Perfect Family Storms Radio Blog

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The Hurricane Heroin Express Hitting Our Kids

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, address the serious epidemic of heroin in our schools and the easy access American kids have to this highly addictive and deadly drug. We will discuss how kids are getting heroin and what happens after they have tried it. Heroin almost always leads to addiction. Once addicted to heroin, these youths psychologically travel an express train to places they would never go and engage in stealing, lying, prostitution, burglary, suicide, and even killing … there is no end to what they will do. In an effort to keep “the high” going, these kids start “shooting up” (injecting heroin into their veins with a needle) and they can’t stop. Interestingly, heroin is not limited to inner cities and urban areas; the hurricane of heroin is blowing over small towns across America, creating a “perfect family storm” not to be reckoned with. Find out how to divert the path of the “hurricane heroin express” from hitting your family.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=http%2F%2Fwww.blogtalkradio.com%2F…%2Fthe-hurricane-heroin-express-hitting-our-kids

Mothers Driving Over the Deep End

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss the alarming trend of Mothers who have reached their psychological limit and end up killing their children. This is a topic that has been recently splashed across the media and news showing Moms driving their cars, SUV’s and minivans into bodies of water in an attempt to kill themselves with their children. What causes such extreme behavior to commit such heinous acts? Can stress cause this? We will examine the startling statistics of Moms who kill their children, the underlying causes, and what can be done to help prevent American mothers from driving their families into the “Perfect Family Storm.”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/05/07/mothers-driving-over-the-deep-end


Stress The Silent Killer is Knocking on Your Door

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, tackle the subject of “stress” and what it is doing to our bodies, our minds and our emotional well-being. Stress has been termed a “silent killer,” insidious in nature, and often it’s deleterious effects go undetected before it’s too late. Sometimes stress has been linked to heart disease, anxiety, panic disorder, gastro-intestinal issues, fibromyalgia and even arthritis. Stress aggravates the immune system and can have a negative impact on people who suffer with multiple sclerosis, cancer and other diseases. As American families continue to navigate the waves of stress in our every day lives, a “perfect storm” of epic proportions may be brewing in our hearts, minds, and bodies. Join us as we discuss the impact that stress is having on our physical and mental health and what we can do to weather the effects. So, listen up mates, batten down the hatches and don’t allow the
silent killer in!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/04/23/stress-the-silent-killer-is-knocking-at-your-door

Adult Children of Alcoholics, the Cycle of Dysfunction Continues

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, continue the discussion on alcoholism in the American family and the impact that alcoholic parents have on their children even into adulthood years. In our last show, we discussed alcoholism as one of the most contributing factors to dysfunction in a family, particularly, the different roles that children take on in their family. This week we will examine how adult children of alcoholics navigate through life, in their own relationships and raising their children. The “perfect family storm of alcoholism” is a vicious cycle that begins with one single sip for the alcoholic family member and only ends in “recovery” or continued treatment; however, the pain that the family endures goes deeper than “rock bottom” and may never end.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/04/09/adult-children-of-alcoholics-the-cycle-of-dysfunction-continues

Children of Alcoholics, the Hidden Pain

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, continue the discussion on alcoholism in the American family and the impact that alcoholic parents have on children in their youth and into adulthood. Last week we discussed the hidden secret of alcoholism amongst parents, especially mothers and the growing numbers of women in general that are suffering and hiding their alcoholism. Alcoholism is one of the most contributing factors to dysfunction in a family. Sadly, this cycle often continues as studies show that children of alcoholics often suffer from some form of addiction and most commonly become addicted to alcohol or drugs. We will discuss the different roles that children take in their alcoholic families and what can be done to help these kids now and into their adulthood. The “perfect family storm” of alcoholism creates turmoil for everyone in its path and no one in the family escapes its effects. There is no place for the children to hide.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/03/19/children-of-alcoholics-the-hidden-pain


Alcoholic Moms-The Best Kept Secret

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss the shameful secret that lives among more American families than you know; Alcoholism. Historically alcoholism was rampant among men, in particular, the fathers of our children. However, more now than ever, women in general and mothers who drink are on the rise. The difference is that women hide it, whereas men drink openly and make no excuses. But there is an alarming number of children in the United States living with a parent who abuses alcohol on a daily basis. Statistically, it’s single moms who are hitting the bottle pretty hard. But the happily married Mom’s are also struggling to battle their demons of addiction, while keeping their families together. Join us as we explore the underlying reasons why Moms are drinking, the shame, the secrets, the dangers of this disease and how it is impacting the American family. Alcoholism is a prominent component of the “Perfect Family Storm,” that stirs up more than just the olive in the martini.

