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  • The Buddha & The Borderline
    The Buddha & The Borderline, by writer, artist and advocate Kiera Van Gelder, exposes a regularly hushed-up topic: borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is shrouded in stigma. There’s little information about the disorder and, while ...
  • Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture
    I admit it: I was more than a little hesitant to dive into Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture, edited by Shannon T. Boodram. My fears of being overwhlemed or disturbed ...
  • Gentling: A Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children
    William E. Krill, Jr.’s book Gentling: a Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children is a must-read for anyone who works with children.  To say that it is a good idea to ...
  • Understanding the Effects of Trauma: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    The essential psychological effect of trauma is a shattering of innocence. Trauma creates a loss of faith that there is any safety, predictability, or ...
  • Parent Abuse by Teen
    Parents -- just like anyone else -- can be abused by a child or teenager. A young adult is just as capable as inflicting emotional, verbal and ...
  • Severe Obesity and Adult ADHD: Connection and Cure
    In 2006, at the age of 47, I was diagnosed with ADHD. I’ve been researching adult ADHD ever since. I was taken by surprise ...
  • Depression and Dissociative Identity Disorder
    As an educator, I’ve become more and more convinced of the huge need for better information and openness about all kinds of ...
  • A Lifetime of Joy after Clinical Depression
    This is a true story, as told to us by Alice (not her real name): When I was born my mother was dismayed -- she didn’t want a child ...
  • Rejecting Childhood Rejection
    “I can’t figure it out,” one of the writers to Psych Central's "Ask the Therapist" column wrote recently. “My parents never give me any emotional support or even seem to like me. I always get ...
  • Reacting on Autopilot: When Good Intentions Fall Short
    Disclaimer: The characters from these vignettes are fictitious. They were derived from a composite of people and events for the purpose of representing real-life situations and psychological dilemmas which occur in families. Julius was a ...
  • Talking To Your Teens about Acquaintance Rape
    “How could this happen?” The mother on the other end of the phone is distraught. “My son came home a wreck. He said his girlfriend wouldn’t quit coming on to him no matter what he ...
  • Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide
    The headline took my breath away. In a town close to mine, a 15-year-old had committed suicide due to cyberbullying. Described as a charming and well-liked young girl, she nonetheless crumbled when targeted ...
  • Signs of a Controlling Guy
    Letters like these come in to our "Ask the Therapist" column every week: "My boyfriend freaks out if I go out with my friends for an evening -- even though he hangs out with ...
  • Why Women Stay with Controlling Men
    Why would a woman stay in a relationship with a guy who puts her down, hems her in, and perhaps even physically abuses her? Why would a woman hold down two jobs to keep the ...
  • Women and Violence
    The impact of violence against women is too often masked by silence. Its continuation depends on silence. Distance keeps us safe and unless one personally experiences violence or knows someone who has, many of us ...
  • My Adversity, My Son
    I watched "Hawthorne" on TNT tonight. One of the story lines was about a woman who came into the ER with a broken arm and during the examination she was discovered to have many bruises ...
  • Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the most difficult conditions for anyone to bear. Many who encounter life-threatening events or situations that threaten physical or emotional safety become burdened by a variety of intense ...
  • How Do We Stop Bullying in Schools?
    The best and most obvious way to stop bullying in schools is for parents to change the way they parent their children at home. Of course, this is much easier said than done and ...
  • Teens Who Self-Harm
    Sandy's mother, Lily, is beside herself. "I didn't notice anything was wrong all winter," she said. "Oh, she was quieter than usual and her grades weren't the best. But we moved last fall and I ...
  • Coping with Flashbacks
    Flashbacks are memories of past traumas. They may take the form of pictures, sounds, smells, body sensations, feelings, or the lack of them (numbness). Many times there is no actual ...
  • What is a Trigger?
    A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma. Triggers are very personal; different things trigger different people. ...
  • Neglect: The Quieter Child Abuse
    It's a silent problem. While newspapers and TV news shows regularly highlight stories of child physical and sexual abuse, the companion problem, child neglect, hardly gets a mention. Neglect, unless accompanied by pictures of squalor ...
  • My Battle with Childhood Sexual Abuse
    My first memory of emotional abuse was when I was three years old. Mum left me with the next door neighbour who was the local flasher. He didn't think anything of showing himself to ...
  • Coping with Acquaintance Rape
    Rape by an acquaintance is often even more traumatizing than rape by a stranger. First of all, it represents a violation of trust. Secondly, victims may not get the social support they need and deserve. While ...
  • Five Steps for Dealing with Trauma
    Did you know that bad things that have happened to you in your life can cause or worsen psychiatric symptoms? More and more research confirms the strong connection between traumatic life events and psychiatric symptoms. ...

 

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