Holiday Cheers or Tears

Holiday Cheers or Tears By Eliana Gil, Ph.D. Why is it that so many people look forward to the holidays while others can’t wait for them to come and go quickly? The reasons are complex. Holiday seasons are times of the year that symbolize family unity, friendships, giving and receiving, … Continue reading

Addressing a Spouse’s Fears About Parenting

Dear Dr. Gil: I saw in Moving Forward that you answer questions from husbands of survivors. I would like your opinion on the following: My wife was severely abused physically by her mother and father. Consequently, she has many fears about being hurt and she is very shy and stays … Continue reading

Lessons in LIfe

LESSONS OF LIFE . . . I feared being alone until I learned to like myself. I feared failure until I realized that I only fail when I don’t try. I feared success until I realized that I had to try in order to be happy with myself. I feared … Continue reading

Preparing for Surgery – A Survivors Guide

Preparing for Surgery: Suggestions for Survivors By Lynne M. Constantine and Suzanne Scott Impending surgery generates a certain amount of anxiety in almost everyone. The thought of being put to sleep and operated on, no matter how routine and safe the procedure, is unpleasant at best. Many people fear waking … Continue reading