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How will the Roe v Wade overturn impact Americans’ mental health?
The Hill
“The American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers pledge to work with Congress and state policymakers in an effort to protect access and availability of abortion services,” the three organizations said in a joint statement. “We also pledge work to ensure that mental health and medical professionals are not criminalized for doing their jobs in supporting pregnant people in making difficult decisions regarding reproductive health care needs.”

Exploring the impact of Dobbs v. Jackson
VCU News
We already have a mental health crisis in the United States. Eliminating the constitutional right to abortion will place further strain on our overburdened mental health system. The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Social Workers have condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Ultimately, the court’s decision will have devastating consequences for countless people across the country.

Stephanie Sterling is a member:
Baton Rouge adoption agencies preparing for increase in demand after Supreme Court ruling
Baton Rouge area adoption agencies are already preparing for possibly busier days in the future, following the overturning of Roe V. Wade. The decision by the Supreme Court gives women one less option. But some local adoption agencies want women to know that there are resources available for them. “We have been providing adoption services since 1964. We also have pregnancy services which helps anyone who is experiencing a crisis pregnancy or an unplanned pregnancy,” said Stephanie Sterling, the Director of Family Services, at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Interdisciplinary Care and Hot Topics in Movement Disorders: Jill Farmer, DO, MPH
Neurology Live
“No one can be an expert in everything. You’ll have a doctor or an APP [as] somebody taking over the clinical role in conjunction with somebody who’s going to be dealing with the social issues, like a social worker or a therapist, and someone who’s going to be taking care of the rehab strategies.”

Bill Eddy is a member:
Can People With Cluster B Personality Disorders Change?
Psychology Today
The manual of mental disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (the DSM-5-TR) defines a personality disorder as “An enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture.” Problems manifest in at least two areas: “perceiving oneself, others, and events;” “appropriateness of emotional responses;” “interpersonal functioning;” and/or “impulse control.”

Cynthia Chalker is a member:
On ‘Couples Therapy,’ race deeply affects how relationships unravel and repair
Each couple has perfected an unhealthy dance with one another, and Orna’s role is to help them all learn a new two-step or decide to get off the dance floor altogether. But Dale and India must learn to waltz with one another under the pressure of a racist society that undoubtedly seeps into their relationship. During one of Orna’s peer group sessions, Dr. Kali Cyrus, who holds a dual medical doctor and master’s degree in public health, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Cynthia Chalker ask if Orna’s patients have named or challenged her whiteness.

Lindsay Boudreau is a member:
Life Coaches Promote Amputee Mental Health
Amplitude Magazine
“‘Normal’ is all a matter of perspective,” Boudreau writes at her website. After losing her right leg below the knee in her late 20s, she got involved with the limb-loss community as a peer visitor and support-group member. It was a natural fit for Boudreau, who’s trained as a clinical social worker. She began thinking of ways to combine her professional expertise with her new identity as an amputee.

Brent Metcalf is a member:
Can depression cause memory loss?
Mel Magazine
Another reason why we’re more forgetful when we’re depressed is because “one of the ways the body tries to protect itself from depression is by disassociation, which can make us feel disconnected from our brain, body and thoughts, causing this memory loss or brain fog,” Brent Metcalf, a psychotherapist and clinical social worker, explains. Although dissociation is often presented in movies and TV shows as a dramatic personality-splitting process endured only by people who’ve had significant trauma, in reality it can be very subtle. “It could be something as simple as not feeling as if you’re connected to your body, thoughts, surroundings and environment,” Metcalf explains.

Trevor Gates-Crandall is a member:
The Joy in Finding Your Chosen Family
The New York Times
In the L.G.B.T.Q. community, it’s not uncommon to find a substitute family, colloquially known as a chosen family, as Ms. Lasater did. The term refers to “nonbiological kinship bonds that many people choose because they need to have mutual support and love,” said Trevor Gates-Crandall, a social worker in Colorado who has researched chosen families. The relationships these groups provide are critical bonds, defined by their intensity, he said.

  1. Diane Barth is a member:
    Do You Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming?
    Psychology Today
    Most adults daydream many times during the day, which is usually healthy and productive. Recently researchers have foundgood evidence that daydreams can enhance creativity, reduce depression, solve problems, help us deal with boredom, pain, and emotional discomfort, help organize our thoughts, prepare for the future, and organize our memories. As I wrote in a previous post, your daydreams can even improve your relationships.

Teri Schroeder is a member:
9 subtle signs of domestic abuse and how to get help
Every relationship is different, and only you and your partner can decide your boundaries around sharing devices or information. That said, a partner who accesses your communications and activities without your consent is violating your trust and right to privacy. If you know your partner is snooping on your devices, you may feel unsafe communicating with loved ones or develop anxiety about how messages from your friends or family will be interpreted, says Teri Schroeder, a licensed clinical social worker and cofounder of Just Mind Counseling.


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