Month: August 2017

Navigating Depression With Artistry

I believe that magic is art, whether that be music writing, sculpture or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness…Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman. -Alan Moore Artists grappling with depression is very common. After all, the tortured artist is virtually a cliche. Part of the core of the artist’s gifts...

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Hobbies for the Mind and Body

Whether you love your job or you’re just in it for the pay check every week, one thing is certain: you need to find time to relax away from the hustle and bustle of work. If you have a physical job like construction or landscaping, you may want to find a hobby that exercises your mind; likewise, if you have a desk job, doing something physical like gardening may be a better solution. Luckily, there are hobbies for all walks of life, personalities, and interests. Are you an introvert? Consider doing puzzles or mystery solving; extroverted? Take a cooking...

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5 Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Suicide

The teen years are a tumultuous time when mental health conditions often make their first appearance. Unfortunately, issues such as depression that go on too long can place teenagers at greater risk for committing suicide. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. As if this statistic isn’t upsetting enough, a parent can only imagine how many children might have struggled with suicidal thoughts yet didn’t act on them. Since suicide affects everyone in the community, it is up to you as a...

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Three Strokes Not Out: Lee Stroy’s Inspiring Message of Recovery

Lee Stroy, a father of five, was looking forward to hosting his extended family for Christmas in 2014. Amidst the clamor of preparations for their arrival, 37-year-old Lee woke up on December 23rd with a serious numbness on his left side, as if he hadn’t slept on it properly. He attempted to get up, but his foot kept slipping from underneath him. He struggled to make his way to the stairs, and after what felt like 20 minutes of incoherent mumbling, Lee was finally able to get his wife’s attention. “When she turned around and looked at me—the look on her...

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Why is Alcohol Addictive?

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the United States and around the world. For many, drinking alcohol is a social norm and considered acceptable, even when too much is consumed. However, when a person develops a problem with alcohol, he or she may experience the following: Inability to uphold responsibilities at work, home, or school legal and/or social problems Drinking in dangerous situations (such as while driving) According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, approximately 17.6 million adults abuse alcohol or are physically dependent on it. This statistic does not include those...

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