Category Archives: Family Support

How to Talk with Our Families and Neighbors When We Don’t Agree

This is a workshop my husband and I are putting on for a little neighborhood/church group tomorrow. 1) Know my own objective in the communication process.   Karla and John’s goal:  Discuss how to connect to family and neighbors while … Continue reading

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Caregiver Support

Taking on the Job Identify your support team. Who else shares the burden? Recognize that although we may feel alone, there are usually others we can lean on to a greater or lesser degree. Be realistic with yourself about what … Continue reading

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Bragging

Here’s my son Chris, with Matt and Landon in their band Coral Bones, and their first official music video. Here’s another video that’s a little less formal.  Enjoy! Because Chris has Bipolar I Disorder, the band decided to contribute all … Continue reading

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Suicide Danger Scale

This scale can be helpful for a person who is having suicidal thoughts as a way for them (or family and friends) to judge how dangerous their suicidality is.  It can be used in conjunction with therapy.  One caveat is … Continue reading

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After Suicide

There may be no pain worse than what is left behind by a suicide. Why do we use the term “survivor” when we lose someone to suicide? Because mourning a death by suicide is a much more intense and confusing … Continue reading

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ADA and Accommodations

I’m fortunate as a psychologist to have an in-house specialist (well, in-family, anyway) for helping my patients and me with requests for accommodations at work or at school under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Anxiety, depression, attentional or other problems … Continue reading

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Suicidality Toolkit: Suggestions for Family and Friends

If a person is immediately suicidal, get help now.  Call 911, call their prescriber, call their therapist. Get them to a safe place. But after the person has their professional support system and the first level of treatment in place, … Continue reading

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