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Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often is linked to military veterans, but it can affect anyone following a traumatic event. There are five subtypes: normal stress response, acute stress disorder, uncomplicated PTSD, comorbid PTSD and complex PTSD. Sleep disturbances and flashbacks, where the sufferer relives the trauma, are hallmarks of the disease.

PTSD has several other symptoms, some of which overlap with other disorders. These include a loss of interest in regular activities, feeling depressed, anxious and difficulty concentrating. A person with PTSD may find it difficult to relate to loved ones. Instead they are emotionally distant and consumed with a sense of dread.

These blogs have been selected because they contain links and strategies specifically for people with PTSD in its various forms.

Top 10 Bipolar Blogs of 2014

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Top 10 Bipolar Blogs of 2014Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression, which are different from the ups and downs experienced in day-to-day life.

A person’s energy and activity levels reflect their mood. Mania is a period of euphoria, where a person may be unable to sit still or stop talking. During a manic phase, a person may be super-productive and filled with new ideas, but they may also engage in reckless behavior, such as risky sex or gambling. At the other end of the spectrum, during a depressive phase, a person may feel listless, hopeless and worthless, sometimes struggling even to get out of bed.

These blogs have been selected to show the differences in functioning across the disorder and together demonstrate the complexity of the disorder and its treatment. Along with the stark, poignant honesty of personal stories, they offer intelligent reflection and discussion on what science has to say over a condition which is far from easy answers.

Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2013

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2013It’s time to wish 2013 goodbye. With its passing, we — like a lot of people — spend some time reflecting upon the year.

We’re honored to have so many people check out our mental health and psychology resources and information on Psych Central — over 5 million people a month now. We’re also home to over 200 online support groups with over 315,000 members in two communities.

The good news about 2014 is that every new year brings with it the possibility of a new start and changing those aspects about yourself that perhaps could use a little improvement. We’re here to help you with those goals.

Click through to see our top 10 lists for the World of Psychology blog, our entire blog network, and from our news bureau.

Dr. Google is Calling & You can (Mostly) Trust Her

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Dr. Google is Calling & You can (Mostly) Trust HerNowadays, nearly everybody turns to Google (and to a lesser extent, Bing or a Bing-powered website like Yahoo) to search for information. And nowhere is that more true than when we want to learn about a health or mental health concern.

It also, however, makes you wonder… Google seems to do a pretty good job in giving us relevant results for all kinds of information. But how’s it do with mental health information results specifically? Are the results you get from Google and Bing when you conduct a search for mental health information of high content quality and useful?

So last year, I ran a research study (which was just recently published) to find out.

Top 10 Free Mental Health Apps

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Top 10 Free Mental Health Apps

If you’re looking for good mental health apps, those selected here are all solid. But the really great thing about the apps on this list?

Not only are they useful for your personal mental health mobile toolkit, and for referring to clients, they’re all free.

Top 10 Mental Health Apps

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Top 10 Mental Health Apps

With so many apps on the market, it’s hard to know which are useful.

Many are designed by software developers instead of psychologists, without scientific testing. They range from beneficial, to harmless but useless, to bordering on fraudulent.

The apps selected for this list make no hucksterish claims and are based on established treatments. Progressive Muscle Relaxation, for example, has been used for a century and is likely just as effective in this new medium. Knowledge from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy enrich two apps on this list. Others mix solid information with ingenuity.

What Came First, Religion or Depression?

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

What Came First, Religion or Depression?There’s a cartoon picturing a chicken and an egg in bed together. The chicken is smoking a cigarette with a very satisfied expression on his face, and the egg is restless and disgruntled. The egg finally looks over to the chicken and says, “Well, I guess that answers that question.”

That’s how I think of the relationship between religion and depression: like the chicken and the egg debacle.

I can’t say which came first in my life, because they were both there from the start. And you need only read through a few of the lives of the saints or walk the exhibition aisles at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit to see that holy people aren’t all that happy much of the time.

How is it that we depressives tend to be more spiritual? Or is it that the more religion you get in your life, the more depressed?

