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 - 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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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 - 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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