyNDTALK –[ Schizophrenia - A Parent's Perspective - Doris and Morgan

There is so much that is both known and unknown about the experience of Schizophrenia. The Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance is doing much to educate while providing hope and support. Those who are often in the unspoken background of this illness are the parents - the caregivers. Meet Doris and Morgan - two parents – two different households - two different sons - whose daily lives include their staunch support and devotion to their children who live with schizophrenia. After listening to their stories, visit sardaa.org for more information, resources and support.
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