Tag: trauma

The Trauma Queen Always Has A Calamity To Share

Published: July 21, 2021 | Last Updated: July 21, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
The Trauma Queen Always Has A Calamity To Share

A group of women doesn’t know how to handle a “trauma queen” amongst them who consistently dominates conversations with her problems.

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Providing support for a friend who has been raped

Published: January 21, 2014 | Last Updated: January 21, 2014 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

There are ways to support a friend who has been raped but they don’t always come naturally

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Should I give my friend a pass because she is grieving?

Published: August 10, 2013 | Last Updated: August 10, 2013 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

It can be tricky to know when to give a friend “a pass”—and how much to overlook after trauma or loss.

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Let Down By A Friend When I Needed Her Most

Published: March 28, 2013 | Last Updated: August 21, 2022 By | 18 Replies Continue Reading
Let Down By A Friend When I Needed Her Most

Last year we had a horrific thing happen in our family. My son, in a drug-induced psychotic episode, killed our daughter-in-law. After that, I was terribly disappointed and let down by a friend.

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Faking it: Is that what it takes to make new friends?

Published: January 25, 2013 | Last Updated: January 25, 2013 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I find it difficult to fake it and that seems to be my issue in not making friends. I don’t like to gossip and don’t care about the girly conversations. I’m not into TV shows and everyone is crazy about fads, favorite movie stars, or songs that I couldn’t really care less about. They are just people: Get over it!

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On Access to Guns & Mental Health Services

Published: December 16, 2012 | Last Updated: December 28, 2023 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

The devastating events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday seem to overshadow the significance of every other pressing concern or problem, mine and everyone else’s.

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Friendship: In Sickness and In Health

Published: October 9, 2012 | Last Updated: October 11, 2021 By | 20 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship: In Sickness and In Health

I was close friends with a woman for several years. Six months ago, she abruptly ended the friendship. Two months prior to the end of the friendship, I was going through cancer radiation treatments and could not devote the time and energy to her that she seemed to need to feel satisfied with the friendship.

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Guest Post – Getting over the trauma of multiple deaths

Published: July 2, 2012 | Last Updated: October 31, 2012 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

My colleague, Linda Ligenza–a social worker and life coach who is also an expert on trauma–recently penned a guest post here entitled, Trauma, Trust and Friendship. She offered some self-help tips for coping with traumatic experiences, particularly as they affect friendships. Since that post, a visitor to the blog wrote me asking for more information. […]

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Guest Post: Trauma, Trust and Friendship

Published: June 19, 2012 | Last Updated: November 17, 2020 By | 16 Replies Continue Reading

A trauma expert explains the relationship between trust and friendship.

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How can a misunderstanding kill a longtime friendship?

Published: October 10, 2009 | Last Updated: October 10, 2009 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, Five years ago, my girlfriend stopped communicating with me. I found out later on from my sister that my friend’s husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer and I wasn’t there for her. The only reason I wasn’t there was I did not know. Her daughter told me that I had been e-mailed […]

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