These occasional posts will showcase a variety of articles which have caught my interest.

NZ Content – Do you volunteer? Bernard Lee (2016 Mr Gay NZ) writes about volunteering and the LGBTTQIA community:

Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds our community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. Click to read more

I find the notion of  ‘curing’ non-heterosexuality utterly reprehensible. It’s still is done in various places around the world, even today, as Matthew Jenkin (@matthewjenkin) writes:

He had heard from others in the gay community that the “therapy” could “cure” him of homosexuality but his curiosity turned to terror when he realised that the treatment involved getting electrocuted, and he left before the session ended. Click to read more

Casey Schwartz (author of In the Mind Fields) looks at shifts in the therapeutic landscape, and the rise of niche marketing:

In need of a therapist to help get your start-up going? Check. To help you tackle the particularities of life as a Hasidic Jew? As a Muslim? Check, check. To help you end a relationship? To grieve the loss of a pet? To better understand the tapestry of female sexuality? To struggle through the issues of young adulthood? Check. Click to read more

ADHD isn’t something only one gender can have. So why are you far less likely to be diagnosed with it if you’re a girl or woman? Gabby Bess (@seemstween) explores:

In women, ADHD also manifests itself in ways that defy the stereotypical portrait of the disorder and is often misdiagnosed. According to the CDC, boys are far more likely than girls to receive the diagnosis. A 2005 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology posits that because girls’ symptoms are “less overt than the disruptive behaviors typically seen among males,” ADHD in women is virtually hidden. Click to read more

Self-care can often be overlooked. Justin Hancock (@bishtraining) gives a good primer on how to get into it:

Self care is the antidote to the constant negative messages that we receive about the many ways in which we aren’t good enough. It’s more than just about doing a nice thing foryourself. Click to read more

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