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Alternative Facts: AASECT and the Anti Sex Addiction Rant

In November of 2016 the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) issued a politically motivated, painfully biased, and clinically unsound policy statement saying their organization “does not find sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder,” and that sex addiction treatment is not “adequately informed by accurate human sexuality knowledge.” Certain segments of the media then misinterpreted this as AASECT saying sex addiction does not exist, when all they...
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13 Things Never To Say To Trauma Survivors

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Do you or someone you know struggle with memories, flashbacks, depressed mood, anxiousness, fear, regret, guilt, or other negative emotions stemming from a history of trauma? If so, this article is for you. As I have stated multiple times in previous articles on trauma, most people not only struggle with understanding what trauma is and how to treat it, but also how to relate to those struggling...
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9 Reasons Trauma Is So Hard To Understand

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What comes to your mind when you hear the term trauma? Do you think of physical or psychological trauma? Do you have preconceived notions about how trauma may affect human development? Sadly, many people struggle to understand the emotional, psychological, and/or physical toll trauma can have on overall health. Trauma is not well understood by society which leads to miscommunication, misunderstandings, and sometimes...
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6 Reasons Why Self-Diagnosis Should Never Happen

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Do you diagnose yourself? If so, how?

For many of my clients the process of diagnosing themselves and others involves a quick Google search and a couple of minutes looking at WebMD or the Mayo Clinic's Symptom check lists. For others, self-diagnosis may occur after speaking with friends who have been formally diagnosed (, diagnosed by a mental health professional) or who also diagnose themselves.

Unfortunately, self-diagnosis can lead to...
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