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As a resident of Metro Detroit, I hear and see the Detroit news on a daily basis. At times it is difficult to listen to the heartbreaking stories of crime and public health issues. However, ...

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed: Agent of Change for Detroit

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“The most powerful ties are the ones to the people who gave us birth … it hardly seems to matter how many years have passed, how many betrayals there may have been, how much misery in the family: ...

The Power of Your Genes and How They Relate to Your Behavior

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“The damage involved in the breakdown of an intimate relationship … is internal and goes to the heart of who one is… Beyond a certain point there is really no place to go, except into your own ...

20 Things To Consider When Healing A Broken Heart

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Cultivating bonds and connecting with people and communities can be a deeply rewarding experience. And this can often be doing by giving back to the community either directly or through advocacy ...

20 Things To Consider When You Volunteer

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Earlier this year I had the privilege of attending the United Nations Conference On The Status of Women. The focus of this 10-day event was the empowerment of women and how it is relates to ...

10 Things Successful People Do Well

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Summer offers the perfect time to get away from daily stress and explore new landscapes. However, travel can be costly, and suddenly the expenses tend to create another set of challenges. Planning ...

20 Ways to Cut Travel Costs

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“You are invited to reconnect to yourself through stillness.” - Elena Brower and Erica Jago, in "Art of Attention." Meditation is the very opportunity to reconnect with ourselves through ...

How to Begin a Daily Meditation Practice

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A new study released by Johns Hopkins University revealed that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death, and cancer is ...

10 Ways to Be An Advocate For Your Health

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“Renew, thyself completely each day; do it again and again, and forever again.” Chinese Inscription City by Thoreau in Walden During the summer of 2013, I found myself at a true crossroads with ...

What I Learned When I Started Meditating Daily

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All relationships involve give and take. You may find certain behavior from your partner acceptable, while your friend finds it disconcerting. No relationship is perfect, so how do you know when ...

55 Signs That You Might Be In a Toxic Relationship

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao-tzu, "The Way of Lao-tzu." We all have things that we would like to improve upon, and making changes to our daily routine can ...

20 Steps to Self- Improvement

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Happiness is a topic that frequently graces the covers of magazines, book jackets and popular websites. Everyone from celebrity personalities to philosophers seem to have an opinion about what ...

30 Of the Most Overlooked Ways To Be A Happy Person

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for opioid prescriptions in response to growing misuse of the drug. Opioid prescriptions are often the gateway to opioid ...

CDC Issues New Guidelines to Address Opioid Epidemic

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While literature and articles about the stages of grief exist, secondary loss is a topic that often gets overlooked. Despite one’s educational, financial, religious or familial background, ...

6 Suggestions for Coping With Secondary Losses

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Interpersonal relationships are often multidimensional and, at times, complex. They can create stress and tension in our daily lives. How we relate to others is often based on our relationships ...

I'm Perfect and You Are Not: Did You Grow Up With a Toxic Parent?

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Last year, I was in a frantic state of anxiety when I arrived at my friend’s home. Running late, I actually tripped on Megan’s stairs just as she opened the door. We both had a good laugh over ...

Is Seeing Believing?

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"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." — Marie Curie This quote by Marie Curie is a brave and true statement, and it can also be considered when understanding mental ...

Reclaiming Life After Mental Illness

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Each of us has a unique story to tell. Perhaps you have read other blogs and even wondered if others would be interested in your perspective. If you are wondering on how to get started in ...

8 Suggestions For Starting Your Own Health Blog

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People seek out mental health professionals for a variety of reasons, and no two set of circumstances are alike. Finding a psychiatrist to listen and understand your personal problems can be ...

10 Things to Keep in Mind When Working With a Psychiatrist

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While this may be the season for gift giving and party planning, it is also a time when many set goals for the upcoming year. And while there are good intentions set forth, often there seems to be ...

10 Important Things to Keep in Mind When Setting A New Year's Resolution

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The holidays are upon us in full swing, and for many this can be a time of increased angst and despair. For those who have lost a loved one, the pain of their absence is even more profound. In ...

5 Ways to Handle the Holidays After You Have Lost a Loved One

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Last summer on a Saturday night, I found myself in the hospital emergency room. I had a sudden onset of flank discomfort, and the pain was unbearable. The pain was actually far more severe than ...

What Are Kidney Stones? How Do You Get Rid of Them?

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Nearly everyone has experienced the loss of a close friend or family member. Some may literally feel like their heart is breaking wide open. This raises the question: Can you really die of a ...

Can You Die of A Broken Heart?

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Last year our nation was in shock over the devastating news that Robin Williams had committed suicide. It is difficult to understand why such a gifted actor would choose to end his life. Sadly, ...

Coping With Loss Due to Suicide

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Look around, and chances are you will see someone multitasking, or in a rush trying to complete a task. Very few people look calm and relaxed. In fact, our current culture encourages ...

Why It's Important to Care For Yourself

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Unless you are living under a rock, chances are you have endured a situation that has been painful, stressful, or both. Perhaps you talked with your friends about it, or even sought advice online. ...

Why Seeking Therapy Can Be Beneficial

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A couple of days ago, a woman wrote to me in the "ASK Michelle" section and told me her heartfelt, honest, and I think heart-wrenching story about her ill husband, who has multiple sclerosis, and ...

KristinMeekhof commented on Michelle King Robson's post Living with and possibly leaving a sick spouse - a heartfelt story from a reader looking for advice

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I really loved being a wife to Roy, being there for him, living with him, and feeling like we were travelling together in this journey called life. When he died, so did my role as wife, and it ...

KristinMeekhof commented on KristinMeekhof's post My Journey From Grief to Healing

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I really loved being a wife to Roy, being there for him, living with him, and feeling like we were travelling together in this journey called life. When he died, so did my role as wife, and it ...

KristinMeekhof commented on KristinMeekhof's post My Journey From Grief to Healing

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I really loved being a wife to Roy, being there for him, living with him, and feeling like we were travelling together in this journey called life. When he died, so did my role as wife, and it ...

KristinMeekhof commented on KristinMeekhof's post My Journey From Grief to Healing

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I really loved being a wife to Roy, being there for him, living with him, and feeling like we were travelling together in this journey called life. When he died, so did my role as wife, and it ...

My Journey From Grief to Healing