Engulfed by a Storm   Those who have never been in a domestic violence situation are often perplexed as to how intelligent people become trapped and why they remain with someone who is abusive. In an effort to help provide clarity let us consider the dynamics of the following story: Imagine as if you are…

Caregivers, similar to crisis medical and mental health professionals, are not immune to compassion fatigue, which is the result of chronic or acute second-hand or vicarious trauma observed or heard from the sufferings experienced by others.  Many of you know that caregiver fatigue is associated with increased anxiety and depression, but you should also consider that…

Practice-base studies show that cognitive-behavioral techniques are effective in the treatment of children’s mental health problems such as depression, generalized anxiety, school refusal, social phobias, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma and sexual abuse, and eating disorders. Two phases of CBT treatment in children includes: 1) Psycho-education, where children learn to recognize…

Today is two days before Christmas. I’m not sure how that happened. One minute it’s summer, and the next Christmas carols are wafting up the stairs at work. Frankly, the weather hasn’t been very cooperative in this venture. It’s in the sixties outside and raining… not what you’d ordinarily expect from Georgia in December. If…

Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative effect on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder develops. Gradually, the addict usually has to redouble the obsessive behavior to obtain the same results. For many sex addicts, conduct…

FAQ’s on Dissociative Disorders The following is information on Dissociative Disorders, from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D): What is dissociation? Dissociation is a word that is used to describe the disconnection or lack of connection between things usually associated with each other. Dissociated experiences are not integrated into the…