Quick Thought #14 – When it’s Someone You Know, You Know.

Quick Thought #14 – When it’s Someone You Know, You Know.

Why do I see these two things as related? Well. let’s start with Sean Astin. It’s hard not to think that he has lived an amazingly privileged life. He’s been famous since he was a little kid, after growing up part of Hollywood royalty. If anyone has the means to shelter himself away from the harder topics of life, he’s one of those people. But he chooses not to, because he’s seen first hand what it is like to life with, and love someone with, mental health issues. That experience drives him to advocacy. He wants to share what it was like, and help others watching a mental health condition tear apart their own family.

In short, he gets it because he knows.

The same seems to be true when it comes to how serious COVID-19 really is. It seems to me there are a lot of people thinking it’s not very serious because well, no one they know has died or anything serious. 130,000 “other people” have died in the US. On the other hand, there are those of us who do know people who’ve died, or spent time hospitalized, tend to take it very seriously. Because we know. We’ve seen it. We’ve grieved because of it.

Quick Thought #13 – More Trauma Makes More Problems More Likely, and This is Trauma

Quick Thought #13 – More Trauma Makes More Problems More Likely, and This is Trauma

All of the caveats aside about ACE scores that I’ve written about before, (tl;dr – Yes the more childhood traumas you’ve had, the more likely you will deal with various issues as an adult, but it’s not a set fate for everyone.) I think we can, however, accept that children who dealt with more traumatic…

Quick Thought #12 – Just Stop Judging, Period.

Quick Thought #12 – Just Stop Judging, Period.

At the beginning of this Coronavirus lock down, or quarantine, or whatever you want to call it, people were, rightfully, put in their place for suggesting that if you didn’t learn a new skill, or start a new business that you were just wasting this opportunity where you had plenty of time. That was wrong…

Quick Thought #10 – We Are About To Really Know How Telephone and Online Therapy Works

Quick Thought #10 – We Are About To Really Know How Telephone and Online Therapy Works

There have been some companies doing therapy online, by Skype or Facetime, and there have been therapists doing it by phone for a while now. We’ve also had some applications developed to try and help with mental health. That is all in response to the lack of mental health professionals in many locations.There are a…

Young Sheldon Cooper on How to Be Supportive
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Young Sheldon Cooper on How to Be Supportive

Over the weekend, the wife and I were catching up on some stuff from our DVR, including episodes of Young Sheldon, the spin-off, and prequel of The Big Bang Theory. In this particular episode, the normally socially awkward Sheldon finds himself confused by the actions of another super-smart kid, who is dealing with the divorce…