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Dysfunctional Families

How to Talk to a Child About a Parent's Addiction

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

In this impossible situation, what can parents, caretakers or other adults say to their children? How do they explain the wreckage of addiction to someone who, at a young age, has already been overexposed to some of the darkest potentialities of life?

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

Posted 11.20.2012 | 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 ...

Weird and Still Wonderfully Funny: Yonkers, a Town Still Well Worth Getting Lost in

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Myra Chanin

The characters and the events in Lost in Yonkers have staying power. They are immortal. They tug at our feelings. Lost in Yonkers is about family and they don't come any more dysfunctional than this one.

WATCH: Maria Bamford On The Joys Of Dysfunctional Family

Posted 08.19.2011 | Comedy

Just in time for Father's Day, Maria Bamford recently did an interview with CNN about her dysfunctional, but lovable family. Apparently, joy-killing i...

How Can We Restore the Function to 'Dysfunctional' Families?

Peter Block | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

A functional family means every member of the family needs every other member. It puts satisfaction into our own collective hands rather than settling for being a satisfied customer.

Home For The Holidays?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dreading going home for the holidays? So are a lot of people. Last year we compiled a list of writers whose real families we thought must be nuttier ...

Jessica Berger Gross's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

My father's rages returned every few weeks. He threw shoes, kitchenware, whatever was nearby. His words hurt more.

10 Dysfunctional Family Memoirs And One Shakespeare Play (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dreading going home for the holidays? So are a lot of people, and we imagine some of these writers wouldn't be looking forward to it either. Here ...

10 Books About Non-Dysfunctional Families

Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, we looked ahead to Thanksgiving with the family by showing you that yours is not the only crazy family out there. Sooner or later, we had t...

The 8 Trickiest Holiday Situations

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

Rambunctious nephews ruining your furniture? Everyone keeps asking why you're not married? Your daughter's new boyfriend's a dud? Writer Jancee Dunn c...