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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, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort</a> (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: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.
When You Are The Survivor Of

When You Are The Survivor Of Suicide

For the survivors left behind, suicide is unbelievable and surreal. It is a game changer. Your life is permanently altered. It is the day time stands still. It is the day you stop taking a full breath. It is, alas, the day people can avoid you, talk about you and even blame you.
01/04/2016 10:53 EST
Messages From the Other

Messages From the Other Side

Once upon a time, a woman, let's call her Shirley, lost her husband to the ravages of cancer. It had been a long and arduous
10/23/2015 11:40 EDT
Making Sense of a Psychologist's

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
12 Things You Should Know About

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
The Tao of

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
Understanding the Grief of

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
One Year Later: Lessons From Robin Williams'

One Year Later: Lessons From Robin Williams' Suicide

On August 11, 2014, Robin's life shockingly ended in suicide. Much commentary ensued over the past year. On this first-year anniversary of his passing, it seems more than appropriate to ask the question: What have we learned from Robin Williams' suicide?
07/23/2015 12:23 EDT