Author archives: Rebecca F. Ward

Happy Holidays!?!

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HONESTY CAN BE YOUR FRIEND AS YOU JOURNEY THROUGH THE MERRIMENT OR NOT By Rebecca Ward   hristmas stopped being magical for me the year I found my doll and my Mickey Mouse watch in the linen closet. I was stunned, even though I had heard some disturbing talk that Santa Claus might not actually be a real entity, but rather a feeling or spirit [...]

Living: Faith, Friends & Facts

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For a new mother most any irregularity in her baby’s “numbers” is cause for concern.   and concern ensue if baby has not ingested enough ounces of milk or spoonfuls of oatmeal, has had too few hours of sleep, or hasn’t burped and pooped the usual amounts. It’s all about the numbers and the norms, according to the experts. For me, it was Dr. Spoc[...]

Living: Getting Your Man to the Doctor

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This month, I share a bit of tongue-in-check advice for getting your man to visit the doctor.   many women will attest, it is often difficult to get men to go see their physicians. Generally speaking, we all fear the unknown, and when it comes to the mystery of the human body, many of us fear seeing the doctor. “White coat syndrome,” a documented p[...]

Health: Addressing the Stigma of Mental Illness

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ental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, a fact that may surprise you. You may hear that a friend, neighbor or family member is ill, but it likely will be discussed in hushed tones as if this kind of illness could have been avoided or perhaps indicates a serious aberration in a person’s constitutional or genetic properties. Mental illness isn’t something to b[...]

Depression & Grief

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Depression Is Not a Weakness in Character    of Americans — almost 19 million, or 10 percent of our population, according to 2012 statistics — suffer from depression. An estimated 11 percent of adolescents, 30 percent of college students, 14 percent of new moms and 10 percent of adults 65 and older have been affected by depression. Depression is a terribl[...]

Eating Disorders

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Recognizing an Eating Disorder By Rebecca F. Ward, LCSW, MSW & Angela E. Thomas    my profession, there are few diagnoses that have a mortality risk. Eating disorders are one of them. Eating disorders affect up to 30 million people of all ages and genders in the United States. Theses disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, are associa[...]

Mental Illness Stigma

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The stigma of having a mental illness has improved over the years.   illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, a fact that may surprise you. You may hear that a friend, neighbor or family member is ill, but it likely will be discussed in hushed tones as if this kind of illness could have been avoided or perhaps indicates a serious aberration in a person’s [...]

Living: It’s More Than Physical

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I was a newbie therapist eons ago, I had difficulty asking a couple, who were in the office for marital therapy, about their sex life. Raised way before the sexual revolution and when bras were never mentioned, much less burned, sex had always been a somewhat taboo subject and certainly not a topic one spoke about openly. I had some maturing to do before I [...]