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Grief camp for kids: Helping children find the sun after enormous loss

Because children grieve differently from adults, they can benefit from bereavement support tailored to their specific needs.  Grief camps for kids help children process grief and loss through group and one-on-one counseling, yes, but also through play and art.  You can observe the power of children’s grief camps in the…

Uncomplicated bereavement DSM-5: Causes, symptoms, treatment

When the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released, it no longer included a “bereavement exclusion” for the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD). Clinicians acknowledged that though there is such a thing as “normal grief”, or “uncomplicated bereavement”, that doesn’t mean grief…

Grief, lost emotions, and feeling numb after a death: Why can’t I feel anything?

In some cases, victims of loss aren’t overwhelmed with difficult emotions but feel emotionally numb instead. This is a normal reaction, which typically occurs when someone loses someone or something suddenly and unexpectedly. Still, it’s important for these individuals to make sure they grieve well, which involves understanding and processing…

Romance scammers: Who they are, what they do, and how you can protect your heart and wallet

In 2020, reported losses from romance scams totaled $304 million.  Heartbroken victims reported losing not only their money, but also their dignity and the futures they’d envisioned with their loved ones. You can take practical steps to protect yourself from romance scammers, like learning to identify the psychological biases these…

How to protect yourself from mind control techniques and cult recruitment (it’s not as far-fetched as you think)

Brainwashing is an outdated psychological concept, but narcissistic cult leaders can still exercise extreme influence over smart, sane, “regular” people.  You can protect yourself from cultic mind control techniques by learning the warning signs and asking the right questions.  Destructive cults use love-bombing, isolation, and phobia indoctrination to overwhelm cognition. …

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