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Children and young adults who start antidepressant therapy at high doses, rather than the “modal” [average or typical] prescribed doses, appear to be at greater risk for suicidal behavior during the first 90 days of treatment.

A previous meta-analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of antidepressant trials suggested that children who received antidepressants had twice the rate of suicidal ideation and behavior than children who were given a placebo. The authors of the current study sought to examine suicidal behavior and antidepressant dose, and whether risk depended on a patient’s age.
The study used data from 162,625 people (between the ages of 10 to 64 years) with depression who started antidepressant treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor at modal (the most prescribed doses on average) or at higher than modal doses from 1998 through 2010.
The rate of suicidal behavior (deliberate self-harm or DSH)…

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The Other Woman ~ Woman Waiting

I can’t count the number of women I’ve interacted with who started out engaged to or married to a Narcissist and then, through a turn of events, became the “Other Woman”.

While the infidelity itself is unfair, the really sad part is that when this happens to each woman, she feels extremely isolated because she thinks she’s the only one “crazy” enough to accept this arrangement.  What she doesn’t realize is that this is very common amongst women who are involved in an abusive relationship with a Narcissist.  In fact, it’s one of the biggest indicators of the depth of pathological brainwashing the Narcissist is capable of.

Logically, who would agree to allow their partner to have a primary lover outside of the relationship, and further, who only comes around when he’s bored or his main partner is on her period?

Shocking, yes?  If you haven’t been…

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For me, An Upturned Soul never writes a blog post that doesn’t trigger long periods of reflection.  Such is the case with her post for today titled, Then He’d Look Off Some Place in the Distance… At Something Only He Could See.  While this particular post is about knowing ourselves, learning others, and the private “Us” that we sometimes never share with anyone, some of the content made me think about how some of us find ourselves involved with a disordered person, such as a Narcissist.

I have chosen a few nuggets of wisdom that Upturned shared, and will illustrate how wanting someone to “get us” may result in our turning a blind eye to logic and jumping in with both feet, making us vulnerable to emotional predators.

  • But so many people are in such a hurry to know someone else, to sum them up quickly and…

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False Love ~ Love Letter

This article is the first in a two-part series.  The second part will appear in a post next week.

What is real love?

Poets and writers have attempted to define true love for centuries.  While true love is certainly something worth striving for, it’s not all candlelight and romantic walks on the beach.  Men and women speak a different language when it comes to showing and receiving love.  This sometimes results in interactions that are less than ideal.  However, in a mutually loving relationship, each partner is ultimately treated with respect and consideration; two things that are absent in a relationship with a Narcissist.  At least, from their side.

Often, part of what makes a person susceptible to a one-sided, abusive relationship is painful experiences from childhood.  Unfortunately, it was during this time that many people learned about conditional love.  Specifically, if you were behaving in a particular…

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Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed

Image ~ photo by Amelia Garrick

By Kim Saeed

You disappeared so long ago

a slow, painful deliverance.

Your voice was silenced and you became invisible

as you vanished into your captor.

He bled your soul into his veins;

Because he can never be autonomous

He can never be you.

So he stole your spirit and made it his own.

A thousand years became a minute

You dwelled in purgatory, until…

You heard a voice

The voice you silenced

It said, I am still here…

So while no one was looking, you escaped through his laughter

Raw and vulnerable, afraid to be seen.

You hid under a dark cloud

His presence ever-ominous.

Afraid that no one would see you;

that no one would receive you

For you believe you’re not worthy

But, you are worthy.

I still remember you

I see you…not the cloud

I see your beautiful soul

I see the memories…

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Handsome-Calling-On-Phone-Secret ~ image by Shutterstock

This is a common question among those who are thinking of leaving or have left an emotionally abusive partner (Narcissist, Sociopath, Borderline, etc.)  While some exceptions exist, the main reason that a Psychopath won’t leave someone alone is because their target hasn’t implemented No Contact in its true form.

For example, I often read on forums that someone has been “No Contact” for x-number of days, but then they receive a phone call, an email, or a Facebook message from the person they’re trying to get away from, which of course keeps them in a state of confusion and doubt.  (The only reason an abusive Ex should have an open line of communication is in the case of shared custody, and even then, there should only be one).

If there is a way for the Psychopath to contact you, then you haven’t gone No Contact…you’ve gone…

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