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EMDR Therapy: Self-Help Techniques for Trauma Relief

EMDR Therapy: Self-Help Techniques for Trauma Relief

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is primarily used as a treatment for PTSD. Discovered and developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR uses eye movements, taps or tones to reprogram trauma victims’ thinking. The end result can be relatively fast relief of PTSD symptoms, including the re-experiencing of the trauma and other symptoms resulting from horrific events like rape or combat. EMDR also helps with “little t” traumas having to do with beliefs about ourselves formed during childhood and other mental health disorders.

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Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunctional Living

Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunctional Living

The cycle of dysfunction – you grow up in a significantly dysfunctional family and it has an impact on you. Now you have kids and the cycle of family dysfunction continues. Without recognition and positive change, the family dysfunction is passed from generation to generation.

What is a Dysfunctional Family?

The Free Medical Dictionary defines dysfunctional family as a family with multiple ‘internal’ eg sibling rivalries, parent-child– conflicts, domestic violence, mental illness, single parenthood, or ‘external’–eg alcohol or drug abuse, extramarital affairs, gambling, unemployment—influences that affect the basic needs of the family unit. (read: Roles in Dysfunctional Families)

Dena FomanFor our guest, Dena Foman, the family dysfunction definition fits her life to a tee.

“I have spent the better part of my life wearing a mask to disguise the childhood pain that followed me into adulthood. I was born into a poor family that had virtually no education. Later in life, my father became an alcoholic, just like his father. I am proud to say he has been sober for over 13 years. My mother left when I was 11 years old and turned to a life of drugs. I quit high school at 17 and had a child at 19.”

Dena had never been taught the skills of parenting or shown how to be loving. She says her son, later diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, got little in the way of nurturing, loving attention… and this, mixed with a mental illness, is deadly. He has attempted suicide twice and Dena says “I’ve spent more time than I want to remember planning his funeral.”

Against all odds, Dena ends up going to law school and while there, gets into therapy to figure out where it all went wrong.

Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunctional Living

In this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, Dena shares the story of her childhood, of neglect and abandonment that led to a life of dysfunction for many years, and how she’s learned to make peace with herself and her family. Take a look.

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Dena chronicles her journey in “Only I Can Define Me: Releasing Shame, Growing Into My Adult Self.” Her website is: www.releasingshame.com

Share Your Experiences with Dysfunctional Family

Did you grow up in a dysfunctional family? How has that affected you? Have you passed it on to your family? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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Effects of Child Abuse Impact Adult Survivors

Effects of Child Abuse Impact Adult Survivors

If you’re a child abuse survivor you’ve no doubt heard “get over it” on more than one occasion. But I hope no one ever gets over child abuse. The fact that child abuse hurts kids really ought to be enough to garner everyone’s attention. Beyond that nasty reality, there’s the fact that the effects of child abuse are often lasting, continuing to impact survivors and by extension their friends, families, and co-workers throughout their adult lives. Like it or not, child abuse impacts everyone in one way or another.

Understanding the issues facing adult survivors of child abuse can help all of us see the gravity of the problem, and change our attitudes from “get over it” to “what can I do to stop child abuse?”

How the Effects of Child Abuse Impact Adults

Adult survivors of child abuse often struggle with a wide range of issues, with varying degrees of severity. They may suffer:Child abuse can impact victims throughout their entire lives. Dr. Ana Lopez discusses issues facing adult survivors of child abuse.

Physical Symptoms

Behavioral Symptoms

Emotional Symptoms

Serious Psychological Disorders

About Dr. Ana Lopez

Dr. Ana Lopez works with child abuse survivors and their families. She joined us to discuss the unique difficulties facing these adults.

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Dr. Lopez founded Guardian Angel, Inc. a non-profit organization to help children in 2006. She is the founder and clinical director of a mental health private practice in Iowa. Her areas of specialty include abuse and neglect, divorce and family disruption, pregnancy-related matters, and immigration-acculturation related issues. She provides counseling services and conducts psychological, forensic, and educational assessments. Dr. Lopez serves on the Iowa State Board of Education and, as an advocate for children’s welfare, has also served on the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Prevention.

Share Your Child Abuse Experiences

Are you an adult survivor of child abuse? How do the effects of child abuse impact your life today? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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A Narcissist Explains Workplace Bullies

A Narcissist Explains Workplace Bullies

According to the  Workplace Bullying Institute, 35% of the U.S. workforce – an estimated 53.5 million Americans – report being bullied at work. If you’re one of them, you’re already well acquainted with the dread and anxiety that goes along with being a victim of chronic psychological violence. But how well do you know your tormentor? Is she a narcissist, driven by a grandiose sense of her own importance? Is he a psychopath, devoid of compassion and empathy? Arming yourself with information about workplace bullies and their methods may help you find ways of coping with them.

