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Saying “My depression” or “my anxiety” is a terrible script for one’s mental health

  Though I get the spirit of this photo (normalizing depression as an unseen illness on par with more clearly visible physical conditions), this photo is a terrible example of self-talk!!! It’s an unpopular opinion, but I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Saying “My depression” or “my anxiety” is a terrible script for…
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The Four Types of Thought: Dreamers, Doers, Doubters, and Haters

There are basically 4 types of thought: 1. The Dreamer 2. The Doer 3. The Doubter 4. The Hater The Dreamer The Dreamer is the visionary. The Dreamer isn’t afraid to have big thoughts, large goals, and grandiose ideas. The Dreamer is key to open the door of possibility, yet if your thoughts stop there,…
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Why Are So Many People Overdosing?

There were 93,331 overdoses in 2020. This shattered the previous record high of 70,000 in 2017. The question then is: Why are so many people overdosing?   Unfortunately, there is no short or simple answer to this question. Though some have tried with answers like accessibility of fentanyl, or social media, or over-prescribing, each one of…
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Your Mind is a Muscle

Your Mind is a Muscle   Here at Mental Fitness, we believe the mind is a muscle. It can be trained. It can be conditioned.   Just like we’re not born overweight, we’re not born stressed or depressed either. We’re conditioned to be that way; but just like one can lose weight with the help…
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Relationship Tip: The Opposite of Little Finger Rule

  The Opposite of Little Finger Rule   For those who may not be familiar with the character, “Little Finger,” he is one of the many villainous characters in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.   Knowing that, here’s how he ties into therapy!   Yesterday in a session, I was talking with a client…
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UBI Now: We Can’t Afford to Wait

UBI Now: We Can’t Afford to Wait   As a society, we grossly underuse the resources we already have at hand, and instead try to implement social programs that, quite frankly don’t work well. For example…   Millions of Americans went to food banks for the first time in 2020 as grocery stores in some…
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Doing Mental Health Therapy is Actually a Lot Like Being a Masseuse

  Doing Mental Health Therapy is Actually a Lot Like Being a Masseuse   Just like people come see a masseuse when their posture is poor and their muscles have knots, people come in to see us at Mental Fitness because their mind is kinked and their path is unclear.   Whereas a masseuse works…
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Rethinking Homelessness

Allegheny County has been awarded a $21.8 million grant to help reduce homelessness. The county says the 65 projects will be funded representing 20 different agencies. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a social worker. I’m all for helping the homeless. The question for me is, is this really the best way to go about…
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Valuing Intent Over Impact

As a society, we ought to assume good intent in people more often.   It’s 2021. It’s easy to misspeak. We’re all doing the best we can to keep up with the newest way to be politically correct, but we need to stop overvaluing subjective individual impact.   Rather, let’s spread more love, kindness, and…
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