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Adolescent Behavior Problems

Many factors put youth and families at risk for juvenile delinquency. Research indicates that the most effective treatments, even with very difficult ...

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Adolescent Self-Harm

By definition, self-harm refers to hurting oneself to relieve emotional pain or distress. Many adolescents today are engaging in this dangerous behavi...

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Adolescent Substance Abuse

By the time they are high school seniors, most teens have tried an illicit drug. Such experimentation has the potential to develop into severe drug us...

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Adoption Today

Adoption brings families together in a variety of ways. Family therapists can assist in the decision to adopt, as well as help the adoptive family to ...

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Adult Attachment Relationships

Adult intimate relationships can be understood through attachment theory, which has been researched and validated in a number of research studies over...

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Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

The image of AD/HD in past decades has been the frenzied, elementary-aged boy dangling from the monkey bars, disrupting his class and disobeying all a...

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Adult Cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening event and will impact every member of the family. With improved treatment strategies, prevention techniqu...

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Alcohol Problems

Today we know a lot more about the set of different patterns that fall under the term Alcohol Use Disorders. And, better still, we know a lot more abo...

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Alzheimer's Disease

Approximately four million people in the United States have Alzheimer's Disease (AD). This condition can be devastating--not only for the diagnosed in...

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Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurologically-based developmental disorder. The exact cause is unknown, but experts believe it is a complex condition involv...

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD can affect families by straining sibling relationships; causing a child to underachieve in school; diminishing family cohesiveness; and creating ...

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Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is a major health problem. During the past 25 years, rates of adult obesity have doubled and rates of childhood obesity have nearly tripled; t...

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Bereavement and Loss

A wide array of emotions can be experienced with the death of a loved one: sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt and despair. This pamphlet answers the quest...

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Bipolar Disorder (#I083)

Bipolar disorder occurs in between 1 in 100 and 1 in 200 people. If this serious mental illness is diagnosed and treated appropriately, the symptoms c...

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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health problem that affects between 1% and 5% of children and adolescents. Bipolar disorder is classified as a mo...

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Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders

Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) have long been among the most poorly understood, misdiagnosed, and undertreated groups of disorders. The ter...

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Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD is a serious and complex mental illness that affects 2 -3% of the population. Despite the seriousness of BPD, recent research indicates that treat...

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Bullying

Every child has the right to feel safe at school and bullying destroys that sense of safety. It not only affects children while they are at school, bu...

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Caregiving for the Elderly

Nearly 25% of American households are providing care to people age 50 years and over. While many caregivers find much meaning in the opportunity to ca...

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Child Abuse and Neglect

Child maltreatment can be categorized as neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Almost 3 million children are harmed or endangere...

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Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has been identified as a nationwide epidemic that impacts children regardless of sex, age, race, and ethnic group. As children who a...

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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse in the family is one of the most perplexing and confusing problems facing families. The number of families affected by this phenomenon is...

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Children and Divorce

Divorce propels adults and children into numerous adjustments and challenges. This pamphlet answers the questions, How can you help your children? How...

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Children of Alcoholics

There are 18 million alcoholics in the U.S. according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. As a result, an estimated 26.8 millio...

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Children's Attachment Relationships

A common feature of parent-child relationships that underlies or runs parallel to many troublesome problems is an insecure attachment. Because childre...

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Chronic Illness

An individual's chronic illness affects the lives of everyone in the family and may create a great deal of stress for all those involved. Family membe...

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Depression (#I040)

The hopelessness and helplessness that people experience when they are depressed is more than just a frame of mind -- it is an entire way of being. Th...

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Diabetes

Over the last several years, diabetes rates in the U.S. have risen dramatically. Experts believe the main reason for this is because Americans are inc...

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Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociation is a common, naturally occurring defense against childhood trauma. Faced with overwhelming abuse, usually physical and sexual accompanied...

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Domestic Violence

In almost 20 percent of all marriages, couples slap, shove, hit, or otherwise assault each other. This pamphlet answers the questions, How can I get h...

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders consume the individual in obsessive negative thinking and behaviors, and they consume the individual's relationships with family memb...

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Families Living with HIV Disease

Human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) has been known for over 25 years. It affects people in every country in the world. The United Nations estimates ...

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Families of Juvenile Sex Offenders

Written for clients and potential clients, Consumer Updates are designed to educate consumers and market your services. The brochures contain easy-to-...

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Female Sexual Problems

Nearly 40 percent of women of all ages report having sexual problems. This pamphlet answers the questions, What are female sexual problems? What cause...

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Financial Distress and the Family

Economic hardship and financial distress can have devestating effects on families. In tough economic times, many families lose their jobs, homes, cars...

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Genetic Disorders

We all have genetic conditions; some of us know which ones, others do not. In the future, our genetic blueprint will allow for more specific understan...

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Gender Identity

Transgender is an umbrella term, encompassing all nontraditional gender expressions, including, but not limited to: transsexual, cross-dresser, gender...

