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A Media Diet: Lose the Weight of the World

If you watch a lot of mainstream television, you might think our community is a dangerous place. You might even believe there are more terrible things going on than kindness and beauty. But you would be wrong. You would also most likely be anxious, depressed, fearful and cynical. A steady diet of media and popular [...]

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How Our Place in History Affects Mental Health

I began working as a mental health therapist four years ago. It was a time when the great recession, which began in a blinding crash in 2008, was still winding its poison tendrils through our community. Today, the effects of that worldwide financial crisis are still dramatically affecting our lives. This has been a time [...]

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Holiday Cheer? Coping with Stress and Sadness this Time of Year

There is an old saying that goes something like this, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.” No time of year is that more true, than at the holidays. Everything in the public environment, in the media and in our own history can conspire to create unrealistic and idealistic expectations for the holidays that few of us can [...]

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Getting Help: It’s Legal, So Now What? Cannabis in the Age of the Corner Pot Store – Part 2

Last week we discussed some of the possible downsides of using Cannabis on a regular basis. If you resonated with any of the concerns offered and would like to quit or reduce use, here are some ideas that could work for you: • Attend a Marijuana Anonymous meeting. In our area there is an in-person [...]

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It’s Legal, So Now What? Cannabis in the Age of the Corner Pot Store

Like so many things in life Cannabis is a duality. It can be valuable as a tool for healing and pleasure, or a catalyst for aimlessness and mental illness. It can provide an occasional evening of enjoyment with friends, or become a lonely prison that saps motivation, adds to depression and ruins your life. It [...]

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How Our Thoughts Create Depression & Anxiety & How to Fix It

Awareness is the first step towards changing any behavior or pattern of thinking. Last week we discussed a method designed to heighten your awareness of negative self-talk by writing it down. Now that you have recorded some of the thinking errors that are undermining your mood, confidence and self-esteem, it is time to create rational responses [...]

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How Our Thoughts Create Depression & Anxiety

In the 1960’s and 70’s when the baby boom generation was coming of age the motto was, “If it feels good do it”. During that time of awakening, a whole swath of society, got in touch with feelings. Unlike the more repressed generations that came before, this cohort, and those who have come after, often [...]

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Five Drug-Free Ways to Defeat Depression

For the past 30 years whenever someone seems depressed, the answer has been an antidepressant. Most people get this prescription from their doctor after a 15 minute assessment. But is that really the best approach? Antidepressants often have unwanted side effects, are expensive and may even contribute to a life-long cycle of depression. (See studies [...]

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Weeping For Our Delight: The powerful link between love and grief

When I was 26, my mother died. It was a difficult death. She suffered and longed to leave, but lingered, in pain and semi-consciousness. My last act as a daughter was to give her sips of water and promise to miss her…and to finish my education. I have accomplished both. The education part came in [...]

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It’s a Shame: How to Understand and Manage It

Imagine sitting on the ground in a cave. Leftover meat has been cleared away after an evening meal, and beside you a fire burns brightly. Outside, the wind howls and a fierce rain pelts the trees. You feel satisfied, safe and warm. But, you know that your choices and behavior in the next moments will [...]

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    Lois Schlegel

    Lois Schlegel, MFA, MS, mental health therapist at Life in Bloom Counseling in Medford and Ashland, has 20 years of experience providing services to individuals and families. She has taught parent education and life skills classes to adults and ... Full Profile
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