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How PTSD can look like Borderline Personality Disorder

by on August 25, 2020

The first couple of therapy sessions with Trina were rollercoaster rides. One second she was excited about a new job and all of the possibilities it presented, and the next she was anxious and overwhelmed from being a caretaker to her mother. When she came back for her second session she was nervous and depressed… (more…)

Domestic Violence Happens to Men Too

by on July 31, 2020

William was feeling ashamed and embarrassed. For years he tolerated abuse from his wife and had been too humiliated to tell anyone. Knowing he would not strike back at her, she frequently hit him, threw things at him, physically blocked him from leaving the room, and followed him when he was able to pass her, yelling… (more…)

10 Steps to Improving Your Marriage

by on July 27, 2020

Sam and Blake have been married for 12 years. Their blended marriage includes a child from a previous relationship for both of them and two of their own. Both parents have shared custody of their child from previous partners, so scheduling anything can be very difficult depending on the reasonableness of their exes. Between soccer… (more…)

Initial Responses to Trauma

by on July 26, 2020

As I was headed towards a parking lot after leaving a downtown office, I witnessed a woman get struck by a pick-up truck no more than 10 feet in front of me. She had walked into on-coming traffic to cross the street where there was no intersection or light and didn’t see how quickly the truck was… (more…)

10 Outcomes of Successful Parenting

by on July 20, 2020

The primary purpose of parenting is to raise fully functional adults who can take care of themselves and make a positive contribution to society. Generally speaking, this should be accomplished by the time the child reaches the age of eighteen. After this age, parents have less verbal influence, but can still be a positive role… (more…)

The Consequences of Narcissistic Parenting

by on July 19, 2020

Ideally, a child is given the freedom to explore and express their individuality so they can develop into a confident and well-balanced adult. This nurturing environment prioritizes the needs of the child over the parent without overindulgence. But this is not the case when one parent is a narcissist. Most children are unaware of their… (more…)

6 Characteristics of a Histrionic PD in a Work Environment

by on July 12, 2020

It’s hard to miss the drama in a conservative work environment where things are relatively calm. Granted there are pressures and tensions at the office, but nothing compares to the constant barrage of theatrics. One person seems to stand out in suggestive appearance, inappropriate behavior, and a need to be the center of attention. In… (more…)

Are You Living with a Paranoid Spouse?

by on July 11, 2020

Looking back over their 15-year marriage, Andrew began to see his wife was exhibiting the early signs of paranoia even in memories even from not long after they met. She had always been overly fearful of new environments, vocalized beliefs her boss was secretly out to get her, and constantly worried that he wasn’t being… (more…)

The Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder

by on July 4, 2020

A diagnosis for any type of Personality Disorder or mental health issue doesn’t have to be a negative diagnosis. Often times such conditions are portrayed as only dangerous or detrimental to someone’s well-being, and while that may be part of the truth, it isn’t necessarily the whole truth. The very thing that makes a person… (more…)

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