Dr. Heitler discusses a treatment for situational depression (even when we don't know it is situational!) WITHOUT psychopharmacology. Instead, she offers three prescriptions without pills, outlining these prescriptions using an example from her practice. She shows how investigating what makes us angry or upset can help us to re-empower ourselves, and our mental health.
Earlier yesterday, I read about the horrific December 21, 2017 quadruple murders in upstate NY. 36 year old Shanta Myers, her 22 year old partner Brandi Mells, and two of Shanta's children, 5 year old Shanise Myers and 11 year old Jeremiah Myers were butchered in what has been called "an act of savagery" eerily similar to a 2014 quadruple murder that occurred also in upstate NY.
Their bodies were found by the apartment building property manager, as he entered the home per request of family members who had been unable to reach the family by phone.
Myers's oldest son, 15 year old son, Isaiah Smith, was away at a basketball retreat at the time of the murders, and as such is the sole remaining survivor of this former family of five. Prior to the arrest of two suspects, Smith is reported to have said, “I’m not sure if they’re coming for me next."
Even with two suspects now in custody, the fractures in this community's wellness and health seem irreparable. There aren't just the 4 victims that have been heinously murdered-the son Isaish Smith, relatives, and community members, and even the suspects themselves are all victims of the lack of (access to) wellness and the need for early adoption and incorporation of wellness into our healthcare system.
Below is the text of the Facebook comment I posted regarding the murders:
Something about this case is gripping my heart almost to the point of not being able to breathe... like Eric Gardner may have felt in the grips of the chokehold that ended his earthtime. Or perhaps like the last gasps Erica, his 27 year old daughter took before a heart attack (induced by an asthma attack?) last week.
The savagery of the execution of this family shook even the Troy (NY) police that are trained out of necessity to suppress their emotions.
I am a socially conscious and aware pharmacist disenfranchised and currently unemployed due to ageism, and the new gig/share economy of our nation.
Initially I was hurt and pi**ed off, for despite all of the awards and accolades of my career, I could be and was “laid off.” But that was before I realized that Great Spirit has bigger jobs & employment for me.
Almost three years ago, I started doing focus groups, surveys, writing-why does the U.S. spend the most for the least with regard to healthcare? Why is healthcare really sickcare? Just two of many questions/concerns. One of the things I learned is that without (the 8 dimensions of) wellness, health is impossible.
Though “the two defendants in custody” will undoubtedly be prosecuted and properly punished, the lack of wellness in our nation, communities, and individuals is not remedied with punishment of killers who are also victims of the pervasive lack of (access to) wellness, well-being, and health in America.
Shanta, Brandi, Shanise, and Jeremiah have made their untimely transitions-victims of an unnamed battle of inequities and lacks. Isaiah, Shanta’s eldest son and only “survivor” will heal in time-perhaps, but will never be the same.
My hope, moving into 2018, and beyond, is that we can begin to correlate societal ills such as the savagery of the Myers family murders to the lack of wellness (social, emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, financial, spiritual, and physical) in our communities.
While racist hatred is rampant, perhaps more so than in previous generations, we must recognize and work with the many similarities we have in common as people, humans.
Strict separatism hasn’t worked and it will not work-ever, because solutions will only come from a place of love and unity.
-slej/There’s A Pharmacist In The House
"It’s everybody’s problem, you know. Don’t wait for it to hit home like we did," he said. "We can reach out to everybody and try to get people to understand that this is an 'us' thing. We have to tackle this thing together and figure out what the disconnect is."
Well. This just in-perhaps, there is an option growing for baby boomers displaced through ageism or by retirement No matter-reinvention by returning to college via an advanced career initiative fellowship has taken root at the the University of Minnesota’s Advanced Careers initiative. And there are more programs growing according to Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College—Again.
“There are 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day and we need them; we can’t let them just be on the sidelines.”
(Let's Do It Again , written by Curtis Mayfield and performed first by the Staple Singers in 1975, was part of the soundtrack for the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, Let's Do It Again.)
Stanford Opens School For Retirees Who Don't Think A Career Ends At 50
Advanced Leadership (Harvard)
5 Popular Second Careers for Baby Boomers
Phyllis E. Moen, Sociology, UMN
Phillip Pizzo,MD | Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
“Since the 11th century, universities have focused on young people. Now, with longevity being what it is, we need to expand the role to lifelong learning and intergenerational learning and teaching.”
Takeaway: Advanced Career Initiatives/fellowships may be the answer for baby boomers to reinvent or start a new career. This sector of 55+ folks have been traditionally marginalized and cast aside. Though the price point may be an issue, it's worth a look, particularly if income and family aren't issues of first concern. #socialwellness #emotionalwellness #intergenerationalteachingandlearning #advancedcareerinitiatives
You must eliminate all negativity in your life.
Before Lewis Howes became a media sensation for empowering people and sharing 'Greatness' across the globe, he had his share of obstacles to overcome. From having a learning disability, which led to being alone and bullied in school, to being sexually abused as a child, to being injured and broke on his sister’s couch, Lewis’s story is the perfect example of how anybody can overcome the obstacles in their life and achieve greatness. Fast forward a few short years, and Lewis is a New York Times Bestselling author of the hit book, The School of Greatness and author of his latest book, The Mask of Masculinity. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete.
Millions of Americans wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying.
Really dig this Oprah November 2013 interview with Babyface. Oprah talks to Babyface about Toni Braxton not wanting to perform/record/sing anymore. He explains that with Toni's divorce (from Keri Lewis) and other concerns (didn't mention, but undoubtedly they included her health-lupus, and her youngest son's then autism) she wasn't loving performing-kinda just showing up, but her heart wasn't in it. She started feeling that perhaps she wasn't relevant anymore and that people/fans may not really care /support a new record. She was scared. Loved what Babyface had to say in response to Toni→
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