Rejection Hangover: Abandonment Anxiety

Feeling nervous while dating is normal but when the experience feels like a psychological hangover you may be dealing with abandonment anxiety caused childhood trauma.

Why Apologizing Can Be So Good (for You)

Apologizing is difficult for many of us...No one wants to be seen as a bad person, and we usually want to protect our image.

Was I Molested Even Though My Clothes Never Came Off?

After I posted my last article about childhood sexual abuse for the Psychology Today blog, many of my readers emailed me various questions. Rebecca (not her real name) was a reader who was confused about her experience and trying to put the puzzle pieces together.

Typhoon Haiyan: What Can We Do?

Perceived support, providing long-term and local community support, taking care of your nervous system, donating blood, volunteering or helping volunteers, and not sending hand me downs can all be additional ways to help the survivors of the Philippine disaster.

What’s Wrong with Negative Emotions?

Sometimes emotions don’t tell us the truth. However, you might not know how to change the beliefs.

Trauma: Childhood Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a particularly sinister type of trauma because of the shame it instills in the victim. With childhood sexual abuse, victims are often too young to know how to express what is happening and seek out help. When not properly treated, this can result in a lifetime of PTSD, depression and anxiety.

Trauma: Incest

In this article we’ll focus on the contemporary Western attitude toward and definition of incest. The important thing to remember is that incest is a form of sexual abuse. As a form of abuse, it is highly damaging to a child’s psyche and most often results in prolonged PTSD.

A Child Within Us Wants to Talk

Memories of unresolved feelings from childhood are carried into our adult life and often become buried in the subconscious.

The Power of Being You

There’s a distinction between giving of yourself and giving up yourself.

Students with PTSD

Recognize and understand how PTSD can affect you as a student. Receive support by knowing your resources.

Compassion Fatigue

Anyone who witnesses or helps a trauma survivor can experience secondary trauma symptoms.

Escape From an Emotionally and Verbally Abusive Father

This article depicts the interview and story of Dianna, who grew up in the Middle East and escaped her emotionally and verbally abusive father when she was a young adult by emigrating to the United States.

The Foster Care System and Its Victims Part 4

The cost of keeping the foster care system running is staggering... and yet is not nearly enough.

The Foster Care System and Its Victims Part 3

The child welfare system is designed to take care of children up until they are 18 years old. In certain cases, they might even emancipate earlier. But what happens once they grow too old for the child welfare system?

The Foster Care System and Its Victims: Part I

What happens when someone finds out a child has been abused? The difficult journey that leads a child to foster care is almost always a traumatic one.

Effects of Trauma: Estrangement From Family

In my psychotherapy practice I've seen how traumatic relationships and serious mental disorders can lead to emotional cutoff or estrangement.

The Lingering Trauma of Child Abuse

In an earlier article, I talked about child neglect (known as an "act of omission".) On the other end of the spectrum of child abuse is physical abuse, an act of commission.

Child Neglect and Adult PTSD

Comfort, nourishment, shelter, and care should be things that a child can take for granted. Unfortunately, child neglect is a rampant problem that statistically exceeds child physical and sexual abuse in the U.S.

Postpartum PTSD Versus Postpartum Depression

According to Postpartum Support International (PSI), up to 6% of women who give birth later experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).