Anxiety is a bitch

For 10 months I was off all medications. During this time, I had an overwhelming amount of obstacles and hurdles to overcome, some of which are still trailing on. Some of these were brought on by myself, others were just the cards I was dealt, while still additional ones were continued fallout from the horrible … Continue reading Anxiety is a bitch

Transvestic Sex Offenders’ Use of Defense Mechanisms

Research Proposal from first year as PhD student. Transvestic Sex Offenders’ Use of Defense Mechanisms Abstract Individuals who experience childhood trauma and abuse are more likely to be inhibited from reaching more mature defense levels (Cramer, 2012). Children who begin developing an identity disorder or an antisocial personality disorder are largely affected by the lack … Continue reading Transvestic Sex Offenders’ Use of Defense Mechanisms

Violentization: An Experiential Theory of Violence- Past, Present, and Future Directions

Introduction The theory of violentization is one of the most overlooked theories in criminology. The formation of violentization as a theory stems from Athens’ disagreement with the criminological theories of the time that separate biological and social environmental interactions and the surging use of quantitative methods of analysis. Following the work of George Herbert Mead … Continue reading Violentization: An Experiential Theory of Violence- Past, Present, and Future Directions

The process of living with an offender on electronic monitoring and house arrest

Much has been said on electronic monitors and those who are required to wear them. Basically, they’re used for different offender populations for different reasons with differing goals depending on what type of monitor the person is even wearing. Sounds simple, right? (For a more extensive look at this, visit my other posts on electronic … Continue reading The process of living with an offender on electronic monitoring and house arrest

I’m done this time, seriously!… fuck this, I’m not a quitter: Quitting smoking

This is probably the hundredth time I’ve tried to quit smoking cigarettes. I am taking a different approach this time, however, as I am using Nicotine patches. As I begin day four today cigarette free, I can already feel my sense of taste and smell coming back little by little. And though I’m still getting … Continue reading I’m done this time, seriously!… fuck this, I’m not a quitter: Quitting smoking

Opiates and Suicide

Drug use is a factor for various types of internalizing (depression, anxiety, self-doubt, not feeling accepted) and externalizing behaviors (acting out, aggression, criminal behavior). Individuals with substance use disorders, with a history of prior violence, are more likely to report suicidal ideation and single or multiple suicide attempts than individuals without a history of prior … Continue reading Opiates and Suicide