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Sex Addiction and the Concept of Healthy Sexuality

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Sex Addiction and the Concept of Healthy Sexuality

The opposite of sex addiction is not “healthy” sex. It is a common misconception that what’s wrong with sex addicts is that they have “unhealthy” sexual habits and that sex addiction treatment replaces these with “healthy” sexual behaviors. First off, being a sex addict is not about a particular set of behaviors, proclivities, preferences or fantasies. That’s not what makes it a problem. When sex addiction therapists say that “sex addiction is not about sex, it’s about pain” they mean it literally. Why all the talk about healthy sex? Here’s my take. Sex addiction therapy has recently been under assault by people who are afraid of what they think it means. Their fear seems to be that sex addiction treatment will try to enforce conformity to...

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Understanding Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

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Understanding Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

In everyday life, people have a variety of moods and feelings. These feelings include frustration, joy and anger. Usually these moods last one day rather than several days. For people with bipolar disorder, however, moods usually swing from weeks of feeling overly “high” and irritable to weeks of feeling sad and hopeless with normal periods in between. An important distinction between bipolar disorder and the normal emotions of life is that bipolar disorder results in an inability to handle daily activities. The person cannot work or communicate effectively and may have a distorted sense of reality (for example, unrealistically high or low opinion of one’s skills). Bipolar disorder often is not recognized by the patient, relatives, friends or even...

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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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