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Brain and Behavior

Lies, Lies, Lies

Psychologist Paul Ekman is a pioneer in deception research who heads a high profile consulting firm that works with the FBI and other big clients to solve cases. Ekman developed the FACS (Facial Action Coding System) based on facial muscle movements and gestures he calls microexpressions. Sound familiar? If you've watched the new hit TV series Lie to Me, it's not only based on Ekman's work, he's a consultant for the show, which lends...
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Brain and Behavior

Teens Text A Lot, Adults Worry

I sometimes wonder if we're not living in a mirror world every 20 or 30 years. Because it seems like that's about the time period where some new technology comes along, and suddenly adults -- almost always led by well-meaning doctors, child professionals and researchers -- get up in arms about the negative effects of that technology on children.

With each significant technological development within society, we can go back into history...
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Antidepressant

12 Depression Busters for New Moms

It's supposed to be the most exciting time of your And everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can do is cry. You're pretty sure none of your new-mom friends are feeling this way. But they might be. Because 15 to 20 percent of new moms, about 1 million women in the each year, experience some form of postpartum depression....
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Anxiety and Panic

To Boost Self-Esteem: Take A Compliment

Seven Steps To Accept A Compliment With Grace.

Why is a compliment almost as hard to take as criticism?

When I was a kid my well-intentioned Mom taught me to discredit compliments. "Oh, no, I'm not pretty, clever, smart, " To do otherwise would be conceited, a cardinal sin to a young Catholic girl.

Q: What's the result of too much compliment denial?

A) A starving, shriveled self-esteem dying for some good nurturing,

B) A...
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Brain and Behavior

Termination: 10 Tips When Ending Psychotherapy

The end of the psychotherapy relationship is a difficult phase of therapy. Perhaps the second most difficult one, next to actually making the decision to try out psychotherapy in the first place and pour your heart out to a complete stranger (albeit a professional).

Therapists call the end of therapy "termination," which doesn't help in the "let's give this a warm, fuzzy-feeling name to make it sound as least scary as possible"...
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Antidepressant

Why Antidepressants Do Live Up to the Hype: I See a Cup Half Full

I always get a little irritated with articles like the one recently published in Time magazine: "Why Antidepressants Don't Live Up to the Hype" by John Cloud.

Why?

Because I know that somewhere out there is a person who is desperately in need of treatment for severe depression, but an article like that could be the deciding factor not to pursue it.

I know that because I've been there.

Three years ago a friend who was opposed to...
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What if Ray Sandford Were Your Brother?

Forced treatment is not a new topic here on World of Psychology, nor is this the first time we've discussed the unusual case of Ray Sandford. What did Mr. Sandford do wrong?

Nothing. He's simply mentally ill, the medications and prior treatments over his lifetime have failed him, and his legal guardian is a social service agency in Minnesota. The convergence of those three characteristics means he was a prime candidate -- in the court's eyes -- for ECT treatment.

The only problem? He opposes...
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