Crisis Intervention

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Reducing Anxiety through Mindfulness

April 23rd, 2019

Our times can be characterized as the age of anxiety. We are fearful and anxious about the future. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every […]

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How to Be an Effective Caregiver

March 19th, 2019

I went back to school in January; so you could imagine how surprised I was to find myself not only as a full-time student but also as a caregiver. Becoming a full-time student was planned, but becoming a full-time caregiver happened suddenly and unexpectedly. This year, my octogenarian mother moved in with my husband and […]

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Autism—Not Normal, Extraordinary

March 5th, 2019

“Look at me!” “That phrase turned me into an eye-contact coach. I’m the mother of Ivan; he’s 15 years old. Ivan has autism, he doesn’t speak, and he communicates through an iPad, where his whole universe of words exists in images. He was diagnosed when he was two and a half. I still remember that […]

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Discarding the “Disability Mindset”

February 26th, 2019

Justin was first diagnosed with a disability in the form of ADD (attention deficit disorder, now known as ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) at the age of 5 years. The diagnosis resulted in his removal from a regular classroom environment to special education classes. Justin’s parents were informed by Justin’s educators that he probably wouldn’t graduate […]

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