mental health

JeffX | March 27, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri March 27, 2015

Getting Confrontation Out Of Communication

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Are you talking to me?  Imagine that phrase in Robert De Niro's voice. 

And it's a question often asked, especially in the heat of a moment when we don't LIKE the way someone is talking to us. 

Joanne Lescher deals with that situation and many like it, advocating NVC, or nonviolent communication. 

She works with couples, individuals and business throughout the region and beyond. 

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri January 30, 2015

Family-to-Family Help With Mental Illness

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We're still working as a society to shake the stigma that often accompanies mental illness. 

Roughly a quarter of American adults experience some kind of mental illness in a given year. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness--NAMI--works to overcome misconceptions and stereotypes. 

Its Rogue Valley chapter offers programs for people dealing with mental illness in a family member to receive training--from people in similar situations. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2014 | 9:00
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Wed November 5, 2014

Trauma And Its Aftermath: "The Body Keeps The Score"

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Trauma tends to have effects that last long after the traumatic incident in a person's life. 

Witness the recognition in modern times of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk started working with stressed-out veterans before PTSD was even an official diagnosis. 

Now he examines the many ways in which stress can alter the body and mind permanently, if not treated propertly. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu July 24, 2014

How To Stop Hating Yourself

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It's one thing to be hard on yourself, and take setbacks and criticism to heart. 

It's another thing entirely to actually hate yourself. 

Author Anneli Rufus is one of many people who struggled with low self-esteem all her life. 

And while she does NOT recommend going all the way to the other end of the spectrum, she does think it's high time to close what may be an epidemic of self-loathing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 9:00
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Fri May 16, 2014

Inside Mental Health Care: "Sherry Goes Sane"

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We debate the proper treatment of mental illness a fair amount in this country. 

Sherry Joiner can shed some light on the debate from the patient point of view. 

Joiner emerged from a turbulent childhood with some serious mental challenges. 

After years of episodes, she finally got the treatment she needed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 9, 2014 | 9:00
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Fri May 9, 2014

Living With ADD: "I Always Want To Be Where I'm Not"


A recent discussion on ADHD on The Exchange focused on the big picture: the numbers of people diagnosed with the condition, and how fast that number is rising. 

We take another look at attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with psychologist Wes Crenshaw. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 2, 2014 | 8:30
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Fri May 2, 2014

Changing The Perceptions Of Mental Illness

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The things we learn about mental illness tend to come from movies or the news. 

Sadly, mental illness hits the headlines when a person suffering from mental illness commits a notable crime. 

There is still a stigma attached to mental illness, and still a problem with mentally ill people ending up in jail instead of treatment. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 30, 2014 | 9:00
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Wed April 30, 2014

The ADHD Explosion

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Many parents have wondered why there seem to be so many cases of ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, being diagnosed in America today. 

One in nine children are diagnosed with ADHD, and the majority of them receive prescriptions for it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 20, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu March 20, 2014

Mental Health Care Revamped: Compass House


We've come a long way since the days when mentally ill people were "warehoused" in huge state mental hospitals. 

But we're still looking for the solutions that work best for each community. 

Later this year, Medford will become home to Compass House, a mental health facility that is operated jointly by staff and clients.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 24, 2014 | 9:00
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Mon February 24, 2014

Evolutionary Origins Of Depression

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When you look at the life span of the human species, we're still pretty young. 

It wasn't so long ago that our ancestors faced threats from disease and predators.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 9:00
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Tue January 28, 2014

Getting Past The "Secrets and Lies"

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Think about a time when someone shared a long-held secret. 

Were you blown away by the truth?  Jane Isay listened as her husband explained his homosexuality, then helped him keep the secret as they stayed married for another ten years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
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Thu November 7, 2013

The Narcissist In Your Life

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Use, abuse, dispose. 

Family therapist Linda Martinez-Lewi says that is the cycle of the true narcissist, a person with little or no empathy or ability to form a true connection with other people. 

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Music, Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Method To The Madness: "Divine Lunacy"

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How best to broach the subject of mental illness?

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Jefferson Exchange | September 20, 2013
11:54 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Not Just An Adjustment: "Attitude Reconstruction"


Keeping a stiff upper lip may be the right remedy for certain situations.

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