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World of Psychology


12 Steps to Sanity

People often ask me what I did to get better. To tell you the truth, I'm not all that sure. I spent much of my deep depression wandering aimlessly, completely lost, not knowing which voices to follow. I acted on everyone's suggestions. Some worked....
General

When You Disclose Too Much in Therapy

A normal part of the psychotherapy process is something therapists call "disclosure." This is simply your telling the therapist your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, which is a normal process of most types of psychotherapy. Sometimes, though, we have thoughts or feelings which are very near and dear to our hearts, or feelings or experiences that we are deeply embarrassed about. When we share such experiences or feelings in therapy, we might...
Anxiety and Panic

What, Me Worry? Swine Flu

Picture the little kid crying in front of Mom. She's wagging a finger at him saying, "I'll give you something to cry about!" Anyone else feeling that way or is it just me? Terrorism, recession, and now what? Swine flu? Oy! What's next? A plague of locusts?

Once again the media pounces and every five minutes we are hounded by how we shouldn't panic. So much of what's in the news right now is about as helpful as someone yelling...

Chocolate and Mood Disorders

Isn't it great that we can have something that is not only good for us, but fun to use? I’m talking about chocolate! Yes sir, dark gold, pure happiness! You’ve probably heard the buzz about dark chocolate, and how it’s good for your...

Is Exhibitionism the New Modesty?

With the prevalence and popularity of social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter, one can't help but ask, Is the new modesty simply exhibitionism? When teens think nothing of sending semi-nude photos of themselves to their boyfriends (and vise versa), is modesty --...

You Really Hate Me? On Taking Criticism (Real or Imaginary)

I guess we depressives are a tad sensitive. On the comment box of my post, "Brain Changes After Depression," many readers confessed that they take criticism the same way I do--as a life sentence--and appreciated the scientific explanation as to why we might do that. Reader Leslie wrote:

Oh, I can so identify with this. I've come close to suicide at times because of my fear response to criticism. I hope it helps you as it helps me to know it's not because I'm...

90210’s Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

Whenever TV and movies portray a person with mental illness, it’s usually a "crazy schizophrenic," an ax-wielding sociopath, a violent, drug-addicted mental patient or an insane asylum escapee — or a combo of all four. Either way, that person is almost always hopeless, dangerous...
General

Depression: Becoming Invisible To Yourself

One thing that strikes me about depression recovery is how people can become invisible to themselves. They don't matter, they don't "count," and they take themselves out of the picture before anything ever happens.

I know this both professionally and personally. For myself, I know I just gave all I had to my daughters when I was depressed. I gave what I could as a wife and friend, but I put on my best...

Create Your Own Mental Disorder

Unbelievably, we reported earlier this week that 1 in 12 teens may be addicted to video games. I say "unbelievably" because the research that comes to this stunning conclusion lacked a validity.

As Dr. Cheryl Olson noted succinctly on Game Politics:


The concern here...