How do Workplace Bullies Operate?

sam-vakninWho better to shed light on the minds and motives of workplace bullies than a self-proclaimed narcissist? Sam Vaknin has Narcissistic Personality Disorder and is the author of the best-selling book, Malignant Self-Love – Narcissism Revisited. Sam joined us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show to share his perspective on workplace bullies. He discusses:

  • The difference between a narcissist and a psychopath.
  • How to spot narcissists and psychopaths.
  • The tactics workplace bullies use in different environments.
  • How narcissists and psychopaths choose their targets.
  • What you can do to protect yourself.

Video on Narcissistic Workplace Bullies

Watch our video interview with Sam for more information about the narcissist, psychopath, and how you can make working with them easier on How to Cope with Narcissistic and Psychopathic Bullies in the Workplace.  And here’s the table of contents for all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Share Your Experiences with Workplace Bullies

Have you been a victim of workplace bullying? Are you the target of a narcissist or psychopath? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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Silence Behind Male Sexual Abuse

Silence Behind Male Sexual Abuse

Male Survivor of Rape Speaks Out

From Keith Smith, our guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show:

My name is Keith Smith. At the age of 14, I was abducted, beaten, and raped by a stranger. It wasn’t a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet suburbs of Lincoln, Rhode Island.

keith-smithOver the past 35 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams – nightmares actually – dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling in my sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or sex crime.

Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted, and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them.

men-in-my-town-front-cover2Breaking the Silence behind Male Sexual Abuse

Out of fear, shame, and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, sharing my story with very few people. No more. The silence has to end. What happened to me wasn’t my fault. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other survivors know that they’re not alone and to help survivors of rape and violent crimes understand that the emotion, fear, and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience.

My novel, Men in My Town, was inspired by these actual events. For those who suffer in silence, I hope my story brings some comfort, strength, peace, and hope.

Video on Men Sexually Abused as Children

Watch our male sexual abuse video interview with Keith Smith on Male Survivor of Rape Speaks Out.

And here’s the table of contents for all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Share Your Male Sexual Abuse Experience

Are you a survivor of sexual abuse or rape? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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PTSD: What’s It Like Living with PTSD?

PTSD: What’s It Like Living with PTSD?

PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. The general public used to associate PTSD with soldiers in war zones. Now we know that anyone who has been in or witnessed a consistently highly stressful, traumatic or life-threatening situation can develop PTSD.

Life for Melissa, our guest on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, has been anything but kind. Exposed to all types of abuse since the age of five, Melissa finds living with PTSD a living hell but she’s taking positive steps and getting treatment for PTSD.

An Inside Look at Living with PTSD

melissa-ptsdMy name is Melissa. So you want to know what it’s like living with PTSD?

I am 29 years old. I work as a nanny for my nephew at the moment. I am on disability, and have been since 2005. It’s hard for me to have a “real” job due to my depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. When I was working a real job at a hair salon, I couldn’t handle it. My anxiety got so bad that I couldn’t even breathe. Being around big crowds scares me and I feel that people are always staring at me for some reason. I have really bad social anxiety.

I first noticed the symptoms of my depression when I was about 15 years old. At age of 16, I developed anorexia nervosa. I thought it would help me cope with my life struggles.

I had an abusive father all my life. I can remember things from when I was 5, all the way till when I was 16; that is when my parents divorced. My father would hurt me in so many ways and I didn’t know how to deal or cope with what was going on. So at 16, I slowly stopped eating. Eventually, my eating disorder was out of control and taking over my life.

My mom didn’t want to see what was really happening. Finally, when she did, I started to see a therapist and a doctor who prescribed my medications. At 16, I was diagnosed with anorexia/bulimia, PTSD, anxiety disorder, and borderline-personality disorder. My symptoms started when I was about 15, maybe even sooner. The PTSD symptoms got really bad – flashbacks, nightmares and night terrors almost EVERY night!!! (take online PTSD test) I couldn’t sleep at all. Insomnia was and still is a major thing I deal with. I have to take prescription sleeping pills every night just to get myself to sleep.

