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The old index of articles and essays I authored or published on Psych Central. You can still view this page for historical purposes, but all of the articles listed there are also listed within this index. (Indexed for archival purposes.)
https://psychcentral.com/pageone.htm - 8-Mar-2000 - Hits: 11987 - Rate This | Details
Ideas for Building Self-Esteem
This article from Psych Central offers a few good ideas to help you build your self-esteem.
https://psychcentral.com/library/self_esteem.htm - 15-Nov-2004 - Hits: 6626 - Rate This | Details
A Disorder by Any Other Name...
An article about how the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has reinvented mental disorders as medical brain diseases, while the evidence is still coming in. NAMI emphasizes the biology of mental disorders, while virtually ignoring the psychological and social components of disorders.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/naming.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 1000 - Rate This | Details
Allan J. Comeau, Ph.D.
Dr. Comeau writes a weekly column, Your Mind Matters, which is published in several Southern California newspapers. His site archives a large number of these columns on a wide range of mental health topics.
http://www.drcomeau.com/ - 26-Jul-2004 - Hits: 1127 - Rate This | Details
An Overview to Understanding Mental Disorders
Mental disorders and mental illness are often misunderstood by most folks who either think everyone who's got one is just plain crazy or has a medical disease that simply needs medications. Neither extreme captures the complexity of mental disorders. This article examines the complex causes and origins of mental disorders found in most people, and describes how they are most commonly treated today.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/intro_mh.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 1935 - Rate This | Details
Choosing Happiness in Our LIves
All too often in our lives, we place happiness squarely out of reach. I hear people complain, "I'll never be happy," and "Happiness just wasn't meant for me." Unfortunately, these statements are symptomatic of the problem. Happiness is not out of reach; we just put it there due to other, often less important things, getting in our way...
https://psychcentral.com/lib/choosing-happiness-in-your-life/ - 17-May-2001 - Hits: 4060 - Rate This | Details
Dangers of Diagnosis
It's a dangerous thing to throw around labels and diagnoses as though they have little meaning. This article examines those dangers and describes better ways to talk about these labels to maintain their informative value while losing their stigma.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/diagnosis.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 1587 - Rate This | Details
Detecting deception: A Quick Review of the Research
An article that provides a literature review of the research in the area of detecting when people are lying or trying to be deceptive. It shows that our track record in accurately detecting deception is fairly poor.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/deception.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 1200 - Rate This | Details
Development of the CERS
What's the big deal about this? Try getting psychotherapy services from your HMO or insurance company and you'll soon realize what the "big deal" is. There are two major and a whole lot of minor problems with regards to how managed care hurts your ability to access timely and effective treatment. The first problem is that insurance companies, looking out for the bottom line, will seek to limit either the time or type of psychotherapeutic services offered you. The second problem is that these same companies seek to limit your choices in who you can see.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/development-of-the-cognitive-elaboration-rating-system-cers/ - 1-Apr-2000 - Hits: 1127 - Rate This | Details
Dispelling the Myth of Violence and Mental Illness
An article about the relationship (or lack thereof) between higher rates of violence and people who have a mental illness. This myth continues to be published and reprinted in newspapers and new articles regularly.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/violence.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 916 - Rate This | Details
Employment and Mental Illness
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.
https://psychcentral.com/newsletter/issue001/employment.htm - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 914 - Rate This | Details
Five Easy Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions
Five easy-to-digest tips for helping you keep your resolutions in the New Year. Read it and find the help you need to stick with them this year!
https://psychcentral.com/lib/5-easy-tips-for-keeping-your-new-years-resolutions/ - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 741 - Rate This | Details
Getting Help for Procrastination
Procrastination is a common issue among students and many adults. There are many who struggle with deadlines everyday, with the feeling of impending doom as the exam or project date looms. It is one of the largest problems seen in college counseling centers, and it is something nearly everyone has had to deal with at some point in their lives. This article describes strategies to help yourself overcome procrastination.
