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The Grieving Process

I am often asked the question about what is “normal” from clients who have experienced a loss. It is a natural question to wonder how your grief might compare to others’ grief, what constitutes “normal” grief, and what might indicate the need for help in the process.

First, what is the difference between vaping and juuls? Both are an alternative to cigarettes as nicotine can be added but also flavorful juices can be used instead of nicotine. Both also seem to be considered an e-cigarette or a form of an e-cigarette.

A juul is considered an e-cigarette. It is rather small and often looks like a USB flash drive. Because of this design, it makes it difficult for teachers and school administrators to catch kids with them. It also makes it harder for parents to find them as well. When nicotine is added into the juul, it is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes or 200 puffs (www.truthinitiative.org). A recent report

Anxiety can be divided into two basic areas, as first discussed by Sigmund Freud “Appropriate and Inappropriate Stress”. Anxiety can occur over situations or threats that occur and cause our brain to go into “Fight or Flight” syndrome. This is when the sympathetic or limbic system becomes aroused and creates many symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, nervous feelings, panic feeling, sweating, shortness of breath, and many other well-known symptoms. This can also occur when a situation is a real threat or we just imagine or think about something that is negative or stressful. Some stress or anxiety becomes chronic, such as having too much to do or not knowing how to do what we need to do. This can lead to chronic illness, burnout, and relationship and family problems to name a few.

Alternative Treatments

Conventional medicine is not always the answer to treating chronic pain, especially in this age of concern about the effects of narcotic and even nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Certain conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis do not respond well to conventional medicine.

Because of this, Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) as well as Mental and Emotional treatments have become more popular. CAM includes treatments such as yoga, massage therapy, minerals and natural supplements, acupuncture. Not all CAM techniques will be helpful for everyone and several may need to be attempted. Most chronic pain patients will find that a combination of conventional medicine and various CAM techniques are needed.

How many times a day are we rushing around, under pressure, under a time crunch? We often start our days rushing out the door, coffee in hand, getting ready to send a quick text; and we don’t stop, we don’t even really taste our coffee, let alone savor it. We are multi-tasking before we even get to work, and then as most jobs demand, more multi-tasking. We eat and work. Text. Engage in computer work and conversations all at the same time. Then if we are really progressive, we rush to yoga class only to rush out to fix dinner and start all the evening activities, not allowing a pause at all. We don’t really notice. We often don’t live in the here and now even though it is really the only place we can live. But we live in regrets over the past, and worries about the future, often losing the only moment we can actually live in, the here and now. How can we slow down a little and live a lot more by being in the here and now? If you don’t have a mindfulness practice, one can be developed with a few simple steps.

Boundaries exist all around us. They are helpful and important for our understanding of personal and professional relationships with others. We all have a boundary that we might not necessarily reflect upon very often. There are a few different types of boundaries that have distinct traits to help explore how one typically interacts with others. As you read, take note of which characteristics you can identify with to determine your boundary.

As a mental health professional, I have worked with families, teens and young adults for almost a decade. One thing that I repeatedly see is the power struggle parents have with their children. More specifically, in regards to their mental health treatment. It’s common to have a parent call me to either get their child into the Adolescent IOP or into individual therapy to help their child who is maybe self-harming or struggling with suicidal thoughts and impulsivity only to have the kid refuse to go. I’ve seen parents back away from treatment at that point and not encourage their child to try therapy. Parents sometimes worry that their kid will “act out” or get “worse” if they are made to go to therapy. Kids have threatened their parents with their own repercussions if they are forced into therapy.

A quick, practical way to regain composure

This phrase is applicable on so many fronts. As a parent, when you watch your kids grow up or do things that you warned them about. As a pet owner, when your pet is sick and you can’t figure out what is wrong or stop it. As a boyfriend/girlfriend when the other breaks up with you. As a spouse when you are going through tough times (e.g. divorce, separation). When you lose a loved one. These are just a few examples of when things are out of your control, but you just cannot stop thinking about them.

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The Behavioral Wellness Group is a counseling center providing therapy and behavioral health services and assessment including chemical dependency/drug addiction treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and other therapies. We also provide mental health or psychological assessments, and psychological,educational and bariatric testing. Providing services to the following communities in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake County: Cleveland, Ashtabula, Beachwood, Chardon, Concord, Eastlake, Euclid, Fairport, Geneva, Grand River, Highland Heights, Kirtland, Leroy, Lyndhurst, Madison, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Painesville, Pepper Pike, Perry, Russell, Solon, South Euclid, Thompson, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, and Willowick, from our offices in Mentor, Ohio.