Experts say incest is the most common of all sexual abuse, but the least discussed openly. This can leave victims isolated and less able to reveal abuse, which can have further psychological ramifications later on. A noted expert on sexual abuse discusses how incest makes girls feel particularly responsible and unable to come forward, and a non-profit organization that seeks to help them.
Dr. Patti Feuereisen, clinical psychologist and author, Invisible Girls: Speaking the Truth About Sexual Abuse
Schools would be a good place for programs to screen for mental health issues in students, and to educate about mental health to lessen the pervasive stigma. Some states are making programs mandatory, but elsewhere schools and personnel may resist, seeing mental health as outside the normal role of teachers. Experts discuss how inventive programs are overcoming obstacles.
Dr. Kimberly Kendziora, Managing Researcher, American Institutes for Research
Dr. Michael Murphy, psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths. Experts, both themselves also adoptees, discuss the roots and outcomes of these issues as adopted children grow up.
Dr. Stephen Betchen, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, Thomas Jefferson University, Senior Supervisor, Council for Relationships and author, Magnetic Partners
Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, adoption consultant and Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
What we now call “homesickness” used to be a medical diagnosis called “nostalgia,” and it was considered life-threatening. Today many people consider homesickness to be a childish emotion, but an expert says it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all suffer from it sometime and need to know how to cope.
Dr. Susan Matt, Professor of History, Weber State University
Dr. Chris Willard, Lecturer in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Many people who are smart, talented and successful still believe they are incompetent on the inside and that others will eventually find out. This “imposter syndrome” can undermine careers and lead to psychological distress. Two noted experts in the field discuss origins and how to deal with the phenomenon.
Dr. Valerie Young, founder, impostersyndrome.com and author, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Dr. Pauline Rose Clane, Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University