Kinder Group Intervention ……….

This is a good article on family intervention when issues arise concerning well being of a  family member that may involve depression, addiction, health or a host of other concerns. This article favors a ‘softer’ approach rather than a more aggressive intervention. I strongly support that view. Mental health professionals can be of great assistance in this process.

Gentler Group Intervention.” Wall Street Journal (April 11, 2017)

Are Women Really in Control When Using ‘Bumble’?

The newer dating app Bumble has a different twist. It allows women control of dating choices. Interestingly, once women actually go out on a date many often fallback on traditional dating norms. For example, expectations that the man pays for dinners. For women to have true control they need to take a more active and equitable role.

Bumble and Women in Control.” New York Times (March 19, 2017)

My website: http://www.VirginiaCounselling.com/

Loneliness in Relationships.

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“Loneliness is the feeling we get in our heart and soul when we want to be connected with someone, and someone is not available to connect with. This can certainly occur when we are alone, but it also occurs in relationships when one or both partners are unavailable for connection — due to being angry, withdrawn, tired or ill.” This statement is from the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-paul-phd/relationship-advice_b_1931687.html . We can help with a couple’s lost connection. and can improve communications and intimacy. This is extremely important for the mental health of couples and their well being.

 

ELECTION, DEPRESSION & ANXIETY — What’s the Remedy?

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Many people feel a loss of control as a result of the recent presidential election. What’s the remedy? Focus on what you can control. For example, caring for others, small acts of kindness, engage in self-care, and talk to your therapists. However, this will take time. Remaining optimistic is always a good idea.

“Post Election Distress.” The Atlantic (November 10, 2016).

How to Increase Intimacy? …. Be Nice.

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How to increase sexual interest in relationships?

The answer is really simple. Be nice and genuinely interested in your partner. That means to listen. Pay attention to details and to be responsive to their needs.

Increase intimacy out of the bedroom increases desire in the bedroom.

 

How to Rekindle Sexual Desire — Be Nice.” Wall Street Journal (Oct. 18, 2016).

Unemployment & Addiction — More Mental Health Counseling Needed.

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     It is becoming clearer that changes in the economy have dramatically added to the withdrawal of some men and women from the labor force. These changes have contributed to more painkiller dependency, divorce, and great deal more of anger. The following are two quotes from a recent lead editorial in the New York Times (Oct. 17, 2016).

  • The connection between chronic joblessness and painkiller dependency is hard to quantify …. Some experts suspect that frequent use of painkillers is a result of being out of work, because people who have no job prospects are more likely to be depressed, become addicted to drugs and alcohol and have other mental health problems.
  • While it’s hard to generalize across a large group of people, it’s clear that job market changes can have significant health effects on the labor force. … [S]oaring levels of prescription opioid addiction in the general population … [add to these effects].

     My observation is that as joblessness increases so does the need for mental health counseling. This is critically necessary in order to avoid other health problems such as addition and depression.

 

The Men Missing from the Job Market.” New York Times (Editorial) (10.17.16)