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Managing Conversations When You Disagree Politically

Managing Conversations When You Disagree Politically

Navigating hard conversations surrounding sensitive topics like politics, racism or religion can cause strain on any relationship, whether it be with friends or acquaintances, co-workers, family or even a spouse. Knowing or discovering that you have different ideologies or beliefs…

WZZM: Dr. Russell Yskes Addresses the Topic of Pandemic Substance Use

WZZM: Dr. Russell Yskes Addresses the Topic of Pandemic Substance Use
October 21, 2020 Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Russell Yskes appeared on WZZM's 'My West Michigan' with Catherine Behrendt, to talk about the growing problem of substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent survey, about 18% of current...

Postpartum in a Pandemic: You Are Not Alone

Postpartum in a Pandemic: You Are Not Alone

In March 2020, I gave birth to my second child. Ten days later, Michigan shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak that had recently been declared a pandemic. During my pregnancy, I gave much consideration to expectations and hopes for…

Why Men Do Depression Differently

Why Men Do Depression Differently

Why DO men do depression differently? Traditional male roles are less traditional than ever before, yet males still tend to exude values of self-reliance, willpower, control and stoicism. All are of little use or consolation when it comes to overcoming…

Helping Children with ADHD Thrive During Remote Learning

Helping Children with ADHD Thrive During Remote Learning

Parenting from home during the COVID-19 school year is extremely challenging—especially if you have a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)! Children with ADHD struggle to keep their attention focused and their behavior within appropriate limits, and this is…

What is the ‘D’ in DBT?

What is the ‘D’ in DBT?

The letter “D” in DBT stands for the word dialectics. In DBT we define dialectics as the synthesis or integration of two opposites with the goal of finding the truth somewhere in between. Dialectical thinking refers to “the ability to…

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

By Bob VandePol, MSW The pandemic and all the ensuing uncertainty and disruption in our lives, communities and globally has fueled a surge of individuals reporting depression symptoms. Some surveys report as many as three times more than in a…