Top 10 Mental Health Videos of 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Top 10 Mental Health Videos of 2011

Inspiring. Sobering. Entertaining. Touching. Enriching.

This year has been great for brain and behavior videos, with an ever-growing number of lectures and educational videos appearing online, as well as savvy homemade videos in social media. Conversations about mental health are increasingly entering the mainstream, and videos like these spark dialogue, reduce ignorance, assist viewers, and fight stigma. They’re also a great distraction, and a way to relax without feeling guilty about wasting time.

Each of the videos on this list has been chosen as being among the best of its kind made this year, ranging from a contest winner to viral videos to high profile lectures. With so much great work out there, I can’t wait to see more in 2012 (follow Channel N to view what I find).

But first, let’s celebrate 2011 in videos.

Psych Central Captures an Aesculapius Award of Excellence and 5 of the Top 10 Depression Influencers Online

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Psych Central Captures an Aesculapius Award of Excellence and 5 of the Top 10 Depression Influencers OnlineSharecare, a website that launched just two months ago, released its “Top 10 Online Influencers in Depression” last week. Of the 10 people named, half of them are Psych Central contributors or bloggers. No other organization online came anywhere close. We’re very honored and proud to have so many amazing people working for us here, and we’re flattered their tireless work in the name of mental health and depression is recognized.

Here are the 5 amazing Psych Central contributors honored on the list:

We’re also pleased to announce that we were a winner this year of an Award of Excellence for health-related websites in the Aesculapius Awards of Excellence. We’re in good company with the likes of Autism Speaks and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health as fellow award recipients.

What an amazing year 2011 has been for Psych Central. As a site we’ve built from the ground-up to service the needs of people from around the world who have questions about mental health, psychotherapy, treatment and psychology, we continue to reach more than 2 million people each month (making us, by far, the largest mental health network in the world today). We hope to get that up to 3 million/month in 2012, and with your help in spreading the word, I see no reason why we can’t attain that goal!

Best of Our Blogs: September 27, 2011

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Anger can be expressed in a multitude of ways. If we attempt to hide it, it can fester leading to resentment. If we ignore it, it can use food, shopping and other addictions to get our attention. If we focus all our energy on it, it can seep out, toxic and destructive, hurting everyone it touches. But if we simply listen to it, quietly, non-judgmentally, we may learn something.

Anger is an emotion that we’re often afraid of. As a kid, you’re taught to “play nice,”or to keep quiet when you’re upset. Sometimes the things adults don’t say in response to our negative emotions have the greatest impact of all. Maybe the adults in your life were fearful of their own anger and so you didn’t learn how to healthily express your own.

The bright side is that we can always make different choices. You could seek help from a professional, support from a friend and/or use the top posts below to start to become aware of how anger works or doesn’t work in your life. What will you choose to make better choices and live free of being afraid of your emotions?

Lifesaving List

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Help save lives by sharing this list.

Online Suicide Prevention Resources is a small wiki focussed on crisis resources available online without a telephone. There are listings for social media, secure IM chat, and public forums.

It was inspired by the International Suicide Prevention Wiki, created by Post Secret, which features a table of links and directories for telephone crisis hotlines and resources all over the world. The list I created today is solely for non-phone contacts. Included are details of the hours for each service.

APA Mental Health Blog Party 2011 Roundup

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Mental Health Blog Party BadgeHere is our roundup of posts from the Psych Central Blog Network that blogged about mental health today as a part of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Mental Health “Blog Party.” Psych Central is the world’s largest independent mental health network run by ordinary mental health professionals. Each month, over 1.5 million people visit our site from around the world to learn more about better mental health and conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD and anxiety.

Psych Central bloggers are some of the most dedicated and passionate people I’ve met in the field of mental health. Some are professionals, some are not, but all share one thing in common — they have a knack for writing about psychology and mental health issues with a dedication and enthusiasm you don’t see elsewhere. We love our bloggers — they are simply some of the best people you’ll ever meet (virtually!).

We’re proud to represent mental health and wellness awareness this day, in our own unique and personalized way. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day with new posts that are published from our bloggers, so stay tuned!

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