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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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Write Your Way to Healing

When many people think of writing, they unfortunately often think of their dreaded high school English class or the research paper they suffered through in college. But, what if writing can be used to transform your life? What if writing can heal? Journaling is effective, low cost and efficient. It is a way to understand [...]

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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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Three Keys to Coping with Change

“Change is the inherent and absolute characteristic of reality.” A few years ago while listening to the radio, I wrote down this quote and put it on my refrigerator. Now, I’m not sure who said it, and a Google search for the originator of the phrase turns up nothing. But no matter, the little green [...]

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A Dark Night of Healing and Hope

We are nearing winter solstice (December 21st) a day that will be the shortest in this cycle around the sun, a day with more darkness than light. When I think of this celestial event it reminds me of the expression, “a dark night of the soul” and how our human experience can parallel the cycles [...]

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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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