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World of Psychology


General

Podcast: Inpatient Psychiatric Stays From a Doctor’s Perspective

We've all heard scary inpatient stories from the psychiatric hospital. Perhaps you have a personal experience that you’d rather forget. In today’s podcast, Gabe asks a psychologist with 25 years of hospital experience the tough questions surrounding psych wards: Why do so many psychiatric inpatients seem to have such unpleasant -- or even traumatizing -- experiences while there? Are these stories the norm or the exception? For those who have had bad experiences, how can we change things?

Self-Help

The Fostering of Self-Care

When I say “self-care” many people think of intricate activities that involve lots of money or a need to plan a memorable event. Most of you are already utilizing some form of self-care method on a day to day basis. However, the frequency tends to dwindle as stressors build.
Family

Alone, Together: Why It’s Physical Distancing, Not Social Distancing

During the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, we've been hearing a lot about "social distancing." That is, when out in public, you should keep at least 6 feet apart from others, as much as possible.

But clearly this has nothing to do keeping socially distant from others. Instead, it's all about keeping your physical distance from others.

We have more tools than ever before to keep socially connected with colleagues, friends and family. Unlike previous pandemics, we need to utilize these social connectedness tools to ensure that physical isolation doesn't result in psychological or social isolation.

Binge Eating

What My Disordered Eating Reveals about the Brain

“Why am I doing this? This is really disgusting and unhealthy.” This is what I asked myself after every episode of binging and purging.

As much as I hated my eating disorder and wanted to get over it, I wanted to keep doing it. I heard this addictive voice in my head that told me that I had to do it. If I didn’t, my life would be boring, unfulfilling, and meaningless.
Friends

Tips for Couples to Thrive During the Coronavirus Crisis

Couples confined to their homes may find themselves sharing the same space more than they want to. How can couples survive the “new normal” without getting on each other’s nerves too much? Rather than annoying each other, how might couples thrive during this difficult time?

If you’re in a partnership that is not doing so well, it may be especially difficult to have so much time together right now. But even couples who love each other and are doing well may find it challenging to suddenly have so much time living in the same space, especially if it is a small house or apartment. 

Children and Teens

Homeschooling Young Children During a Pandemic

America has undergone a total transformation as our heavily relied upon schooling system has closed for business, at least in the traditional sense. As a parent, or guardian, you are probably beginning to shift your perspective on your new role. Substituting for a couple of weeks in lieu of regular instruction is one thing, being responsible for your child’s education and readiness for the next school year from now until at least summer, is another.