Blog Talk Radio

Welcome to Doc Reimers’ Blog Talk Radio shows, which include: Perfect Family Storms, Dance with Bipolar, and All Family Matters.

Today, many people are out of work or don’t have insurance. That means they often cannot afford the counseling they want or need. Because finding a therapist can be difficult and expensive, Doc offers a solution. While these blogs are not therapy, callers can call in and talk with Doc to discuss the challenges they’re facing within their families. She’ll tackle family conflicts, mental health issues, stress and many other issues, offering the tips and guidance you may need.

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Self-help For Post-Election Depression

I came out from New Jersey for a book-signing event at Bookstar at Loma Theater, Barns & Noble, in San Diego, CA. Before going to San Diego I stopped in Los Gatos, CA to visit my old friend, Linda. While I was there last night we watched the presidential elections.  As time went on and the results were getting more depressing by the moment I thought it would be a good idea to watch an old movie. We selected Thelma and Louise. Once in a while we would flip the channel back to the election. When they kept announcing the states and their electoral college votes indicated that our candidate was losing, I looked over at my friend and she had an glazed over stupor facial expression. I said, “Linda don’t go crazy on me.” This was a line out Thelma and Louise movie. She and I laughed hysterically because it was better than crying because that’s where the election was heading.   We switched back to the movies end and I couldn’t help think about the teetering on the edge of the cliff that our country is facing just like Louise’s car in the movie.

So many things in life are so much out of our control. The only things we can control are our emotional responses.   So pick yourself up from the post-election blues and do your part to make this a better country. Be a commander-in-chief in doing acts of kindness and caring about others. The power of positive is amazing and collectively can heal a broken country.

For tips to combat depression read the Mind, Heart and Soul of Depression: Your Guided Journal For Emotional Healing And Getting To Truth Of The Matter.



Press Release Of The Mind, Heart And Soul of Depression

Self-help journal guides in journey towards lifting depression

Cathy L. Reimers, Ph.D. announces release of ‘The Mind, Heart & Soul of Depression’

CHESTERFIELD, N.J. — Cathy L. Reimers, Ph.D. returns to the publishing scene with a new self-help book featuring “The Mind, Heart & Soul of Depression” (published by Balboa Press). A compendium of her education and experience, this journal helps readers discover the sources of their depression and the depth of their illness through guided journaling.

The book is a self-help journal that will help an individual get to the mind, heart and soul of depression by letting go of negative experiences and freeing one’s self from family traumas. The book is divided into 10 sections, beginning with a discussion about the symptoms of depression. “The Mind, Heart & Soul of Depression” also shares whimsical stories and exercises to guide and help readers understand each one’s core conflicts.

“If you think you might be depressed, reading this book can be the first step in helping yourself, by either identifying that you have clinical depression, and/or finding solutions and available resources. The book will make you laugh out loud because some of the stories are cute and whimsical, and they mirror your own truths. But, they have a way of pushing the boulder of depression away,” Reimers explains. “I want readers to feel hopeful, and to know that the pain associated with depression can be lifted. Struggles teach us lessons. It’s during those struggles that our authentic selves will emerge, and your heart and soul will become free to experience the richness of life.”

A snippet from “The Mind, Heart & Soul of Depression” reads:

MDD is often misconstrued, minimized, and even mocked by the people the sufferer loves most. To make matters worse, people diagnosed with any mental health disorder often feel a great deal of guilt. It’s a social stigma that I refer to as “hiding under the cloak of shame.”

Being misunderstood and trivialized can lead one to experience more intense feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, helplessness, and rejection. Then there is the constant challenge of trying to behave normally among others, which can lead us to suffer more internal pain. This quiet suffering can be exhausting and cause deeper emotional wounds that become rooted in our psyches, in our hearts, and even in the depths of our souls.

“The Mind, Heart & Soul of Depression”

By Cathy L. Reimers, Ph.D.

