As the world stands in disbelief of the death of famous comedian and actor Robin Williams, it is difficult for most to fathom the thought that a man who made multiple generations laugh over the years could be battling depression. Despite his fame, fortune, and wealth, he was just as susceptible to the illness of depression as the rest of the estimated 18 million American adults who suffer from this disease (www.allaboutdepression.com). Depression is no respecter of age, race, gender, income, marital status, nor faith beliefs. While it may impact individuals to varying degrees, it has the ability to impact us all. Although there are some indicators that may put some at a higher risk for experiencing depression than others, such as having a lack of social support, you can be well loved, respected, valued and cared for and still struggle with Major Depressive Disorder. No one is immune to depression.…continue reading
This is a continuance of the Free to Be Me Women’s relationship series. Dr. S.O.S. spent the first 8 parts of the series discussing how we build a relationship with God. In this six part series Dr. S.O.S. discusses the dynamics of building a relationship with ourselves. In Part 1 she discussed “self-esteem”; now in Part 2 , she discusses “self-acceptance”.
In this presentation we learn the characteristics of self-acceptance:
- Is unconditional and free of any kind of qualification
- Allows for non-judgmentally affirming who we are
- Can occur as a result of self-compassion and choosing to focus on our positives
The upsides of self-acceptance:
- It’s possible to accept yourself and remain committed to personal growth
- Accepting who you are today, gives you permission to consider who you want to be in the future
- Through self-compassion we can focus more on our positives than our negatives
She also provides an exploration of just how your self-acceptance concepts came to be.
After the click, you can enjoy the video (length 38:19) and follow along with the accompanying slide deck. Please leave your questions and comments, Dr. S.O.S. responds personally.
During a recent episode of “Call Dr. SOS”, our discussion took a turn towards examining the challenges that parents face in their 21st century lifestyles. I found myself inspired to write a quick and dirty parenting guide that I hope speaks to a lot of those struggles we go through as parents.
A guide on parenting encompasses a lot more than a single article could ever address, but I’ve tried to touch on some of the key points that I heard repeated during and after the show. If you haven’t listened to the show you can find it here. “Who has more pressure in parenting, men or women?”.
Doing what we see
One of life’s most difficult challenges can be successfully raising a child from infancy to adulthood. As most of us are well aware, there isn’t a manual for parenting provided by the hospital to you as you head home with your new bundle of joy. We are all left to “wing” it and pray that we get more right than wrong along the way. When you really think about it, it’s a wonder that any of us made it from childhood to adulthood given all of the perils that await us ranging anywhere from predators waiting to snatch us, to antibiotic resistant diseases. We make it through childhood illness, bumps and bruises, adolescent puppy love, broken hearts, teenage hormones raging and thrill seeking behaviors and finally arrive at adulthood. It’s not until we get there that we realize we didn’t know all we thought we knew.