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When people ask me:” at what point shall I seek counseling?” I tell them: “if you feel like you are not as ...
Are You Procrastinating Again?
We all do it, we set goals, create actions to take, say we are going to do something but somewhere along the way we lose sigh...
Archetypal Pattern Analyst at the Garden
I am a member of a collective garden, where about 20 of us work together to grow food, educate ourselves on sustainability, p...
Deprssion is different than feeling down from time to time. You may be going through a tough time in your life and feel sad. ...
Should your beliefs or values matter when choosing a therapist?
In today’s society everyone is looking for a way to ‘fix’ their problems. However, the role of the therapis...
The Women's Sexual Addiction Screening Test (W-SAST) is designed to assist in the assessment of sexually compulsive behavior. This test is a screening instrument, meant to be used in the context of a therapeutic interview. By itself, the W-SAST does not provide a diagnosis. Answer each question yes or no, then count how many "yes" answers you have. Depending on the particular pattern of symptoms:3 – 4 "yes" responses may indicate an area of concern and should be openly discussed with a friend or family member.5 - 7 positive answers suggests a need for further assessment of the problem behavior, including the consideration of attending a 12-Step support program such as Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous.More than 7 "yes" responses indicates a serious struggle with addictive sexual issues with potentially self- abusive and/or dangerous consequences. Should seriously consider professional treatment.------------------------------------------------------------------------
Were you sexua...
Why Alcohol Causes Anxiety www.anxietyguru.net/why-alcohol-causes-anxiety
There are basically 6 reasons why alcohol consumption and hangovers make many people anxious and I’m going tell you what they are. I want to share this with you so that you can be more informed and avoid becoming alcohol’s punching bag.
Ever since I became sick with nervous illness I’ve heard a lot of people say that anxiety sufferers should not drink alcohol because it makes you more nervous than you already are. I’ve always found this to be ironic because there are so many anxiety sufferers that drink alcohol to cope with their anxiety, but true it is. Now, the fact that alcohol can cause anxiety is just that, a fact. It is a scientifically based understanding, so this is not simple conjecture on my part.
Will alcohol affect all people this way? Probably not, but as an anxiety sufferer you should be aware of the possible pitfalls of alcohol consumption, so pay close attention.
Sexual abuse of children is not a new problem, nor have the statistics changed. “1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 14; 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 16.” (Hopper, J. (1998). Child Sexual Abuse: Statistics, Research, & Resources. Boston, MA Boston University School of Medicine.) This issue is as old as time, but we are finally paying attention to it in a new way. Whether it is in the church, sports, boys clubs, schools or families, there have always been environmental pockets in society that foster these deviants. Whether it is about sex or power, children have always been the most vulnerable segment of the population, and their rights need to be more conscientiously protected.
Pedophilia is a psychological disorder that is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors and may run in families. That latter fact may be the result of genetic defects or because pedophiles often were victims of sexual abuse them...
How do you react to a challenge once you find it? I know that I found several when recently working on my (home-lose siding, broken downspout, leaky roof). It was then that I realized that the challenges had already existed, I just didn't know about them. I realized that my reaction should not be one of shock or panic. I just needed to address the challenges until they were corrected (and I did). If you stop and think about it, many of our challenges already exist right now, its just that we may not be aware of them. It is important to enjoy the freedom that this offers-what I call living in the present. Also once we do discover the challenges, to remain calm and to simply address them, one step at a time.
“A Social Problem Does Not Exist For A Society Until It Is Recognized By That Society To Exist” – H. Blumer
The following is the first of a three-part series of articles:
It was in a high school literature class that I was first introduced to the Oedipus Complex, defined as “a boy’s unresolved desire for sexual gratification through the parent of the opposite sex, especially the desire of a son for his mother”. It was in a college film class that I was shown a famous French film entitled “Murmur of the Heart” which took the Oedipal theme and played it out in a contemporary middle class setting. In this film, the sensitive youngest son of a beautiful, tempestuous Italian woman is ushered into manhood by her as he recovers from a heart murmur at a countryside sanitarium. The film would have you believe that although mother and son both realized that they had crossed a forbidden line, neither was scarred by the experience, and that in fact...
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that is characterized by a persistent pattern of developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention and/or impulsive-hyperactivity which causes significant functional impairments in academic, family, and social settings. While the language of ADHD has become one of familiarity in African-American Culture, it still looms as a form of deception for many parents. Some African-American parents have biases toward the mental health profession that are often difficult to overcome. The diagnosis of ADHD in the African-American community is often seen as a systematic attempt to stigmatize, label, and break the spirit of a young vibrant African-American child.
Culture and race can be strong determinants in whether children receive the support and quality of care necessary for tackling various behavioral disorders. The perception of mental health care from the African-American communi...
Communicating with professional resources
At this point you may have spent several months focusing on Phase I recommendations and understand that nothing truly prepares you for dealing with a challenging behavioral disorder. If you are having difficulty transitioning from (Phase I) there is professional help. The decision to seek professional help is an important step in learning to respond better to the needs of your child. Therapist and clinicians offer families support in finding better strategies to manage challenges while helping the child to develop better skills. A therapist or clinician may recommend parenting training programs, family therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy as a means of addressing family stress and helping your child learn the benefits of self control and efficient problem solving strategies.
Communicating with your child
This phase begins with talking with your child about their feelings as it relates to this potential chan...
Many parents today are struggling to meet the demands and needs of their challenging adolescent. Difficulties with adolescents are not an uncommon experience, therefore it is not surprising that this phase of development coupled with behavioral difficulties, tend to push the stress level of parenting beyond anticipated boundaries. Defiance and relentless negativity from a child with a behavioral disorder can send the goal for a healthy functioning family spiraling out of control. For single parents of a challenging adolescent who found their ideal companion and are considering reframing their relationship into one of a blended family unit, this presents an even more unique obstacle.
If you are struggling with an adolescent who is challenged with the difficulties of ADHD, ODD, or other behavioral difficulties and are pondering starting a blended family, consider the following:
- Don’t expect the process of blending to be easy
Creating a blended...
It doesn't always happen. But it happens to a large enough degree that it can be referred to as commonplace. A number of studies indicate that between 30 - 70% of young abusers (physical or sexual) have been sexually abused themselves (Bentovim and Williams 1998). Statistics on adult abusers who were sexually abused as children are lower - approximately 10 - 22%. However, I suspect that a much larger percentage of adults who have been sexually abused as children have developed coping and/or relational styles that are abusive - if not to others, then certainly to themselves. It doesn't sound shocking to say that someone who was abused as a child may become self destructive as an adult. But how far off is that from abusing others? The point here is that children who were abused are taught to abuse as a way of communicating and connecting. And many times their primary role models, their parents or other family members, are the ones who taught them this.
Why would anyone repeat behavior th...
Let’s begin by talking about Domestic Abuse in general - how it is regarded and dealt with in our culture. As a psych intern I was taught that we must report Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, a credible threat by one individual to physically harm another or a credible threat by an individual to physically harm him or herself. So we do protect children, elders and people who are about to be harmed. However, unless a child was present during the time it was occurring, we are not allowed to report domestic abuse – only the parties involved can do that. What that means for me as a clinician is that I can defend an adult individual who is (possibly) about to be physically harmed, but I cannot defend an adult individual who actually was physically harmed. The logic here is that the individual should be able to stand up for him or herself. But a lot of the times that is simply not the case; and the reason it is not the case is that the individual may fear retribution, may be attempting to...
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