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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 divorced couples maintain…

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…

Is My Friend or Family Member Suicidal?

During the course of your day-today existence you will interact with clinically depressed people. Some may have lost a child or spouse, others are divorcing, still others may have had professional or business set-backs. You may have concerns that your friend/relative is at-risk for suicide. Here are some basic…

Prediction of Suicide

One of the more frequent causes of litigation against mental health professionals is the loss of a patient by suicide. Since the base rate of actual suicide cases are rare in our population, prediction has been problematic.

The Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology published an article by the esteemed…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Causes and Treatment

In the last issue we defined the nature of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When deciding whether this description fits your client, I emphasized two key concepts: extreme threats and intense fear.

Commonly, experts misidentify chronic exposure to stress as a precursor to PTSD. This is simply false. The predisposing event…

Do I Live or Work With an Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder?

Do you remember a television show based on a play by Neil Simon called the Odd Couple? One of the main characters, Felix Ungar, drives his roommate to distraction with his perfectionism. There is a name for this problem- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. This disorder is characterized by preoccupation with…

Paraphilias: What is Sexually Abnormal?

Most practitioners of family law have had to make judgments concerning their clients on what is considered to be sexually abnormal behavior. This is an extremely difficult task since issues such as frequency, level of interest, object of interest have changed sometimes radically over time and among subcultures.

In our…