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Where Behavioral Health Services Begin
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Where Behavioral Health Services Begin

By Julie Jeter - Apr 05 2017


Every two years in Texas our legislature meets and votes on bills that become law. As of the March 10th filing deadline, there were a total of 6,654 bills and joint resolutions filed for the 85th Legislative Session. Even now, committees are reviewing and hearing bills, meeting at least weekly and making decisions for the […]

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Recovery is a “We” Adventure
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Recovery is a “We” Adventure

By Julie Jeter - Mar 01 2017


With a professional career in the behavioral health/social services and having pursued therapy in my personal life, I’ve been exposed to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality test. According to the web site, “the purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. […]

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When Food is the Addiction
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When Food is the Addiction

By Julie Jeter - Feb 08 2017


Over the holidays, I had my television on and was both fascinated and dismayed by the number of ads selling food consisting of processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, fried foods, fast foods, etc.) juxtaposed with commercials on weight loss and dieting.  For a person in recovery from an eating disorder, the insanity of the conflicting messages […]

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Love and Recovery
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Love and Recovery

By Julie Jeter - Jan 25 2017


Happy New Year to everyone!!  The beginning of a new year provides us with a time to review life, our choices and resulting consequences, both good and bad.  It also allows us the opportunity to look ahead; revising life plans, tossing some ideas to the side and adopting new strategies. One of my daily practices […]

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Trauma: We Are All Touched

By Julie Jeter - Nov 01 2016


Back in 1989, shortly after I entered recovery, recurrent thoughts and feelings of shame, guilt and unworthiness began to surface.  My sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous suggested that I might need counseling to address possible “family of origin” issues.   At that point in my life I did everything the women surrounding me with support, love and […]

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Saying Goodbye to a Friend – The Disease of Addiction

By Julie Jeter - Sep 17 2016


This past Saturday rather than shopping for home improvement Items at Lowe’s; I attended a celebration of life for a friend who died from the disease of addiction. She left a husband, two children and three grandchildren behind. The cause of death on her coroner’s report won’t say she died of alcoholism and drug addiction, […]

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Surviving Suicide: Help and Hope

By Julie Jeter - Aug 17 2016


Suicide:  Then and Now The day was September 22, 1972, I was 13 years old and had just begun 9th grade in Lubbock, Texas.  My mother, Ossie, who the year before had attempted suicide by shooting herself in the chest and narrowly missing her aorta; had called her mother and asked to return home to […]

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Celebrate Recovery Month!

By Julie Jeter - Jul 22 2016


Happy summer to everyone! I have to tell you; I love being in Recovery.  What does that even mean?  Most people haven’t heard the term since they aren’t in recovery so let me provide you with some information.  SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has developed a common, unified, working definition of […]

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Off My Path: Schizophrenia

By Julie Jeter - Jun 27 2016


This month, when it comes to talking about the spectrum of schizophrenic disorders, I am venturing away from mental health diagnoses I’m familiar with. Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. They may hear voices […]

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The Highs
and Lows of Bi-Polar Disorder

By Julie Jeter - May 16 2016


I love data, facts and information; I actually call myself a data girl. Data is quantifiable and can provide support for determining need and directing resources. For example, bi-polar disorder (BPD) is a chronic illness that affects the brain in a way that can cause extreme mood swings that vary in length. People with BPD […]

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Mental Illness and Addiction: Remember Not to Judge

By Julie Jeter - Apr 05 2016


I am so grateful that I was born in this era. Not just because of air-conditioning, motorized vehicles and modern feminine products, but also because had I been born earlier I may have been locked away in an asylum or forced to live sequestered in my room, sipping laudanum and writing poetry. Fortunately, in the […]

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Behavioral Health & Recovery: What Is That & Who Am I?

By Julie Jeter - Feb 26 2016


Happy February to everyone, welcome to my inaugural blog on the Plaid for Women platform! I am honored to have been asked to be a contributor and want to thank Shivaun for providing me with this fabulous opportunity. We’re going to talk about Behavioral Health (BH) which can sound somewhat vague if you don’t work […]