Alcoholic Moms-The Best Kept Secret


Winter Blues Got You Sad?

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey discuss the very timely subject of Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD), a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. Symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, draining your energy and making you feel moody. Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. You will also learn that this disorder affects more women than men and more young than old. SAD is not limited to the USA, although more prevalent in the North. Join us to discuss steps you can take to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year, even through this relentless winter many of us are experiencing!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/02/21/winter-blues-got-you-sad

The New Rage – School Shootings, part l

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss the alarming increase in school shootings. There have been 9 school shootings already in 2014, and the total number of school shootings in the past 3 years is a frightening 73. The numbers are growing rapidly each year, with the United States consistently reporting the highest number of school shootings in the world. As the number of incidents continues to go up, so do the fatalities. Small children are being killed in school, as suddenly shooters are entering elementary schools. In the past, these shootings were more common in middle and high schools; but no one is safe anymore. The shooters have been profiled and most are white males with a vendetta. Join us as we explore the profile of a school shooter and what parents and educators can do in the war to keep our
schools and our kids safe.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/01/31/the-new-rage-school-shootings–part-i

The New Rage – School Shootings, Part ll

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, continue to discuss the alarming increase in school shootings. Last week we reviewed the stats: there have been 9 school shootings already in 2014, and the total number of school shootings in the past 3 years is a frightening 73. The numbers are growing rapidly each year, with the United States consistently reporting the highest number of school shootings in the world. As the number of incidents continues to go up, so do the fatalities. Small children are being killed in school, as suddenly shooters are entering elementary schools. In the past, these shootings were more common in middle and high schools; but no one is safe anymore. We talked about the profile of the shooters and how many of them were white males with a vendetta; some had been bullied, some had an intense interest in violent gaming and we discovered that most shootings had been planned well in advance. Join us in part two as we explore how school shootings are related to the failed mental health system in our country, the effects of psychiatric drugs in adolescents, the use of illegal drugs by kids and more. Finding factors to blame, rightfully or not, is almost the easy part: poor parenting, easy access to guns, less value for the sanctity of life, violent video games, a broken mental health system. Stopping the violence isn’t. Join us as we talk about what parents and educators can do in the war to keep our schools and kids safe.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/02/07/the-new-rage-school-shootings-part-ii


Rage and Texting Kills

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss a terrifying new trend of rage. The recent murder of a man for texting in a movie theater is truly disturbing to all of us. We live in a world of technology, where people are constantly using their gadgets. People even use cell phones or ipods to stay connected in places where it is requested that devices are turned off, such as movie theaters, hospitals, banks and other businesses. Some people are finding this behavior rude, but is it worth a life? Join us as we explore why people are becoming so outraged by the common use of cell phones in public places and how this rage could drive a person to kill.

Rage and Texting Kills

ADHD New Years Resolutions

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss some strategies to get your New year off to a good start. We will discuss tips that are helpful for all people, but especially those with ADHD. Hopefully the tree is down, the lights and decorations are put away and the last of the champagne is gone. Now the gyms will be packed and the diet centers crowded as we all feel the pressure of making serious life overhauls for the New Year. It is easy to “make” New Year’s resolutions, it’s the follow through that becomes challenging; especially for those with ADD/ADHD. Join us to explore ways to make changes that are effective but not overwhelming.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/01/16/adhd-new-years-resolutions

Rage and Texting Kills

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss a terrifying new trend of rage. The recent murder of a man for texting in a movie theater is truly disturbing to all of us. We live in a world of technology, where people are constantly using their gadgets. People even use cell phones or ipods to stay connected in places where it is requested that devices are turned off, such as movie theaters, hospitals, banks and other businesses. Some people are finding this behavior rude, but is it worth a life? Join us as we explore why people are becoming so outraged by the common use of cell phones in public places and how this rage could drive a person to kill.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2014/01/23/texting-kills

What Toys Are Psychologically Best for My Child?

