Tag: trauma

The Trauma Queen Always Has A Calamity To Share

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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

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?

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

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?

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

December 16, 2012 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
On Access to Guns & Mental Health Services

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

October 9, 2012 | By | 20 Replies Continue Reading

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

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

A trauma expert explains the relationship between trust and friendship.

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How can a misunderstanding kill a longtime friendship?

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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