Surprising Revelations About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not what pop culture dictates.  It does not manifest itself merely as an overarching focus on detail and order.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is invasive and intrusive and excruciating to individuals who struggle with the disorder.  What I want people to understand most is one can overcome OCD.  One can eradicate it from his/her life and it can be done without medication.

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What Dark Chocolate Can Do For Your Child’s Mood

Dark chocolate and I do mean dark (70% to 85% cocoa content) has multiple health benefits for you and your child.  Who would have guessed that chocolate contains the following vitamins and minerals: manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamin K, selenium, calcium, fiber, fat, protein and carbohydrates!  All of this in one serving size (1 ounce).

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3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health

Every parent wants his/her child to feel happy.  Happiness is driven by a series of choices.  How we choose to feed our children, discipline our children, care for our children all impacts their mental health.  It isn’t one factor that leads to depression, anger, irritability or anxiety.  Sit back and take stock of the daily decisions you make as a parent.  Where you see there is need for improvement – seek out positive change.  It all begins with you.  And I have a funny feeling you are up for the task.  Don’t sell yourself short…dig in and get to work.

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How Food Impacts Your Child’s Mood

I know what you are thinking- those cookies look really good right now.  And I would agree.  Something about a chewy chocolate chip cookie makes me happy.  Well, guess what?  It may not all be in our head.  There is a sneaky little reason why we feel happy when we eat comfort foods like pizza and cookies.  Scientists call it, dopamine.  I call it, heaven.

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Your Children Are My Children

Your children are my children.  What happens to young people in Kansas matters to me.  What happens to children in Virginia matters to me.  And what happens to children in Syria matters to me.  White. Yellow. Black or Purple.  Protestant.  Muslim.  Catholic.  Or Buddhist.  Genetics determines race.  Origin of birthplace determines nationality.  In large part, parents determine a child’s religion.  We have never been in control of our birthplace or our genetics; yet, so many of us spend days, months, and years shouting our superiority to our neighbors of the world as if we had anything to do with it at all.

A child born of two Muslim people in the Middle East is no more responsible for their demographics than I am responsible for being born with two green eyes to a white teenage girl and her loving Catholic husband in the Midwest.  At what point do we wake up and realize we never had a choice?  And neither did they.

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