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The concept of addiction covers a complex variety of issues which include physical, mental and emotional dependence and/or preoccupation with any substance, activity or behavior. There are theories, or more accurately, hypotheses which claim that certain persons are more prone to become addicted. Many call this an “addictive personality.” It may be true that some people can be casual users while others have a tendency toward excessive use. Behaviors such as alcohol consumption, recreational drug use, gambling, shopping and sex … Read More

To begin this post, I will first discuss the topic of perfectionism. Like just about everything, it is a subjective description. What exactly is perfectionism? If something is “perfect” it can’t be any better. It is the best. The best according to whom? It is the best I’ve ever seen. The best I’ve ever heard of. The best I’ve ever had. What makes it, whatever it is, the best? Of all these things, whatever they are, this one is the … Read More

For those of you who have read some or all of my blogs, you may have noticed that I cover a variety of topics. I have tried to make them informative, interesting and current. To keep things interesting, I also incorporate a bit of humor. But I do not take my responsibilities lightly. When at all possible, I cite outside sources. Yes, much of what I write about is from my own perspective. This does not mean that there is … Read More

Although sexual enjoyment raises Oxytocin levels in the brain, along with other endorphins which bring about that after-sex good mood, relaxed state and connectivity to one’s partner, not everyone feels that great emotionally after sex. And it may happen sometimes but not others. There have been some recent studies which are designed to determine the causes. So far, the evidence is inconclusive. There are many hypotheses, most with real thought provocation, but still no real answers. Individuals have reported that … Read More

A fantasy is a thoughtful process where one imagines a scenario that takes them to a place or situation of their choosing. We typically learn to fantasize as children. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations. It appears that with the advent of innovations such as virtual reality, childrenĀ  may be doing less fantasizing on their own. That is, however, an area of study which is relatively nascent and not valid for this essay. Setting aside whether children’s fantasies have … Read More

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a widespread problem affecting children and adults throughout the United States and many other so-called “first world” countries. It is most commonly discovered before the age of twelve years. Usually it is first noticed by parents or teachers when they find that the child has difficulty concentrating on tasks or when receiving instructions. Until recently, it was separated into two diagnoses: ADD (attention deficit without hyperactivity) and ADHD (attention deficit with hyperactivity). The most … Read More

When anyone makes a claim of sexual assault, no matter their age gender or sexual history, we have an obligation to listen. Reserve your opinions, do not challenge veracity and please resist offers of advice. Just listen. If you have no professional experience, do not pretend you know what is best. Offer support and then follow that up with actual support! Your personal experiences, or those of others you know are not relevant. Listen to everything if you can. Say … Read More

What you always wanted to know about them but didn’t know who to ask. Now you can read this and ask questions later. Threesomes, or threeways, as they are sometimes referred to, consist of three people, of any sex or gender, who engage in sexual activity together. Not to be confused with polyamory, which is about multiple romantic/sexual relationships. We’ll leave that subject alone for now. Promise to get to that some other time. Threesomes can be arranged in advance, … Read More

It’s June 2018 which means, in addition to other celebrations such as weddings and the like, it’s Pride month. Members and supporters of the LGBT+ communities are raising their flags and their voices for equality and inclusion. We can celebrate the advances made here in the USA and abroad, but there is much more that needs to be done. You may think that this is not your struggle, that you are not personally affected by the injustice which continues, that … Read More

Joining the fray or jumping on the bandwagon is more common than ever since the rise of social media platforms. As a mental health professional, I prefer to call my involvement as “weighing in on the topic.” Semantics, you say? Perhaps. But when I think a topic such as this is discussed without some basic information to help form opinions and conclusions, I become somewhat uneasy. So here we go. I started out by doing some online investigating. I dare … Read More