Author archives: Rebecca F. Ward

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 [...]

Living: Recognizing an Eating Disorder

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February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month, drawing attention to a disease that can often be difficult to identify, especially early on. What follows is valuable information regarding both symptoms and statistics, information that could be the first step in helping someone get much-needed help.   n my profession, there are few diagnoses that have a[...]

Living: To Do or Not To Do

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By the time you read this, you’ll be in the midst of holiday hustle and bustle, but it’s not too late to enjoy the season.   weeks is a long time to maintain the energy it takes to continue a “normal life,” as well as the addition of all the activities involved in holiday celebrations. Thinking about what I might offer to help, I came up with a one[...]

Living: Narcissism - It’s All About Me. Really.

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might find it curious, but I really enjoy working with some of the narcissists who come into my office. They are mostly charming and engaging at the start; however, many do not last long past the “beginning-to-see-the-light” phase. It is then that the dark side of this particular personality will emerge — and it is most usually painful. You see, when an in[...]

Living: Do You Drink Too Much?

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week I can look at my schedule of appointments and note that I will see someone because alcohol was used to excess. The person or persons are in my office because they had an alcoholic parent or sibling or even a grandparent who caused chaos to family members. Or the person is here because his spouse is an alcoholic or an older child is abusing alcohol. Oft[...]

Living: There's No Comparison

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come into this world with more genetically loaded material than we might be comfortable knowing. My son imparted this information to me many years ago whilst he was studying medicine. I asked him few questions. I, after all, took college biology and remembered that certain physical characteristics were preordained — little chemical messengers that determine[...]