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Here’s What Happens When You Break Up With A Narcissist

It is challenging and exhausting being romantically involved with a narcissist, but they can also cause havoc when they leave. Break ups are always hard, but when you’ve been in a relationship with someone who uses others and is obsessed with themselves, it can be even harder. On the surface, narcissists can seem charming, engaging…

Hey, Mainstream Teachers, You Need to Read My Child’s IEP

The school year is underway. Some kids have been in school for a month while others a few weeks. When it comes to individualized education programs (IEPs), there are wrinkles that need to be ironed at the beginning of the year — which is understandable — but when issues keep coming up that are clearly…

The Robbery Known As Class Composition Is B.C.’s Dark Secret

There is a dark secret that has been kept and maintained for many years in B.C. schools. If you have a child with special needs, with autism, with a learning disability; if you have a child with Attention Deficit Disorder, or who is suffering from a mental illness; if you have a child who is…

When Anxiety Presents as Anger, Not Fear

I have been anxious for as long as I can remember. I grew from an awkward and anxious child to an awkward and anxious adult. As a teenager I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, but it was only as an adult that I learned more about what it actually means to be anxious. Having…

10 routines that will strengthen a parent-child relationship

We all crave those close moments with our children that melt our hearts. Connection is as essential to us as it is to our children. When our relationship is strong, it’s also sweet, so we receive as much as we give. That’s what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices. That connection is also the only…

Calming Anxiety in Kids: a Secret is to Stop Saying “Calm Down”

Working from the premise that mental skills, like physical skills, need training and practice to develop, Lynn Lyons offers coaching tips for parents on how to develop problem-solving capacity in children. She addresses the question, “If you know you’re a worrier or have an anxiety disorder yourself, where should you start?” Researchers like Golda Ginsburg…

Latest Studies Find Body Pain Correlates With Spiritual and Emotional Pain

Life gets tough sometimes. You start to feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster after a bit. But did you know that those emotions can cause a decline in your physical health? Dr. Susan Babel, a psychologist that specializes in trauma-induced depression, wrote in Psychology Today, “Studies have shown that chronic pain might not…

There’s Scientific Evidence That Clutter Causes Anxiety

Do you become frustrated when your house is a mess and looks like a bomb went off? Your dog had an accident, your kids didn’t clean their rooms, and your spouse left dishes in the sink. It’s enough to drive one mad. And there’s actually a reason for it and it’s not that you’re crazy.…

My Anxiety Convinces Me That Everyone Hates Me

Because of my anxiety, I take everything personally. If a friend takes a little too long to answer a text, I start making assumptions. They don’t want to talk to me. I’m annoying them. They’re ignoring me on purpose. They don’t like me. They hate me. I dread sending the first text because there is…