My flashbacks started getting really bad and out of control, where i felt like EVERYTHING was happening ALL over again. I had a boyfriend when I was 18, and he died on April 26th of 2000 in a car accident. That had a major toll on my health and my emotional state. I felt that it was all my fault. I blamed myself everyday and I couldn’t sleep because I would have nightmares. And when I would try and sleep, I would flashback to my father being abusive. After he died, I no longer dated guys, I began to date only girls and still do.

Goodness, I can go on and on about so much that has happened in my life.  Thirteen years later and I am still in therapy. I’ve been through inpatient and outpatient therapy.

Recently, in therapy, I have started to dissociate VERY badly and also when I am alone (read Holly Gray’s Dissociative Living blog). Sometimes it’s impossible to get me grounded back to a normal state because I’ve gotten so upset about a situation and then I start to panic really bad. I feel like I am crazy a lot of the time and that NO ONE understands me or what I am going through.

I have made YouTube videos about PTSD, eating disorders, abuse, anxiety, depression, self-injury for years now. I also suffer from self-injury. Making those videos is a POSITIVE outlet for me to cope with my issues and also to help others with the same illnesses and psychiatric disorders. I have very low self-esteem and I hate myself most of the time. I NEVER feel good enough, so I keep to myself and I am VERY shy!!!! It’s hard for me to make friends because I don’t go out much at all. I just hope to one day be able to eat “normal”, to not be scared ALL the time about stuff. I just want to be happy and be able to live the best life that I can.

Share Your Experiences

Have you been diagnosed with PTSD? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on the issue. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

Watch our PTSD video interview with Melissa on What It’s Like Living with PTSD.

And here’s the table of contents for all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

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Getting the Strength You Need to Meet Life’s Challenges

Getting the Strength You Need to Meet Life’s Challenges

I’m reading Cristina Fender’s, Bipolar Vida blog, and wondering “how much can one person take?” Cristina, admittedly, had a bad childhood which, she says, probably triggered the bipolar disorder she now lives with.

In the months since she started her bipolar blog here at HealthyPlace.com, Cristina has endured depressive episodes, hypomania, and everything else that bipolar disorder can bring your way. Yet, in almost every blog post, she mentions that she’s doing everything she can to keep her bipolar recovery on track.

Where Do You Get the Strength to Meet Life’s Challenges?

Some people are more resilient than others. Resilience means being able to adapt to life’s misfortunes and setbacks. For instance, if you’re dealing with a job loss, an illness, a divorce, or death of a loved one, with resilience, you’re better able to adapt to adversity versus becoming depressed or anxious or turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drugs.

But what does it take to develop resilience? That’s what we’ll be talking about with our guest, Michele Howe. Michele is the author of Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength and Soul. The book is based on real-life vignettes and essays from women who have been there, and back, and provides insight into how they did it.

(Michele Howe appeared on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show on June 30, 2010. You can watch the interview “on-demand.”)

About Michele Howe:

michele-howeMichele Howe is a reviewer and author of 10 books and over 1200 articles. Her latest book is Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength and Soul co-authored with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch.

“Being a woman in today’s world means wrestling—physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally—with lots of weighty struggles,” says Howe. The book is a training manual” filled with inspirational insight and practical advice for handling life’s toughest battles with inner and outer strength. The book covers the following topics: loss, sorrow, aging, job displacement, divorce, parenting issues, financial setbacks, illness, and more.

Howe says women will identify with the experiences of other women, and how each found and developed the emotional and spiritual strength to meet the challenges she faced.

Share Your Experiences on Getting Through Difficult Times

What have you done to help you meet the challenges of living with a mental illness? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on the issue. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

You can watch our interview with Michele Howe on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show homepage by clicking the on-demand button on the player. The show is titled “Meeting Life’s Challenges.”

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PTSD and Trauma in Your Life

PTSD and Trauma in Your Life

We have many people who come to the HealthyPlace website looking for information on PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Most fall into two categories: war veterans and sexual abuse or rape victims.

PTSD is an extremely challenging condition and people with post-traumatic stress disorder face the added stress of nightmares, insomnia, flashbacks, rage, intrusive thoughts and more on a regular basis.  This week, on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, we’ll explore the causes and impact of PTSD and how you can deal with trauma in your life with Drs. Rosemary Lichtman and Phyllis Goldberg. You can read more about them at the bottom of this post.

From Drs. Lichtman and Goldberg:

Stress and anxiety have become almost epidemic in our society today. These are a reaction by the body to an enormous demand placed on it. A national health survey found that 75% of the general population experiences at least some stress every couple of weeks.

