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Life can be complicated, confusing, and stressful. Here you will find topical articles on a variety of issues known to affect physical and mental health. Each short article includes recommendations for further reading and other useful resources.


By Ronnie Biemans, Dec 16 2016 04:47PM

Over the past several years, I have read with considerable excitement the works of Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Their writings have raised our understanding and appreciation of the impact of life’s daily stresses on our health and of the strategies that can help to protect our brains and improve our physical and mental health.

By Ronnie Biemans, Dec 16 2016 04:05PM

“Beware the Ides of March” is the well- known quote from William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. These words refer to the date of the treacherous plot within the Roman Senate and were the soothsayer’s forecast of imminent danger to Caesar’s life. As the history books recount, Caesar’s associates conspired together and murdered him. This horrific, brutal betrayal by friends and co-workers occurred in 44 BC and is one of the most dramatic moments of workplace treachery imaginable. Thankfully, most of us will never, ever have such an extreme experience in the workplace. However, there are unhealthy work environments everywhere and many of us suffer from the impact of the bad behavior of colleagues, work associates, supervisors and even our clients. Clearly, bad behavior at work goes back centuries.

By Ronnie Biemans, Dec 15 2016 03:00PM

Several weeks ago, I found myself reading a compelling and heart-rending front page story in the Washington Post entitled "A Seven Year Search for Justice", the story of Danielle Hicks-Best and her difficult life journey after being sexual assaulted at the age of 11.

As I read the story I felt myself growing more and more outraged at her abuse and violation at such a young age and at the travesty of justice that would allow a young girl to be charged and treated as a criminal for reporting sexual assaults. Her recollection and reporting of the crimes were not believed despite the undeniable physical evidence of recent sexual trauma and her age. She was treated as a false reporter. As a result of poor advice and a systemic mishandling of her case, Danielle was declared a ward of the court and was in and out of juvenile facilities and secure treatment centers for years. Danielle was victimized not only by those who assaulted her but also by the system that failed to believe her, took her away from her family, and failed to provide effective and appropriate treatment. We have to do better.

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