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World of Psychology


One Year Medication-Free with Bipolar Disorder

Although he doesn't recommend it for others, Philip over at Furious Seasons describes what kind of year it's been since he's been off of his medications for bipolar disorder:


I'm comfortable saying that if I were going to crash and burn and wind up back at square one, it likely would've happened by now. Things haven't been perfect--there was a bout of depression/seasonal affective disorder a few months back, and my metabolism went haywire after I got off Lamictal and I put on 20...

Speak Up for the Women Who Suffer Perinatal Mood Disorders

Hey there World of Psychology readers.

You're probably saying to yourselves "This is NOT Dr. John Grohol. I detect a Southern accent." Very intuitive.

My name is Katherine Stone and I write Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog in the on perinatal mood disorders, including postpartum depression, antepartum depression, postpartum OCD and postpartum psychosis. For some reason, Dr. Grohol has seen fit to give me the keys to his blog. Before he changes his mind, I...

Suicide and the Japanese

On Sunday, USA Today published an article detailing the epidemic of suicide that is gripping Japan. Unfortunately, like many stories on suicide, the article is thin on actual data to back this idea of an "epidemic."

When crossing international boundaries, one has to understand different...

DSM-VI: Reality TV Disorder?

You know how I like to pick apart professionals who make all sorts of logical fallacies when suggesting new diagnoses off the cuff because they've personally seen a rise of such cases. Sorry, it's my failing, and I'm working on it. But in the...

Depression’s Many Treatments

Therese Borchard over at Beyond Blue wrote about the disconcerting "either/or" artificial dichotomy that some researchers and doctors set up about treatments for mental conditions such as depression. Medications for depression are either evil and the root cause of all of society's problems, or...
Brain and Behavior

Delving Into Your Unconscious Mind to Prevent Suicide

Suicide is one of those problems that a lot of smart minds have thought about, yet few answers satisfy. Instead, we rely on a patchwork of suicide prevention methods (like fences on bridges) and suicide hotlines, staffed by ordinary people trained in crisis interventions.

And while the number of people committing suicide over the past two decades has remained consistent (around 30,000 people a year commit suicide in the ), the suicide rate has enjoyed a steady decline of approximately ...

Teens Doing Too Much?

Some teens today are doing so much, they stress themselves out to the point of, well, engaging in unhealthy behavior. Is this "new" though, or just something a lot of teens have done (and it's simply now getting more attention)? The Washington Post has...