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Nov 022015

The discussions here on Family Arrested about dissociation and how we cope with trauma and stress got me to thinking about the things I have observed in others and also observed in myself. My first memory of discussion occurred when I was working in Africa as a wild life photographer and we were in a […]

Jan 282014
The role of mental illness in family dysfunction

Many mental illnesses are unfortunately inherited to one extent or another, and many of these mental illnesses effect the families in very dramatic and tragic ways. They also sometimes lead to big tragedies outside their families such as the case of the school shooter, Adam Lanza,  who killed his mother, then went to a nearby […]

Sep 222013
DNA is not destiny—but it does contribute to behavior

I sent an article to a friend of mine who is a well respected therapist, and with whom I have discussed psychopathy through the years. My friend also has a son in prison for killing an infant, and believes his son is a psychopath, just like his mother. So my very learned friend who works […]

Jul 042013

What psychologists now call “bi-polar” used to be called “Manic-depressive” because people with this problem swing (to one degree or another) from very depressed to very hyperactive and “manic.” Wiki says about bi-polar  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder Bipolar disorder (also known as bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression) is a psychiatric diagnosis for a mood disorder. […]

May 292013

Sometimes on Family Arrested people may refer to the offender in their lives as an “S-path” or sociopath or psychopath. What does that mean? Are they talking about serial killers? The media equates the terms psychopath and sociopath to mean “serial killer” or someone like Charlie Manson or that Castro guy who kidnapped and held […]

Mar 182013

Borderline Personality Disorder is a psychological problem I think is poorly named, it seems to many people to mean “on the border of a personality disorder” rather than an actual disorder. Actually this disorder was named back when they did think it was on the “border of” more serious disorders. This, like many psychological problems […]

Mar 172013

  If your child is defying authority, acting out, skipping school, bullying other kids, breaking the law, acting violent, using weapons or any number of symptoms such as this, s/he may be diagnosed with “Conduct disorder” CD. Here is a link to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry web site http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/conduct_disorder giving easily […]

Mar 162013

The DSM-IV is the diagnostic “Bible” of psychology. It essentially is a list of different symptoms that apply to a certain disorder or mental illness, say for example “depression” and says in effect, if the patient has 9 out of 12 of these symptoms lasting X amount of time, then their diagnosis is “Major Depression” […]

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