Alzheimer's Disease and the People Who Care: Support for Our Nation's Caregivers

June 21, 2018 is the summer solstice - the longest day of the year. It is also the day the Alzheimer's Association holds The Longest Day fundraising events around the nation. With 5.6 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, the impact it has on our families is far-reaching and immense! If you are a caregiver for a person with Alzheimer's Disease, today's blog post will provide you with multiple resources to make your journey a bit easier. If you are not a caregiver but know someone who is, please share this information and find creative ways you can support them. Please also visit the Alzheimer's Association webpage and find out how you can participate in The Longest Day ac

Freeing Yourself from the Limits of Perfectionism: A Conversation with Ryane LeCesne

The collision between perfectionism and life purpose is often intense. This is because in order to embrace one, you must relinquish the other. Perfectionism and a joyful life of purpose cannot, and do not, peacefully coexist. Today's blog post will show you how the desire to be perfect can easily derail dreams - leaving even the most accomplished person feeling inadequate, stifled, frustrated, fearful and defeated. Ryane LeCesne is a wife, mother, transformational leadership and lifestyle coach, business CEO and one of my Spelman sisters. She is also a Perfectionist in Recovery. Ryane has graciously joined us today to share her personal journey through the grips of perfectionism, to e

Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Should You Confront Your Abuser?

I once wrote a poem I call "Pit Permanence". It was written after I had been reflecting on the numerous brave men and women whom have shared their stories of childhood sexual abuse with me. I’ve seen them all come to a place where they at least contemplate confronting their abuser(s), as well as others complicit in the abuse. In their stories, there is usually a bystander adult that saw, heard, or felt something was “off” – but never said or did anything to protect them. I’m a psychiatrist, I understand emotional problems, psychopathology, relationship dynamics and drug addictions. But it still shocks me that some parents have allowed abuse to happen to their children – even in their own

[Video] Dr. Thomas Talks Life as a Psychiatrist

Feyi Alufohai is a journalist, blogger and photographer. She authors the website and shares beauty with the world through fun lifestyle topics like travel and fashion. As part of her blog, she has introduced a new series called "Career Journals". This series will explore the paths of professionals in various walks of life. In early May, she invited me to sit and discuss my personal and professional journey. Feyi features my story for the first episode of "Career Journals"! Please enjoy our chat. Also, visit Feyi's website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or YouTube. #careerjournals #interview #spelmancollege

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