Monthly Archives: January 2016

The 3 Types of Parents Most Likely to Become Bitter

By Seth Meyers, Psy.D.

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A new Pew Research Center survey of parents with children under 18 shows just how stressed many feel on a daily basis. Among all working parents with children under age 18, more than half (56%) report that it’s difficult for them to balance the responsibilities of their job with the responsibilities of family; 14% percent say this is very difficult, and 42% say it’s somewhat difficult.

As a therapist who works with families, I can tell you that some parents are actually more bitter than they admit to family, friends and coworkers (and pollsters). While a handful have a fairly pleasant experience parenting, others have significant resentments and bitterness as they try to meet their children’s seemingly endless emotional and tangible needs.

Who are the most bitter parents? In my work, I have found that the most bitter often have little social support; received neglectful or conflict-laden parenting when they were young; or have children who are difficult or challenging (sometimes to the point of meriting a mental-disorder diagnosis).

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Coming Home

By Alex Nimier From when I was 19 until only just recently, my family and I watched my little brother slip further and further into the darkness of his own mind. The helplessness that we endured can only be described as hell. I am not a religious man, far from it, but I think back… Continue Reading

Dictionary of Emotions: Words For Feelings, Moods & Emotions

By Patrick Michael Ryan Reviewed by Megan Riddle How are you? I’m fine. But am I really fine — satisfactory or in satisfactory condition? Fine has become a bland, pat reply, as standard as a handshake. What if, instead, we took a moment to examine the full spectrum of human emotion — and vocabulary — and considered how we really… Continue Reading

Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations with My Therapist

By Geri Henderson & Seanne Emerton Reviewed by Megan Riddle Many subjects we once considered taboo are now the topic of dinner conversation: the lingering stigma of mental illness; transgender rights; rape and what constitutes consent. In many ways, we are more open and honest about things that we used to leave undiscussed. However, one subject tends to… Continue Reading

Chronic Depression and Codependency

By Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Dysthymia, or chronic depression, is a common symptom of codependency; however, many codependents aren’t aware that they’re depressed. Because the symptoms are mild, most people with chronic depression wait 10 years before seeking treatment. Dysthymia doesn’t usually impair daily functioning, but it can make life feel empty and joyless. Sufferers… Continue Reading