Category Archive: ‘ Post Traumatic Stress Disorders’

Unconscious Transmission of Trauma in Young Children Alleging Sexual Abuse

Unconscious Transmission of Trauma in Young Children Alleging Sexual Abuse             A growing number of sexual abuse allegations in young children occur every day in the context of high conflict divorce or custody cases. These cases cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and countless hours of legal and mental health professionals’ time […]

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Why Children Make False Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Why Children Make False Allegations about Sexual Abuse By Leigh M. Baker, Psy.D.             I recently read a harrowing account of the infamous witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. For a little over 9 months, this New England settlement was bombarded by allegations of male and female witches flying on their broomsticks to attend […]

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Ask Dr. Leigh: Survivor’s Guilt

A victim of one of the recent disasters that has struck our country wrote to ask me why she is feeling so much guilt over surviving when others were wounded or had family members killed. Survivor’s guilt is common. So common in fact that it was labeled a symptom in an older version of the Diagnostic […]

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Ask Dr. Leigh: Can survivors of childhood sexual abuse heal?

Ask Dr. Leigh: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse “I am an adult survivor of long term sexual abuse and trauma. 
Is there hope for me that I can ever heal from so much pain?” Over the past twenty-seven years, countless survivors of childhood trauma and sexual abuse have asked me this question. They wonder, […]

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Ask Dr. Leigh: What can I do if I suspect my child is victim of Parental Alienation?

  Ask Dr. Leigh:   What can I do if I suspect my child is a Victim of Parental Alienation?     This question has come to my attention countless times throughout the years. The majority of them have come from fathers, divorced and desperately trying to maintain some type of connection with their children. Others are […]

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