Love is all around. So says the now-classic
holiday movie Love Actually. It can
be hard to decipher at times, but it really is there. Just look closely. You’ll
see it in the mother who gently takes hold of her daughter’s hand to cross the
street, and the look of absolute devotion and trust her child gives her.
As clinical professionals everywhere welcome the fifth installment of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), it is those of us who have our roots anchored in addiction medicine and behavioral health that find ourselves debating the new direction. While this isn’t the time or place to identify and discuss all the new developments the DSM-5 has to offer, or their relevance, there are some addiction-related changes and implications that certainly need to be acknowledged. All changes impact addiction and behavioral professionals to some degree so while the following is an overview, all experts would benefit from a thorough independent review sooner than later.
we focus is where our energy goes. So we want to ensure that when we are
conducting a counseling session we are focusing our attention on the most
relevant and potentially helpful issue or issues for our clients. This is
critical if we are going to create an experience that offers the most
therapeutic benefit to our client.
There’s something very special about gratitude. It can change
everything in life. Why is that? Is it magic? You could say that it’s magic
because of the way it can transform us – the way we think, the way we behave,
and ultimately the way we feel. A regular practice of gratitude is so simple and
yet it has amazing positive outcomes. So if you ask me, it’s the closest thing
to magic. Small acts of gratitude can help us to develop a more expansive and
positive view of our lives.