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    Starting College: A Guide for Parents: 2013

     Posted: 07/29/2013 11:14 am It is midsummer, 2013. With memories of high school graduations still strong but sadly beginning to fade, as in the cascade of summers before, millions of families are busily preparing for a signal event in their lives — sending a child off to start college. To be sure, most things about starting college are the same for these students and families as they were in the past — even the same as they were for the very parents who send them off. However, much is different as well. Advice abounds for the students themselves; I will provide little more here. My intended audience is those proud…

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    The Caregivers’ Guide to Summer Travel

     Marki Flannery President, Partners in Care   Lily Avelon used to travel the world, but she hadn't left the country in 10 years as her Parkinson's disease advanced. It took a simple question from her occupational therapist to get her back in the air. "She told me she loved to travel, and I said, 'Well, why can't you?'" recalls Gerard Muncic, an occupational therapist with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He helped her talk through — and create solutions for — the many obstacles she feared. One by one, Gerard broke down those barriers. Surely she could get to and from the airport, and once there, she could…

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    The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas

    DSM-5, Film And Book Reviews June 11, 2013 |   Potchkied together by Jay Neugeboren, Michael B. Friedman, MSW, and Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, the Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (DMOM) is a delightful parody of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Bible of psychiatry,” the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition). In a playful send-up of DSM-5, the authors—all of whom are distinguished writers with deep roots in the field of mental health—cut through the hundreds of categories in the 1000-page DSM-5 by dividing all mental disorders into 2 realms: mishegas major and mishegas minor.

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    Moderator Of The Month Of June

    Hello Members!   LGJ and I are announcing the Moderator of the Month of June We are also announcing our wonderful new Webmaster/Technician, LioninWinter       NorthernStar!   She exceptionally fabulous and is still the super aurora borealis star that she is! I am not amazed at all at how quickly she has learned all her mod skills and we are so very proud of her.   Thank you so much NorthernStar for doing a fabulous job putting in your time moderating Depression Forums.   You are just so fantastic!   Thank you to all of our Moderators who did wonderfully this past month.  You all are just totally fabulous!    I…

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    How I Reduce the Summer Stress

    The kids are home, everyone wants to get together, and you’re expected to have fun, fun, fun. Here’s how an ADHDer can stay sane. Absent-Minded Superhero Summer for ADHD Kids, Travel and Vacation Tips Friday June 28th -Guess what, folks? Summer is here. I know that for some of us that calls for a celebration and for some of us it calls for extra meditation. I’m the latter. I can track my sanity level as it slowly descends through the hot summer months. Summer means loss of structure and lots of change — especially if you have children who are suddenly home, making noise and wanting to eat five times…

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    Managing traumatic stress: Tips for recovering from disasters and other traumatic events

      Disasters are often unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. In some cases, there are no outwardly visible signs of physical injury, but there is nonetheless a serious emotional toll. It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have very strong emotional reactions. Understanding normal responses to these abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery. What happens to people after a disaster or other traumatic event? Shock and denial are typical responses to traumatic events and disasters, especially shortly after the event. Both shock and denial are normal protective reactions. Shock is a sudden…

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    Why Apologize?

      By Noah Berlatsky butapa / flickr Discussions of social science research often seem to tell us more about how we like to think about social science research than they do about anything else. That was certainly the case for a report on NPR this week about apologies. In the broadcast, anchor Steve Innskeep and reporter Shankar Vedantam framed the discussion as shocking new information for parents — going so far as to lightly suggest that parents should send their kids away from the radio (causing my nine-year-old to look at me conspiratorily.)

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    Stress in America survey exposes gaps in health care system

    When it comes to stress management and wellness, there is a gap between what Americans want from their health care system and what they actually get, according to a new survey released last week by the American Psychological Association.         By Public Relations staff Feb. 14, 2013 — Psychological Association (APA).Findings from Stress in America™: Missing the Health Care Connection, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,020 U.S. adults in August 2012, suggest that people are not receiving what they need from their health care providers to manage stress and address lifestyle and behavior changes to improve their health.