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Chronic Pain

The onset of pain is a symptom of illness or injury in the part of the body that is experiencing the pain. The sudden onset of pain is called acute pain. Acute pain gets a person's attention and prompts him or her to take action to prevent further worsening of the condition causing the pain.…
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What Is EMDR?

What Is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of psychotherapy that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.   How was EMDR developed? In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of…
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Career Coaching

Are you stuck in a rut that you can’t seem to shake? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or find work you feel passionate about? You might feel paralyzed and purposeless, or possibly hesitant to seek assistance because of pride; you believe you should be able to figure it out on your own. The truth…
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Domestic Violence Overview

Physical and sexual violence against is a public health problem that has reached epidemic proportions. There are an estimated 8 to 12 million people in the United States who are at risk of being abused by their current or former intimate partners. This violence has serious physical, psychological, and social outcomes for the victims and…
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If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to abstain from drug use is tantamount to mandating a…
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Can Kids With Autism Crack—and Understand—Jokes?

The Kraft Group's Clinical Director Stephanie Zeman was interviewed as a subject expert for everyday health magazine: My son occasionally does stand-up, and has brought down the house. Jordon Hollow performing at Scotty’s Comedy Cove in Springfield, New Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Steven M. Hollow For someone on the autism spectrum, reading social cues can…
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Understanding Addiction

Maia Szalavitz, author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, explores effective interventions in coping and supporting someone diagnosed with addiction. An interview, conducted by Caroline McGraw, takes readers through a journey with Szalavitz to explore effective and appropriate approaches to work with those suffering from the disease of addiction. Throughout Szalavitz’s…
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All relationships

A letter from the Clinical Director: All relationships reach a lull at one point or another. Some last beyond the ten to thirty years mark, while others cower while in its early stages. The reason for this is dependent upon two things, life events and the couple’s ability to remain harmonious. Throughout doing couples work,…
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The Overachieving Underachiever

The Overachieving Underachiever, written by Janyne McConnaughey, PhD., holds a basis of what many young students struggle with throughout their academic career. This struggle not only encompasses today’s society but also within the familial competition to reach a higher education and gain a larger success story. Throughout McConnaughey’s article, she depicts the struggles she specifically…
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Cursed with the disease of addiction

Many people wonder why they are cursed with the disease of addiction. This question encourages the development of self-criticism due to an overload of feeling shame and guilt for actions derived from substance use. In the article The Hidden Link Between Autism and Addiction by Maia Szalavitz, a man’s story is explored through his struggles…
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