Some Myths and Research Findings Regarding Parental Alienation

Some Myths and Research Findings Regarding Parental Alienation

Some Myths and Research Findings Regarding Parental Alienation Ruth Shidlo, PhD Millions of children worldwide are forced to accept parental divorce as part of their lives. Often, an arrangement is achieved in which the child either lives with and/or sees both parents regularly, via some form of benign custody arrangment. However, in all too many […]

Neural Exercises to Improve Self-Regulation

Neural Exercises to Improve Self-Regulation

Neural Exercises to Improve Self-Regulation Ruth Shidlo, PhD No man is an island entire of itself; every man  is a piece of the continent, a part of the main … John Donne Prevalence, Epidemiology and Comorbidity Self-regulation is crucial, but throughout life, we also need each other for co-regulation. Initially the co-regulation our primary caregivers […]

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression? Ruth Shidlo, PhD Did you know that the majority of new mothers may experience a period of so-called “baby blues,” sometimes lasting up to ten days? Often peaking during the fourth day, this syndrome may include irritability, weeping, sadness, anxiety and confusion. This mood disturbance is transient, does not affect […]

The window of the soul: From connection to protection and back

The window of the soul: From connection to protection and back

The window of the soul: From connection to protection and back Ruth Shidlo, PhD By poet and scientist alike, the face (and in particular the eyes) is considered the window of the soul, allowing us to look outside us, while others, in turn, “read” our facial expressions as best they can (with the help of […]

Nightmares and their treatment

Nightmares and their treatment

Nightmares and their treatment Nightmares Ruth Shidlo, PhD During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, it is thought that we digest and process the daily residue of experiences that accumulated during the day, and perhaps, additional experiences as well, upon dreaming. When people are deprived of REM sleep, they tend to become irritable and are less […]

Living with cancer: a new reality

Living with cancer: a new reality

Living with cancer: a new reality Living with cancer Ruth Shidlo, PhD Improved awareness in both the general public and the medical profession, as well as constant advances in diagnosis and treatment, are making it possible for more and more people to survive  cancer (an umbrella term for many diseases) and live longer. After the […]

Social anxiety

Social anxiety

Social anxiety Social anxiety (formerly called “social phobia”) Ruth Shidlo, PhD Social anxiety is not the same as shyness.  It is characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations (e.g., school, work). For example, the person may fear and avoid public speaking, or go through it yet experience it as a taxing […]

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)?

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)?

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)? Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Ruth Shidlo, PhD Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) is a result of prolonged stress. The stressors to which the person is exposed are repetitive and prolonged, may occur at critical periods in development (when the person is most vulnerable), and will […]

LOVING SOMEONE GAY

LOVING SOMEONE GAY

LOVING SOMEONE GAY Ruth Shidlo, PhD What is homosexuality? Increasingly, over the past ten to twenty years, we see a greater tolerance for gay men and lesbian women in many countries, including Israel. Homosexuality, or an attraction to a person of the same sex, may or may not involve actual sexual behavior, since the behavioral […]