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What Is Your Worst Fear As A Parent? Part One

When I teach parent awareness courses I usually start with the question, "What is your worst fear as a parent?" It is an uncomfortable question and the faces in the audience search for a way to avoid the answer. They also want to provide an answer. The answer will break the silence concerning a secret they carry.

Parents typically respond:

My worst fear is that my child will end up doing something wrong and it will...
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The Stress Connection to Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide Risk:Part Three

In Part 3 of the Stress Connection we will move into the heavy part that addresses Suicide Risk. If you haven't read the two parts preceding this blog please do so. It will provide more clarity surrounding the continuum I am addressing when it comes to stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide risk.

Stress and depression exist before a suicide attempt. When we know the relationship of stress and depression to suicide, we can see how...
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The Stress Connection to Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide Risk: Part Two

In Part One of the Stress Connection we looked at stress and coping skills. We also explored what happens when there is a breakdown of coping skills.

Healthy coping skills include things such as: talking to someone who cares, exercise, sports, reading, listening to music, doing something nice for someone else, talking to or spending time with pets, watching a good movie, spending time with a friend, going to your special place to think, developing...
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The Stress Connection to Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide Risk: Part One

There are many things that teens worry about and this worry may turn to anxiety or it may remain as a worry. I find there is a continuum where stress is concerned and worry is another word for a type of stress.

Stress, when viewed on a continuum, looks like this:  eustress-----stress-----distress.

Eustress is the type of stress most associated with nervousness that precedes something important like an exam, the first day at a new job,...
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Abigail Goodspeed and Oliver Twist: A Tale of Changing the Course of Events

In the last blog I was discussing PTSD, Repetition Compulsion, and Crime Scenes. This is complex and painful material.

There are those who navigate the repercussions of trauma very well. There have been numerous studies on resiliency conducted in an attempt to understand why some people handle atrocities better than others.

There are many people who are impacted by trauma for the rest of their lives. Trauma that originated from human harm is often...
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Returning to the Scene of the Crime

Post-traumatic stress disorder is found under the large dark umbrella known as anxiety. Earlier in the Angst and Anxiety Blog we spoke about the types of problems that exist under the heading of anxiety.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a particularly painful disorder that is best seen as a problem owned by someone who has witnessed, experienced, or heard about a trauma. The concept of death is intrinsically involved in PTSD. In order to qualify for...
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12 Angry Teens

You may have seen the 1957 film titled 12 Angry Men. There are also some remakes, but I believe the original is the most powerful.

The plot to this film is surrounds a jury who has gone into the jury room in a capital murder case concerning an 18-year-old boy accused of murder. It appears to be an open and shut case. In the first round of votes 11 out of 12 jurors vote the...
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Adolescent Angst and Rites of Passage

The largest group of clients I see is the adolescent population. I love their energy and honesty. I am honored to be trusted by these sentient young people.

I hear considerable commentary from teens about feeling outside mainstream society. Many adults believe an adolescent wants to be on the outside and secures this position through everyday acts of rebellion.

We don't have a formal rite of passage in the American culture for children to use...
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