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Adele Ryan McDowell

Psychologist, teacher, and writer who likes looking at life through the big viewfinder.

Adele Ryan McDowell, PhD, is a practicing psychotherapist and crisis former hot-line responder with more than 30 years experience helping clients find hope and balance in the face of crisis, trauma, and grief. Dr. McDowell's newest book, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort (White Flowers Press, 2014), speaks to those who have lost a loved one to suicide, those considering suicide, and those who work with or counsel the bereaved and suicidal. Learn more at: AdeleRyanMcDowell.com and AdeleandthePenguin.com.
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Making Sense of a Psychologist's Suicide

We think, perhaps, we could have done something differently -- made a move or said the right words that might have tipped the balance in favour of life. Death is not easy on a regular basis, but it becomes tainted and shame-faced when described as a suicide. It's as if we, the survivors, have somehow failed to do our part.
09/27/2015 08:57 EDT
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12 Things You Should Know About Suicide

Suicide is a dirty word mired in judgment, shame and taboo. It is often whispered, denied, or avoided altogether. Isn't it time we begin the conversation, so we can help one another and find solutions to help alleviate the enormous amount of pain circling our planet? The first step is to understand suicide
09/08/2015 05:59 EDT
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The Tao of 007

I admire Bond's fearlessness; he believes totally in himself. He stays cool, calm and collected while the bomb ticks mercilessly into single-digit seconds. He doesn't break a sweat, much less his concentration. Bond is adaptable and flexible in situations.
08/21/2015 03:27 EDT
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Understanding the Grief of Suicide

Your world is no longer the same. There is no clock, no formula, no standard operating procedure. It takes as long as it takes. Your healing journey is unique to you. In grief, you remember and sift and sort through the good and not-so-good memories, feelings, history and artifacts of a life.
08/20/2015 12:56 EDT