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Hidden Sexual Abuse Trauma In Iran (part 1)
Written by Sahar Teimoori, LCSW & Psy.D.   
Growing up in a society and culture where the discussion of sex taboo is extremely difficult. The Iranian culture ignores proper sex education for children and in most cases the children are kept in the dark until they become sexually active themselves.

The lack of formal sexual education is not made up for by a conversation with parents, as it often is the western world. This lack of openness, and discomfort makes sexual abuse a taboo subject as well. Children who have been abused often find that they do not know where to turn or who to talk to.

The hidden trauma stays hidden until the abused gets a chance to abuse another or when their sexual abuse as a child is manifested into psychological problems in their adulthood. Furthermore, the sexual abuse in children has lifelong physical, emotional, and developmental effects on the abused children in a culture where children’s rights are neglected and marginalized.
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Mental Closet
Written by Daniel D. Sadigh PsyD, LMFT   

In every situation we may find a valuable lesson. A few years ago when we were moving to our new home I was faced with the challenging task of packing my storage closet.  As I stood in front of my belongings I realized I had collected so many items that I had forgotten about and no longer felt a need for. It was a big mess and I did not know where to start. There were so many things that I did not need anymore, yet I still had a very difficult time parting from. In that moment I decided to separate the items and label them in to three groups: Necessities, Memorabilia, and Let-goes. 

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The Psychology of Poetry
Written by Editor   

Poetry is an artistic form of communication that may be appreciated by a significant number of people.  The psychology of poetry has two perspective:  the writer perspective and the reader perspective.  The writer perspective concerns why we like to write poetry.  The reader perspective concerns why we may enjoy reading poetry.  

 

In this article, I will provide some ideas concerning why we may like to write poetry, and why we may enjoy reading poems.  These ideas may have implications for how to write a poem.  More research may be needed to address the validity of these ideas. 

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Coping With Adult ADD/ADHD
Written by Dr. Bill Morgan   

The Fundamentals  You Need to Know

 

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is the term used for a neurological condition marked by difficulties with attention and concentration and usually difficulties with self-control and overactivity or restlessness. It is also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) because many individuals with ADD are or were overactive and impulsive. About 5% of all people have ADD. 

ADD is recognized by mental health professionals as one of the most common disorders of childhood, and was previously thought to resolve in adolescence. Over the past decade there has been a growing awareness that for many if not most individuals with ADD it persists into adulthood. Effective treatment for adult ADD is a relatively new area of study. 

ADD affects many aspects of life. It affects academic and vocational success, personal and family relationships, emotions and self-esteem. ADD individuals often share a number of positive qualities such as creativity, spontaneity, inventiveness, and sensitivity to others. But it also leads to disorganization, procrastination, difficulty with task completion, and feeling overwhelmed. 

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Written by Dr. M.G. Lazarus   

is one of the serious psychiatric conditions found in children in the preschool and early school years. It is characterized by inappropriate level of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that is present before the age of seven. A child with ADHD faces lots of difficulties at home and school. It is hard for the young person to control his/her behavior and impulsivity and pay attention. The helpless child might express his/her problems to parents like ‘why am I different?’, ‘why am I called a troublemaker and headcase?’, ‘why don’t I understand lots of things at school which are not difficult to other children?’ and so on. When to suspect ADHD? All children, to a certain degree, will demonstrate restlessness, impulsivity (acting without thinking), or day dreaming. 

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Antidepressants and Phototherapy
Written by Marcello Lanares, MD, PhD   
Antidepressants are used commonly in medical and psychiatric practice. As a class, antidepressants have in common their ability to treat major depressive illness. Most antidepressants are also effective in the treatment of panic disorder and other anxiety disorders. Some antidepressants effectively treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and a variety of other conditions (see indications below).
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Hope for Autism
Written by Cheri Florance, Ph.D   
I first developed the concept of becoming symptom-free of disability when I was working on my Career Development Award from The National Institutes of Health. As a brain scientist working for the most rigorous medical research facility in the world, I discovered that many disorders thought to be due to permanent brain malfunction could actually be improved to a symptom-free status.
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Understanding Personality Disorders
Written by Annabelle Rox   
For the average person, their traits are usually fixed by the time you become an adult. These traits are fundamental from your past and from your genetic makeup. Often, they are a combination of positive and negative traits that make you the person you are.
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Personality Disorders
Written by David McEvoy   
There is some disagreement about how to recognize personality disorders, but basically, one could be defined as having a personality disorder when their basic character traits cause severe problems either to themselves or to the people around them on a regular basis, to the extent that it prevents them from leading a normal life.
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The Fear of Being Alone
Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.   
Gina consulted with me because her marriage was falling apart. She had discovered that her husband was having yet another affair, and when he was with her, he was either angry or withdrawn. She had requested numerous times that he join her in couples therapy, but he had no interest in healing their relationship.
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Healthy Guilt, Unhealthy Guilt
Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.   
Guilt is the feeling that results when you tell yourself that you have done something wrong.
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Personality Disorder VS Bipolar
Written by Li Ming Wong   
Borderline personality disorder and bipolar are often mistaken as being the same thing. They are also often misdiagnosed, one for the other. This is because the symptoms for both illnesses are startlingly similar.
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Cigratte Smoking Resposible for 1 of 5 Deaths
Written by Dr. D.S. Merchant   

American Lung Association Report Shows 2007 Shaping Up to be a Banner Year for Tobacco Control Policies.

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What Can We Learn from a Famous Psychologist Like Freud?
Written by Muna wa Wanjiru   
Psychology is known to be the study of human behavior to various situations and the emotions that occur as a result of those situations. The art of trying to understand people is not a new study. There are many famous people who have tried to find out why people react the way they do. Of these many psychologists, the most famous psychologist has to be Freud.
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