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Are You the Family Scapegoat? (10 Question Quiz)

Are You the Family Scapegoat? (10 Question Quiz)

by Rebecca C. Mandeville, MFT It would be nice to believe that when children turn into adults they are somehow magically released from the family scapegoat role....
Religious Sexual Abuse: A Return to Shame

Religious Sexual Abuse: A Return to Shame

It’d been some time since my husband, Rhys, and I had scorched the sheets together. Poor health and physical pain are as good as a cold shower. But with healing,...
Schizophrenia & Family Support: 5 Essential Benefits

Schizophrenia & Family Support: 5 Essential Benefits

Schizophrenia is characterized as a serious mental health disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. The disorder involves a range of problems with thinking (cognition), behavior and emotions....

Coping with Anger from a Loved One’s Mental Illness

Dr. Aimee Daramus shares her insight and expertise in this guest blog about managing emotions when someone you care about has a mental illness. When you have a loved one with a mental illness,...
Today I Love New Revelations

Today I Love New Revelations

Today I love new revelations about myself that I discover on my own, like how I care more about what someone else thinks about a countertop we both have to live with and less about the countertop itself,...
Are We All Emotionally and Politically Exhausted? Some Thoughts

Are We All Emotionally and Politically Exhausted? Some Thoughts

Lately people both inside and outside of my office spontaneously report that they can’t take hearing the news. It keeps them up at night. The problem they report is that they can’t help turning it on or responding when one of their many devices signals “ Breaking News.”  Most of us can identify with this cycle that leaves us anxious,...
9 Effective Ways to Reduce Chronic Stress

9 Effective Ways to Reduce Chronic Stress

It wasn’t until Martha came into her therapist’s office that she realized the extent of her stress. Prior to coming in, Martha thought she was losing her mind. As an...
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Podcast: Anger, Rage, and Mental Illness

Podcast: Anger, Rage, and Mental Illness

  Have you ever been so pissed off, in a state of absolute rage, and said or done something you completely regret later? Many people living with bipolar disorder understand...
Why Our Public Response to Kids Who Self Harm is So Wrong

Why Our Public Response to Kids Who Self Harm is So Wrong

Up to one half of adults have engaged in self-harming behaviors at some point in their life. Up to ONE HALF. This result was found during an extensive study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) about ten years ago....
When Friends Part Ways

When Friends Part Ways

We don’t often think too much about our relationship with our friends. We don’t tend to work on them, communicate within them, or bring them to therapy with us. Maybe...
The Secret to Stop Feeling Guilty About Practicing Self-Care

The Secret to Stop Feeling Guilty About Practicing Self-Care

At Paula Rizzo’s book signings, readers regularly ask her how they can stop feeling guilty about practicing self-care. A big reason for their guilt? They fear they’re not fulfilling their commitments and promises to others....

Internet Fantasy as “Repackaged Reality”

In my article Time Out of Mind, (Toronto, Ellen L. K. (2009).  Time Out of Mind: Dissociation in the Virtual World. Psychoanalytic Psychology.  26 (2) 117-133....

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