The 5 Chairs of Grief

“Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross No matter where you live, how old you are, what color your skin is, or your career choice, you will experience loss and grief at some point in your life. It is universal. Maybe it […]

When Stealing Is a Compulsion, Not a Choice

“A kleptomaniac is a person who helps himself because he can’t help himself.” ~ Henry Morgan Although kleptomania is a relatively rare mental illness–affecting 6 in 1000 or 1.2 million Americans–you have likely heard someone referred to as a “klepto.”  An example of a public figure, who is thought to struggle with kleptomania, is Winona […]

When Someone Else Alters Your Reality: Gaslighting

Gaslighting:  The attempt of one person to overwrite another person’s reality. In 1938, Patrick Hamilton wrote a mystery thriller play called Gas Light, where a husband manipulates his adoring, trusting wife into believing she can no longer trust her own perceptions of reality. He does this by dimming the gas-powered lights in their home, and […]

Clear and Present Danger: Teens and Vaping

In 2015, the U.S. surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900%, and 40% of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco. Read on to learn more about this vaping epidemic.