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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Why I Don’t Like Being a “Boss”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always felt weird about the terms “leader,” “boss,” or “supervisor.” To me, they suggest a power dynamic that creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of grandiose importance, or on the other side, dependence.   Perhaps mentor/mentee is a bit better in its connotation, but for me, even that’s still not…

Read More

Ending the War on Drugs

  As a professional substance abuse counselor who has worked with thousands of people working to achieve recovery, I do believe we should regulate and legalize all drugs. We’ve been fighting and losing the war on drugs for years and we need some new approaches.   The truth is, only about 25% of people who…

Read More

Maybe Imposter Syndrome Never Fully Goes Away…

Maybe Imposter Syndrome never fully goes away… For those who may not be familiar with the term, Imposter Syndrome refer to “an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be.” Well said, Google.   Still, as much as it pains me to admit, it’s true… I’ve been operating…

Read More