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Dysfunctional Family

Being 25 and Dealing With a Mother Who's a Stroke Victim

Patrice Bendig | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women
Patrice Bendig

Unpredictable. That sums up what I have learned from the decade long experience of being the daughter of a multiple stroke and heart attack survivor.

Saving Abel

Leila Johnson | Posted 06.13.2015 | Divorce
Leila Johnson

My embarrassment ran deep and the family dysfunction continued to swell. My brother and I however had a different pact than what was unconsciously agreed to with them. We held space for each other.

For My Sister

Francesca Milliken | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Francesca Milliken

But if anyone asks about how I became strong enough to talk about my experience with rape, I will not falter or hesitate in saying that I have an amazing older sister who helped me.

7 Steps For Mending A Family Feud

Posted 03.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Is there a rift in your family that is ripping your loved ones apart? Whether the incident happened decades ago or just last week, do you really want ...

How I'm Surviving in Survival Mode During a Severe Depression Relapse

Patrice Bendig | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

Looking back, the cause of that depression was my inability to let myself take time to process major life events. Coming back from that dark place required months of work in therapy, adjusting my medications and learning how to be more honest about my feelings.

Oh, There's Other Places Than Home for the Holidays

Patrice Bendig | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

It was the first holiday in over a decade that I did not go to bed filled with a sense of longing for a "real" holiday. Making my own agenda and celebrating with likeminded people made the day much more gratifying.

4 Signs You May Be Living With Dysfunction

Rachel Finn | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Finn

Living with dysfunction starts when your life, or another person's life, ceases to operate normally or properly. Of course, you may now be asking that eternal question: "What is normal?" But perhaps it's better to ask: "What ISN'T normal?"

5 Emotions to Expect After Walking Away From a Problem Person

Rachel Finn | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Finn

I experienced an array of emotions when I cut ties with my alcoholic father, and for me it was an emotionally conflicting time. Below are five emotions to expect when you choose to cut ties and walk away from someone in your life.

When Loved Ones Aren't Very Loving

Judith Johnson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

As adults we are each responsible and accountable for what we create, promote, and allow in our lives and how our behavior affects others -- no matter how justifiable we believe our attitudes and behaviors to be.

A Father Of 34 Gives Emotional Apology To The Son He Didn't Raise

OWN | Posted 09.23.2014 | OWN

Jay Williams, a successful video producer living in Atlanta, has been working with life coach Iyanla Vanzant to help sort through the mess he has crea...

Why Scott Wolf is 'All in' As a Father and Family Man

Caroline Presno | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

When it comes to his wife, Kelley, and his three children, actor Scott Wolf is "all in." He enjoys sharing equally in the day-to-day duties, including diaper changing and making lunches. Wolf always new that he wanted to find a soulmate and partner to create a family with...

The Lesson I Learned Only After Losing My Mother

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Fifty
Alexandra Rosas

Children never wonder why there is food on the table, or why they have coats and boots to keep their feet dry in the winter. We think a house with heat comes by magic. It isn't until adulthood, when we're parents ourselves in a dual-income family with half the children that my mother had, that we wonder in disbelief, how did she do it all and alone?

6 Family Behaviors That Are Totally Dysfunctional

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Caila Ball | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Dysfunctional behavior can be easy to slip into for even the most well-functioning families. While the temptation to ...

'Shameless' Shows Dysfunctional With a Capital D

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

All of these "problems" are front and center in this new season. The acting is still above average, but viewers may wish that somebody in the family would show some sense.

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.

A Mom's 'Dirty-Iced' Cake Boss Fantasies

Candace Walsh | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Candace Walsh

The biggest hunger I feel when I watch Cake Boss is not for a piece of cake. It's for a piece of the Valastro clan's sense of connectedness and rapport. I feel like I'm there, in the bakery or in one of their home kitchens, their warmth around me, cajoling me to have one more helping.

'Dysfunctional Family Bingo,' And Other Holiday-Survival Games

Posted 03.09.2015 | 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 ni...

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

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

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

What the Hell Are You Doing Back in My Life?

Pete Dorogoff | Posted 12.22.2012 | Fifty
Pete Dorogoff

It's been 35 years since my parents were together as a couple. It's odd for me to even refer to my father and my mother in some plural reference. However, life happens and unfolds in baffling ways.

Giving Up the Ghost: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 09.26.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

This wildly original novel careens from one crisp scene to another, combining dry wit, narrative verve, and an abiding melancholy. It's hard to believe such an entertaining, enjoyable novel bears the "literary fiction" stamp of highbrow approval.

Shameless Is a Car Wreck

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Once you watch an episode of Shameless you will swear you aren't going to watch any more, but then there you are -- following each and every episode. It is addictive; once it grabs you, it won't let go.

The Descendants Is Another Over Praised Clooney Film

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.06.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This movie is basically a study of the main character's ineptness as a husband and father. If this qualifies as entertainment for you, then you will be very pleased by the film.

Why It’s Better To Be Alone For The Holidays 

OWN | Posted 03.09.2015 | OWN

By Katie Arnold-Ratliff When the holiday started feeling more like a duty than a delight, Katie Arnold-Ratliff and her husband decided to celebrate...

What if We Went Into Family Holidays Expecting to Actually Enjoy Them?

Melissa Lafsky | Posted 01.16.2012 | Women
Melissa Lafsky

Miserable holidays are one of the last true American clichés. It's almost expected that a holiday meal arrives in tandem with histrionics and drama. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Reform Congress - Save Ourselves

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

Thesis We live in a fragmented society. We are overwhelmed. Influtrol (a word I will be explaining) is a major cause. Influtrol has become endemic in ...