Author: Freddy A PaniaguaISBN 978-1-62137-930-0 (Softcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-938-6 (eBook)
A separation or divorce is generally too stressful for some people to handle without engaging in what are generally known as "emotional conflicts." These conflicts are generally most severe when the decision to end the relationship is not mutual, but is initiated by one of the partners. These emotional conflicts can result in nonaccidental acts of physical force including shoving, slapping, hair-pulling, throwing, kicking, and using a weapon. This type of violent reaction to emotional stress can occur even in people who are not normally prone to violence.
Emotional conflicts can also result in severe symptoms pointing to mental disorders, even to the degree of clinical depression with suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. The failure to handle emotional conflict in a positive way can have an indirect negative effect on members of the family, particularly children. Sometimes, the individual under stress kills his partner and other family members as well - including innocent children. Such emotional conflicts can also " blind" people from seeking positive alternative behaviors to deal with such conflicts. The aim of this book is to help people to explore such alternative behaviors leading to a separation or a divorce the way they got together, namely, happy!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Freddy A. Paniagua earned his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and a postdoctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a retired, tenured professor from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and currently adjunct professor, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, where he served as program director of Child Psychiatry Inpatient Service. At UTMB, Dr. Paniagua spent many years providing clinical services with emphasis on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of emotionally troubled children and adolescents, as well as counseling parents with the exploration of positive or happy ways to deal with the stressor that often results from either a separation or a divorce
Dr. Paniagua is licensed to practice psychology in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association with life-status membership. Dr. Paniagua has published more than 50 scientific articles, many of them addressing emotionally troubled children and adolescents.
Dr. Paniagua is the author of two textbooks and served as the first editor of a third major textbook. These textbooks, which can be found in most major university libraries in the U.S., are widely used in mental health undergraduate and graduate training programs in the United States and abroad, as well as in continuing education programs designed for mental health practitioners in the United States.
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