Disorders Library

  • The Therapist’s Treasure Chest: Solution-Oriented Tips & Tricks for Everyday Practice
    The experienced chef has an armamentarium of favorite dishes, each tested and proven to produce a meal that suits particular occasions. The recipes spring from years of experience developing a sense of how to combine ...
  • Essential Psychopathology Casebook
    In medical school, we become adept at memorizing diagnostic criteria, able to spout off, at a moment’s notice, the definitions for everything from autism to schizophrenia. For some diagnoses, we are aided by mnemonics — ...
  • Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Therapy with Children & Adolescents
    When violence erupts, children and adolescents especially suffer. According to clinician and author Linda Chapman, the statistics published by the Children’s Defense Fund in 2012 and Centers for Disease Control in 2006 and 2011 are ...
  • The Sociopath at the Breakfast Table
    Consider the following scenarios and see if any of them sounds familiar. Fifteen-year-old James was an intelligent only child from a wealthy family. He often became bored and listless, he skipped school by faking illness, and ...
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Teen Brain
    When my son Dan was at a residential treatment program to battle his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, my husband and I were encouraged by ...
  • Long-Acting Treatments for Schizophrenia
    Schizophrenia has long presented treatment challenges for both patients who have the mental illness and the treatment providers who want to help ...
  • Back from the Brink: True Stories & Practical Help for Overcoming Depression & Bipolar Disorder
    “We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ...
  • Obsessions and Addiction
    This article isn’t meant to address obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which is a mental disorder affecting one percent of adults. It starts in childhood and ...
  • The Anxiety of Facebook
    Social media has changed the way people interact. We can now remain in constant contact with hundreds of so-called friends, even ones we rarely ...
  • The Neurobiological Origin of ADHD
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, a term that includes what was formerly known as attention deficit disorder or ADD) is a growing ...
  • OCD and Atypical Antipsychotics
    While the frontline treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder continues to be Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, many who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder also ...
  • When OCD Targets Your Relationship
    Chuck said he wasn’t sure if he really loved his fiancée. Yes, there were times, when he was certain he wanted to ...
  • Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression & Finding the Light Within
    Every family has its secrets. They appear in those silent moments of conversation, the extended pause followed by the hasty explanation. History is written, then rewritten, and even the present revised, all to try to ...
  • Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change
    When you can’t put a particularly unsettling feeling into words or have trouble getting to the meat of a problem, try feeling it in your body. That’s the advice of Ann Weiser Cornell, a Ph.D. ...
  • Book Review: Outside the Lines: A Novel
    Outside the Lines powerfully encourages readers to reexamine their perspective regarding mental illness. Amy Hatvany intricately explores the world of someone who’s mentally ill, detailing painful repercussions, stigma and societal perceptions. And alongside ...
  • Parenting the Whole Child
    The brain is a fascinating organ. It weighs about three pounds when fully grown and entails a plethora of complicated electrical and chemical processes that can stump the savviest of scientists. Encased in a jelly-like ...
  • Book Review: Best Kept Secret
    “Cadence didn’t sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.” - Amy Hatvany Amy Hatvany’s Best Kept Secret is a gripping novel that explores the ...
  • Body-Focused Obsessions: Sensorimotor Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    There are so many different types of obsessions and compulsions when it comes to OCD. Perhaps among the less talked about are sensorimotor, or body-focused, obsessions which involve a heightened awareness and focus on involuntary bodily activities and processes. Common examples include hyperawareness of swallowing, breathing, or blinking. Additionally, overattention to bladder and digestive processes -- indeed, any unhealthy focus on a specific body part or organ -- might also fall into the category of sensorimotor obsessions. I think these types of obsessions seem particularly brutal because they involve necessary, ongoing bodily processes. There truly is no escape, and this fact often plays into the sufferer's obsessions.
  • Trouble Is a Gift: A Story of Addiction, Recovery & Hope
    “But finally, there I was alone in this apartment, sitting in a chair, staring at the radiator waiting for the little guy to crawl out from behind it. Knowing the bottle was going to be ...
  • Better Days: A Mental Health Recovery Workbook
    “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you ...
  • Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration
    This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s ...
  • Hypocritical Compulsions: Recognizing the Nonsense of OCD
    The need for certainty fuels the fires of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to reduce anxiety by making sure everything is okay. For ...
  • Six Ways to Help Your Perfectionist Child Find Balance
    Four-year-old Max would crumple his paper when his drawing wasn’t perfect. He would start over, and often grow ...
  • Five Telltale Signs Your Child is a Budding Perfectionist
    I once met a young man who had had many successes in his youth. He was intelligent and ...
  • My Struggles with OCD in Recovery
    "Are you being crazy again?" My wife, upon noticing my awkward and all-too-familiar hand gestures, has asked me this hundreds of times. ...

 

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