Our fears about terrorism and financial collapse are mixed with our reactions to the devastating effects of natural disasters – earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. The result of these real catastrophes is magnified by the 24/7 coverage by television and Internet news services, leaving us feeling anxious, stressed and emotionally exhausted. As uncomfortable as this is, what you are experiencing is a normal response to an abnormal situation.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect those who have experienced sexual or physical abuse or have been the victim of or involved in a traumatic event. There is a wide range of reactions and symptoms of stress, anxiety and PTSD. Have you noticed any of these symptoms of PTSD?

Physical reactions such as: sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, headaches, exaggerated startle response, body tension – being just plain jittery with a pounding heart and a knot in your stomach;

Emotional responses such as: anxiety, fear, frustration, anger, feelings of vulnerability – the recognition of being unable to control the situation;

Cognitive changes such as: confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, hyper-vigilance – finding you really can’t think as clearly as before;

Behavioral reactions such as: isolation, irritability, restlessness, impatience, aggressive behavior – avoiding or pushing away friends and family.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, with recurrent and intrusive recollections or dreams and external cues that set off the deep feelings from the traumatic event, you may be suffering from PTSD. If so, a therapist can help you work through your feelings and gain a sense of control over the trauma you have experienced.

To reduce your stress and anxiety, here are some strategies that may help:

Talk about your thoughts and feelings with family and friends and reach out to others in your support system. Be open to asking for help and validation of your emotions. You may want to consult a professional counselor for a non-judgmental ear and help in sorting out your concerns. Start a journal to aid in the process of coping with your anxiety.

Maintain balance in your life between personal needs, work and your family obligations. Don’t over commit yourself even as you retain a normal routine. If you are a Sandwiched Boomer, plan to carve out some special time for yourself in the midst of caring for your growing children and aging parents. Remember to be open to the healing effects of laughter.

Exercise moderately several times a week. Find an activity that you enjoy and will stick with – walking with friends, keeping fit through dance or yoga classes, training at the gym. Get enough rest and sleep to allow your body to recover from the stresses of the day.

Eat sensibly, following a balanced diet of healthy foods rich in nutrition that serve as a natural defense against stress. Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol to self-medicate and limit your use of sugar, caffeine and cigarettes as they can contribute to your agitation.

Use relaxation techniques. Set aside time for a regular routine of deep breathing, guided imagery, meditation, or other stress reduction methods to alleviate your feelings of anxiety. Decide to put off worrying – much of what you may fear never actually happens anyway.

Focus on what you can control in your life and what you can accomplish, not what you can’t. Let go of negative thoughts and unrealistic expectations. While you often can’t influence circumstances, you can control how you handle them. Clearly define your goals and keep focused on them. Make something positive come out of a negative situation, for instance, by providing aid to those in need after devastating events.

Draw on your strengths. Use those you have relied on in the past as well as those you have developed more recently. Brainstorm new ways to apply the abilities you have in a novel way as you create new opportunities for yourself.

Be patient with yourself. Know that you will recover balance and serenity at your own pace. As long as you keep moving forward, you will eventually reach your destination.

Share Your Experiences with PTSD

Whether you’re a PTSD patient or a loved one of someone with PTSD, we invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on what it’s like living with PTSD and if you’ve found anything helpful for treating the symptoms of PTSD. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

You can watch our interview with Drs. Lichtman and Goldberg on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show homepage by clicking the on-demand button on the player. The show is titled “PTSD:  Dealing with Trauma in Your Life.”

About Drs. Lichtman and Goldberg

lichtman-goldbergWe’re Drs. Rosemary Lichtman and Phyllis Goldberg, both family relationship experts. Rosemary is a Psychologist and Phyllis a Marriage and Family Therapist. We’ve been in practice for over 20 years and have been working together for the past ten years at HerMentorCenter.com, coaching women through family transitions. We’ve developed a practical 4-step model for change, full of strategic tips to improve family relationships. Whether you’re coping with stress, acting out teenagers, aging parents, boomerang kids or difficult daughters-in-law, we have solutions for you. Log on to our blog, and learn how to better care for yourself in these trying times. At either our website or blog, you can sign up for our free newsletter, Stepping Stones, and complimentary e-book, Courage and Lessons Learned.

