College is usually an academically challenging time for any student, but for those with learning disabilities the post-secondary level of education can present new difficulties. While organization and study skills remain important, there is also an increased need for self-advocacy at the college level in order to access valuable resources that can facilitate success. Ultimately, success in college is determined by satisfactorily completing all curriculum requirements and graduating. The following strategies and suggestions are intended to assist college students with learning disabilities in achieving this goal.
We live in a society driven by fear; when a stranger walks by, we lock our car doors, grab our purses and, in some cases, begin planning our escape if the worst should happen. But the cold reality is that you are far more likely to be harmed by someone you know than a random passerby. Too often, people become heavily enmeshed with someone long before the worst abuse begins occurring, and by that time, it can be extraordinarily difficult to leave the relationship.
Do you already have a child and are trying desperately to have another? Have you been told by friends, family members, or even medical professionals, “If you already have one child, you know you are capable of having another,” yet you have not had success? Does your life feel like an emotional rollercoaster ride filled with hope and disappointment each month? Then perhaps you are experiencing secondary infertility.
Lisa Davis, like most people, considers herself a positive person. She is a friendly, caring soul who harbors hate to no one. But she was surprised at her results after participating in a program designed to help foster a more positive outlook. It turned out her attitude was a little more negative than she had realized.
The capacity of human memory is amazing. At the extreme end of the spectrum, participants in memory competitions recite entire phone books, plays, or random lists of numbers. For most people, though, remembering the grocery list is a big enough challenge.
The scene is a familiar one to anyone in a relationship: A petty difference turns into a huge argument. Within minutes, the conflict spins out of control, with escalating allegations, increasingly hurt feelings, occasional name-calling and a complete inability to stop the downward spiral.
We’ve all heard that material things can’t make you happy, and anyone who’s ever looked at a closet full of unworn clothes or a donation bag full of things he or she no longer wants knows this is at least partially true. Every year, people frantically search for the perfect gift, even while a nagging, internal voice cautions that this gift won’t make much difference in the recipient’s life.
Adolescent substance abuse is a growing problem as drug manufacturers develop newer and stronger drugs, with higher addictive potential, and greater accessibility. Prescription drug use is increasing as “pharm” parties grow in popularity. “Natural” drugs like marijuana are much stronger than they were 30 years ago, mostly due to advances in hydroponics. And two new drugs, spice (synthetic marijuana) and bath salts, have been in the news lately, in part, due to their associated negative side effects.
Sooner or later, almost every woman, regardless of age, size, or subjective attractiveness, experiences street harassment. One website found, in an online survey, that 99% of women reported at least one instance of street harassment, and some experience regular harassment.
by Ron Huxley, LMFT