World of Psychology

Anxiety and Panic

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: An Interview with Dr. Elisha Goldstein

I have mentioned Dr. Elisha Goldstein in a few of my blogs. Psych Central added his blog, "Mindfulness and Psychotherapy" just as I was looking more into mindfulness and relaxation techniques myself in order to try to de-stress. Dr. Goldstein brings much experience and wisdom on the topic to readers who are willing to try train the mind to stay centered on the moment. He is a clinical psychologist and conducts private practice in West...

Depression Leftovers Making a Catastrophe in My Mind

I continue to find many annoying leftovers from my days of depression, and I know that black and white thinking is responsible for much of it. Something I find particularly exhausting and annoying is how I can make emotional mountains out of molehills. This is called catastrophizing. Inside my head, I let my imagination go wild and create the worst possible outcome for problems that have yet to occur.

I know I do better...
Brain and Behavior

9 Steps to Better Communication Today

Relationships don't exist in a vacuum. They exist between two emotional human beings who bring their own past experiences, history, and expectations into it. Two different people also have different levels of skill when it comes to communication. But better communication, because it is a skill, can also be learned.

The most popular myth about communication in relationships is that since you talk to your partner, you're automatically communicating. While talking to your partner is indeed...

Troll or Activist?

An article about ADHD treatment for adults attracted some negative comments today. Some Twitter friends described them as trolls, and when I nitpickingly said that they aren't trolls, they're antipsychiatry activists, I was asked to explain the difference.

A troll is a person who...
Brain and Behavior

Is It Depression Or Just A Bad Mood?

Depression is a common problem for people across the world. About 10 percent of the population over 18 has depression. Women report depression twice as often as men, though it's not clear if this really shows how many men and women really have depression. And if you have already had depression once, you are at a higher risk of relapsing. It's a good thing to consider whether you are dipping into clinical...
Brain and Behavior

The Psychology of Twitter, Part 2

Since I first wrote about the psychology of twitter back in February, other professionals have chimed in (with confusingly similar titles for their own blog entries on this topic), including this one which is not the first to mention Maslow's hierarchy of needs when it comes to twitter. As an aside, I find that Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a favorite fallback whenever someone is attempting to explain something in context of human behavior....