Another week down, another ton of useful information we’re learning from our Psych Central team.
Mental illness in the news, preparing for the highs and lows the seasons can bring on, the importance of actually practicing mindfulness…
Take a few minutes this weekend to take it in, then let our bloggers know what you think!
‘Voices’ as Real as Rain to DC Shooter
(No Family Madder) — How many times have you followed some horrific news story and — after hearing reports the criminal was mentally ill — dismissed the claim as a cop-out? Patrick Tracey has weighed in on Aaron Alexis — the Washington Navy Yard shooter — pointing out Alexis had asked for help regarding the voices in his head and using his own experiences with schizophrenia to help us better understand what Alexis might have been dealing with.
Fall Is Coming
(Being Beautifully Bipolar) — Can we get a show of hands on who loves fall? (*raises hand*) Now, can we get a show of hands on who doesn’t always deal that well with changing seasons — specifically going from bright, sunny spring and summer months to darker, often gloomier fall and winter months? (*raises hand*). Elaina J. Martin shares the first time she experienced a traumatic summer-to-fall transition and how a light box has helped her and might just help you, too.
Don’t We Need More Confidence to Be Creative?
(The Creative Mind) — After pointing out how several extremely talented singers and actors have admitted to doubting themselves, Douglas Eby discusses “the upside of low confidence.”
Children Exposed to Violence
(Anger Management) — Do you know the three factors that increase the likelihood children will experience violence? How about parental depression, parental substance abuse, and a parent’s history of being abused as a child? Aaron Karmin explains these three factors, the importance of breaking violence cycles, and how important it is to teach young people to appropriately express their own anger.
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Sparks, A. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: September 20, 2012. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 9, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/09/20/best-of-our-blogs-september-20-2012/