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World of Psychology


Mental Health and Wellness

How COVID-19 Harms Our Mental Well-Being – And What to Do About It

It’s been months since America first learned of the potentially deadly virus we’ve come to know as COVID-19 or coronavirus. After months of stringent lockdown mandates and emerging in public once again only to have the coronavirus reappear in hotspots across the country as mask wearing and social distancing practices waned, it’s not looking good for a complete reopening of our nation.
Friends

Mental Health in the Digital Realm

In the time of a global health crisis, when we are asked to close our doors and forced into isolation, we are left feeling deeply uncomfortable and disconnected. We have no option but to sit, stew and stir in our thoughts and emotions. The one thing that is keeping us sane, helping us feel connected and cared for and allowing us to move through the day, is the digital world. The online space is increasingly being recognized as a platform to encourage conversations around mental health. Whether it is noticing symptoms, exploring ways to cope or validating a person’s experience, it has transformed into a tool to champion the cause of caring for one’s well-being. 
Children and Teens

Podcast: Dating Violence in Young Adults

Teen dating isn’t always innocent puppy love. Some young people can get involved in emotionally abusive or even violent relationships. How common is this? What are some of the signs of teen dating violence and how can family and friends help?
In today’s show, counselor Joelle Shipp explains why young people can end up in these kinds of situations and how they can get out of them. She also shares the 3 components of healthy relationships.

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Motivation and Inspiration

Self-Care Sounds Simple, So Why Is It So Hard to Practice?

It is 5 am on a Saturday morning. My wife and two young children are resting peacefully. They are charging their batteries for a busy weekend filled with soccer practice, visiting the grandparents, diaper changes and everything else that comes with raising young children.

I could salvage a few extra hours of sleep, but the urge to get my day started is irresistible. My brain is a tyrant commanding me to work on my book or next op-ed. I obediently head to my office, turn on my laptop and start typing away. 
Family

Pregnancy Empowerment in the Time of Covid Isolation

At a time of an unprecedented global pandemic, there is an increase anxiety in interfacing with any medical appointment. For some this means concerns in accessing medical care coming forward, fears of not being able to receive the treatment needed with hospitals over capacity. For others, it reflects a time of concern of contamination of getting COVID if one does not already have it. For a unique group, there is an intersection and special loneliness of accessing medical care in the time of pregnancy and delivery.
Books

Learning to Pivot in 2020

Anyone who would consider this year to be roughly the same as usual must be living in a cave somewhere deep in the wilderness. Because for just about every person on earth, it’s been different from any other year in (almost) living memory. And it’s only August. Woof.
Bipolar

Podcast: My Husband Has Psychosis



What does psychosis feel like? What’s the difference between a delusion that demons exist and a religious belief of the same? In today’s show, Gabe and Lisa recall Gabe’s real-life psychotic episodes and discuss all the pain and stress surrounding psychosis.

Join us as Gabe shares how it felt when there were demons under his bed and when the window washers were watching his every move.

Grief and Loss

Rebuilding Life after Loss with Your Personal Venn Diagram

If someone you love very much has died, you may think your life is over. The psychological impact of loss is overwhelming, especially if the timing or surrounding circumstances were unexpected or traumatic. The mind reacts in astonishing ways while grieving. At some point, however, the realization comes: how can I go on?

Simple photographs that brought so much joy before everything changed might be painful reminders that force you to put them away for a while. The aftermath of a death impacts everyone around the person who died. Family members, friends, colleagues, even casual acquaintances may have differing grief experiences and coping skills.