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Life On the Couch

Vicarious PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is essentially the chronic firing of the fight/flight system housed primarily in the amygdala of the brain. It means we think our safety and very life is in constant threat. Living in contemporary society means there’s something triggering PTSD every week. I’m also seeing an uptick in what we call […]

October, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parenting a Tween

I am parenting a tween. He is imminently 12 years old and everything that encompasses: awkward, funny, overwhelmed by what he is learning, frustrated, frustrating and lazy. He hates that last descriptor, but there it is – and it’s true. He also has ADHD, which in itself includes lazy.   Parenting a Tween He feels […]

June, 2017 | 0 Comments

Guns, Violence and The Mentally Ill

If you’re anything like me, you cringe every week when the news reports yet another mass shooting, violent rampage or crazy person expressing themselves with a weapon at others expense.  This happens practically every week.  When I was growing up, it was a massive media event when violence of this magnitude was taking place, mostly […]

June, 2014 | 0 Comments

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