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  • Healing from Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover
    During the 20th century, psychology was viewed as less than a science — mostly because it was difficult to gather hard evidence to back up theories about mental processes. In the modern age of neuroscience, ...
  • The Attachment Therapy Companion: Key Practices for Treating Children & Families
    In order for a traumatized child to heal, that child must be able to form a lasting, loving relationship with an older caregiver. Though this concept sounds intuitively valid, attachment therapy, a developing field based ...
  • Teens: Coping with Being Unwanted, Unloved and Unhappy
    Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me. ~ Childhood rhyme Whoever made up that ...
  • My Journey to Loving Myself Following Sexual Abuse
    Historically any article with “self-love” in it has given rise to a ...
  • Red Flags of Love Fraud: 10 Signs You’re Dating a Sociopath
    Donna Andersen started LoveFraud.com after her former husband drained her of $227,000, cheated on her, fathered a child outside their marriage, and remarried 10 days after their divorce was finalized. The website, which was created ...
  • White Elephants
    As I cried, I wanted to believe it was the alcohol that induced Mom’s words.  I had to believe it was the alcohol.  I don’t want them.  The words rang in my ears.  That’s the ...
  • Problems of Codependents
    Everyone laughs when I tell them that I wrote Codependency for Dummies. But codependency is no laughing matter. It causes ...
  • Do You Love a Narcissist?
    It’s easy to fall in love with narcissists. Their charm, talent, success, beauty, and charisma cast a spell, ...
  • iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us
    One of Dr. Larry Rosen’s friends feels he must be continuously connected to his electronic devices. If he is in a conversation that is more than 15 minutes long, “he excuses himself to go to ...
  • Raising Assertive Kids
    Assertiveness isn’t necessarily innate. While it might come naturally to some people, it’s largely a skill -- and an important one at ...
  • Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents
    Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents by William Steel and Cathy A. Malchiodi is a powerful and user-friendly book aimed at educating clinicians in their work with child and adolescent trauma survivors. This comprehensive book ...
  • Sexual Trauma: A Challenge Not Insanity
    Dr. K. Elan Jung’s Sexual Trauma: A Challenge Not Insanity is a strong reference, written for a wide audience including physicians, therapists, victims and the general layperson.  Dr. Jung is a practicing psychiatrist who has ...
  • Transform Your Life Now
    If you Google the phrase "transform your life," you get results showing you how to do just that in 5 easy ways, in less than 30 minutes, with 10 technologies, by 10 truths, or in ...
  • Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide
    Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide by Babette Rothschild is a reference book for clinician and client alike. Rothschild has successfully taken the enormously complex subject of trauma therapy and recovery and broken it down into ...
  • October is Domestic Violence Month
    Domestic violence remains a huge and largely hidden problem. The purple ribbons you may have seen recently on car bumpers and people’s ...
  • The Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love
    Have you ever found yourself calling your partner repeatedly even though they have asked you to stop?  Does your partner sulk, pout and pick a fight whenever you want to meet up with friends for ...
  • An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine
    In An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine, physician and medical historian Howard Markel, M.D., recounts the story of two geniuses who used themselves as guinea pigs in their ...
  • Cry Depression, Celebrate Recovery: My Journey through Mental Illness
    Barbara Altman, a St. Louis, Mo., native, earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Fontbonne University and taught music therapy at St. Louis Institute of Music.  She now teaches piano and guitar in her home ...
  • Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past
    Boris Cyrulnik is a renowned neuropsychiatrist and psychoanalyst, director of teaching at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Université du Sud, Toulon-Var, France. At the age of 5, he lost both of ...
  • Women Who Love Psychopaths
    This book has many reasons to recommend it. Two are most powerful. First, its postulation through neuroscientific indications that the psychopath's brain is genetically different from his fellows and so he cannot change is paramount ...
  • How a Bully Is Made
    The short- and long-term harm done to bullying victims has received much attention lately. The complex web of factors which go into ...
  • In the Zone: Depression and Emotions
    Introduction: This article proposes a non-drug treatment for depression in terms of hidden emotions. It appears that most depression involves ...
  • The Way of the Comedian
    This article has been excerpted from Humor’s Hidden Power: Weapon, Shield and Psychological Salve by Nichole Force, M.A. According to a tale in the ...
  • The River of Forgetting
    In this elegant and deceptively simple memoir by Jane Rowan, her River of Forgetting has filled a need within the context of healing from childhood sexual abuse. Most such books deal with specific, visual memories. ...
  • My Adult Child Is in a Bad Relationship
    As you know, being a parent does not stop when your child leaves the nest. Whether your ...

 

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