World of Psychology


How My Weight Gain Contributed to My Son’s Disordered Eating

Ever since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1991, I’ve struggled with my weight. At that time, I weighed 125 and was prescribed lithium to control my highs and lows. The drug worked, but it and other psychotropic drugs contributed to a 20-pound weight gain. Then, as the years went by, I gained the weight that comes with aging. By 40, I weighed about 180. On a 5'3" frame, this was a lot to carry. I gained even more weight when I struggled with breast cancer in my late 40s and 50s. At 56, I weighed a cool 188 with no clothes on.

Recently, I gained even more (I contribute this gain to simply overindulgence) and suddenly felt myself inching to 200 pounds. At this weight, I appeared, what can I say, “fat.” My weight and new look were troubling my 14-year-old son, who never had any weight issues until then. Strangely enough when I was 200 pounds, my son became anxious and disturbed.
Psychology Around the Net

Psychology Around the Net: July 20, 2019

This week's Psychology Around the Net has the latest on a new virtual reality therapy trial for people diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, how people with mental health disorders are helping amend their descriptions in diagnostic guidelines, the issues that stop you from setting boundaries and how you can overcome those issues, and more.


Creating Boundaries Without Being Bound by Them

We often hear that it’s important to create good personal boundaries. However, doing so in a healthy way is not so easy. Setting boundaries is a skill that requires continual refinement. How can we set boundaries that support us rather than bind and constrain us -- and push other people away?

Personal boundaries define our space and protect our well-being. If someone is mistreating us or shaming us, we have the capacity to take of ourselves by responding in a self-supportive way. We can say what’s not ok.
Mental Health and Wellness

Podcast: Learn to Live with Anxiety, Stress, and Worry

Today we are joined by Dr. Russell Morfitt, co-founder of  Dr. Morfitt explains the differences between stress, worry, anxiety, social anxiety, and panic, and tell us how using the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be life changing.  The Learn to Live program is designed to teach CBT skills online to anxiety sufferers, those who suffer from depression, and even insomniacs!  Listen in to learn how you can begin to free yourself from the burdens of anxiety. 

Using Your Intuition for Self-Care

“The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.” ~ Lao Tzu 
Intuition is sometimes thought of as the sixth sense. Basically, it’s an inner knowing that does not involve the mind, or intellectual or logical processes. It’s when we feel something instinctually without needing to be analytical. When we have an intuitive feeling, we’re receiving ideas without being aware of where they’re coming from.

How to Befriend Your Fear to Live a Fulfilling Life

When we think of fear, we don’t exactly picture positive things, and we don’t exactly welcome it. After all, the purpose of fear is to scare us, isn’t it? This way we can spring into action, and escape. This way we can run or avoid the awful, anxiety-provoking situation or person or place or thing.

In other words, fear is a threat. Fear is a saber-toothed tiger or a snarling dog. Fear is a dark alley. Fear is a confrontation. Fear is rejection. Fear is public speaking and final exams. Fear is loneliness.

Fear is unpleasant at best—and dangerous at worst.