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Mike McBride

Mike McBride's Public Library

about 2 hours ago

Something to look out for in people you care about. These can be helpful in helping determine when a person has gone beyond a bad day, or is simply dealing with a sad event, and has moved into depression that is affecting their ability to function.

about 2 hours ago

Some good ideas here, but especially important is number one on the list, recognize that healing is different for everyone. Some of the things on this list resonated with me, others did not. We are individuals after all.

about 15 hours ago

The NFL sure makes it hard to be a fan sometimes, but they also know as popular as fantasy football is, they'll always have an audience.

Jul 25, 15

Interesting description of what it's like to deal with social anxiety. As a survivor I was never officially diagnosed as having social anxiety but I know that I was extremely shy, fearful of how other people viewed me, and generally avoided most situations that called for a lot of personal interaction. As I healed from the abuse, that fear also went away, but I can recall many of the same things that are written about here.

Jul 25, 15

What are the chances of Grienke and Niese both having kids the day they were scheduled to pitch against each other?

Jul 24, 15

BPT - Believe, Present and say Thank You.

Good advice for how to handle any survivor who shares their story with you, not just males.

Jul 24, 15

The main concern for eDiscovery is what email communication is no longer available, but I'd suggest a secondary concern, whether the recipient grabbed a screen capture or saved it some other way before it expired, and how we would locate those. Still, it's not like we don't already have concerns with people deleting emails or other items.

Jul 24, 15

""[P]arents are so naive—they're worried about strangers and should be worried about their brother–in–law. They just don't realize how devious we can be. I used to abuse children in the same room with their parents and they couldn't see it or didn't seem to know it was happening."

"I was disabled and spent months grooming the parents, so they would tell their children to take me out and help me. No one thought that disabled people could be abusers."

"[P]arents are partly to blame if they don't tell their children about [sexual matters]—I used it to my advantage by teaching the child myself."

"[P]arents shouldn't be embarrassed to talk about things like this—it's harder to abuse or trick a child who knows what you're up to.""

Jul 24, 15

It's easy to forget that athletes are people with families and problems like the rest of us, and getting traded means more than a new team. Good for Cleveland to recognize that.

Jul 23, 15

I think this quote really hit home for me as I think about my healing, and others. When we've lived for so long as one thing, even if it's not healthy, changing requires us to see ourselves in a new way. It requires tearing down the current vision of ourselves and rebuilding it. In the middle of that process, this quote is wholly accurate.

"My clients in the above workshop were confronted with an existential crisis. They didn’t know who they were anymore. They could draft business plans, complete financial models, write inspirational speeches—but when they looked in the mirror, they didn’t know what they saw.
This disorientation led to weeks and months of stopping and starting, coming and going, and launching and pulling back. To outside observers, the situation seemed schizophrenic. Criticism was constant.
Yet, my brave clients were on the front lines of an enormous struggle. They were redefining who they were as people. Making the business changes was the easy part. Knowing who they were was hard."

We would do well to remember this about anyone trying to heal, or overcome depression, or any other trauma. They are in the midst of trying to redefine themselves, which requires a time of not knowing who they are. Not knowing who you are can look quite messy from the outside, but it's an important part of getting to the next step, knowing who you are now, and using that understanding to move past the trauma.

Jul 23, 15

This seems scary. If you don't think cyber security concerns you, you should probably be aware of how many things currently, or shortly will be, connected to the internet. Yes, it's cool to be able to control your house from your smartphone, or start your car from inside using it on a cold day, but if the communication is going across the internet insecurely, that means anyone else can too! We're not just talking about a defaced website, or even credit card information, we're talking about things that can kill you.

Frankly, until this is secured as much as possible, the self-driving car is a non-starter. I kind of like the idea of the self-driving car, but not so much if it can be hacked and actually controlled by someone else.

Jul 23, 15

"The parties themselves agreed at oral argument that an individual who, in the course of reviewing discovery documents, undertakes tasks that could otherwise be performed entirely by a machine cannot be said to engage in the practice of law."

There is a potential of some very far-reaching implications from this ruling. If doc review can be so tightly defined ahead of time that reviewers are not doing legal work, then why pay legal work prices? Why not just use a machine, or hire anyone off the street?

Jul 23, 15

Wow. Never would have thought Lou would leave New Jersey for another team, but he's back to being a GM. You have to wonder if he can repeat the magic in Toronto though. Lou is used to being THE voice when it comes to hockey decisions, and Toronto has a few guys who are also used to that position. This being Toronto it'll either be a turning point, or even more dysfunction.

Jul 23, 15

I'd agree. Whether talking about child abuse survivors or folks with depression, you are not alone.

Jul 23, 15

Cool additions to Instagram, that should help user attract a few more followers, since it makes it more searchable!

Jul 20, 15

This is interesting. There's no question that our mental health system in the US is not getting the job done, and a big reason is because it simply isn't funded properly. But could it be the stigma of mental illness that is causing that problem in the first place? Could it be that not having sympathy and understanding for those "crazies" leads to an underfunded system? It definitely doesn't help!

Jul 20, 15

Always interesting to come across something from a therapy blog, and see how clearly it plays out in a professional environment. Cognitive Distortions exist everywhere, but they can really hurt you in your career. Take a look at some of the things listed in here and think about how you may be blinded by your own distortions when it comes to your career, and how you see yourself succeeding or failing, versus how you really are performing.

Jul 19, 15

This is actually really cool for me. Let me tell you why. As much as I travel for work, and spend so much time on airplanes, in cabs, on public transport, on shuttles between Corvallis and the Portland Airport, and so on, you'd think I'd get a lot of reading done. But I don't. I'm very susceptible to motion sickness when I try and read. Basically, the motion of what I'm traveling in can cause my to get very, very dizzy if I'm trying to focus my eyes on what I'm reading at the same time. Now sometimes, it's not an issue. If a flight is smooth and lacks much turbulence, I might be fine. If it's turbulent, I really can't read anything, and cars/buses/trains are just right out. So, while I use Pocket to save things that I come across that I want to read, or want to think about blogging about, etc. often times I can't catch up on it while traveling the way others might. If I can close my eyes and have Pocket read them to me though, that opens up some real possibilities. I'm looking forward to that on my next trip!

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