• Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is too often miss-understood.  In many ways, PTSD is another specific type of anxiety reaction. With a phobia, a person is afraid of something specific, like a snake.  The phobia is maintained over time as the person avoids the snake, making[...]

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    What Is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem is best described as feeling good about yourself. People with self-esteem: feel they are liked and accepted by others they take pride in their work and what they do They trust and believe in themselves People with low self-esteem: feel bad about their abilities [...]

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    Model healthy relationships with others  The first place teens learn about positive relationships is in the family. What they learn and experience within the family (parents and/or siblings) has considerable influence on how they form and relate to friends later Maintain a positive [...]

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    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an offshoot of the more general anxiety disorders, and so is a bit less common, impacting about 3-5% of us at any given point in time.  OCD may seem mysterious, but it can also be simply understood to be a phobic reaction to one’s thoughts. In most [...]

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    Narcissistic personality disorder is just one of many types of personality disorders. Individuals with this mental disorder appear to have an inflated sense of their own importance.  They may display a deep-seated need for an abundance of attention and admiration.  They may have troubled [...]

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    It Starts with You As the adult, you and/or your spouse decide on the tone for the family. The children and young adults in the family will observe and learn from the adult behavior. When there is  shouting or use of physically aggressive behavior as a means to deal with conflict, the children [...]

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    Domestic violence is increasing and is destructive for all the members of the family unit. There is a noticeable tendency for the violent physical behavior to be passed down from generation to generation.  While the majority of abusers are male, there are more and more instances of female [...]

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