If you have ever suffered from postpartum depression or know someone who has suffered from postpartum depression, then you know that this condition is no joke. Women who have or are experiencing this are not being “drama queens” nor are they being “unloving mothers.” If you think you might be suffering from postpartum depression, then please tune into this episode as we interview our guest expert, Thai-An Truong, about this very interesting but serious condition. See you LIVE on Facebook.
On this episode of RecoveryTV LIVE, we are interviewing Dr. Jennifer Morris, a well-known psychiatrist in our community, to discuss how medication, psychotherapy, and recovery can work together. If you have been considering utilizing meds as part of your recovery and/or therapy, then you should tune in to this episode and bring your questions. See you online!!
ABOUT OUR GUEST: JENNIFER MORRIS, MD
Dr. Morris received her M.D. from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 1999. After working the field for a few years, in 2009, she founded Edmond Psychiatric Associates, a group practice where she and her team provide state of art treatment for psychiatric outpatient care.
Dr. Morris practices general psychiatry, with special focuses on treatment resistant depression, depression associated with comorbid medical illnesses (including polycystic ovarian syndrome), attention deficit disorder, suboxone management (opiate detox), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment and management.
She has delivered over 70 lectures to colleagues and peers regarding medication management, treatment resistant depression, eating disorders, and attention deficit disorder.
Have you ever heard someone tell another, “Stop gaslighting me!“? Or, maybe you were having a conversation with friends when one of them happened to mention how their ex-spouse would constantly “gaslight” him/her. Or, maybe you were simply scrolling mindlessly through your Facebook feed and came across an article about a concept referred to as “gaslighting.” Despite how you were first exposed to the term, many find themselves feeling oddly curious about exactly what it means and if it is something that has been happening in their lives. So, if you are reading this, you may already have some understanding of what gaslighting is, but I hope to offer you a little more insight into this concept.
WHAT IS IT and WHY DO WE CALL IT “GASLIGHTING?”
Gaslighting is a clever manipulation aimed at getting someone, usually a loved one, to distrust their own experiences and their own reality. The term comes from an old 1940’s movie called “Gaslight.” In this movie, the husband has a terrible secret to hide. In effort to keep his wife off his trail, he utilizes psychologically manipulation to make her think that she is going crazy! If only he could get her to distrust her own reality, then she is more likely to overlook or dismiss anything suspicious or questionable. Gaslighting has also been referred as “crazy-making” in some circles.
Experiencing gaslighting is different than the somewhat normative experience of being lied to – like when a child lies about eating cookies when he has cookie crumbs all over his mouth. Gaslighting has a power element involved that leaves people feeling uneasy or twisted up inside. These feelings create distress due to how it challenges a person’s own intuition and the love and care they have for the person who is engaging in this manipulative behavior. The partner of a gaslighter often finds him/herself asking the question, “Am I going crazy?,” either to him/herself or even out loud to others.
Examples of gaslighting include blatant lies despite evidence of the contrary or even more subtle examples where actions and words don’t match up. Creating confusion or distraction is another way to keep the manipulation going. This can look like confusing details in a story or challenging or labeling someone else as the liar. Another element of gaslighting is using someone’s weakness or vulnerabilities against them. This is an effective way to distract and redirect the emotional energy of an exchange and take the heat off of the person with something to hide. In the video clip below, licensed therapist, Joshua Nichols, discusses different signs and symptoms to look for in case you are concerned that you are in a relationship with a gaslighter.
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT IT?
I hope you found the video helpful. After watching, you may have determined that you are in a relationship with a gaslighter. If that is the case, then you are likely now wondering what do I do about it or how do I put a stop to it? Well, below, we have posted a follow up video where licensed therapist, Joshua Nichols, addresses those questions. Please take a few minutes to watch.
If you find yourself in a tough relational situation, despite whether or not your spouse is a gaslighter, don’t waist anymore time trying to figure it out on your own. Seek out a relationship coach, therapist, or other relationship professional to help guide you through this relational journey. You are always more than welcome to contact our wonderful therapists here at FSC, but you can also search therapy directories (e.g., Psychology Today and IITAP) to find quality therapists in your area. We wish you well on this journey.
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Please join us LIVE on FACEBOOK with our very special guest, Travis Ernst, licensed therapist and clinical director of A Chance to Change. In this episode, Travis will we be addressing the ins and outs of GAMBLING ADDICTION. What is it? What are signs and symptoms of gambling addiction? Are there resources available? If so, where? Is there hope for those suffering and/or impacted by gambling addiction? All this and more! Join us LIVE to hear all about it.
ABOUT OUR GUEST EXPERT
Travis Hayden Ernst is the Clinical Director of A Chance to Change. A Chance to Change is celebrating 40 years of being an agency in Oklahoma City this year providing mental health and addiction services. Travis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a MS in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Travis has provided training at statewide conferences on several gambling issues, family interventions, and ethics. Travis speaks on mental health and addiction issues around the metro to bring more understanding to these issues and help bridge the gap for people getting help.
WHEN DIVORCE IS ON THE TABLE
We are excited to have licensed marital and family therapist and certified discernment counselor, Matt Stevenson, to talk with us about the dreadful experience of when DIVORCE becomes an option for a marriage. Join us LIVE to hear about common experiences couples typically have as well as what you can do next. Matt will discuss this unique form of treatment known as, Discernment Counseling, and how it can help couples work through this process. Please watch Matt discuss this further in the YouTube videos below. See you online!!
About Our Guest: MATT STEVENSON, LMFT
Matt Stevenson is licensed marital and family therapist and a certified discernment counselor. A graduate of Southern Nazarene University in the Oklahoma City metro area, Matt owns and operates a private practice called, Real-Life Family Counseling. Matt loves working with couples and families suffering from a variety of issues, but he has a special interest and training in working with couples who are on the brink of divorce. Matt has appeared as a guest on RecoveryTV (YouTube Channel) and has been a guest blogger for Family Solutions Counseling. Here is one of his pieces directly related to the topic of this episode – To Divorce of NOT To Divorce? That Is the Question. Follow Matt on Facebook – @DivorceHelpOKC.