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Acute Stress

Pandemic Posturing and Paranoia: Politics of Relationships

Lost and Found in The Time of Pandemic

Relationships are a mixed bag. We love them and sometimes we don't. Just how has the Pandemic impacted your relationships? I am speaking about our partners, children, friends, neighbors, community members, and fellow citizens of both this country and the world.

Stress and its resultant anxiety, depression, and vulnerabilities influences all of us. It kind of depends where we were when the stress or stressor hit.

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Acute Stress

We Need to Talk About Anger: Especially During COVID-19

Lost and Found in The Time of Pandemic

Anger.

It is an emotion. It might be delivered as a behavior. It creates and destroys. It motivates and fragments. It is the king or queen of our emotional and behavioral arsenal. People believe emotions are evidence of truth. What is the truth they are evidence of?

Anger is simply one of our primary emotions. Depending which theorist you talk to there are generally five or six...


Acute Stress

Looking in All the Wrong Places: Passive Suicide and COVID-19

There is a disturbing trend taking place in therapy offices, intimate gatherings, private conversations with trusted individuals, and among teens and young adults. This trend is hidden in plain sight and yet I haven't yet read much about it. Is it new? Is it just too disturbing? Or, is everyone looking in all the wrong places when discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, masks, politics, and social unrest? Perhaps we are not looking more deeply...


Acute Stress

Children and Teens: The Narrative About the Lie

Lost and Found in The Time of Pandemic
Children lie.

The behavior itself is related to many things depending on the child, the child's family, and life events experienced by the child. Culture, religion, and  belief systems can play into the narrative about the lie. The viewing angle of the parties involved influences the context within which the lie will be understood or whether it is even viewed as a...


Acute Stress

Children and Teens: Acting-Out and the Breadcrumb Trail

Children act-out. They act-out their emotions because they don't know how to express what they are feeling with words. Or, they have reached an emotional saturation point where this is deemed pointless from their perspective. There may be emotional or physical problems interfering with communication and processing. We also know the reason may yet to be determined. Acting-out in children as well as adults serves the purpose of expressing emotion without words in...


Acute Stress

Children and Teens: Aggression, Lying, Disobedience, and More

Lost and Found in The Time of Pandemic

One of my more popular blogs through PsychCentral is titled, Children Who Want to Hurt. I notice how many times this continues to be viewed and thought it might be a good idea to revisit that topic.

My most comfortable genre for writing and communicating is that of storytelling. I like telling stories that impart wisdom and I use this approach often in my clinical practice...


Acute Stress

Lost and Found: Children, Loss and Grief, and Skills to Help

Lost and Found in The Time of Pandemic: Children, Grief and Loss, and Skills Children do experience loss and they do grieve.

They are not typically forthcoming about loss and grief in the same way as an adult. This is because they are kids, because they often don’t know how to express what they feel, and because they don’t want to bother adults or parents. Children are highly perceptive. From their angle of viewing, they see adults as...