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  • The Pocket Therapist
    Therapists are an unusual bunch.  We spend all day listening, cautioning, affirming, and putting out fires with clients who are feeling out of control, suicidal, despairing, or wildly stress-ridden.  By the end of ...
  • A Day at a Time: A Journal for Parents of Children with Autism
    Finally someone has stepped forward with a handy book that helps parents of children on the autistic spectrum organize their complex lives. Jen Merheb has created A Day at a Time: A Journal ...
  • 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 ...
  • Conquering Depression in the Golden Years
    Chances are, at some point, you or someone you know will encounter a friend or family member who is a senior and struggling with or exhibiting signs of depression.  This is an illness that is ...
  • Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus
    For those who are preparing, experiencing, or just finishing chemotherapy and are interested in how the treatment may affect their brain, and for those who live with cancer survivors who suffer cognitive setback, this is ...
  • Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce
    JoAnne Pedro-Carroll’s Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce illuminates the many ways that divorce is not merely a separation between parents, but a whole-family issue that reverberates deeply for ...
  • Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
    The daughters of narcissistic mothers have been raised by primary role models who lack the fundamentals of mothering.  Conditioned to care for their mothers rather than the reverse, these women suppress their identities at their ...
  • After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity
    As mental illness becomes less stigmatized, many individuals are coming out and sharing their experiences with a variety of disorders. The majority of books published on the topic are personal accounts of their struggles. Susan ...
  • To Grandmother’s House We Go
    Miranda is at a loss. Her 8-year-old granddaughter Melody has come for a three-week visit so that her mother Terry can save on ...
  • Approaching Neverland: A Memoir of Epic Tragedy & Happily Ever After
    In the 1960s, when author Peggy Kennedy grew up, mental illness was a family secret. It was whispered about, handed off to hospitals, restrained, subjected to electroshock therapy and slews of sedatives and sent back ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nurse Home Visits Support New Families’ Health
    Three new studies highlight the value of home visits by nurses in pregnancy and throughout infancy. Dr. Harriet Kitzman and her team of the University of Rochester in New York looked at the effect of prenatal ...
  • 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 ...
  • Advice for Therapists Going into Private Practice
    A very nice thing happened to me while in line at the bank the other day. A young therapist standing behind me ...
  • Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression
    Postpartum, or postnatal, depression affects a significant proportion of women after they have had a baby. It usually develops in the first four to ...
  • Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Kids
    “I wish the system didn’t force me to be mean.” Jyl, the mom of a child with special needs, is in anguish. Not only is she managing her challenged – and challenging ...
  • Challenges for Caregivers of Bipolar Disorder
    Individuals with bipolar disorder have severe mood swings, which can last several weeks or months. These can include feelings of intense depression and despair, manic feelings of extreme happiness, and mixed moods such as depression ...
  • Self-Care for Depression Caregivers
    Depression is a common disorder, affecting almost one in five people of all age groups and both genders at any time. This means that even if you are lucky enough never to suffer from it ...
  • Knitting Sweaters and a Family
    One of my good teachers used to say that children need attention like a plant needs sun and water. They need the adults around them to notice them, to encourage them, and to interact with ...
  • Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder
    Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder, or IEED, is a condition in which a person experiences uncontrollable episodes of emotional expression. That is, they have episodes of crying, laughter, or anger that are not in line ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hiding Behind the Pulpit with Bipolar Disorder
    I have an illness that affects nearly 1 out of every 17 Americans, and affects 1 out of every 5 families. This disease is chronic in nature, and can only be controlled, not cured. It ...
  • Specialized Geriatric Hospital Units Aid Elderly
    Older people cared for in specialized geriatric hospital units tend to decline at a slower pace than those given conventional hospital care, recent research suggests. Aging brings a certain amount of natural deterioration in cognitive performance, ...
  • Managing Worry: Action and Distraction
    Everyone worries about things from time to time: the economy, an ill parent, safety concerns. For parents, it seems to come along even more naturally. There are endless things that a mom or dad could ...
  • That Went Well
    Terrell Harris Dougan had a perfectly normal life. And then her sister Irene was born. That Went Well details Dougan's true-life adventures and mishaps in living with a mentally disabled sibling. Her sharp wit and humorous ...