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Ethics & Morality

Politics, Elections, and the Post-Truth Era

Let’s talk politics and lies. Why are they so rampant today? In today’s Psych Central Podcast, our host speaks with author and communications expert Tim Ward who explains why the truth matters so much -- especially regarding our elected officials. They discuss our cognitive biases, like the “halo” and “anchoring” effects, that can cause us to turn a blind eye and believe the lies we hear.
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What is (and Do You Have) Imposter Syndrome?


Do you have a constant feeling of self doubt or fraudulence despite evidence to the contrary? You may have a very common condition: Imposter syndrome. In today’s Not Crazy podcast, we discuss what this syndrome is and why so many people feel like they are swindling others with their personal success.

What is the difference between imposter syndrome and negative self-talk? And how can we start thinking more positively about ourselves? Join us for a great discussion. Click on the player below to listen now!
Anxiety and Panic

Dealing With Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19


Now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, more people than ever are experiencing anxiety, especially those who struggled with mental health issues before COVID-19. And to make things even worse, many of our coping mechanisms, like going to the gym or hanging out with friends, have been taken away.

In today’s show, our host, Gabe Howard, talks with Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal, who helps explain why so many people are having anxiety symptoms and what we can do about it.
Family

Inside Schizophrenia: Love, Dating, and Marriage with Schizophrenia


Can people with schizophrenia fall in love? Can they date or even get married? In today's episode, host Rachel Star Withers (a woman who lives with schizophrenia) and co-host Gabe Howard review their own past romantic experiences.

They also interview Andrew and Stephanie Downing, authors of Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the Prize. Listen to learn about their incredible journey of overcoming schizophrenia and building a healthy, rewarding, and happy marriage.
About the Guests

Andrew was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of eighteen. One year later he was engaged to Stephanie. After two more years, they were married. Schizophrenia and mental illness in general have been the main obstacles in their fourteen-year partnership. Their marriage has been transformed by the healing power of Christ. They live and work in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and have two wonderful children, Ella and James. Glorifying Christ in all they do is their goal. They strive to make Him the center of their personal lives, marriage, and family.
Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the Prize Amazon Link

(https://www.amazon.com/Marriage-Schizophrenia-Andrew-Stephanie-Downing/dp/151276485X)

www.andrewdowningmusic.com
Books

Impact of the Immune System on the Brain and Mental Health

Most are aware that neurons send neurotransmitter signals to each other in circuits within the brain. My new book, The Secret Language of Cells, shows that similar conversations occur among all the cells in the body and these wide ranging conversations determine all physiological functions. While there are numerous examples of this cellular communication in the book -- such as capillary cells sending directional signals for white blood cells to find an infection and capillaries instructing stem cells how to produce particular cells for the brain, this article will focus on a few ways that cellular conversations among immune cells and brain cells affect mental health. 
Grief and Loss

How to Grieve the Death of Someone You Don’t Know


Grief is healthy.

The death of a loved one is an inevitable, certain, unavoidable, and inexorable part of life. Surviving family and friends experience an emotional cascade of grief, regardless of how their loved one passed.

Bereavement has no formula, no time limit, or right or wrong. Grieving is an important part of the process of healing.

Personal

Is It Possible to Be Too Empathetic? (And How to Cope if You Are)

Ever since I can remember, other people’s pain -- both physical and emotional -- seemed to infiltrate straight into my own body and mind. As a kid, whenever someone fell on the playground, my stomach lurched up and down like an erratic elevator. Even if someone just talked about getting hurt, my belly reeled in empathy. To this day, my body still reacts the same way whenever I see or hear someone in distress (watching the news can oftentimes bring on a feeling of physical pain and panic). 
Publishers

Art Therapy of the Past: Finding Comfort & Consolation in Art

Art therapists today help their patients cope with anxiety, addiction, illness, or pain. Therapists might encourage clients to explore their emotions by drawing, for example, or to reflect on a difficult experience through painting. Art is used to help people express themselves and explore their emotions.

In past centuries, however, art therapy took a substantially different form. Maybe it’s time to bring this practice of the past into the present—as a way to move into the future.