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Relationship Corner
with Tarra Bates-Duford, Ph.D., MFT

Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

After the Affair: 10 Tips for Rebuilding a Marriage

Infidelity can shatter even the strongest relationship, leaving behind feelings of betrayal, sadness, guilt, uncertainty, and anger. For the married couples who experienced infidelity in their relationship it can be extremely difficulty to both forgive as well as overcome. Although, it may be difficult for partners that have been cheated on to forgive or get beyond the affair once it has been discovered or revealed, it is possible. Partners that are able to put the hurt and...


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Toxic Relationships Revisited: 32 Signs


The start of a new relationship can feel exhilarating for partners, many convinced they have found their perfect match. Unfortunately, the honeymoon period of a new relationship often hides or distorts what lies ahead. Many partners fail to see or overlook the warning signs that their potential partner may not be the best person for them. Therefore, before partners see the signs that their relationship may be toxic, it has escalated into something that some partners...


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Borderline Personality Disorder: 15 Familial Challenges


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental health condition that often impacts the way the individual thinks and feels about themselves and others. As a result of the distorted thinking and feelings, persons with BPD experience challenges in their everyday life, such as disruptions in functioning, cognition, relationships, etc. Distortion also includes negative or inflated self-image, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships. Unfortunately, people that struggle with BPD give off conflicting...


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Stalking: 17 Signs


Stalking is defined as the willful, malicious, and repeated following and harassing of another person that creates fear, sadness, anxiety and threatens the safety of the other person. Someone may stalk you by following, calling, texting, sending messages over social media, showing up at your place of work, home, or repeatedly showing up at places you are known to go. A person’s behavior is considered stalking if it creates fear or you have made requests from...


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Post-Traumatic Relationship Stress: 15 Signs


The end of a romantic relationship can create confusing feelings for former partners, some of which can be conflicting. Some partners might experience a sense of relief, relief the disagreements and the arguing has come to an end. While others may feel depressed, lonely, or anxious at the thought of forging a new path without their former partner. It is completely natural to engage in a period of mourning for the loss of relationship. However, if...


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Managing Family Holidays and Gatherings: 13 Tips


For some, family holidays can represent a time of laughter, bonding, reminiscing, celebrating new additions, and building new memories. However, for others, family holidays can be a reminder of loss, increased anxiety, depression, confusion, and a desire to avoid other family members. Unfortunately, some family members do not get along, some members do not respect the personal opinions, tastes, or world views of other members leading to conflict, resentment, and avoidance of other family members during...


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18 Signs Your Relationship will Not Last


Most people enter a romantic relationship with dreams, expectations, and plans for the future, relying on their love to carry them through tough times. The thought of sharing one’s life with someone you love can be very exciting and enticing. Most people enter a new relationship with thoughts and expectations that their relationship will stay the same, remain happy. Few people enter a relationship searching for red flags or indications that their relationship will not survive the...


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Diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder: What’s Next?


Dissociative Disorders are characterized as mental disorders that involve experiencing a disconnection between reality and fantasy. Individuals that have this disorder often lack continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. People with dissociative disorders escape reality in ways that are both involuntary and unhealthy. Typically, when the disorder begins it is a way to escape a distressing environment, abuse, or profound trauma. Often, dissociation is a common, naturally occurring defense against childhood trauma to...


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Who is Gaslighting Who? When Partners Gaslight in a Relationship


The topic of gaslighting has been a hot topic among both mental health professionals and social media sites for the last year. For those of you that have never heard of gaslighting, gaslighting is a form of psychological and emotional manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Individuals that gaslight others do so as a way gain power and control over...


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When Smiling Hurts: 10 Reasons People with Depression Feign Happiness


Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is an all too common mood disorder. Individuals who suffer from depression experience ongoing persistent feelings of profound sadness and hopelessness, he or she often loses interest in activities they once enjoyed. In additional to the negative emotions and problems caused by depressive symptoms somatic issues are more likely to be present. Somatic issues associated with depression can include migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, body aches, digestive...