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Including parents should be part of effective trauma therapy

Some mornings as I drive to work, my mind wanders through my family memories.  I often wonder if my life is at all like other people’s lives.  I always think about my children first and then think of the many … Continue reading Including parents should be part of effective trauma therapy

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Why do we still say the same things to transition age youth?

My then-17 year old son went to bed the night before his birthday and woke up an adult the next morning.  At least that’s what everyone told him.  Neither of us could see too many differences.  We had often played … Continue reading Why do we still say the same things to transition age youth?

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When the filters come off

I remember the day my son came home with his back a mass of cuts, bruises and blood.  He had just come out of several weeks of sadness, anguish and plans to kill himself.  Almost overnight, the dark cloud lifted … Continue reading When the filters come off

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Unlock that door

My dad’s face got that look when all the locks clicked.  You know, that l-sure-didn’t-expect-this look. We were there to see my then-12 year old son.  It was his 5th or 6th hospitalization so I had stopped noticing all the … Continue reading Unlock that door

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Her story changed everything

I first met Linette because of her urgent phone call.  While waiting with her daughter for a psychiatric bed, caring for her other child and staying in touch with her office, she was calling, emailing and messaging anyone she thought … Continue reading Her story changed everything

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