Have you been reading Family Talk Blog by clinical psychologist Dr. Paul Schoenfeld? On the blog, Dr. Schoenfeld, Director of The Everett Clinic Center for Behavioral Health, leads conversations about healthy families, shares personal stories and responds to comments.
Here are the most viewed posts from 2014:
- Tragedy in Marysville – The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in October deeply affected our community. Our hearts went out to the students, staff and families involved. The Everett Clinic Center for Behavioral Health quickly responded to help students and their families cope, and Dr. Schoenfeld wrote about the tragedy a number of times helping people process their feelings about the event and find ways to respond and care for their health.
Other well-read posts on the tragedy included:
- Why Are Couples Having Less Sex These Days? – Just before Valentine's Day last year, Dr. Schoenfeld wrote about some possible reasons for sexual drought and how a great relationship may not equate to a spicy one. "In today’s world, the demands on men and women to balance their lives, share roles and responsibilities, and meet each other’s expectations is huge. It’s impossible to be everything to everybody," he said.
- Natural End of Life…A Personal Journey - In earlier posts, Dr. Schoenfeld shared about caring for his aging mother. In March, he wrote about the end of life care and decisions he and his family made for his mother and what mattered most to him at the end of her life. "Many of us have been through this difficult passage — with our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and friends. Many of us will experience this life chapter in the future," he said. He later commented, "My mother passed away yesterday, 3/17, with family members at her bedside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I feel fortunate that I was able to provide her comfort during her last two months of life."
- The Impact of Betrayal – What happens when a relative or spouse betrays trust? Dr. Schoenfeld wrote about the painful experience and offered tips for healing. “It’s very hard to “get over” these betrayals. It changes everything forever. Once trust is so grievously broken, it can never go back to its previous shape or form," he said.
- Robin Williams 1951-2014 - In August, the nation was shocked when beloved comedian Robin Williams committed suicide. Dr. Schoenfeld wrote about the tragedy and, closer to home, about what family and friends can do to help their own loved ones who may be suffering from depression and chemical dependency. "Talk to them about their depression and substance abuse," he advised. "While the afflicted individual needs to get help, silence on the part of family and friends can make things worse."