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Positive Charges

- Always find the best in people.
- Don't be afraid to be yourself.
- Open the door to new friendship.
- Keep learning new things everyday.
Stretch outside of your comfort zone.
- Expect big things from your life.
- Praise yourself everyday.
- Make time everyday for solitude and reflection.
- Be thankful for each day & count your blessing instead of your problems.

A positive Mental Attitude urges you to:

-Seek the truth.
-Take constructive action.
-Strive to achieve the highest ideals you can conceive consistent with good physical and mental health.
-live intelligently in your society.
-Abstain from that which will cause unnecessary injury.
-Start from where you are and go to where you want to be regardless of what you are or what you have been.
                                                       Napoleon Hill
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Health insurance

We added CompCare to the list of health insurances accepted at North Oakland Counseling.
For additional information please visit the fee section on our website: www.northoaklandcounseling.com 

Diagnostic Criteria of Common Eating Disorders

These are the technical definitions of Anorexia and Bulimia:
Anorexia:
-Loss of 5-15% of normal body weight coupled with refusal to maintain normal body weight
-Extreme fear of gaining weight
-Distorted body image ( feeling fat when very thin)\Absence of three or more consecutive menses/period ( Amenorrhea)

Bulimia
-Recurrent episodes of binge eating ( rapid consumption of large amount of food in a discrete period of time, usually less than two hours
-Feeling a lack of control during binges
-Regular episodes of self-induced vomiting, use of diuretics, strict dieting or vigorous exercise
-Minimum of two binges per week for at least three months
-Persistent over-concern with body shape and weight

Psychological treatment of eating disorders:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPT): Assist the individual to think differently then his/her behavior will change accordingly.
Supportive Psychotherapy: Help the individual cope with stressful events.
Behavioral Techniques: Provide the person with several techniques to modify his/her behavior.
Interpersonal Therapy: Help the individual resolve interpersonal problems such as dependence, impulsive behavior,  conflicts with parent, unresolved anger, & fluctuation of mood.

The 7 habits of highly effective people

In developing our own self-awareness many of us discover ineffective scripts, deeply embedded habits that are totally unworthy of us, totally incongruent with the things we really value in life. We don't have to live with those script. We are responsible to use our imagination and creativity to write new once that are more effective, more congruent with our deepest values and with the correct principles that give our value meanings.

Psychology Today.com

Preparing your child for school


http://www.parents.com/kids/education/kindergarten/prepare-your-child-for-school/

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family, relationships, work life, and the individual's sense of self-identity. While BPD is less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, it is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women. People affected by BPD exhibit a high rate of self-injury without suicidal intent, significant rate of suicide attempts, and in severe cases completed suicide. Patients with BPD often need extensive mental health services, and many improve over time and are able to lead productive lives.

Today's quote

" Peek Performance in life isn't about succeeding all the time or even being happy all the time. It is often about compensating, adjusting, and doing the best you can with what you have right now "  Ken Ravizza

Quote of the day

Happiness is felt when your life gives you whatever you are ready to give.
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