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World of Psychology


Brain and Behavior

Inside Schizophrenia: Psychosis in Schizophrenia

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What exactly is psychosis? What happens in the brain of a person with schizophrenia who is hallucinating?
Schizophrenic Rachel Star Withers shares her personal hallucinations and delusions...
Books

7 Ways Solo Travel Can Give You a Sense of Belonging


Last year, I set out to live one of my biggest dreams—to travel the world full time. As a writer and coach, I can work from anywhere, so I did and dedicated an entire year to seeking more joy.

I thought I was traveling to check things off my bucket list and live as widely as possible. But I soon realized it was so much more than seeing the world—it was a quest for belonging. I was looking for a deeper connection and more meaning.

Grief and Loss

Following Grief with Deep Comfort

Self-care has become a popular concept for maintaining a general sense of fulfillment and well being on a day-to-day basis. But sometimes in life, we are faced with circumstances outside of our normal, everyday stressors. Sometimes, we are afflicted unexpectedly with trauma or significant loss. These types of pains are so deep and so far reaching, regular self-care just isn’t enough to help us cope.

The type of restoration needed following a great loss is more about regaining trust and hope in a world that has just betrayed us at our deepest level. It is about redefining who we are in this new context, because with great loss comes great change.
Bipolar

Podcast | Inpatient Mental Hospital Stay (Part 1 of 2)


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an inpatient in a psych ward? In this two-part series, we go into detail about Gabe’s inpatient stay starting with the events that lead him to be an inpatient, and what his days were like after he was admitted. We talk about common misconceptions that you may have around what happens while you’re admitted, what your day looks like and who you’d spend time with.

Communication

3 Key Ingredients for Mature Love

We enter a partnership with good intentions and high hopes. But despite our best efforts, relationships often fail to fulfill their tender promise. What does it take to put the proper foundation under our fondest dreams?

Couples often enter my office eager to point out their partner’s flaws. They may use the session as a forum to convince each other how they should change. They’ve spent hours analyzing their partner’s flaws, convinced that if they would see the light, the relationship would improve. 
Happiness

Five Ways to Avoid Growth

The opening sentence in M. Scott Peck’s book, The Road Less Traveled, is this: “Life is difficult.” It’s a line that is famous for its honesty and brevity. Life is, in fact, difficult if one is paying attention. That doesn’t mean that it is joyless or that it is too hard. The statement is simply a recognition that to become our best selves it is necessary to accept that the journey isn’t always smooth. Indeed, it shouldn’t be. Growth comes from facing obstacles and solving problems. 
Medications

Concerning Findings About Cannabis Use

While recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states as of November 2019, more states gravitating toward legalizing the recreational use of the substance, and 33 states allowing medical marijuana, there’s apparently no stopping this trend. Cannabis, in the form of marijuana, hemp, and cannabidiol (CBD)  is being used for pain relief, to alleviate stress, cope with anxiety, and a number of other mental health disorders and addictions.

Yet, there’s a dearth of clinical studies that have been conducted on the overall effects on a user’s health. Clearly, as
Motivation and Inspiration

How to Deal with Boredom

Many people struggle with chronic boredom. But what exactly is boredom and what are some ways to move beyond it?

According to Wikipedia, “Boredom is an emotional and occasionally psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in their surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.” We all know the feeling. It is part of life. But sometimes it’s a symptom of something deeper that needs tending.