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Have a Little Faith

We all have faith in something. Don’t believe me? How do you know when you get out of bed in the morning that your feet will hit the ground… and stay there? Because you have faith in gravity, even though some of the most brilliant scientific minds still lack a definite explanation for what gravity … Read More

Suicide: Rural America is at Extreme Risk

September is National Suicide Prevention month; therefore, much is being written and talked about regarding this topic. Yet, rarely do we hear about the geographic demographics of this growing problem, namely how shockingly prevalent it is in rural areas. Although populations are low, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming lead the country in suicide deaths. Last May, … Read More

College and Eating Disorders: When Life is Just Too Much

There are certain pivotal times in a young girl’s life. The advent of puberty is probably the most physically significant. And, transitioning from middle to high school tends to be the greatest social challenge. Although there are often bumps along the road, most girls arrive at the first major destination in their lives—high school graduation—intact, … Read More

Stimulants: The Problem of Abuse and Addiction

Another class of frequently prescribed drugs are stimulants, which can also lead to misuse and addiction. Misuse is commonly defined as taking medication for a reason other than its intended use or in greater amounts or for longer than prescribed. Doctors may prescribe stimulants to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The prescription typically includes amphetamines … Read More

The Reality of Pain

Our imaginations are powerful. Growing up, I could play for hours by myself: dressing up in my mom’s old clothes and venturing to magical worlds, writing stories about mythical times and places, or building “forts” with my brother or friends in the living room. Escape from the monotony of everyday life was a joy – … Read More

Suicide Prevention: Does the End Always Justify the Means?

The world lost two extraordinary people last week. One a revolutionary fashion designer, the other a talented chef and beloved television personality. In both cases, media outlets exploded with sad and shocked commentary due to the cause of the premature deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain: suicide. And then came the commensurate outpouring of … Read More