Suicide shouldn’t be politicized, but…

I don’t ordinarily like to bring my political views into this blog, but there are some examples (like the Florida law that makes it illegal for a doctor to ask if there are guns in a house with young children) that seem to cross from politics into ethical dilemmas. This blog post on Mother Jones’ website, about the disturbing trend of teen suicides in Minnesota – taking place a climate of bullying and intolerance of homosexuality, and politically-pressured silence on the part of school officials – has serious implications for mental health professionals.Continue Reading Suicide shouldn’t be politicized, but…

Struggling for Significance

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

— Robert Browning

I’ve found that young adults – especially some of the young men I work with – who seek help with depression often have a lot of difficulty that involves feeling that they can’t achieve the things that they wish they could in life. They know that it’s not realistic to hope they can be famous, financially independent, or sometimes even just well-liked. Most of us have struggled with this kind of dilemma, because young adulthood is one of the times of life when our reach almost always exceeds our grasp. Continue Reading Struggling for Significance