Depression, as you know is a serious mental illness. According to the National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) depression affects 17.3 million people.
Now you may be wondering, what does hypnotherapy have to do with depression? And can something as simple as hypnotherapy really offer relief for depression? To answer these questions, let’s dive a little deeper into the subconscious mind.
Depression & The Subconscious: Mind The Simplified Version
Many of our beliefs, emotions, and memories are
held in the subconscious mind. And everything we experience gets filtered
through this … Read more...
Typically your mail carrier is not a drug dealer by choice.
Comic genius, Mitch Hedberg had a joke in his set about how his UPS guy was unknowingly a drug dealer. Mitch died from a drug-related death the night I went to go see his show in Richmond, VA at the Funny Bone. They had a substitute on stage that night who had been inserted last minute and it wasn’t until the next day we found out Hedberg had died that day. It was the first time I had heard that you could order illegal drugs from the internet.
I had taken away car keys, had discussions with Charles, got an alarm to keep him in instead of an alarm to keep criminals out. I bargained, begged, prayed, researched, drug tested, bought a safe, installed spyware, went to counselors for advice, and did a family outpatient program. Once we ran out of resources here in Virginia, we sent our son away to a wilderness program and then a therapeutic boarding school.
Why couldn’t he just stop? Why was he doing this to us? Didn’t he know he could die doing all the drugs he was … Read more...
That starts with education through storytelling. With suicide being the number two cause of death on college campuses, I’m going to start there.
So in the fall, I will be targeting colleges, mostly Virginia and North Carolina to start. However, if any of you have a college connection outside of that area, I’m open to it. If any of you have connections locally, please send it. Here is my contact form. That doesn’t mean I am not going to do conferences or other offers that come my way. It just means I’m
A number of schools have reached out for me to speak. The ones out of town often can’t afford to even fly me to the location much less pay any kind of fee. I would love to say yes, especially to the ones where a teen reaches out to me to speak to their school. Then sometimes it’s a school counselor who is already so overworked, they don’t have the manpower or the hours to search for a sponsor.
Because I like to eat and sleep indoors, and these offers are now competing with paid offers, I thought I’d try … Read more...
It’s a common misconception and I know so many who wanted recovery more than anything and struggled to stay there.
Drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will because drugs change the structure of the brain in ways that make quitting difficult, even for the most determined.
As with other chronic health conditions, addiction requires ongoing treatment that should be adjusted based on how the person responds. Many in recovery still go to support groups like AA, NA or SMART Recovery years after they’ve maintained sobriety because it is a … Read more...
This is a community event! This presentation is about my journey to healing by dragging an unpopular topic into the spotlight, how parents can discern normal teen behavior from mental illness, the transitions that can cause problems for teens, and strategies for helping children build resilience.
Takeaways: • What are the signs of suicide and how does someone … Read more...
I had brain surgery in 1999 for a brain stem tumor at Johns Hopkins and was in the hospital for a month. The doctors prescribed only Tylenol because they did not want my brain affected. I had to have my liver tested monthly because of how toxic Tylenol codeine is.
My doctor then switched me to Oxycodone and after a short time, I asked to be taken off that and the doctor prescribed Neurontin 600mg for nerve pain, which worked for a little while.
I had to keep increasing dosage to get the same effect and in two … Read more...