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Sex After Sexual Abuse

Sex After Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse–whether it was a gentle seduction by a loved relative or a violent rape by a stranger—is an attack on a person’s sexuality. It’s no wonder that many survivors of incest, rape, and molestation report that they suffer from problems with sexual relating and intimacy. Common sexual repercussions of sexual abuse include: avoiding or being afraid of sex, having trouble being emotionally present in sex, engaging in compulsive or inappropriate sex, experiencing negative reactions to touch, having unwanted sexual fantasies, and being troubled with sexual functioning difficulties. (Information on all sexual issues and sexual problems can be found in the HealthyPlace Sex Issues Community.)

Healing From the Sexual Repercussions of Sexual Abuse

The good news is that a variety of effective healing techniques now exist to help survivors overcome the sexual repercussions caused by abuse. Sexual healing is a dynamic process that survivors chose to explore when they feel ready, at their own pace. It often includes identifying problems caused by past abuse, learning about healthy sexuality, developing a positive sense of who you are as a sexual person, healing with an intimate partner, and developing new skills for experiencing touch and sex in positive, life-affirming ways.

We discussed that in detail with our guest Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show on April 28, 2010. You can watch the interview “on-demand.”

About Wendy Maltz

wendy-maltzOur guest, Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, is an internationally recognized sex therapist, author, and lecturer, with more than thirty-five years of clinical experience in the mental health field. She is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on healing the impact of sexual abuse on sexuality, and she is also a leading expert on recovering from porn addiction, understanding sexual fantasies, and developing skills for healthy sexuality.

Wendy is author of the highly acclaimed, groundbreaking self-help book, The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Widely used by therapists, survivors, and intimate partners alike, it contains a wide-range of sexual healing strategies and effective techniques. Wendy’s other books include:

She is also the co-producer of “Partners in Healing” and “Relearning Touch,” two videos for survivors on overcoming the intimate repercussions of sexual abuse.

An experienced conference presenter, lecturer, and media guest, Wendy is co-director with her husband, Larry Maltz LCSW, of Maltz Counseling Associates in Eugene, Oregon. Her information-rich website is: www.HealthySex.com.

Share Your Experiences on the Issue of Sex and Being a Sexual Abuse Survivor

Whether you’re a sexual abuse survivor or a loved one of someone who has been sexually abused, we invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights on the issue of having sex after sexual abuse. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

You can watch our interview with Wendy Maltz on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show homepage by clicking the on-demand button on the player. The show is titled “Sex After Sexual Abuse.”

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Surviving Satantic Ritual Abuse – Jan. 12

Surviving Satantic Ritual Abuse – Jan. 12

Starting at age 3, Anne Johnson Davis was drugged and forced to endure hours of ritualistic torture as a symbolic sacrifice for devil worship. Watch her story on HealthyPlace Mental Health TVFor Anne A Johnson Davis, the physical, sexual, and psychological abuse started at the age of 3 and continued on until she was 17 years old.  She was tortured by her parents, relatives and other cult members — all in the name of Satan.  The details of this satanic ritual abuse (SRA), as well as her recovery, are laid out in her book “Hell Minus One“.

Does Satanic Ritual Abuse Really Exist?

Satanic ritual abuse is controversial in that many police authorities and psychology experts don’t believe it exists. This stems from the fact that many of the people who claim to be victims of satanic ritual abuse who come forward don’t have any evidence to back up their claims, therefore law enforcement looks at these as unsubstantiated stories. Others have “recovered memories” of ritualistic abuse through psychotherapy techniques that are now long discredited.

Proof of Satantic Ritual Abuse

What makes Ms. Davis’ story unique is that her parents confessed, both verbally and in writing, to detectives in the Utah Attorney General’s Office.  The confessions came in the 1990’s when Ms. Davis was already an adult in her 30s … and after she had undergone therapy to find out what was behind repeated episodes of often uncontrollable bouts of rage. That’s when the memories of abuse began to unfold. But unlike other victims of satantic ritual abuse, those graphic confessions by her own parents put to rest claims that Ms. Davis was a victim herself – of false-memory syndrome (memories suggested or implanted by a therapist or other person).

Ms. Davis will be joining us for our first tv show of the new year,  Tuesday, January 12, to share more of her story, how she recovered, and to offer words of encouragement to other victims of ritualistic abuse or any kind of child abuse.

About the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

The HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show airs live every Tuesday night at 5:30 pm PST, 7:30 pm CST, and 8:30 pm EST. Our guest will be taking your personal questions.

If you miss the live show which can be viewed on our site, you can always click the “on-demand” button on the player and watch the show at your convenience.

Share Your Thoughts or Experiences with Satantic Ritual Abuse

We also invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experience with SRA or thoughts about it. Or maybe you’re a non-believer. Call and tell us why. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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