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Narcissism Redux

Posted in Mental Illness and Divorce

Hi there, In 2009 I wrote a post on narcissism.  Since then, there has been an increase in the number of cases we are handling that seem to involve narcissists, or at least narcissistic behavior.  I was interested to see that there is support for a theory that narcissism is on the rise.  It increased between 1994 and… Continue Reading

Addiction and Divorce

Posted in Mental Illness and Divorce

Hi there, Alcohol addiction causes a lot of divorces, and many ongoing problems during the divorce itself.  These divorces are often the saddest, because the family as a whole generally suffers more due to the dysfunction that has become normal before the non-addicted partner finally has had enough.  I’ve also noticed that occasionally, but not rarely,… Continue Reading

Bipolar Disorder and Divorce

Posted in Mental Illness and Divorce

Hi there, I heard the tapes of Mel Gibson calling his ex-girlfriend this week on a newscast.  If indeed they are real, they were horrifying and to me they sounded like someone suffering from some form of  untreated mental illness. I have posted about narcissism and sociopaths, but not yet discussed the other mental illnesses which… Continue Reading

One way to deal with a sociopath…

Posted in Mental Illness and Divorce

Hi there, I received a comment from a reader about the recent article on sociopaths: "Well, great, but how do we USE this knowledge to gain leverage or actually get the creep to respond?" This really expresses succinctly, the frustration anyone would feel, dealing with a sociopath in an inherently conflicted situation.

Sociopaths Among Us

Posted in Mental Illness and Divorce

Hi there, One of my clients sent me an excerpt from a book, "The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout which describes almost perfectly, the client’s ex husband’s character and behavior. DSMIV (the Diagnostoic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV) defines sociopathy as: Diagnostic criteria for 301.7 Antisocial Personality Disorder A. There is a pervasive… Continue Reading