Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families
June 20, 2012
Drugs through the veins of frogs: What next?
More than 30 horses from 4 states have recently tested positive for a substance known as dermorphine, a powerful opioid substance (found in amphibian or frog skin). The substance is used in horse-racing competitions and is as strong (if not stronger) than morphine itself. Dermorphine is basically a heptapeptide ( a peptide or an amino acid compound) originally found in South African frogs. In the scientific world, hepta-peptide has a “nickname” known as snap-7 ( due to its chain being made up of 7 amino acids) and is said to be both an anti-wrinkle and stretch mark agent. There are probably a host of other related uses of the substance that are currently unknown to the wider society. In horses, however, dermorphine acts as a steroid for horses as a result of its performance enhancing properties. Horses injected with dermorphine tend to run much faster than they would otherwise.
Dermorphine is not a naturally occurring substance in humans or mammals. It acts as an agonist in the brain. An agonist is a substance that acts similarly in the brain to another substance. For example, the dermorphine will bind/attach to brain cells (or neurotransmitters) in the same way that morphine does. The drug therefore stimulates an action similar to that of morphine. Agonists are key players in the human body and pharmacology.
In the horse-racing realm, the use of the drug is said to be one of the most serious violations, however, no one has been formally charged as of yet. Various new drugs have continued to gain media attention over the past few weeks including the controversial bath salts and the crocodile “killer drug.”
I founded and designed AnchoredInKnowledge.com in 2009. I knew that I wanted to help people learn what they didn’t know but didn’t know exactly how. After graduate school and landing an internship in a teaching hospital, I updated this website with the intention of marketing my services to only children and adolescents.
Over the past 10 years of consulting with parents, families, and caregivers and treating suffering young people internationally, I realized a strong need for navigation through the muddy waters of the mental health system. During the same time I became certified in trauma therapy. This is when I developed Anchored Child & Family Counseling.
Through the counseling relationship I strive to walk with my clients through tough times, help them explore what their challenges mean to them, and motivate them to find the faith, purpose, and peace to survive.
I am a licensed and Board certified mental health therapist working with psychological trauma, self-harm, and suicidal teens including angry, oppositional, or anxious and depressed youths.
When I’m not working with kids I am helping confused and stressed parents, families, and caregivers navigate relationships, grief, loss, and the mental health system.
I bring both personal and professional experience with challenges of living and I combine these things in my work.
I hope this practice serves as a starting point and resource for you.
What are the 5 things people tend to miss in teens contemplating suicide? Tamara Hill, a nationally-certified clinical trauma therapist, will present her workshop on this topic at our 2019 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference. Learn more at https://t.co/tTP5Q8Lgb5pic.twitter.com/Gt4K7kF5A9