The Psych Central Report
Issue 1, November 2004
Surviving Holiday Family Gatherings
The holiday season is right around the corner, and for many people, it means a time of chaos, bankruptcy, and the dreaded holiday gatherings. Memories of past get-togethers come flooding back, and more often then not, negative incidents have more impact than positive ones. As a result, many people are feeling very stressed out and anxious.
For those people who have mental illness, such as social phobia, depression, and anxiety, the parties are the worst part of the holiday, and the fear starts to grow weeks and sometimes months before the holiday actually arrives. Stores have Christmas paraphernalia set up, the malls are getting busier, and the commercials on TV and radio keep a reminder that Christmas is coming. Read more...
Employment and Mental Illness
By Wendy Reiersen Thompson
It's often a vicious circle. Having mental or emotional problems can make it harder to get a job, or to get the job that you want. Being unemployed or settling for a job that is unsatisfying to you doesn't do your mental health any favors either. The problem is quite serious and breaking the cycle can be difficult. Many homeless people have mental health issues, without which perhaps they would have jobs and access to housing, but not having an address contributes further, and makes it that much harder to get a job. Sometimes one thing just seems to build on top of another, making it harder to see solutions to anything. Yet there are also people who have mental and emotional struggles, yet they have good jobs. Sometimes they may struggle with work-related issues also, but they can serve as an inspiration and example to others. Read more...
A news update of some of the most important psychology, mental and behavioral health news items from around the 'Net in the past few weeks.
What's New on Psych Central
A listing of updated or new resources added to Psych Central during the month of November 2004.
A Welcome from Dr. Grohol
I'm glad to have been able to publish this first of what we hope will be monthly newsletters to you, our faithful readers. This issue is chock full of interesting, original articles contributed by a dedicated set of individuals who know their stuff. Read more...
The community at Grohol.com is a happening place to be. It has grown to over six thousand members with posts and replies totaling over 65,000 in each month! People from every walk of life are giving and receiving information and emotional support in this safe and friendly home away from home. In 2004 twelve new forums have been added for use by the growing membership. New forums include: Personality Place, Kudos & Affirmations, Internet Travelers Lounge, Grief and Loss, Psychotherapy, Dissociative Disorders, Schizophrenia and Psychosis, Substance Alcohol Abuse, Classified and Job Postings, Recipes & Healthy Living, Health Support and Question of The Week. There's something for everyone at Grohol. Read more...
Coping with Dissociation as a Student: Part I
Dissociation is the coping method of choice for many of us, but what happens when dissociation begins to interfere with our responsibilities and our daily lives? At this point, dissociation itself becomes something to cope with. Dissociation can present challenges in many arenas, not the least of which is academically. So how does one cope with dissociation as a student? Read more...
Meet the Contributors
Welcome to our first newsletter issue, just in time for the holidays. Take a minute to meet and learn more about the contributors to this issue.
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