The Psych Central Report
Issue 13, March 2006
Helping Others Online Without Becoming Overwhelmed
By Sky & Nothemama8
The more you engage in emailing, instant messaging, chat rooms, and discussion boards, the more likely it becomes that you will find yourself trying to help someone with a specific, perhaps difficult issue. It's important to maintain certain personal boundaries to prevent overwhelming yourself--especially if you are also trying to tackle your own problems.
Isolation or Time Alone?
By Alex Williams
I would like to say a few words in defense of spending time alone. Many of us here at PC are familiar with the strategy of isolating ourselves when we feel unwell, and that can be a very unhappy place to be. However, it doesn't follow that we have to be unhappy when we choose to spend some time alone. There is a difference between enjoying time alone and feeling isolated, or cut off from others, which can be a very painful and lonely experience.
Part 1: On Denial, Tolerance and Acceptance
When my mother first told me that my dad had died, it made me sad, but when I searched my heart, I knew that I didn't believe it. For years after, I would think that I saw the back of his head or saw him walking down the street. I knew in my heart of hearts that was my daddy!
A news update of some of the most important psychology, mental and behavioral health news items from around the 'Net in the past few weeks.
An Introduction to Psychotherapy
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
Psychotherapy is a process focused on helping you heal and learn more constructive ways to deal with the problems or issues within your life. It can also be a supportive process when going through a difficult period or under increased stress, such as starting a new career or going through a divorce.
Mental Illness in the Workplace: Talking to Your Employer
In the last issue, I briefly mentioned the cost of mental illness in the workplace. This section discusses the issues of talking to your employer - do you have to tell them? How do you tell them? Before telling anyone, especially your employer, about your illness, first see a physician for a diagnosis. Self-diagnoses generally are inaccurate.
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