Coping With a Spouse Who Has PTSD

PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical/sexual assault as an adult or child. Following one of these traumatic experiences, it is natural for a person to feel afraid, sad, anxious, or disconnected. But if these feelings don’t fade away and you are stuck with a constant feeling of danger, you may be suffering from PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD can make it very difficult to maintain a healthy, happy relationship. Normal arguments can turn…

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How to Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a mental condition that is characterized by unusual shifts in mood, as well as fluctuations in energy and activity levels. Millions of Americans are affected by bipolar disorder, and it can have a serious impact on their lives. Similarly, bipolar disorder can put strain on a relationship. When one partner in a relationship is affected by the disorder, it can be nearly as difficult for the other partner as it is for the patient themselves. The sudden shifts from depression to mania, and vice versa, can lead to emotional withdrawal, unexpected outbursts,…

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How to Cope With ADHD in Your Relationship

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder that affects a large number of people. It is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder that starts during childhood, and often continues into adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD can make it difficult to maintain a healthy relationship. These symptoms include: Difficulty Getting Organized People with ADHD may have trouble organizing and prioritizing parts of their lives. Additional responsibilities such as bills, jobs, and children, can make organization even more difficult. Easily Distracted Hampering attention, adult ADHD can often lead people to become easily distracted. The smallest thing may distract…

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The Harm Caused to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to an ongoing experience of physical, psychological, and/or sexual abuse in the home. It is used to establish power and control over another person. The bulk of conducted studies have focused on the effect of domestic violence on the primary victim, and only recently has awareness been growing as to the effect on secondary victims, mainly, children. Children who are exposed to domestic violence may witness it in a few different ways: They may see actual physical and/or sexual abuse They may hear threats of violence or sounds of fighting from another room They may be aware…

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The Harm Caused by Parents Who Argue in Front of Their Children

One opinion rarely touched on by authors discussing the negative effects of parents arguing in front of their children is that the damage could be made worse when parents stay in unhappy marriages. Parents who pursue neither help nor separation tend to argue more and more, which can be increasingly harmful if it is done in the presence of the children. It would be almost impossible for parents to never argue, fight, or disagree in front of their children. Sooner or later it is bound to happen. The best case scenario is that when you do have a disagreement, you…

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The Benefits of Having a Child Specialist in a Collaborative Divorce

A collaborative divorce occurs when two spouses are able to work out an agreement without going to divorce court. It helps them achieve their goal of becoming divorced, while also helping them adapt, cope, and ready themselves for the next chapter in life. The collaborative divorce team pays careful attention to the psychological and emotional well-being of all parties involved. While this may be the best route to take when considering a divorce, it can still be a very difficult and confusing time in life, especially for any children involved. This process is new to them, and they probably don’t…

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Divorce After 50

Divorce rates in the United States have declined steadily over the last twenty years. However over that same period of time, Divorce rates for individuals that are over the age of 50 have risen. In 1990, the divorce rate for people over 50 was over 1 in 10. These days, that figure is nearly 1 in 4.  Although many of the typical challenges involved in a divorce, such as child support and custody, may not be issues, divorcing over the age of 50 has unique issues that can be just as challenging to navigate. [1] One such issue that can…

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What is Mediation and how does it work?

Legal Mediation is a cooperative dispute resolution process in which both parties work together with the help of a professional independent mediator. Ultimately, the goal of the process is to clearly define what is being disputed in the case and work out all problems that can arise relating to child custody, property and finances.  [1] The mediator is an impartial third-party that works with both sides to hear out the disputes and communicate them in a more agreeable manner. The mediator serves as a negotiator and clearly defines what is in dispute. The mediator also provides different suggestions and options…

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What is Collaborative Law?

In Collaborative law, two sets of clients and attorneys work together in order to mutually agree on a settlement. In addition, trained professionals with specific areas of expertise, such as financial analysts and parenting counselors may be brought in when necessary to assist with the construction of the agreement.  Both clients agree to open and honest with all the information that is needed to create a fair, uncontroversial agreement that benefits both sides as well as any other members of their family that may be involved. [1] By following through with this collaborative effort, the parties are agreeing that they…

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