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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Personal Injury

One of the least appreciated facts unknown or unrecognized by many personal injury lawyers is the frequent and severe psychological sequelae that occur as a consequence of physical trauma. Indeed, the psychological consequences of personal injury can exceed the physical ones.

If the accident or injury happened under a life…

couples and Boundaries

The basic task for happy and healthy relationships is to figure out what’s mine, what’s yours, and what’s ours. This includes not only material goods but rights, privileges, and responsibilities. This is accomplished by setting boundaries, lines of demarcation. Each person needs to let the other…

Stress in Today’s Workplace

Ever consider how much more stressful the work environment is today compared to even 10 years ago? We have so much more gadgetry. Our email needs to be checked. Our cell phones need to be answered. In mid conversation we are interrupted by a text…

Learning to Treat Yourself

Not too many years ago psychologists denigrated directed thoughts and the power of reflection to alter everyday existence. A famous psychologist by the name of B.F. Skinner went so far as to announce that there was no such thing as free will or choice. It took many…

The Generation Gap

Being the parent of a teenager is a challenging task. Many times they appear to be moody, inconsiderate, or irresponsible. You may be bothered by their music, hairstyle, or the way they dress. It may be of some comfort to know that generational problems have existed…

Fears and Phobias

Are you inordinately afraid of some object or living thing? Snakes? Flying? Bugs? Heights? Phobias are unrealistic fears. What we are afraid of is not as dangerous as the intensity of our fears. Phobias are quite common. Whether or not they…

New Mom’s and Stress

Motherhood is still the most respected role in our society. It brings great pleasure and fulfillment. However, it also brings a significant amount of stress. This is particularly true for the new mother. She tends to have high expectations of herself and may have little…

Loss and Bereavement

All of us have experienced loss at one time or another. We may have had a relationship that failed, been fired from a job, suffered a financial setback, or experienced the death of a loved one. Loss and bereavement are a natural part of living. Feelings…

Types of Co-Parenting Relationships

There are basically three types of co-parenting relationships. The most prevalent is parallel co-parenting in which each parent is basically disengaged from the other but is active in parenting. The relationship is characterized by minimal cooperation with each other but no open conflict. Approximately 50% of…

The Relaxation Response: The Key to Well Being

Controlling emotions is the job of the “neocortex,” or the newest part of the brain. This was not the case for our ancestors. They adapted to emergency situations by either “flight or fight.” These two extreme forms of behavior are controlled by mid-brain activities. Which…