They had good, stable jobs – until the recession hit. Now they’re living out of their cars in parking lots. The sharp, sudden decline of America’s middle class
Depression | Sadness | Suicide
A few days ago, the world lost an incredibly talented human being, Robin Williams. His death has been reported as an apparent suicide,
A roller-coaster day of possibilities, slammed into oblivion one-by-one. The result is a feeling of deflation, exhaustion, loneliness, and…
Doubts. Doubts. Doubts. Doubts are everywhere. Doubts are surrounding me, engulfing me, consuming me. Doubts are eating at my soul, piece by piece, morsel by morsel. What am I doing? I’ll never be good enough. I am never good enough. Useless, hopeless, ridiculous. No one understands. No one knows the truth. What is the truth? […]
A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). Risk factors have a cumulative impact and can span over 5 domains. In other words, the more risk factors spread out over multiple domains one has, the greater the likelihood for serious delinquency ang gang involvement.
On the surface it might appear that I have given much during my life. I’ve dedicated a career to working with or on behalf of youth and families impacted by societies ills.
In my initial article, Let Go of Fear and Hit Publish, I shared my fall 2012 plunge into double depression that led me to the ultimate crossroad on New Year’s Eve of 2013. Now, one year later I find myself coming to new important crossroads. It’s much different now as the meditation and Bikram yoga combined with numerous […]
My name’s Duncan Bethel and I’ve spent most of my 49 years living with chronic depression combined with recurrent episodes of clinical depression. There’s a trauma/ PTSD history mixed in there as well. I’ve also worked with and/or on behalf of youth and families involved with children’s mental health, special education, juvenile justice and child welfare […]
Last night while watching TV a commercial appeared that went something like this. (Note: imagine this being voiced over by a minor celebrity from the Seventies whose career stalled after several DUIs.) “Is your life so empty that you don’t care your kids are now covered in tattoos heralding a Zombie Apocalypse, or that your […]
“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.” Henry David Thoreau Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET… Loss opens the door to memories of what could have been… Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET… for […]
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Thich Nhat Hanh Reflections: On Hope – Don’t Quit On Your Life… celebrate life… don’t quit! Reflections: On Hope – Don’t Quit On Your Life… Join us […]
To hear me read “Romper Stomper” click the triangle on the left to begin streaming audio or click this text to download the MP3. He stomped space with a drunken toe, suddenly tired from the taste of the melancholy found at the bottom of a bottle. “No need to worry,” he slurred at the contents, […]
She sits in the dark and starts to cry and doesn’t let herself wonder why if people knew they didn’t do but turned their backs, and now everything turns to black.