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World of Psychology


Lost Love

Valentine's Day is over and so, perhaps, is your relationship. Breakups can be a huge loss, with grief appropriate to a death; in a way it is a death, the end of the shared hopes and dreams, a home and identity as a couple....

Smokerism and Mental Illness

Smoking causes many problems, in terms of death, disease, cost, and other risks, but in recent years a strong stigma has also developed. Through anti-smoking campaigns and government bans, attitudes toward smokers have become downright hostile - even to the point of suggestions that...

Female Hormones, Reward, and Mood

Estrogens and progesterone are not just sex hormones that influence ovulation and reproduction; they also affect a large number of cognitive and affective functions.

New brain imaging research shows how changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle affect how women feel pleasure and reward. Estrogen...

Zyprexa Documents Now Online

We've been following the saga of MindFreedom and the attempts to make court documents associated with a Zyprexa lawsuit public. Last week, a website was successful in publishing all of the Zyprexa documents online in PDF format. The documents are hefty in number (there were 360 in total!) and would take someone a few days to review in detail and in-depth. Furious Seasons has published about a third of the Zyprexa documents on their website now.

After reviewing some of the documents, it appears...

Very Early Diagnosis Leads to Girl’s Death

Yes, I know, that's a pretty extreme headline, but I don't think it's far from the truth. In my backyard, a psychiatrist (who has since taken paid leave from his job) unbelievably diagnosed a girl at 2 1/2 years old with not just one, but two mental disorders -- ADHD and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is an adult diagnosis, rarely diagnosed in children. And virtually never diagnosed in a child younger than 5 years old.

Why?

Because children are naturally undergoing constant developmental...

Using Depression Tests and Other Screening Quizzes

You'll find a great many depression screening tests and screening tools for a wide variety of mental health (and other) concerns. Heck, I should know -- I published the first interactive online depression screening tool in 1995. Unfortunately, sometimes people come away from these tools with the wrong idea -- that they tell a person whether or not they have the disorder or problem. That is not the case. Screening tests do not diagnose.

Online screening tools such as these are used to help...

Do social workers suffer from post traumatic stress disorder too?

A recent article posted on Science titled "Social Workers may indirectly experience post-traumatic stress", discusses the impact that post traumatic stress disorder affected clients can have on their social worker. Research conducted at the University of Georgia; found that "repeatedly hearing the stories of trauma victims doubles the risk of social workers themselves experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder".

In the study, assistant professor Brian Bride, found that 15% of social workers whom participated in the study met the diagnostic criteria for...