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Children and Teenagers

#275: Women and Gay Liberation

In our book A Womb of Her Own (Routledge, 2017) Dr. Richard Ruth traces the convergence and subsequent divergence of the feminist movement and the gay liberation movement. He points out that, while both movements borrowed from each other in ways of consciousness-raising, the...
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Family

7 Unique Ways to Say “I Love You” This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is widely acknowledged as a day to celebrate love, but actually has quite tragic and macabre origins regarding ritual sacrifice and more. It is far too complicated to go into here, but for a very interesting read, head over to NPR's article about it.

As it stands now,Valentine's Day is a time for people to show their love to each other. Many people have complained that it has become too commercial; with school children passing out...
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Adoptee

My story: Kevin Engle

As some will notice, I took time away from writing about adoption. The reasons are varied, and I will share them slowly over next few weeks. Today, however, I have something a little different for you.

One of the joys of stablishing this blog is...
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Abuse

Narcissistic Brainwashing: How Larry Nassar Thinks

All your life, you think one way. Your family is fine. Normal. Apparently, love hurts. But you stay because your family convinced you that strangers would hurt, abuse and rape you.

Then one memorable day, you discovered narcissism. And everything changed. Everything. You rethought every relationship, every event, everything your family ever said or did. Your isolation. All your gut instincts, intuitions and hunches.

Suddenly, you realize that everything you thought you knew is exactly the opposite. You were brainwashed....
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Addictive Relating

5 (Good) Reasons to Leave a Narcissist


It's not easy to leave a narcissist. Focusing on good, solid reasons is a vital step. It's a necessary momentum to reach a goal vital to your wellbeing and life, in this case, to open the cage door of a toxic relationship, and realize you've had wings to fly away along ... at minimum emotionally.

It starts in the mind, your mind. Not his.

In a sense, leaving him is the easy part. You want to start...
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Adoptee

My Mother is A Ghost


I wanted to do something different today and share some writing based around fantasy. The great Betty Jean Lifton coined the term 'ghost kingdom' to describe the complex ghosts that reside in adoption. They exist for natural families, adoptees and adopted parents.
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Family

7 Consequences of Having an Emotionally Detached Parent

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Do you know an emotionally avoidant and detached parent/guardian? If so, what makes that person so emotionally unavailable? Is it a mental illness, personality disorder, or something else such as a job, career goal, or educational endeavor? Whatever it is, having an emotionally unavailable parent or guardian can lead to a lifelong journey of unstable or failed relationships, emotional neediness, empty voids, identity confusion, poor attachment to others,...
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Caregivers

5 Possible Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder

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What comes to mind when you hear the term Borderline Personality Disorder? For many people who are unfamiliar with the disorder, split personality is often a common misconception. Split personality refers to a personality that is not always one way, but often changes in intensity and duration in such a way that it is impossible to predict when the person will switch up. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is...
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Teens With Suicidal Thoughts: 5 Things Parents Should Consider

Suicide. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Do you panic and feel overwhelmed and anxious? Does your mind begin to search for answers and question why anyone would ever consider such a thing? If so, you are not alone. You are with the tens of thousands of people who feel the same way. Suicide is a public health concern. Four out of 5 teens are said to give clear warning signs...
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Adult Mental Health

Personal Stories Week: A Journey After Suicide

Suicide. Sometimes that word alone is enough to provoke a sea of emotions in many of us. Most of us have experienced the sting of suicide either in our personal lives or through the lives of others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide by suffocation occurs in about 9,913 cases in the About 19,990 suicides occur at the hands of a firearm and 6,564 suicides occur by poisoning....
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

The Explosive Personality: Understanding Histrionic Traits

Do you know someone who is emotionally explosive (blowing up at the slightest thing, becoming hysterical over minor infractions), self-centered, rageful, and distorted self-image? Have you found yourself  repeatedly blamed and devalued in confrontations or arguments with this person? Have you noticed this person is desperate for attention, shifts emotions quickly, and "performs" his/her emotions as if they are the center of a stage play? If so, this article is for you.
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Family

Taking Psychiatric Medication: How To Help Your Loved One

The introduction of Thorazine, an antipsychotic medication, in the mid 1950s led to multiple changes in mental health including positive (increased levels of independence, reduced psychiatric stay, and control of symptoms) and negative (terrible side effects, over-medicating, prescription drug abuse, and de-institutionalization) outcomes. Leeriness of psychotropic drugs has continued into 2013 and many supporters of medication usage are being met with resistance.

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Adult Mental Health

Facts On ECT: Concerns With Shock Treatment

Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT), termed shock therapy in the 1940s and 1950s, is a type of treatment used in cases of resistant or severe depression. It is often the last resort following a line of treatments (medication, talk therapy, etc.).

ECT is the induction (or encouragement) of a seizure using an electrical stimulus (or electrode) applied to the scalp to create shock-like waves to the brain. Anesthesia or a muscle relaxant is used and a device is placed between...
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