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss the psychological effects of many toys and gifts that we are giving to our children. As the Holidays are growing closer, we all do it; we give our kids the hottest trends in toys, whatever the latest rage is, we want our kids to have it. But the storm is brewing in our lives as we see toys and games becoming more violent than ever. Even music is loaded with profanity. Toy guns were once no big deal, however, in recent years, kids and teens have lost their lives over them. Boys are becoming more aggressive, girls are having self confidence issues and our families are suffering. Join us to explore what toys and games are dangerous and why, and let’s discuss some safe, healthy gift options for our kids this holiday. As parents, it is our job to protect our children from harm – even though the harm may be disguised in toys and games!

What Toys Are Psychologically Best for My Child?

Harming Your Child with Too Many Gifts

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss how giving too many gifts to children at Christmas, on birthdays and other other Holidays can harm our children psychologically. The trend of the last few generations has been getting worse and worse; parents are spending more than ever on their kids and the kids are expecting more and more. Children and adolescents have developed a sense of “entitlement” and in some cases are becoming “greedy”. We are all guilty of over-gifting. Christmas mornings can be like a tidal wave of gifts, many of which are never looked at again. Sometimes it seems we give gifts just so kids will have things to open. It’s not a healthy habit and it’s just adding to the brewing of the Perfect Family Storm. So join us to discuss this alarming trend and ways to get back to basics and show our children how to be appreciative and not so demanding!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2013/12/13/pyschological-harm-of-giving-too-many-gifts-to-children

Anger Management for the Holidays

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss how anger can manifest around the crazy holidays, causing family drama, over-indulgence and other “not so joyous” scenarios. Holidays force family members to interact with each other, sometimes re-igniting lifetime dynamics and painful issues. It’s as if many of the feelings we have about family dynamics and relationships lie dormant until the holidays burst into our lives and begin stirring up the family storms that have been brewing over the years. Many reports show that shortly after the holidays, there is an increase in the number of people seeking therapy for anger management. Why is this? Why do so many people have an emotional hangover after family visits? Join us to discuss ways to manage anger around the holidays so that your time with friends and family is peaceful and enjoyable rather than hurtful and stormy.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2013/12/05/anger-and-the-crazy-holidays

The Luxurious Hazards Of Cell Phones for Kids

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and cohost Jennifer Russello, discuss whether cell phones are a luxurious hazard or a necessary evil for kids. All parents want to be able to contact their kids at any time and cell phones seem like the obvious solution, but beware…. according to the Cyber-bullying Research Center (CRC), 25 percent of kids have been harassed or bullied via calls or texts on cell phones. About half of the children who are cyber-bullied don’t even tell their parents. 60 percent of kids have sent texts during classroom hours. 15 percent of kids have received text messages that are sexual in nature (sexting) from someone they know. Kids can easily misuse cell phones, they can even become inadvertent cyber-bullies or victims of dangerous cyber-bullying activity. On the other hand, a cell phone is an excellent way to stay in touch with your child. Listen in and join us to explore just one startling inconvenience of the current generation of “convenience”.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2013/11/07/the-luxurious-hazards-of-cell-phones-for-kids

Don’t be Haunted by ADHD

Dr. Cathy Reimers, Ph.D., psychologist in New Jersey, and co-host Jennifer Russello, parent in New Jersey, discuss the fun and chaos of Halloween with families and kids. This already exciting and overstimulating day can really become intensified when you add a family member with ADHD. Hyper kids (and adults) can run you ragged. Let’s explore the truth about sugar, food preservatives and coloring and their impact on kids, especially kids with ADHD. We will also explore impulsivity, distractibility, poor listening skills and how this can affect safety on Halloween. We will discuss this and some other scary details about Halloween and ADHD. Listen in and join us for some tips on making Halloween and ADHD less haunting and daunting!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2013/10/30/dont-be-haunted-by-adhd


Anxious Mothers & Anxious ADHD Children as School Begins

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist, and cohost Jennifer Russello, mother of a teen with ADHD, discuss anxiety levels before a new school year begins. The transition from the laid back days of summer into the busy schedule of school and other activities is challenging for all and especially those with ADHD.

http://http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/5/341/show_5341173.mp3

