Suzana Adams Psychology - HELP/SUPPORT - Phoenix, AZ
Suzana Adams PsyD LLC  - Clinical Psychologist
No emotional crisis is more urgent than suicidal thoughts and behavior, or threats to harm someone else. If you suspect a loved one is considering self-harm or suicide, don't wait to intervene.

It's a difficult topic to bring up, but discussing suicide will not put the idea in someone's head. In fact, it's not abnormal for a person to have briefly thought about suicide. It becomes abnormal when someone starts to see suicide as the only solution to his or her problems.

If you discover or suspect that your loved one is dwelling on thoughts of self-harm, or developing a plan, it's an emergency. If possible, take him or her to the emergency room for urgent attention. Medical staff in the ER can help you deal with the crisis and keep your loved one safe.

If you think someone is suicidal or will harm someone else, do not leave him or her alone. If he or she will not seek help or call 911, eliminate access to firearms or other potential tools for harm to self or others, including unsupervised access to medications.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also a valuable resource. If you're concerned about a loved one's mental state or personal safety, and unable to take him or her to the emergency room, you can talk to a skilled counselor by calling 1-800-273-TALK.

  • The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder by Demitri Papolos
  • What Works for Bipolar Kids: Help and Hope for Parents by Mani Pavuluri and Susan Resko
  • The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family by David Miklowitz and Elizabeth George

Support groups for Bipolar
  • Bipolar Bears Peer Support Group
          1800 E Van Buren St
  • Saint Luke's Behavioral Health Center
          Phoenix, AZ 85006-3742

  • Parent Support/resources
  • American Association for Gifted Children
  • AZ Twice Exceptional
  • Guiding the Gifted Child by James Webb and Stephanie Tolan
  • Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitiblty, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children Adolescents, and Adults by Susan Daniels and Michael 
  • Piechowski

Additional Resources
  • American Psychological Association
  • Children's Services Network
  • Arizona Association for Play Therapy
  • Arizona Psychological Association
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

........Conferences       .....................................


The growth after trauma

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Anonymous (ASCAA)– 12step recovery program for all adult survivors of child abuse and trauma

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE): The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Health and Well Being

Gift From Within-PTSD Resources for Survivors and Caregivers– an International Nonprofit Organization for Survivor of Trauma and Victimization. Resources include essays, articles, poetry, art, Q&A and book reviews.

iSurvive– organisation that offers resources and forums where adult survivors of child abuse and their loved ones can seek support

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse– child abuse trauma prevention, intervention, and recovery

Online Art Collaging Group for Adult Survivors of Abuse– online art therapy group for adults dealing with issues of abuse (childhood and/or beyond)

Survivors’ Art Foundation– a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encourage healing through the arts; site features an online web art gallery for visual, literary, and performing artists

We Are Adult Survivors of Child Abuse– this website is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

The Wounded Healer Journal– Linda Chapman, LCSW’s resources for therapists who are survivors of childhood trauma and abuse; much rich material for non-therapists, too.
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