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Independence vs. Dependence

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In my practice, I’ve seen some married couples lately that remind me of my own family of origin: the man has diabetes that he controls with insulin and has great pride in his ability to deal with it without depending on anyone else, for anything. These men do not tell anyone they have diabetes unless they are forced to do so (by severe hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose levels, for example), and they believe they need little advice on managing the condition. Read More “Independence vs. Dependence”

When Therapy Makes Sense

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Those of us who chose to make our livings as mental health professionals probably didn’t do so because we had so much good mental health that we wanted to share it. Most of us likely started the process as seekers of mental health services and, somewhere along the way, discovered that we had something to offer as well. Read More “When Therapy Makes Sense”

Back on Track

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This past week, I have been at a conference called the “Psychology of Health, Immunity and Disease Conference.” This conference is held in South Carolina, on Hilton Head Island. Not a bad spot for a conference—40° warmer than Minnesota, beaches to walk, golf courses, and a connection to individuals who see the world of health care with somewhat different eyes. Read More “Back on Track”

A Nod of Acceptance

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Giving someone a nod when we see them is often a means of recognizing their presence. It’s not like stopping full-out and saying “How are you?” which can lead to a longer conversation, but it is a recognition of another person and an acceptance of their presence. Read More “A Nod of Acceptance”

Struggles with Panic Attacks

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First, I want to address a question that Envoy posted on my blog entry from two weeks ago. Envoy asked if I thought that depression was more common in people who have diabetes. The first answer is that I have always believed it is more common, and research has also indicated that it’s twice as likely to occur in people who have diabetes. That is part of the reason I suggest a yearly mental health checkup in conjunction with your annual physical. Read More “Struggles with Panic Attacks”

SAD and Sleepy in Minnesota

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There always seems to be a new virus going around this time of year. The symptoms consist of fatigue, low energy, down mood, no motivation, and a general desire to just sit and watch TV and eat lots of carbohydrate. I was convinced it was a virus because so many people have been complaining of these symptoms that it has got to be more than coincidence. So I asked one of my physician friends about it, but he said he wasn’t aware of any new viruses going around. It turns out that this isn’t a virus, but it may have something do with some factors to which we are all vulnerable: light and sleep. Read More “SAD and Sleepy in Minnesota”

Women’s Sexual Health

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It’s been a number of weeks since I wrote about sexual health, and I was reminded that my first blog entry on the topic was primarily about men. Someone commented that women have sexual problems too, but often seem to be left out of these discussions. Historically, this has been true, but over the past few years women’s sexual health has started to receive more attention. Read More “Women’s Sexual Health”

 

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