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Custodial grandparenting occurs when a grandparent assumes responsibility for a grandchild because the grandchild’s parents cannot or choose not to ca...

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Infertility

Infertility affects couples in many ways. Feelings of anger and sadness are quite common, which may turn to grief. Couples are likely to experience ch...

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Grieving the Loss of a Child

The loss of a child is the most devastating experience a parent can face--and missing the child never goes away. A piece of yourself is lost and your ...

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Gay and Lesbian Youth

A new generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth are coming of age in a society increasingly tolerant and yet still deeply divided ab...

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Infidelity

The causes of infidelity are complex and varied. Reasons include low self-esteem, relationship deficits, or a social context in which infidelity is co...

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Managing Conflict During Divorce

Although not the intention of most parents, putting children in the middle of conflict is particularly detrimental. Examples of this are: asking child...

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Marriage Preparation

Social scientists and clinicians have found about two dozen specific factors that predict future marital satisfaction. These are best assessed through...

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Male Sexual Problems

Couples today expect more out of sex and intimacy than in any point in history. But sexual difficulties are normal. This pamphlet discusses treatment ...

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Multiracial Families

There are approximately 7 million people in the United States who identify as mixed-race, with half of these being under the age of 18, and it is esti...

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Mental Illness in Children

Although mental illness (MI) usually does not occur until late adolescence or adulthood, it can and does occur in childhood. When MI occurs in childho...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is a common anxiety disorder that affects about 1 to 2% of the population. OCD can cause a great deal of stress and frustration for both the indiv...

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Online Infidelity

Sexual behavior over the Internet can easily threaten relationships because it is extremely accessible, affordable, and the ability to hide one's iden...

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Marital Distress

Everyone who is married experiences difficulties, but for some, these troubles reach the point that partners become profoundly disappointed and upset ...

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

It is common for children and teenagers to display bouts of irritability, frustration, and disobedience over the course of their growth and developmen...

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Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder, one of the most common types of anxiety disorders, takes its toll on individuals and families. If left untreated, this disorder can be...

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Parkinson's Disease

Each year in the U.S., 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are diagnosed, adding to the 1.5 million Americans who currently have this disease...

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Phobias

Phobias are constant, excessive fears of an object or situation that interfere with one's life and/or cause personal distress. Phobias are among the m...

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Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby is typically a very special occasion for both the parents and family. Although the period following childbirth can be exciting, it...

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Pregnancy and Delivery

Emotions within the family regarding pregnancy can range from excitement, fear, happiness, confusion or perhaps disappointment and anger. Whether plan...

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Problem and Pathological Gambling



Written for clients and potential clients, Consumer Updates are designed to educate consumers and market your services. The brochures contai...

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Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Attacks (PNEA)

Psychogenic non-epileptic attacks (PNEA) are behaviors described as a sudden, violent outburst or a fit of violent action or emotion. These attacks re...

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Same-Sex Parents and Their Children

There is not a “usual” gay family. Some same-sex couples may decide to have a child within their relationship, while others may bring children from pr...

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Rape Trauma

Whether it was 10 days ago or 10 years ago, emotions and thoughts may seem overwhelming following a sexual assault. In learning the facts about rape a...

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects 1% of the population and can have devastating effects on the family. The good news is that many evidence-based treatments are no...

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Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction is a serious problem in which one engages in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior despite increasing negative conseq...

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Sexual Health

Because sexual health encompasses both physical and emotional well-being, problems with sexual health can significantly disrupt normal functioning for...

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The good news is that PTSD is highly treatable when diagnosed early. The bad news is that it is often missed, or misdiagnosed, by examining physicians...

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Sibling Violence

Sibling violence or abuse can be described as a repeated pattern of physical aggression with the intent to inflict harm and motivated by a need for po...

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Stepfamilies

In stepfamilies, insider and outsider positions start out painfully stuck. Agreements about every day issues lie within the parent-child unit, not bet...

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Substance Abuse and Intimate Relationships

It has long been known that marriage (or other committed relationships) and substance abuse don’t mix. Having a partner who drinks too much or uses dr...

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Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

Suicide occurs all too frequently in our society- statistics show that more people die from suicides than from homicides. An individual who expresses ...

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Suicide in the Elderly

Older adults make up 12% of the US population, but account for 18% of all suicide deaths. This is an alarming statistic, as the elderly are the fastes...

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The Effect of Anger on Families

Family ties are one of the strongest contributors to individual character development. Many of us spend years trying to understand, erase, or copy the...

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Therapeutic Issues for Same-sex Couples

Same-sex couples share many commonalities with heterosexual couples, including differing developmental variables and family of origin dynamics. The da...

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When Your Adolescent Acts Out Sexually

Curiosity surrounding sexuality is normal in the process of development. However, some adolescents' behavior exceeds the “norm” and extends sufficient...

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Women and Autoimmune Diseases

As many as 22 million individuals in the United States have an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are a diverse group of illnesses that share one...

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