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Dysfunctional Families Holidays

Whose Family Isn't Crazy?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

There are family obligations at the holidays, but not every obligation need be met, especially if they cause sadness, resentment, or regret. Whether or not you have someone in your life struggling with mental illness, you're only as helpful as you are healthy yourself.

Growing Up with Adversity, Thanksgiving Reminds Us How Far We've Come

Brian F. Martin | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

What others cherish about this holiday -- happy childhood memories of time spent with family -- is precisely what triggers so many of the lies we learned growing up, like guilt and shame, resentment, feeling alone or disconnected, and a sense of sadness.

Why Working On Thanksgiving May Be A Good Thing

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The public reaction to Macy's and Kohl's announcements that they plan to stay open for business on Thanksgiving was swift and disapproving. From the department stores' perspective, it's a matter of trying to squeeze an extra day out of the holiday shopping season and more money from our wallets. Meanwhile, the public is wringing its hands over how many workers will miss precious time with family.

5 Ways To Survive Your Next Family Gathering

Posted 12.23.2015 | OWN

By Martha Beck Like it or not, to grandmother's house we go! Martha Beck has some sanity-saving strategies to pull you through not-so-silent nigh...

Dealing With Dysfunctional Family Members, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | Home

Everyone has a few dysfunctional people in their families. Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist, spoke about how to handle these unruly family members during ...

My Big Fat Jewish Thanksgiving

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.22.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Aranka Smith

No self-respecting Jew comes to the holiday table empty handed of family accomplishments, their very own ailments or a sense of humor. They are mandatory side dishes.

Having a Healthier Thanksgiving: Advice on How to Reframe Your Attitude

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Thanksgiving kicks off a six week period that can put people in a state of anxiety about potential weight gain, loneliness, unresolved family relation...

Holiday Tips For Progressives With Families

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

Want to have a holiday with your family that is warm and fuzzy? You probably don't need to trade-up at Adopt-A Family -- you just need to engage in some serious loving.

When The Holidays are Painful

Laurie Nadel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Laurie Nadel

Our family joke goes like this: If someone doesn't have a flat tire, a serious illness, or a major argument, it's not a good holiday season.

Rule #1 For Dealing With Nasty People (Particularly In-Laws)

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Let me begin this week with thanking one of my readers. 'J' sent out an S.O.S. regarding the coming arrival of in-laws, and it wasn't pretty. The tr...

Avoiding Turkey-Time Misery

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If you know you are anticipating a meal laced with digs and putdowns, subtle and overt, either political, personal, or a combo practice changing the subject.