A frightening story I hear over and over is that of a narcissistic ex-partner abusing the legal system to abuse and bully their former partner. The narcissist will claim their former partner was or is abusive to him/herself and/or their pets or children. This form of abuse is costly to the victim, as the victim needs to hire a lawyer to defend themselves and may miss time away from work to deal … [Read more...] about Surviving the Narcissist: What to do When the Abuser Cries Abuse
In any relationship, there may be struggles with communication, expectations, and unmet needs. For relationships in which at least one of the partners has attention-deficit hyperactivity, better known as ADHD, these struggles can be pronounced. Because ADHD impacts brain functioning and behavior, all aspects of life may be impacted by the symptoms—positively and negatively. There are numerous … [Read more...] about 5 Ways ADHD Could Be Affecting Your Relationship
Recently there have been more stories in the media about sexual assault or other sexual crimes in which institutional betrayal has played a large role (for example: Jerry Sandusky sexual abuses, various college campus sexual assaults, rampant sexual assaults against women in the military, Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults and Larry Nassar’s sexual abuses). Institutional betrayal is when an … [Read more...] about How Institutional Betrayal Complicates Healing From Sexual Trauma
Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) typically begin at the end of the fall season and continue throughout the winter. As the amount of daylight and temperature decreases, you can experience a drop in serotonin, which affects moods. Those living in places with long winter nights or at high altitudes are at a great risk for SAD, and young women are at a higher risk of experiencing … [Read more...] about Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is defined as the difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection in at least 75%-100% of the time during desired sexual activity. In order to meet the diagnostic criteria for ED these symptoms must have persisted for at least 6 months and must also be causing significant distress. As men age, ED becomes more common. ED can negatively effect a man’s self-esteem and … [Read more...] about Erectile Dysfunction or is it Something Else?
Unfortunately, I often hear women tell me they have tried to talk to their doctor about pelvic or sexual pain, but are dismissed or are told that the pain is normal. In fact, in a 2001 study by Harlow, Wise, & Stewart found that 40% of women who sought treatment for pelvic or sexual pain never even received a diagnosis. If you are having pelvic or sexual pain, you should consult your treating … [Read more...] about How to Talk to Your Medical Provider About Pelvic or Sexual Pain