FRC Weekly Articles

Stepping up in a despairing world

10/08/2022
Cathy Brownfield

Sometimes headlines grab our attention with shocking effects: How can this be so?

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Not a normal stress response

09/03/2022
Cathy Brownfield

Someone who is always curious about the next happening down the road and, no matter what comes along, is persistent about putting one foot in front of the other, may find it difficult to understand why someone else might not see things from that perspective, that someone they know, love or care about might be in a very dark place with no hope. I’ve heard some people ask, “How do people hold on if they don’t have God?”

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Deaths of despair: A loss of hope

05/07/2022
Cathy Brownfield

Many of us remember the great recession of 2008. Others of us lived through the Economic Malaise of the late 1970s into the 1980s. (Economic Malaise was a gentler term than Great Depression.) How terrible it was for the families who depended on the steel mills for their livelihoods. And then everyone learned about ‘ripple effect.’ Contractors who worked for the steel industry were devastated as the dominoes continued to fall. Local stores were stricken when there were fewer customer dollars. You were fortunate if you could afford to have what you needed. Homes – and everything else families had worked hard to possess – were lost. And the quality of life declined. There was no stigma attached to the free lunch program at school.

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When you recognize depression

04/02/2022
Cathy Brownfield

A friend called me. I always perceive this person as positive, upbeat, with a sense of humor, a beautiful person. In fact, when Caller ID flashes the identity of this friend, I am immediately happy to hear the voice and talk for a while. So, when this friend said depression was a problem and asked if I could recommend someone to talk to, I was surprised. Given altruistic leanings, I immediately felt the need to help.

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Understanding: Diseases of despair

Understanding: Diseases of despair

11/13/2021
Cathy Brownfield

These are the diseases or deaths of despair … what can happen when one has no hope, when they feel completely lost.

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