Softcover | 7.5 x 9.25in | 120 pages | ISBN 9781504364225

E-Book | 120 pages | ISBN 9781504364270

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., is a psychologist with over 25 years of experience in counseling children, teens and adults. She is the author of “The Perfect Family Storm: Tips to Restore Mental Health and Strengthen Family Relationships,” co-author of two ADHD books, blogs at,,,, and hosts at, Perfect Family Storms and Mind Heart Soul of Depression.


Press Release of Mind, Heart And Soul Of Depression

The Mind, Heart  And Soul OF Depression


Dr. Cathy Announces Upcoming Mental Health Book Series

Dr. Cathy will announce the first book in a mental health series at the Book launch/ signing of The Perfect Family Storm book.   Be the first to find out more about the mental health series by attending the book launch/ signing on 01/16/16 at 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM at Barns & Noble, 1311 Nixon Dr., Moorestown, NJ 08057.

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Press Release of The Perfect Family Storm Book

Psychologist Cathy L. Reimers compiles strategies to combat stress ripping apart American families in new book

Insights on what triggers stress, how to keep things from spinning out of control

CHESTERFIELD, N.J. — In “The Perfect Family Storm: Tips to Restore Mental Health and Strengthen Family Relationships in Today’s World” (published by Balboa Press), Cathy L. Reimers, Ph.D., delves into the pressures that are currently inflicting instability upon American families and offers insight on how best to overcome the forces that threaten to ruin the family unit.

“I was inspired by the truth in writing this book and the truth is that families along with everyone else are in storms of stress,” Reimers says. “It’s not just one storm but there are many storms pounding families.”

With over 25 years of experience in counseling, Reimers has discerned a myriad of problems that plague family life: violence, addiction, dishonesty and financial strain continue to be primary culprits—but Reimers says the onset of burgeoning social media technology numbs familial communication and keeps society in collective silence.

“I want my readers to develop skills of insightful parenting, which involves being truthful. There is no perfect parent, child or family,” she explains. “First forgive yourself and then your child on a daily basis. How you react and steps that you take as parent will be your children’s future steps.”

“The Perfect Family Storm”

By Cathy L. Reimers, PH.D.

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781504336338

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781504336314

E-Book | 244 pages | ISBN 9781504336321

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., also known as Dr. Cathy on her Internet talk-radio show, Perfect Family Storms, is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience counseling children, adults and families. She is the co-author of two ADHD books, and blogs on her websites:, and


Book Launch/signing of The Perfect Family Storm Book

You are invited to a book launch/signing at Barnes & Noble Book Store, 1311 Nixon Drive, Moorestown, NJ 08057, 01/16/16 at 1:00 PM- 3:00PM.  Dr. Cathy will talk about her book, what inspired her to write the book and answer any 3d PFS book cover 2questions that you may have.


National Alliance on Mental Health and Stigma

Stigma Won’t Go Away On Its Own: 5 Ways to Speak Out Against Stigma

By Laura Greenstein | Nov. 20, 2015

Stigma is a burden that lingers and permeates our society. The misconceptions perpetuated by stigma act as a barrier for people who live with mental health conditions to feel open about their struggles and experiences.

Being open and teaching people about these kinds of struggles is something that is necessary in order to remove the misconceptions about mental health.

It can be incredibly challenging and intimidating to share your experiences, but once you start the conversation, is a great way to stand up to stigma.

I reached out to NAMI’s Facebook community and asked people to share a time in their life when they stood up to stigma. Here are some of the responses that we received:

  1. Be Open about Your Experiences

“I wanted to write about my experience and show people that they don’t have to go through it alone, but I was scared for a long time of admitting to my mental illness. Coming out as bisexual was easier for me than coming out as bipolar.” –Terryn Rutford

You shouldn’t have to stay ‘in the closet” about your mental health. Nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S.—60 million Americans—also struggle with their mental health every year, so chances are that if you open up, you’ll find someone to connect with. And if that person doesn’t accept you? There are many others out there who will.

Being open about your mental health is a reminder to yourself and to others that living with a mental health condition isn’t your fault. If you aren’t sure how to talk to others about your mental health condition, here is some information on disclosing to others.