ADHD Kid Speak: First Day of School Worries

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist, and cohost “Kid Awesome”, teen with ADHD entering a new school next week, discuss how it feels going back to school and will discuss the following: How do kids feel about the transition from summer to school? What is their worst nightmare about the first day back? What could help kids feel less anxious? What can parents do to help them? How can teachers help them feel more comfortable? Join us to hear how kids really feel.

http://http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/5/328/show_5328405.mp3

Sandy Hook Elementary

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist, and cohost family law attorney, Deborah Brand, Esq. discuss more evidence of the concept of “Perfect Family Storm.” The concept of “Perfect Family Storm” was first introduced and compared with the unprecedented Super Storm Sandy, now the Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, all of which have had devastating impact upon many American families. Find out how the winds of change in our family structure, the onslaught of violence, the distraction of technology, the decline of morals, and economic struggles have created an unprecedented “perfect family storm” of sorts. Parents are losing control of their already complex lives burdened with their children who are caught in a whirlwind of psychological problems. Listen in and learn to identify, cope, and help prevent mental health issues in your family. The truth is, recognition of the “perfect family storm” allows you to survive it.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docreimers/2012/12/18/sandy-hook-school-massacre-and-the-perfect-family-storm/scrub/0

Family Dysfunction Causing the Terrorists Within 

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist and her sister, Diana Dorsch, as co-host, explore pathological nature of “home grown” terrorist.   Some residents/citizens of the USA commit acts of terrorism as part of a terror organization or as lone wolves. Family dysfunction and alienation may plant the seeds in becoming a terrorist.  An analysis of family pathology and the impact of the current USA immigration policies play in fostering terrorism will be examined.  Also, USA immigration polices will be contrasted to Switzerland’s immigration policy. Listen in to gain a better understanding of the terrorists within and what policies could help us all escape terror plots.

Blog Talk Radio 4-30-13 Pathology of the Terrorist Within


Healing Your Lonely Soul During the Holidays

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist explores how a depth of loneliness reaches into the core of our being. Our soul is very vulnerable during the holidays since it is “the season of family storms.”  Dr. Cathy believes, “To heal your soul you must revisit that part of you that has been deeply hurt. The greater the resistance to what is, that is what you are feeling or experiencing at that moment, the greater the persistence of the challenge.” Asking the right questions and answering them truthfully will help you gain insight to your wounds. Listen and learn how step into depths of loneliness with ease, grace and comfort to heal your lonely soul.

Healing Your Lonely Soul During the Holidays


What You Take During an Evacuation May Say Something About You

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist, and cohost family law attorney, Deborah Brand, Esq. discuss how Superstorm  Sandy made us question what is most important in our lives. An all to common scenario and an inevitable question that arose for many Superstorm Sandy victims was, if you only had 30 minutes, what would you take and what would leave behind should you never return to your home? That moment becomes a defining moment of what you carry around in life. The psychological implications on a deeper level of what is not taken or should not be taken are explored. We guarantee that the next time that you pack your suitcase for any reason that it will provoke and be a reminder of truth of who you really are and what psychological baggage you carry … so better to pack light!

What You Take During Evacuation May Say Something About You


Pathology of Gambling and Animal Cruelty

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist and her sister, Diana Dorsch, as co-host, explore the seeds of pathology of animal cruelty when animals are involved in illegal gambling operations. The horrors of dog and cock fighting will be revealed but the underlying pathology of the human beings who run such operations or participate is perhaps more frightening according to Dr. Cathy. “We continue to live in a cruel and brutal society not much different than ancient Rome’s Colosseum when spectators cheered as the atrocities occurred.” Listen in and hear the roars of Dr. Cathy and her sister, Diana as they expose the truth.

Pathology of Gambling and Animal Cruelty_March 2013


Are You forgetful And ADHD?

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist, discusses everything you wanted to know about adult ADHD and forgot to ask. Perhaps, if you forgot to ask you may have a symptom of adult ADHD. Listen in, to learn about the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and how it impacts the family.

Are You Forgetful and ADHD?


ADHD and Mother’s Day

Dr. Cathy Reimers Ph.D., psychologist, and cohosts’ Jennifer Russello and Kym Gentry-Peck, ADHD mothers discuss the conflicts and challenges in managing their ADHD children while still enjoying the fun of living in an active ADHD family. Learning how to stay calm, organized, and “in the moment” will help you and your family to have a Happy Mother’s Day.

Mothers Day & ADHD May 9 2013

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