World of Psychology


World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is a day to talk about something people don't talk about often enough.

When I attempted suicide I was staying in my mom's basement, temporarily, and I decided it was the final move. I was very depressed, and I didn't talk about it at all (except to thousands of anonymous faces on the Internet). She didn't want to read about my disorder, and neither did my stepfather. There was a language barrier. And a willingness...

Does Twitter Draw Us Closer?

The New York Times yesterday had a great article about the latest digital fad -- "ambient awareness." Being aware of hundreds or even thousands of other people's lives, while still not even necessarily knowing any of them.

Ambient awareness is a term to...

Did Eli Lilly Downplay Zyprexa’s Health Risks?

A New York City federal judge ordered drug company Eli Lilly to unseal confidential documents concerning the popular antipsychotic drug Zyprexa (Olanzapine) this past Friday, after a lengthy legal dispute. Yesterday’s New York Times reports: The decision by Judge Jack B. Weinstein of Federal District Court came as part of a ruling that gave class-action status to a case brought by insurance companies, pension funds and unions that want Lilly to repay them billions of dollars they spent on the drug. They contend...

McCain vs. Obama on Mental Health & Psychology Issues

The United States is in the midst of its rite of choosing its next President. As a blog focused on mental health and psychology, we can't help but wonder about the candidates' commitment to mental health and psychological science. We should note that we hold no specific political agenda and endorse neither candidate at this time. Because this article is so long, we've provided an easy-to-read summary of our findings at they very end.

One way to...

Is Mental Illness Relevant in Reporting a Crime?

Liz Spikol comments on the media's reporting of a horrible and tragic shooting in Alger, Washington on Tuesday by 28-year-old Isaac Zamora. Philip chimes in over at Furious Seasons. Both suggest that mental illness is a relevant fact to the story, because it helps explain the criminal activity.

I say "Bollocks!"

A person's mental illness no more "explains" someone's criminal activity than someone who has no such history of an illness. Spikol says, for instance:

If that's what made him [the murderer] go...

Cultivating a Healthy Body Image in Kids

With today’s thinning ideal, it’s tough raising children with a healthy body image.

On the one hand, we’re inundated with images of emaciated models (and supposed role models) and ads for waist-whittling diets, while, on the other hand, we’re also bombarded with grave warnings...

Reflections at 13

We are in the midst of our 13th year on the Web and our 16th year online. And while 13 years on the Web seems old, it still seems like yesterday when I began publishing Psych Central.

Thirteen years ago, I was starting my...
Brain and Behavior

We Are Responsible for Our Own Feelings

Why does he make me feel this way?

What was going through my mother's head when said such hurtful things to me?

Can't my boss tell that his words cut me down and make me feel so small?

These are examples of our thinking sometimes when we feel hurt, ashamed, or angry – that the other person or some external event is making us feel the way we do. But is it? Can someone else make us feel a certain way?...

The Debate on Alcohol and 21 Year Olds

Suddenly it's a new world once again, as states take their independence seriously and realize that they are not beholden to our federal government for laws they disagree with. The law in question is the forced adoption of the 21-year-old alcohol drinking age, basically...