  1. Don’t Let Stigma Slide

“Several months ago, when I went for a routine teeth cleaning, the dental assistant told me that I “didn’t look depressed.” After that conversation, I chose to visit another clinic. Her comment was unacceptable, inconsiderate and unsympathetic.” – Dawn Olsen

You don’t have to tolerate prejudice or mistreatment of any kind. Sometimes you can look at someone and see that they are struggling, but you can’t always tell just by looking at someone. Mental health doesn’t look the same and assuming someone is fine because of how they look isn’t fair either. Let them know that mental illness is the same as physical illness, and should be treated with the same amount of care and encouragement.

  1. Reach Out to Others

“I believe in recovery for everyone and ran a crisis center that believed in hope and empowerment. We welcomed those in crisis like they were guests in our home.” – Patricia Tolmie Friend

By helping others who live with mental health conditions, you are showing the world that the mental health community is caring and encouraging and should be treated with respect.

  1. Pay Attention to How You Say Things

“I advised that language matters and if you as students have learned nothing else in speech class, take that one lesson with you because when you speak on topics that carry a lot of stigma especially, the words you use matter.” – Paulissa Edana Kipp

“Our son was newly discharged from a hospital with a diagnosis of Bipolar. The Special Ed Coordinator asked (when I asked for special services) did I really want my child “labeled” with Emotionally Disturbed. I said, “our child has a diagnosis and I want the services that can best meet his needs. A diagnosis is not a label.” – Jackie Dickey

People often use offensive language around mental health, sometimes without even realizing it. Encouraging them to use non-stigmatizing language is one of the easiest ways to stand up to stigma. For example, using person first language such as, a person living with bipolar disorder instead of a bipolar person. Also, not using mental health conditions as adjectives, such as “the weather is being so bipolar.”

  1. Teach Others about Mental Health

“I stand up to remove stigma every day as I live with an SMI diagnosis. I work as a counselor with the SMI population and with families and the community promoting education and awareness.” – Rasheedah Shaheed

Stigma is rooted in a lack of knowledge. Promoting education and awareness is a critical aspect of eliminating stigma. Direct people towards credible resources, such as or, so that they can learn more about mental health.


Storms of Violence Strike Everywhere!

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

Mahatma Gandhi


Doc says, “Let there be peace.”


Drugs, Reflection

The Calming Power of Nature

Now researchers say a new therapy, proven to relieve depression, should be added to the mix.  It’s called nature. To read more on this go to:  http://Http://

Here are some of my nature pics. Enjoy!



Blog Talk Radio

What Kills Families? Affluenza!

Does your family suffer from affluenza?

Deposition: Teen in ‘affluenza’ case used drugs, alcohol

By the Associated Press | October 18, 2015 | 4:05 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A teenager who killed four people in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck near Fort Worth and claimed as part of his defense that he suffered from “affluenza” testified during a deposition that he used drugs and believed his parents knew he drank alcohol.

A video recording of the deposition obtained by ABC News ( ) shows Ethan Couch responding to claims that his wealthy parents coddled him into irresponsibility. The report didn’t specify when the deposition was held or which lawsuit it related to.

Couch said before the wreck, he had used drugs and alcohol on a number of occasions.

“I’ve taken Valium, Hydrocodone, marijuana, cocaine, Xanax and I think I tried Ecstasy once, pretty sure that was it,” Couch testified.

The teen had seven passengers in his truck when he plowed into a disabled vehicle on the side of a dark road. Besides the four people killed, several of those in the truck and others helping the driver of the disabled vehicle were injured.

Couch, who is now 18, said during the deposition that one of the only things he remembers from the night was “waking up handcuffed to the hospital bed.”

District Judge Jean Boyd in December 2013 gave Couch 10 years’ probation following a sentencing hearing in which Couch’s attorneys invoked the affluenza defense. Prosecutors had asked for a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Under Texas juvenile law, the maximum allowable sentence in Couch’s intoxication assault case was three years in a Texas Juvenile Justice Department facility.

Couch and his parents were deposed for a lawsuit related to the wreck. The family last week settled the last of a series of lawsuits filed since the crash.