Friday: On The Psychological Side
MyNDTALK - Healing from Hidden Abuse - Shannon Thomas

Within every community, toxic people can be found hiding in families, couples, companies, and places of worship. The cryptic nature of psychological abuse involves includes mind games played by one individual or a group of people. Psychological abuse leaves no bruises. There are no broken bones. There are no holes in the walls. The bruises, brokenness, and holes are held tightly within the target of the abuse." One of the painful components of psychological abuse is the harmed person's difficulty with finding support both from within and without. Without physical scars to 'prove' the abuse - the abused person often has trouble identifying the abuse and/or getting the support so needed and deserved. This conversation will serve to broaden your understanding of the existence of different kinds of abuse in its many forms.
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Child/Teen Suicide & The Internet - Dr. Loretta Brady

It is critically important that parents and children wisely and diligently monitor internet usage. In a world where we are inundated with social media options and multiple "games" to be played - be mindful not to allow your child or yourself to be caught up in a childhood game that could ultimately lead to death! Do not underestimate the potential for a negative internet experience.  Learn the signs and behaviors of which to be mindful – protect yourself - protect your children. Please.
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MyNDTALK - Are Your Grandparents High? - Dr Harry Haroutunian

A leading clinical expert on substance misuse and abuse, Dr. Harry Haroutunian of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, provides caregivers and loved ones with vital information needed to understand and address addiction issues in older adults. Drug and alcohol problems are booming in older adults. Dramatic lifestyle changes, along with growing health problems, have led many to turn to alcohol, prescription painkillers, and marijuana to medicate their physical and psychological pain. You may think, Dad is just enjoying cocktails and retirement, or Mom still has pain and needs her pills. Maybe so, but consider that an estimated 17 percent of people age sixty and older struggle with misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs alone. Older adults are now hospitalized as often for alcohol-related problems as they are for heart attacks.
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MyNDTALK - Loving Bravely - Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon

Real love starts with you. In order to attract a life partner and build a healthy intimate relationship, you must first become a good partner to yourself. This book offers twenty invaluable lessons that will help you explore and commit to your own emotional and psychological well-being so you can be ready, resilient, and confident in love. Psychologist and relationship expert Alexandra H. Solomon introduces the idea of relational self-awareness, encouraging you to explore your personal history to gain an understanding of your own relational patterns, as well as your strengths and weaknesses in relationships. By doing so, you'll learn what relationships actually require, beyond the fairy tale notions of romance. And by maintaining a steady but gentle focus on yourself, you'll build the best possible foundation for making a loving connection.
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MyNDTALK - The Fix - Sharon Leder

Friday, August 25, 2017
MyNDTALK - The Fix - Sharon Leder

Who is Josef Katz? The fun-loving, harmonica-playing dad Sara loves so much? Or the monster who abuses Sara's mother and locks himself in the bathroom, unable to beat his addiction? Eight-year-old Sara Katz huddles under the covers, listening to her parents' muffled arguments and fighting the sleep that inevitably brings her bad dreams of her terrifying Shadow Father, a heroin addict. As Josef's sickness worsens, young Sara is torn apart by her family's need to keep its "shame" a secret from its Jewish community in Brooklyn. Sara finds herself drawn to the liberation movements of the 1960s while feeling trapped in the darkness of her father's addiction and his untimely death. Will Sara ever learn the truth about how her father became addicted and why he couldn't get well? How will she find her own identity if her family can't embrace its truth? And if Sara reveals her father's secret, will she find freedom or destroy her family?
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MyNDTALK - Are We Happy Yet - Lisa Cypers Kamen

Lisa Cypers Kamen, an internationally recognized applied positive psychology coach and expert in life-crisis recovery, reveals her breakthrough system for cultivating sustainable happiness and well-being--regardless of life's drama, trauma, or challenges. ... You'll learn how to: • Accept the past for what it is--a reference point, not a destination • Embrace the truth that while life is tough, you can be happy • Transform your relationship with yourself from enemy to ally • Focus on what's right with your life, not what's wrong • Control the only person you can--yourself. ... 'As a reformed depressed person, I did not wander into my happy place. There was a personal evolution to my happiness revolution,' says Lisa of her own journey. Lisa is a sought-after expert in life-crisis triage, including addiction  and trauma recovery."
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MyNDTALK - Cry into the Wind - Othello Bach
Cry into the Wind is a spellbinding story of triumph over incredible tragedy, and an inspirational guide for those struggling to overcome the effects of abuse. Abject poverty, a house fire that claimed her mother's life, the loneliness of an orphanage where she was separated from her siblings... and so much more ... yet nothing was able to break Othello Bach's spirit. She couldn't read until the eighth grade, yet sold her first novel to Avon Books at the age of 27. She is the author of 17 published books and so much more!
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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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