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

Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

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...


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Changes in Love Interests with Maturity: 11 Changes


Romantic love is often described as universal as it is associated with intense emotional feelings of euphoria and excitement. Predictably, euphoric feelings come with increased energy, elevated positive mood, positive outlook, and anticipation. That being said, when we experience euphoric feelings associated with a new love, we also experience feelings of increased desires, obsessive thinking, and increased energy. Once we feel we have found shared love, someone that shares our interests, or someone that brings joy to...


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Harmful Family Lies, Secrets, and Legacies


Everyone tells a lie at some point or other in their life, no one is perfect. There is no one reason why someone might tell a lie as he/she might tell a lie to escape an uncomfortable situation, shame, guilt, cover up something that occurred, spare someone elses feelings, or in an attempt to hide or mislead. Generational lies can be particularly distressing for family members as the lie may have been told and maintained over...


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Bipolar Disorder and Family: 8 Tips to Manage the Disorder


Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition characterized by extreme fluctuations in mood, that is often not directly associated with external stimuli. It's a disorder that can lead to risk taking behaviors, personal, familial, and vocational instability, and even suicidal thoughts/tendencies if it is not treated appropriately.

Although, most of us experience fluctuations in mood that travel along a continuum of emotions we often do so gradually and subtly. Persons with bipolar disorder struggle more often...


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Breakups and the New Year: 7 Reasons Couples Breakup


Romantic relationships begin and end every day, some couples form and we totally see it coming, and others we don’t. The same thing applies to breakups, some we can see coming others we don’t. However, when we consider the breakup of a romantic relationship many things are true, , there were pre-existing problems in the relationship, the couple did not work through their problems, did not communicate their individual needs, or pretended there were no issues...