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Personal, Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-being

In any job it is important for the employee to take care of themselves so that they can remain physically and mentally able not only in their job but also in their personal life. This is even more true in high-stress professions or in professions that take place within a difficult work setting such as hospitals, courts or prisons. Stress is a dangerous factor that can greatly affect a person’s life. The French physiologist, Claude Bernard, wrote that if a life is to be maintained we must keep our “internal milieu constant in the face of a changing environment" (Schneiderman, 2008). This definition can...

Are Complementary and Alternative Medicines Effective in Treating Mental Health Disorders?

When someone experiences pain or discomfort, whether physical or mental, the instinct is to do something to remedy it. Throughout the history of human existence, people have tried different approaches to relieve physical and mental pain, some more successful than others. The successful ones have developed over the centuries to what at times is known today as home remedies or traditional medicine. Clinical medicine has proven to be effective most of the time, but sometimes it’s not enough, or the side effects of a medication outweigh the benefits. What other options are there for situations like this? Scientific knowledge is slowly acknowledging the benefits of complementary...

High Anxiety in Students

Tests, papers, projects, reports, grades and peer pressure are all classic sources of stress and anxiety for many students in high school or college. More often than ever before students and young adults are becoming less able to cope with this stress and anxiety. Brian Stack, a high school principal in New Hampshire, reports that over the last ten years, the number of students who missed class because of anxiety or depression has risen dramatically in his school (Stack, 2018). Unfortunately, Stack’s school is not an outlier. According to the Child Mind Institute, nearly one in three teenagers are anxious by the time they are...

Immigrant Anxiety

Moving is stressful. Moving to a new country is even more stressful and produces a lot of anxiety. So many questions and concerns race through one’s mind. How do people live in this new place? Where do people buy food? How do people who speak different languages communicate? Will there be a support system for people moving in? How does one navigate government issues? The list goes on and on. Having a support system to aid assimilating immigrants is vital to reducing their stress, but it’s rarely available to the millions who entered the United States. In 2016, 1.18 million people became legal permanent residents...

Compassion Fatigue

Julie has many roles to fill. She is a wife, a mother, a daughter, an employee and now she is a caregiver. Julie’s mother was diagnosed with dementia and she can no longer live on her own. She moved in with Julie, who now makes sure that her mother is clean, fed and takes her daily medicine. Recently, Julie has felt very tired and depressed. She often has to force herself to help her mother with daily tasks. Like Julie’s mother, Tom’s wife is chronically ill and is unable to perform many daily tasks or help take care of their family. Tom is the breadwinner...

Lasting Effects of Trauma

A sculptor can take a shapeless piece of clay and over time transform it into something beautiful or useful. Similarly, events in a child’s life sculpt the child, shaping them into who he or she will become as an adult. Traumatic events change a child’s mental shape thereby altering their future. In 2014 Child Protection Services reported 3.25 million possible cases of child abuse in the United States (Brenner, 2018). Children who are abused or neglected experience trauma, but many times they lack the cognitive abilities to work through the events, missing the opportunity for growth until much later. Trauma in childhood has been linked with...

Growth After Trauma

Almost seven years ago on the evening of May 22, 2011 the most devastating tornado in recorded history struck Joplin, Missouri with such force that people 17 miles away could hear the rumble. Trees were stripped of spring leaves, houses were leveled and the local high school was severely damaged. The EF-5 tornado tore a path through the heart of a town, destroying one third of the homes and businesses, killing 161 people and injuring many more (First et al, 2017). The effects of the tornado were felt through the entire community and the surrounding area. Once clean up began, people began talking about...

Correctional Officer Stress and Suicide

In 2011 a correctional officer in a California maximum-security prison went to work and never returned home: he committed suicide. In a note he left behind, he wrote that his job was the reason he had to take his own life. This is not an isolated incident. The California Prison Union states that between 1999 and 2015 there were 96 confirmed or suspected cases of suicide among current and retired union members (Thompson, 2018). The annual suicide rate for correctional officers in California was more than the average number for the suicides in the state. To add to that, “about 10 percent of prison guards say...

Escaping from a Cult

“One of the hardest things to do with a cult is to remove yourself from them” (Cultwatch.com, n.d., paragraph 1), says Cultwatch. The website has written a “how-to” guide for those who realize they are in a cult or at the very least an unhealthy group dynamic. Cultwatch offers sound advice to anyone seeking guidance on how to end involvement with a cult. Knowing there are resources waiting to be utilized and people willing to help those trapped within the confines of a cult-society can be the impetus needed for a person to change or seek outside assistance. Cultwatch suggests that a person who is...

Threats to DACA Impacts Education

President Donald Trump’s threat to DACA could be negatively affecting the education of children of both immigrants and U.S. citizens. “Young children exposed to five or more significant adverse experiences in the first three years of childhood face a 76% likelihood of having one or more delays in their language, emotional or brain development,” (Statistics, 2017) says The Mental Health Connection. Delays caused by traumatic experiences translate into disruptive behavior when children enter the classroom. Aggression, vandalism, and theft are just some of the symptoms found in children suffering from trauma. This behavior does not only affect the students in question, but also hinders their teacher’s...