Abuse Library

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

 

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