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World of Psychology


Family

Love, Grief and Gratitude: A Reflection of Loss in the First Year

I picked up the book The Grief Club by Melody Beattie a few days after my dad died. I had a plan for my grief.  This book would be my solution for navigating the immense heartache and anxiety that I felt. I am an expert at navigating my way through trauma and hard times and have coached many in my years as a Crisis Counsellor, so this would be a piece of cake, right? I thought that being solution-focused and pushing myself right in the middle of my grief would help me get through it faster and get back to that place of feeling like life was manageable again. I was going to dive right into the pain, allow the healing to begin and soon enough my pain would barely even be noticeable. Instead of navigating through the grief like an expert though, I became stuck. I tried to read the book a few more times, but I couldn’t get past those first few pages.
Self-Help

7 Keys to Finding Balance in Complex Times

We live in a complex, fast-paced, and ever-changing time, and one aspect of daily life that seems elusive is a sense of balance. Often when people talk of happiness, they are really speaking of the by-product of living in a balanced and meaningful way. Yet many forces, some internal and others external, push and pull in the moment or over the course of the day or week, enough so that we find ourselves off center. Too much time spent in this mode wears us out and invites a feeling of being out of synch and trying to catch up or catch our breath.
Brain and Behavior

Inside Schizophrenia: Psychosis in Schizophrenia

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 and Dr. Joseph Goldberg, who specializes in researching what goes on in the brain when someone is experiencing psychosis, joins to break down how the brain functions during psychotic episodes.
Host Rachel Star Withers, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and co-host Gabe Howard delve into these intense subjects in this episode of Inside Schizophrenia. 
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.