World of Psychology


Podcast: Humanizing the Patient Experience

Being hospitalized for any reason is never a fun time, but there are some instances where it can be a harrowing experience. This is especially true for psychiatric patients, who are already in a crisis even before being plunged into the hospital atmosphere, which can overwhelm them. This disconnect between patients and hospital staff has long been an issue. Today’s guest shares some insights on her work to improve this relationship.
Chronic Pain

‘At Least You Don’t Have…’ How to Be Supportive of Someone with Chronic Illness

I was speaking with someone recently who has a series of chronic and painful conditions; some of which are noticeable and some 'invisible'. What is particularly distressful is that people sometimes say to her, "At least you don't have cancer." How dismissive is that? I know they are trying to help her feel better about what she does have and perhaps even attempt to minimize the impact, but it is not compassionate or helpful.

There are diagnoses such as fibromyalgia, lupus, diabetes, arthritis or neuropathy which some people have to navigate. It might mean taking naps on an as-needed basis, engaging in pain management protocols, delegating tasks, re-negotiating agreements and, in extreme cases, making major lifestyle changes such as applying for disability or hiring at-home help.

Common Signs of Someone Who May Be Suicidal

About 70 percent of people who commit suicide give some sort of verbal or nonverbal clue about their intention to end their life. That means you could be in a position to guide someone to get help before they commit the one action that can never be taken back.

While 30,000 Americans die each year due to suicide, more than 800,000 Americans attempt suicide. Although women attempt suicide three times as often as men, men are four times more likely to be successful in their attempt.
Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: May 14, 2019

I haven't watched the movie yet, but when I heard Kelly Clarkson's song, "Broken and Beautiful" from Ugly Dolls, I thought it was so touching and moving that I wanted to post it here.
"I never held my hand out and asked for something free
I got pride I could roll out for miles in front of me
I don't need your help, and I don't need sympathy
I don't need you to lower the bar for me
I know I'm Superwoman, I know I'm strong
I know I've got this 'cause I've had it all along
I'm phenomenal and I'm enough
I don't need you to tell me who to be..."
Sometimes illness makes us feel broken. Sometimes it makes others feel pity. I think this song has an empowering message especially since it's #mentalhealthmonth.

Songs can make us feel strong and courageous. Do you have a song that empowers you?

Speaking of which, our top posts on how to stop being passive-aggressive, how OT can help you, and ways to have a happier Mother's Day will empower you. Have a good week!

Dying for the Ultimate Selfie: We’re Really Bad at Accurately Assessing Risk

Selfies are the journaling of our time. We take them everywhere we go, not only to remind our future selves of things we've done, but to also broadcast to the world what a fun, exciting, and carefully-curated life we lead.

But in a story that's becoming as commonplace as school shootings in America, more and more people are either dying or putting themselves in extreme physical danger to take the ultimate selfie. And for what? Fame in the form of more likes and followers on social media.

Why are we so bad at rationally assessing risk in situations such as this?

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: Social Anxiety, Delusions, Rejection, and Mental Illness!

Most people suffer from certain social anxieties. Just the idea of speaking in front of a crowd can make otherwise confident people break into a nervous sweat. Fear of rejection is also very common in society… just ask any teenager who’s too afraid to ask out their crush. In this episode, we talk about these common feelings from the perspective of having additional mental illness thrown in, creating a blend that is no one’s favorite.
Peer Support

How to Master the Art of Resiliency

You may have encountered someone who during a crisis just seems to rise above it all, wondering how evasive and elusive this all seems to you. The good news is that despite what your genes might say, your problem-solving skills and approach/outlook to life are not entirely genetic. Environment plays a huge role in how resilient one is, alongside any perceived stressors. This means you can actually learn how to become a more resilient person if it doesn’t come so natural to you.

While people vary dramatically in the coping skills they use when confronting a crisis, researchers have identified some key characteristics of resilience. Many of these skills can be developed and strengthened, which can improve your ability to deal with life's setbacks and its many challenges. 

What People Don’t Know About Introverts and Extroverts

When you characterize someone as an introvert, you are most likely referring to behaviors that seem quiet and withdrawn. We think of introverts as shy and anti-social, preferring to be alone or with one or two people rather than at a party or in a crowd. Extroverts on the other hand are assumed to be gregarious, loud and in search of the next party. There are many misconceptions, however, regarding these general beliefs about introverts and extroverts.
Anxiety and Panic

When Your Anxiety Doesn’t Have a Trigger

It’s very common for Kristin Bianchi’s clients to tell her that they’re feeling anxious, but they’re not sure why. They say they recently haven’t experienced anything particularly stressful or anxiety provoking, so it doesn't make much sense.

Consequently, “they frequently become worried about the meaning behind these seemingly random feelings of anxiety,” said