The Psych Central Report: October 2005

Issue 9, October 2005

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Halloween Safety Tips
By SS8282

Halloween is coming up right around the corner. Little princesses, pirates, and Harry Potters go from door to door, excitedly saying, “Trick or treat!” There are parties, and haunted houses. It is a time when people let their imagination loose in dressing up or decorating their homes to turn them into haunted houses; a time when a little scare is exhilarating and fun. Unfortunately, sometimes things do get realistically scary and something goes wrong. Practicing the following safety tips can help minimize the chances of something going wrong.

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Creativity and Depression
By Douglas Eby

Marie Osmond has described her experiences suffering from postpartum depression in her book Behind the Smile: "I'm collapsed in a pile of shoes on my closet floor. I have no memory of what it feels like to be happy. I sit with my knees pulled up to my chest. It's not that I want to be still. I am numb."

That kind of numbness, that sense of endless hopelessness and erosion of spiritual vitality are some of the reasons depression can have such a devastating impact on creative inspiration and expression.

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News Update
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.
   Helping a Family Member Get Help
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Despite the prevalence and our increased understanding and acceptance of mental illness in society today, many family members still harbor fears and uncertainty surrounding how to help someone close to them who has a mental illness. Some of these fears, while understandable, are also irrational - that maybe I'll "catch" what they have, that it's probably genetic, so I'm going to get it too, that whatever I'll say to my family member will be the wrong thing.

This article will help you learn how to help your family member get help for their condition today.

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Community Community Update
By Ozzie

Ozzie's final community update for the community.

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What's New on Psych Central
A listing of updated or new resources added to Psych Central during the month of September 2005.

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Last updated: 29 Jan 2019
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Jan 2019
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