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Support Animals

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on April 23, 2019 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (2)

 

It's the newest fad in mental health treatment -- support animals. All around the country, therapists being overwhelmed with requests from anxious, depressed, and socially fearful clients seeking a letter stating it is medically necessary for them to have an animal with them in places where animals are not normally allowed. (I'm not talking about taking a dog to a hospital or nursing home. That's different. It has been around for a while and we know it is effective....

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Chain Breaking -- Help I've Been Abandoned

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on February 12, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Perhaps one of the most devestating forms of child abuse is when a child is abandon and left to fend for themselves. Most often this does not occur because a mother left a baby on someone's door step. Instead, fathers and mothers get upset with each other and leave the child in the hands of the person with whom they just can't get along. Other times it is out of our control and illness, death, or incarceration separate parent and child. Abandonment is real, but it doesn't just happen to child...

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ISO A Healthy Fantasy Life

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on July 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Earlier today and young, bright college student came to my office seeking counsel to cope with anxiety and depression which had taken over most of his adolescent and adult life. One of the struggles she mentioned was with his fantasy life. He recalled fantasizing about all sorts of things – positive and negative from his past in a way that kept open old wounds and scared away his ability to sleep. Perhaps fantasy has not impacted you to this extreme, but believers often s...

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Insight from Entertainment Tonight?

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on June 30, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently my father-in-law came from Nigeria for an extended visit. We enjoy him and I particularly love to hear his unique view of American traditions. His presence also exposes me to things I rarely pay attention to anymore. This week it was Entertainment Tonight, the television show, which has been chronicling the missteps of Heather Lockhear's struggles with addiction and suicidal thoughts. I usually don't watch such shows, but he does during our dinner time, I've bee...

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The Reality of Trauma

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on June 10, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are becoming more aware of how traumatic experiences impact how we live our lives. Just knowing that it is a problem can be a big step towards limiting its impact on our lives. While overcoming trauma can be hard work, but it is possible once we know that it is there. Here's what we need to know to get started.

Lots of different experiences can result in trauma. 

Perhaps we are most familiar with how the trauma of war impacts people. As a society, we are begi...

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Another Suicide

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on June 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Once again the headlines are filled with the announcement of a celebrity suicide. Today's announcement featured fashion designer and business woman, Kate Spade. Again the question must be asked. How can we prevent suicide. Let's keep this real easy.


If you are feeling suicidal there is help. Call 1-800-273-8255 ASAP. Its that simple.


If you believe someone else is struggling with thoughts of suicide, push aside your fears about offending them ...

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Get Out of the House

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on June 1, 2018 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Getting out of the house is absolutely critical to overcoming depression and some forms of anxiety. We kind of know that instinctively, but as a client mentioned earlier today, "If I go out, I'm going to spend money and I don't have money." Let's think about that though. Is that really true? There are free things going on around us.  Just to prove the point, here's a look at what is going on for FREE in the Jonesboro area. Now, stick with me even if you don't...

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Toxic Media

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on May 29, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A few years ago I wrote a blog called Toxic Television – my contribution to myriad of voices in the mental health community encouraging folks to turn of the television and to embrace forms of entertainment that were less toxic and less destructive to mental health. One of those recommendations was to get news from the radio instead. The idea was that without the constant, repetitive imagery, the toxic messages would have less effect. Now three years later...

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Bipolar or Just Mood Swings?

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on May 28, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In the late 80s it seemed like every teacher, parent, and child was becoming enlightened as the terms ADD, ADHD, and Ritalin became part of the hip, well-formed crowd's lexicon. With the turn of the century, it seems the new fad is for everyone to be "bipolar". While I would argue that it is great those outside of the mental health field are beginning to recognize that mental illness is real and is common. By throwing around terms like bipolar, we have lessened what it r...

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Perfect Peace?

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on May 24, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As I was crisscrossing Clayton County this morning, trying to meet the demands of the new hands free law and answer the phone and figure out where I was going, it occurred to me that this trip was anything but peaceful. I had put on worship music to help, but the combination of red lights, a limited amount of time, distractions, and wrong turns stripped me of my normally peaceful demeanor. 

When I returned to my office, I was confronted by a sig...

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3 Ways to Lift Your Mood Today

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on May 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We know as believers were are filled with the Spirit and one of the evidences of that indwelling is a sense of joy. Scriptures like Philippians 4:4 encourage us to be full of joy at all times. It can be very frustrating when the circumstances and trials of life get us down. Today we look at three ways to lift your mood. This is not three suggestions on how to cure depression. Nor are we examining three ways to solve the problems of life. Rather, we are looking at three practical steps we can ...

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6 Habits of Emotionally Health Christians

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on May 18, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Becoming emotionally healthy often does not come naturally. It takes work…. hard work…. consistent, hard work. Here are 6 habits that are critical for emotional healthy Christians.

#1 Emotionally Healthy Christians Connect with Others

We were made for interacting with others. We need each other. Unlike some members of the animal kingdom, we are born dependent on our parents and throughout our lives we n...

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Productivity

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on January 28, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Productivity.... it is such a challenging word. On the one hand, we want to be able to accomplish as much a we possibly can. After all, an idle mind is the devil's workshop. Right? It would seem that we are given a relatively short amount of time to do all we can with all of our gifts so that we can bring as much glory to God as is humanly possible.

There is of course another side to this. A side that says there is value in the down time. That there needs to be a place for ...

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Toxic Television

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on March 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Every so often the news of the day takes on a particularly unhealthy tone. The death and distruction of day to day life in certain parts of the world can cause significant distress to those who are trying to be good citizens by staying informed. I call this Toxic Television because of its ability to fill our minds with such negativity we are unable to function as we stress about life. How can we both stay informed and still sleep well at night?

 

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