Beyond PTSD: Limitations of Current Trauma-Related Diagnoses

By Dr. Julianne LudlamFor most people, traumatic reactions are associated with the diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. This is understandable, given that it is the primary trauma-related diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, currently in its fifth edition (DSM-5). However, it may be useful for attorneys and legal professionals […]

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What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

When we think of the word antisocial, the words quiet, reserved, and awkward may come to mind. However, in the instance of Antisocial Personality Disorder, this term instead translates to “against society,” and refers to the patterns of deviance and disregard for societal norms.Like other personality disorders, this illness exhibits a wide gradient of severity, […]

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Access To Care: Why Using a Student Counselor Makes Sense

Given the current stressors that we face with COVID-19, unemployment, racial tensions, and political unrest, more people are seeking support for dealing with anxiety, depression, and grief. However, some people do not seek services due to lack of financial resources. Here at KKJ, we offer sliding scale and pro-bono services, often through the use of […]

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Racism in Forensic Evaluations

By Dr. Julianne LudlamRacism has a long and disturbing history within the fields of mental health and law. Forensic evaluations are one small component of the legal system, but they represent an intersection between mental health and law. This series of articles discusses the potential for racism in forensic evaluations and describes some methods we […]

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What are the Cognitive Effects of Chronic Internet Usage?

The Internet today affects every aspect of daily life, from maintaining long distance relationships through social media, to educational platforms, to digital portfolios in business, et cetera. It is an expansive center of information that is available through computers, smartphones, smart televisions, and even in certain automobiles. While used in developed countries on an almost daily […]

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Social Connection During Social Isolation

How might these uncertain times, marked by extended periods of social isolation, be impacting us and the ones we love? Social isolation may be especially challenging for those living alone or in unsafe situations. Since the pandemic, we’ve seen a rise in domestic violence reports. Additionally, even when we seem to have all we need, […]

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Child-First Strategies For Divorce, Custody, and Coparenting

CLINICAL BEST PRACTICES FOR HIGH-CONFLICT FAMILIES By Lisa Foss, MA, LCMHCAFirst, it is important to acknowledge the extremely difficult and stressful process parents go through in the separation, divorce, and custody process.  Divorce is MOST often not a simple separation of two partners but rather an emotional ending of an intimate relationship, a legal change […]

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Domestic Violence and the Coronavirus: Getting Through The Quarantine

By Tiffany Lesnik, Domestic AttorneyRaleigh, NCThe social isolation, fear, anxiety, and extreme restrictions that have been put into place amidst the coronavirus pandemic are enough to cause the most well-adjusted person to become uneasy, restless, anxious and depressed and to feel the need to escape. For those in relationships fraught with abuse, the social isolation, […]

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