Supporting Each Other When Your Child Has a Mental Illness

Your child has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. After months and years of trying to understand why traditional parenting methods have not been successful, you are beginning to understand why. Remember, mental illnesses often have a biological component. They are not the result of bad parenting, and they probably couldn’t have been prevented …

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The Importance of Validation in Our Relationships

Feeling seen and understood is one of foundational cores of any relationship. If your partner understands and listens to you, that certainty can calm your anxiety; reduce conflict and promote closeness even when you disagree. “You get me” may be even more important than “I love you” in long relationships because sometimes someone can hear …

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What No One Tells You About Betrayal Trauma

Betrayal in a relationship, whether with a friend, family member, or intimate partner, can be so damaging to the betrayed partner that it can cause symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. These symptoms can include, but aren’t limited to, Nightmares Hyper-vigilance Numbing Withdrawal from others Agitation/irritability Self-destructive behaviors Flashbacks Insomnia Persistent thoughts, both …

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