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Married But Alone

Our society has an expected story of us: find love, get married, have children. Many women get in the frenzy of this expectation and lose sight of what is important: self-love. As a therapist, I meet women every week who suffer from a loneliness syndrome; each one of them is married. These women take care of their husbands, children, aging parents, find time to work outside-the-home and in-the-home. The loneliness syndrome is not about a person who has no friends, or who spends most of her time alone by choice. Loneliness syndrome is when a married woman cannot depend on her husband for support. Girls learn from young age the importance of “managing” the house, and with the women’s movement, she is now also responsible for earning money. Women take on more responsibilities every year, and feel guilty of asking for help. She makes excuses why her […]

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Surviving the Holidays: 10 Tips for Adult Children of an Alcoholic

Holidays bring up lots of emotions and if you are not aware of particularly the sad ones, this can be a difficult time of the year. If you grew up in a house where at least one of your parents was an alcoholic, you may be wondering to yourself “how am I going to survive the next month”? The internal conflict you are feeling is normal. As a child you were affected by your parent’s behaviors, your days were happy or sad depending on your parent’s mood. The same unpredictable behavior is what brings up the internal conflict now. Part of you is really looking forward to spending the time with your family. Seeing them around the Thanksgiving table, or opening up the gifts on Christmas day. If you are now a parent yourself, you probably want your kids to spend the time with their grandparents, cousins, […]

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