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Sensationalism and Misrepresentation Of Mental Illness By Today’s Media

In an effort to remove the stigma of mental illness, football players, athletes, models, celebrities, and entertainers are publicly acknowledging their mental illness. Though many cheer their openness, The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports: “Mental illness is being both sensationalized and misrepresented by television and media. Sensationalizing mental illness can be harmful, especially for...

A Reflection on 2020 and a Hopefulness for 2021

“I want one moment in time when I’m more than I thought I could be.” Despite the pain, despair, anxiety, depression, and loss suffered in 2020, thousands of people across this amazing country discovered they were more than they thought they could be. Business owners forced to close their doors discovered ways to pay laid-off...

The Power of Gifts

The holidays are a time often associated with the custom of giving gifts. We give gifts as an expression of love and appreciation. We can also give gifts out of obligation to fulfill an expectation. Sometimes we can get sidetracked by thinking the bigger and more valuable the gift, the more it expresses our appreciation....

Navigating Parenting Plans and Custody Agreements During COVID-19

Oklahoma, like so many other states, requires parents to maintain Parenting Plans and Custody Agreements, despite the COVID-19 crisis. If this requires children to travel to a different location, or shelter-in-place in a different parent’s home, you and your child might be fearful. You have no knowledge of steps being taken in an ex-spouse’s home...