anxiety, codependency, Family Entertainment, Therapy, Uncategorized

EMOTIONAL SCARS FROM CHILDHOOD ARE NOT PERMANENT

No matter how devoted, few of our parents were able to respond perfectly to all of our needs. We all had some parts of our childhood that were tough, even perilous. Every child experiences a “primitive anxiety” that the world is not a safe place.

There’s a group that was created for adults with emotional scars from childhood, and those who are recovering attest that their scars are healing. The group is Adult Children of Alcoholics. I was a member for nine years and I can tell you that during those years I uncovered my own wounds, many of which are healed.

anxiety, codependency, humor, laughing at yourself, neurotic, neurotic humor, Therapy

Confessions of a People-Pleaser, Part I

It’s hard not to act in ways you suppose others expect you to act or speak. Look at the photo of me carefully. Take some time. Okay, don’t I look like a people-pleaser? Come on, you can tell me the truth. I will not be offended. I’ve almost got not being offended down perfectly.

God's Mercy, Healthcare, Therapy

Addiction’s Ripple Effect on Family Members

Yes, Mercy for Our Families main mission is supporting family members affected by addiction in the family. I come from such a family, so I’ve been there. My Dad was an alcoholic in recovery. My family suffered as yours may suffer, in all the ways we can suffer. And the addiction that you suffer from can be anything. Addiction is…

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Therapy, Uncategorized

A Special Invitation to You

A therapist’s number one job is to relieve or reduce the pain of a person, couple or family, normally though a proper assessment, a diagnosis, followed by a course of treatment.  Often, especially in the cases of abuse and trauma, those suffering carry the burden of shame.  Therapy is a form of mercy, as is forgiveness.  God is a Father…

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Therapy, Uncategorized

How Addicts are Portrayed on TV

Television and movies are full of addicted characters.  “House” was about an opiate addict, played wonderfully by Hugh Laurie.   The new “Kevin Can Wait,” stars the very talented Kevin James as a lovable junk food junkie.  The character is seen to have just a “weight problem” that dieting should take care of, but not if you have a real addiction…

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