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Lovefraud Professional Resources

Dr. Laura Rubiales: Sociopaths, PTSD and the Mind Body Connection

By Dr. Laura Rubiales

After reading an e-mail with the accusatory gibberish/provoking/non-responsibility-taking BS that only a sociopath or other bona-fide Cluster B personality disordered person can seem to write, I found myself with palpitations, panicked, blood pressure rising, on the verge of a spiking migraine and barely able to breathe. I immediately called a girlfriend to therapeutically debrief. In her gorgeous Louisiana Southern drawl she said, “Darlin,’ you just don’t mess with crazy.”

In all I have learned about the nervous system from over 20 years of studying and working with sick people, let me tell you why it is best to just “not mess with crazy” from a physiological perspective.

Laura Rubiales ND, LAc, joins the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide

Editor’s note: I am pleased to welcome Laura Rubiales, ND, LAc, to the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide. Dr. Rubiales is a doctor of naturopathy and a licensed acupuncturist.

What experience have you had dealing with sociopaths or other disordered personalities—personally, professionally, or both?

Unfortunately, I have dealt with sociopaths and other disordered personalities both personally and professionally. The field of medicine, along with many other professional fields where people have authority over others, seems to attract a high rate of narcissistic personality disorder. I also got conned by a sociopath presenting as my soul mate and I was deeply humbled by how well these characters can come across.

In honor of her murdered cousin, Dr. Amber Ault offers a deal on ‘The Five Step Exit’ book

Five Step ExitEditor’s note: Dr. Amber Ault is a Lovefraud contributor and author of “The Five Step Exit: Skills You Need to Leave a Psychopath, Narcissist, or Other Toxic Partner and Recover Your Happiness Now.”

Dear Donna,

It’s been a year this month since the brutal murder of my second cousin, Linnea Satterfield, by her ex-partner.

Book Review: Domestic violence that lead to a near-death experience

My Sweet Encounter with Death, by Ana Christina

Review by Mary Ann Glyn, LCSW

Ana had two relationships with seemingly opposite personality types. Her husband of many years revealed a controlling nature early on, but as you all know, divorce is not the first thing you think of doing when things are not going well in your marriage, especially once children come, and especially if your culture and belief system dictate otherwise. Ana found herself trapped in an unbearable prison where she remained until she eventually found the strength and conviction to leave. Once freed, she reconnected with a former love whose personality appeared to be the antithesis of her ex-husband’s. She was blissfully happy for a time, until the day his hands forced the breath and life out of her body.

Dr. David McDermott: What people targeted by psychopaths need most is information

Lovefraud would like to welcome our newest member of our Professional Resources Guide. Here’s a Q&A with Dr. David McDermott to help you get to know him.

By David McDermott, M.D.

What experience have you had dealing with sociopaths or other disordered personalities—personally, professionally, or both?

While working as a hospital doctor some of my bosses were psychopaths, I got caught in a marriage by a psychopath and when that relationship broke up I was recruited into a personal development cult where I lost 10 years of my life. I was number 2 in the cult for most of those 10 years and I often sat beside the leader while he was doing group trainings and he taught me how he was changing peoples’ beliefs, emotions and behaviors.

Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, to host free support group March 18th at 5 pm ET

  Experience the support of people who know!  Join our free support group Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 5 pm EST.  Go to  www.destructiverelationshipshelp.com and use the Contact Form at the bottom of the home page to state your interest in joining.  Do this every time even if you have joined us before!  We will reply to you with instructions to join the conference call.  It is anonymous and no personal information is displayed or shared.

Share your struggles, questions, get feedback and clarity from people who get it!  Hope to meet you there!

Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, to host free support group on March 4, 2018 at 5 pm EST.

  Experience the support of people who know!  Join our free support group Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 5 pm EST.  Go to  www.destructiverelationshipshelp.com and use the Contact Form at the bottom of the home page to state your interest in joining.  Do this every time even if you have joined us before!  We will reply to you with instructions to join the conference call.  It is anonymous and no personal information is displayed or shared.

Share your struggles, questions, get feedback and clarity from people who get it!  Hope to meet you there!

 

Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW to host free online support group Jan 7th at 5 pm ET

Mary Ann GlynnExperience the support of people who know!  Join our free online video  support group Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 5 pm EDT.  Go to  www.destructiverelationshipshelp.com and use the Contact Form at the bottom of the home page to state your interest in joining.  Do this every time even if you have joined us before!  Include your Skype user name so we can confirm it and you can be added to the contact list for the group call.  If you cannot open a Skype account, send your phone number.

Share your struggles, questions, get feedback and clarity from people who get it!  Hope to see you there!

Here we go again — holiday drama time

Amber Ault, Ph,D., MSW

By Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW

Our ancestors in Northern latitudes exercised deep wisdom when they burrowed in during the dark of winter, reflecting on the turning of the wheel of the year through its previous cycle of renewal, harvest, and loss, gathering with loved ones to share warmth in myriad ways, and beginning to dream of spring.

Mandy Friedman, MS LPC NCC: The True Sources of Trauma

Editor’s note: Lovefraud is pleased to introduce a new therapist in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide, Mandy Friedman, MS, LPC, NCC. Mandy is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and specializes in helping survivors of toxic and exploitative personalities.

By Mandy Friedman, MS, LPC, NCC

My interest in learning about exploitative personalities began as I was trying to make sense of experiences I was having in my personal life. Then, as a mental health counselor, I began connecting dots in therapy sessions as clients worked to overcome painful experiences from their past. A large percentage of clients come to therapy to address anxiety, depression, unhealthy behaviors, difficulty with relationships, problematic patterns of decision making and low self-esteem. As I assessed for instances of trauma in the client’s past, I found that some clients dealing with such symptoms had experienced punctuated trauma at some point in their lives. At the same time, many clients had experienced years of ongoing, normalized abuse and repeated trauma.

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