Posts made in April, 2015

Guilt and Innocence: Signs of Child Abuse

»Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Guilt and Innocence: Signs of Child Abuse

The public seems to be mesmerized by the Casey Anthony trial and the verdict of not guilty. Frankly, we didn’t follow the trial or much of the media frenzy. We don’t really know anything about Casey’s allegedly dysfunctional family or what really happened to young Caylee. Psychologists shouldn’t try to diagnose someone they have never met—it’s just not appropriate, ethical, or good practice. However, it does seem pretty likely that Caylee didn’t always have the care and attention that she needed in her short life. Six million cases of abuse are reported in the US every year. About 5 kids die each day as a result of child abuse. Children are most often abused by a family or household member. We thought that given the attention that the trial has...

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The Most Harmful Kind of Parent

»Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

The Most Harmful Kind of Parent

Over the years I have often been asked what is the most harmful thing a parent can do to a child. There are many harmful things a parent can do, too many to point out. It is easier to focus on the kind of parent that does most harm. The most harmful parents are the parents who have a narcissistic need to think of themselves as great parents. Because of this need, they are unable to look at their parenting in an objective way. And they are unable to hear their children’s complaints about their parenting. Such parents indoctrinate their children from an early age to think of their parents in only the most positive ways. Any other kind of thinking is considered family treason. If any of their children develop behavioral problems, they see such problems as an...

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Teenage Depression

»Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Teenage Depression

Teenagers experience depression in a manner very similar to adults, but they may experience their emotions more intensely and with greater volatility. Feeling down about a relationship issue or an upcoming exam is normal. Feeling down for months at a time for no particular reason, however, may be a sign of undiagnosed depression. Teen depression is a serious issue, but can be helped when you know the symptoms. Though the term “depression” can describe a normal human emotion, it also can refer to a mental disorder. Depressive illness in teenagers is defined when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with the teen’s ability to function. Depression is fairly common in teens and younger children. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the...

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13 Warning Signs You’re in a Codependent Relationship

»Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

13 Warning Signs You’re in a Codependent Relationship

Have you ever found yourself in a one-sided relationship where you felt as if you were the one doing all the giving, all the caring, while receiving nothing in return? If this dynamic sounds familiar, it’s likely you’re trapped in the web of codependency, a pattern of behavior where your self-worth and identity hinges on another’s approval. Codependency was first defined nearly 50 years ago to describe unhealthy relationships characterized by excessive control or compliance, often with one partner lacking self-sufficiency and autonomy. The concept was originally conceived in the context of addiction. It helped to explain “enabling” patterns used to ease relationship tension caused by drug and alcohol abuse. We now understand that enabling behaviors (such...

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3 Common Ways Eating Disorders Develop

»Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

3 Common Ways Eating Disorders Develop

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and overeating develop in people of all shapes and sizes, from all backgrounds and walks of life. Here are three common ways an eating disorder develops: Low Self-Image or Self-Esteem It may seem like common sense: Low self-confidence can lead to someone not caring for him- or herself. But the cause of a negative self-image can run much deeper than just body image. On the surface, an eating disorder seems to be all about weight, but the desire to reach a certain size may be a symptom of underlying self-loathing. An eating disorder can develop when other efforts to increase confidence have failed, or have not been externally recognized. Our society has become obsessed with physical appearance. “Beauty”...

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