Even away from reality show lights, Lamar Odom could not escape the glare of public scrutiny. Although there are well documented facts about the disease of addiction, which are important topics of discussion on television shows to make the public aware, that, in and of itself, is not a license to speculate or surmise facts about ndividuals who suffer from addiction.
I would not have predicted the stranglehold it Reality TV would come to have on “entertainment” today. It wasn’t a bad notion to use TV to shed light on the human condition. However, as a PsyD and LCSW, I know that whenever human beings are pitted against each other in a public forum, it triggers instincts and unpredictable behavior in them.
“Peace” is a prevalent theme this time of year. “Peace on Earth”, “World Peace”, etc. are lofty ideals that we aspire to because they connect us with others outside of ourselves. However, neither can ever be achieved without each us first developing “Inner Peace” or “Peace of Mind” - yes, that’s where it all begins!
I am enamored by this quote from the author, Anais Nin, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are”. Truer words were never spoken when it comes to embracing our own emotional safety as caregivers, the topic for this month’s self care offering.
The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that one to two million Americans over the age of 65 have experienced some form of abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Exact figures are hard to come by, because many incidents of abuse go unreported. Elder abuse comes in many forms. If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk, SPEAK UP! It's the only way to break the cycle.
When I hear the word “nutrition,” I automatically think of food for the body; giving my body the proper nutrition to function at its best. However, in the realm of self care, nutrition is also necessary for the mind and even the spirit. The nutrients are different, but the concept is the same. So let’s continue with some food for thought.
In keeping with our theme of self care, it is time to celebrate National Heart Month. So, yes, we’re going to talk about love; self love. Self love is not at all about being self-centered in a selfish, “all about me” way. It’s really about honoring our feelings (even when they are not facts) and striving to take time and care for ourselves THEN take care of others
The exploitive media frenzy surrounding the tragic death of Mindy McCready need not have happened. The confidential details of someone's medical chart should never be exposed for the media to sensationalize. Those professionals who divulged the depths of Mindy's pain showed little compassion by doing so . There are patient rights under HIPAA. Do you know what they are?
Kathleen Sebalius, Secretary of Health & Human Services says, "...we are still a country that frequently confines conversations about mental health to the far edges of our discourse...This is a culture we all contribute to. And it's one that all of us ... need to help change if we want to reduce to reduce the tragic burden of untreated mental health conditions."
We have descended into the world of psychopharmacology, acting as if simply taking a pill could really make a comprehensive and qualitative difference in someone's life. If we do not wake up and take action to reform the therapeutic context in which we deal with the mentally ill, they will continue to make headlines and we, as a society, will continue to pay the price.
This blog entry is dedicated to my friend and healthcare hero, Amy Berman, a pioneer in the world of caregiving and a force to be reckoned with in foundation grant making. Amy does for Palliative Care what the healthcare industry has failed to do for itself.
We know that the American Caregiver is an underserved population very capable and waiting to be educated, empowered and engaged in America's healthcare solutions. Possibly, the most underserved of this population are LGBT caregivers: This an article about a special mission to create awareness, diversity and Inclusion by getting involved and voting.
Once again, the holidays are here. So many see such excitement, hope and celebration. However for caregivers, hope does not always spring eternal without careful planning. Here are some imporatent tips by a Caregiving Expert who wants nothing more than for you to enjoy the holidays. Become educated, empowered and engaged this holiday season.
Its odd that we celebrate Family Caregiver Month and Alzheimer's Awareness Month in the same month. The theme we need to take away from this pairing is that each of our loved ones feel safer, stronger and on two feet when we learn how to take care of ourselves.
A tribute to Betty Ford--a woman who changed the way America thinks about the disease of addiction and the pandemic of co-addiction. Thank you for bringing peace to this earth while you now rest in peace.
Real Health Care Reform.....Addictions! Abuse! Seniors! Oh My!
If the concept of senior addictions cannot be grasped, it is time for us to see the tie in with the Tsunami of elder abuse that this country is currently experiencing.
Lindsay, Miguel, Charlie and Brittany, O' My! America; Heal Thyself. America is hypnotized by radio, reality and ravenous attention paid to other people's mental health. Celebrities are easy targets but while we point and laugh, are we not missing teachable moments with ourselves, our children and our culture.
Family caregivers are overwhelmed and underappreciated. I am preaching to the choir when I say that. As we talk about the "sanwich generation" or the "club sandwich" generation should not we also be aiming our attention back to the mirror an be speaking about "The Clinical Sandwich" generation, as well?
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."-Albert Einstein
Reality on Public Trial...Again
In the past several weeks, I have been interviewed by the New York Times, the LA Times, Yahoo’s Shine and the online Hollywood staple, The Wrap, concerning recent disturbing events connected to reality television shows and the genre in general
How to heal, grow, and prosper in challenging times.
Dr. James D. Huysman, LCSW, is an advocate of integrating behavioral health training into mainstream medical settings. He is a certified compassion fatigue therapist who speaks at conferences and with national media.