How to prepare for your meeting with a therapist
Going to therapy for the first time can be intimidating. It can be hard to seek help — and awkward to imagine opening up to a complete stranger. The process of finding an available therapist alone can be discouraging, especially as the demand for mental health services has been outpacing supply. But therapy can be extremely helpful for many people, and for many reasons. The Inquirer talked to three area mental health providers about how people can best prepare for a first mental health appointment. Do I need a reason to have therapy?There is no right or wrong reason to go to therapy. Some peop...
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Trudy Rubin: How the great Ukrainian city of Kharkiv stands up to the Russians — and how you can help
KHARKIV, Ukraine — If you wonder why the United States should keep supporting Ukraine, let me describe my recent visit to Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city and long the cultural and academic capital of the country. In May, Ukrainian soldiers drove the Russian military back from the city, which is only 25 miles from the Russian border. Yet the Russians still shell Kharkiv and its suburbs nightly (and sometimes by day) from across the border. They specifically target civilian infrastructure: hospitals, schools, universities, apartment towers, and municipal buildings, driving half the popula...
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Michigan State's Tom Izzo signs new deal worth $6.2M per year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — While Tom Izzo has been busy on the recruiting trail, he was also working on a new contract with Michigan State. The university announced on Thursday it had agreed to a new five-year rollover contract that will pay the Hall of Fame coach $6.2 million annually, making him the second-highest paid coach in college basketball behind Kentucky’s John Calipari. The contract will be up for formal approval from Board of Trustees at the next meeting on Sept. 9. “Twelve years ago, Tom Izzo said he would be a Spartan for Life, and today’s announcement further demonstrates and renews ...
The Detroit News
How Brady Cook won the 4-man competition to be Mizzou's starting QB
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz has learned a lot about his new starting quarterback since the end of last season, but it was during a midsummer meeting that could have gone awkwardly when he fully appreciated the competitor that is Brady Cook. Drinkwitz's offseason hunt for a more experienced quarterback was not a secret — he called it "a public pursuit" — but he was especially impressed with Cook's response to the carousel of Power Five targets coming through campus. Drinkwitz recalled that conversation Wednesday: "He just said, 'Coach, it means nothing more to me than ...
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Anne Heche ‘not expected to survive’ after car crash: report
Anne Heche is “not expected to survive” after suffering massive injuries in a car crash last week, a published report said. The actress suffered a severe brain injury, a rep for her told People. Heche remains in a coma, the rep said, and is unlikely to come out of it. “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she’s being kept on life support to determine if any are viable,” the statement said. Heche reportedly had cocaine in her system when she slammed her car into a Los Angeles home Aug 5. Authorities drew blood from the 53-year-old actress after the life-threatening crash on Aug....
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Anne Heche reportedly had cocaine in her system during car crash
Anne Heche was under the influence of cocaine when she slammed her car into a Los Angeles home, according to a report. Authorities drew blood from the 53-year-old actress after the life-threatening crash on Aug. 5 in the Mar Vista neighborhood on L.A.'s west side. There was no alcohol in Heche’s system, but there was cocaine, TMZ reported Thursday, citing police sources. The tests were also positive for fentanyl, according to TMZ. Cops are unsure if the opioid played a role in the crash because it is also used as a painkiller in hospitals. Heche remains in critical condition after being severe...
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Haze lingering over Georgia, South Carolina blamed on dust from the Sahara, experts say
A massive cloud of Saharan Desert dust that spent a week crossing the Atlantic is being blamed for changes in the skies off South Carolina and Georgia in recent days. The cloud first hit the southern tip of Florida on Aug. 8 and then worked its way up to South Carolina by Aug. 10, according to the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was recorded from space by the GOES-16 (GOES-East) satellite, which also able to measured the density of the dust. “This hazy dust signature was more pronounced early and late in the day, when the fo...
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OnlyFans model Courtney Clenney charged with murder in stabbing death of boyfriend in Miami
MIAMI — After OnlyFans model Courtney Clenney fatally stabbed her unarmed boyfriend during a raging domestic dispute in their luxury Miami apartment, police say, she claimed that she’d merely thrown the knife at him, at a distance of more than 10 feet. But investigators say that Christian Obumseli’s chest wound — slightly downward, penetrating eight centimeters — was just too deep to have been caused by a blade hurled from across the room. The stabbing, they say, was up close and personal. The medical evidence, along with Clenney’s history of attacking her boyfriend with weapons during an incr...
Is China attempting to normalize military drills around Taiwan?
Areas covered in the People Liberation Army's early August military drills. Image from Wikipedia. CC 4.0: Attributive-Share alike. After U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit, China carried out an unprecedented one-week live-fire military exercise across the strait between August 4–10 2022. The following article, which addresses concerns and implications of China's attempts to normalize its military action, was written by Brain Hioe and first published in New Bloom on August 8, 2022. It is republished on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement with New Bloom. After six full...
ESPN reporter M.A. Voepel says he’s transgender: ‘Glad to be who I’ve always been inside’
Longtime sports journalist M.A. Voepel shared on Twitter Tuesday that he’s transgender and that his pronouns are he/him. “Please feel free to call me Voepel, MV, Michael, Mike; I’m good with them all,” he wrote in a four-part Twitter thread. Voepel, who joined ESPN.com over 25 years ago, said that he decided to share his true self with the world now because he’s receiving the prestigious Gowdy Award next month, and wanted to do that as his “authentic self.” Named in honor of the late Curt Gowdy, a sports broadcaster and Hall of Fame board member and president, the award is presented to members...
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