bad-habits

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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This is a cross post from © 2015 ChooseHelp.com who welcomes republishing of their content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the author, David Earl Johnson, LICSW. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Bullying has been an issue for humanity for a very long time. Unfortunately, it took recent events, such as, violence perpetrated by and at schoolchildren, for people to give it the attention it needs.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Photo credit: Victoria Nevland Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a much misunderstood, even maligned diagnosis. Therapists and clients often dread hearing those words. My experience has been different. While I don’t deny the challenge, I find working with persons with BPD to be enjoyable and rewarding as well. The DSMIV criteria for BPD includes the following [some paraphrasing]: A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects [feelings], and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 1.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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This is a cross post from © 2013 ChooseHelp.com who welcomes republishing of their content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the author, David Earl Johnson, LICSW. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License. How to Break a Bad Habit, Like Cigarette Smoking Bad habits come in many different forms. There are minor and major bad habits. Minor bad habits include procrastination, fidgeting, overspending, and nail biting for example.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Tragically another music icon ends an incredibly creative life at age 27. Besides the uncanny fact that so many (10) incredibly talented musicians who died at 27, there is the other apparent truth that they all had everything their peers could have wanted. They were incredibly successful, had huge fan base, and were selling albums and tickets to concerts galore. What could possibly have gone wrong? Ms. Winehouse said living dangerously generated her creativity, and she was often photographed half-dressed, wild-eyed and disheveled.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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I quit smoking 28 years ago. The final effort started the previous year on “Great American Smokeout“, 29 years ago. I’m very glad I succeeded. I used to joke that quitting smoking was easy, I’d done it 100s of times. Unfortunately it was all too true. I struggled with attempts to quite smoking over most of my adult years. It’s a major bad habit, with the further complication of addiction to Nicotine.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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I really enjoy reading the blog Kellevision.com. She says it like it is and seldom misses the point of what she’s writing about. She identifies a problem in programming for homelessness and proposes a set of concepts to help clarify the situation. Image via Wikipedia “Many of the “barriers” faced by the chronically homeless are not external. They are self-inflicted. Repeatedly failing to pay one’s utility bills is not a barrier.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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We’ve all heard about viruses and websites that steal our sensitive private information. Cyberstalking has also become a problem on social media sites. Blogs, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, in particular, are prone to this sort of abuse. Image by luc legay via Flickr But even cellphone texting can be a problem since you can forward others details where ever you want. Although there are mixed reviews of just how much of a risk there is, there is agreement there is a risk.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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We spend billions on imprisoning the largest proportion of our population than any other nation. Too many of those imprisoned are petty drug offenders. In prison, they some learn how to be more effective criminals and then are turned loose to re-offend. Too many are very young. Petty drug offenders often need CD treatment, not prison. Many are simply supporting the habit that keeps them from a more productive life. However, petty criminals can become hardened career criminals just from the experience of prison.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Here is a heads up for parents of kids vulnerable to eating disorders. There is a growing support network on the Internet to help young girls “improve” on their eating disorders. Connecting with others feels supportive, especially those who are like minded. But in fact, the “Pro-Ana” (Pro-Anorexia) groups encourage unhealthy behavior and feed the preoccupation with being thin and losing weight. About 15% of those diagnosed with Anorexia die from complications of starvation.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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Valium is widely known as an addictive drug that is still occasionally prescribed for anxiety. Long-term use of Valium takes risks with a drug with perhaps the worst withdrawal syndrome of any addictive drug. Now there is evidence that the addictive effects occur with the very first dose of the drug. Psych Central News “… a single drug or alcohol dose is sufficient to generate an initial stage of addiction.