The first thing you have to know about procrastinating is that you should set your expectations realistically. It took you a lifetime to get to where you are today in terms of procrastination, so it's not something you can fix overnight. But it is something you can fix, all you need is the dedication to do so and the willingness to try something new.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/getting-help-for-procrastination/ - 10-Jan-2005 - Hits: 1976 - Rate This | Details
Healing Through the Light Within
There is a natural process of inner healing that can be facilitated through certain practices and understandings.
http://www.aplacetogrow.com/images/HealingThroughLight.pdf - 4-Mar-2005 - Hits: 2313 - Rate This | Details
Latinas in Pursuit of Healing
"Latinas in Pursuit of Healing: Cultural Implications for Counseling Sexually Abused Latinas"
http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/latinas.html - 30-Jan-2008 - Hits: 488 - Rate This | Details
Learn About Procrastination
Procrastination is a common issue amongst students and many adults. There are many who struggle with deadlines everyday, with the feeling of impending doom as the exam or project date looms. It is one of the largest problems seen in college counseling centers, and it is something nearly everyone has had to deal with at some point in their lives. This article describes the roots of procrastination, while the second article describes strategies to help yourself overcome procrastination.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/learn-about-procrastination/ - 10-Jan-2005 - Hits: 1125 - Rate This | Details
Love Versus Infatuation
Love versus infatuation, important considerations before you take the plunge in a new relationship.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/love-versus-infatuation/ - 6-Nov-2004 - Hits: 6063 - Rate This | Details
Manuals for Empirically Validated Treatments
In order to facilitate the dissemination well-established and probably efficacious treatments, the Task Force on Psychological Interventions has now collected a list of manuals detailing the well-established treatments.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/manuals-for-empirically-validated-treatments/ - 1-Apr-2000 - Hits: 2383 - Rate This | Details
My Turf or Ours?
Musings about psychotherapy and why it doesn't always work as well as it should.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/cashdan2.htm - 15-Jan-2003 - Hits: 925 - Rate This | Details
New England Psychodiagnostics Library
Various articles, from sexual harassment to back pain disability.
http://www.psychlaw.com/OnlineLibrary.html - 26-Dec-2005 - Hits: 524 - Rate This | Details
Psychology of Weblogs
Weblogs (or "blogs") and their brethren, online journals, have infiltrated every crevice of our online society today. You can't shake a URL these days without stumbling upon someone's attempt at self-disclosure or ego-boosting linking. Weblogs have been around since the very first Web site was popularized, even before Yahoo, making them nearly as old as the Web itself. Yet it is only in recent years that they've gained greater attention and notoriety, as though a new phenomenon. If they were new, at least they might be interesting...
https://psychcentral.com/blogs/ - 17-May-2001 - Hits: 1222 - Rate This | Details
Quality on the Net: Many Standards, No Conclusive Criteria
There have been a number of standards for determining the quality of a health or mental health Web site proposed over the years. Few of these standards have been formally implemented and there have been far too many uncoordinated efforts in this area. This article looks at the various standards to try and help consumers figure out what to look for in a quality health online resource.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/standards.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 528 - Rate This | Details
Science's Dirty Secret
This article describes a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in September 1996 that illustrated how close researchers are (and how dependent they are) on the same pharmaceutical companies whose drugs they test. An eye opening article for anyone who believes there is no bias in drug research.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/secret.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 648 - Rate This | Details
Starting a New OnLine Support Group
Step-by-step instructions and information about how to go about creating new support groups on the Internet from scratch.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/starting-a-new-online-support-group/ - 1-Apr-2000 - Hits: 757 - Rate This | Details
Surviving and Thriving: Understanding Asian Americans' Experiences of Relationship Trauma
"Surviving and Thriving: Understanding Asian Americans’ Experiences of Relationship Trauma" by Dr. Leena Batra
http://giftfromwithin.org/html/thriving.html - 30-Jan-2008 - Hits: 420 - Rate This | Details
Telling the good from the bad: Factors to look for in evaluating research
There are a wealth of studies that are published everyday, some that come with their own press releases and PR campaign. Some you hear about on the evening news, while other just-as-important research collects dust in a peer-reviewed journal. What makes good research so good, and how can ordinary folks tell? This article delves into the differences between good, solid research studies, and poorly constructed, bad studies, and lets you know what to look for to tell the difference.
https://psychcentral.com/archives/evaluating_research.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 487 - Rate This | Details
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https://thecarlatreport.com/ - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 748 - Rate This | Details
The Patient-Therapist Relationship: Choosing a Therapist
The relationship between the patient and his or her therapist is very important to the patient's well-being. There has to be a good rapport between the two. Like any good relationship, there must be a match.
This is Part 1 in a series of three articles on the patient-therapist relationship. The first part deals with how to choose amongst the kinds of therapists and mental health professionals available. The second part looks at professionalism within the patient-therapist relationship. The third part discusses knowing when to end a patient-therapist relationship.
https://psychcentral.com/newsletter/issue002/patient_therapist_a.htm - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 669 - Rate This | Details
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https://psychcentral.com/newsletter/ - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 754 - Rate This | Details
THE SEVEN WARNING SIGNS OF VOODOO SCIENCE
Robert L. Park, Ph.D. and the Seven Warning Signs of Voodoo Science (Wikipedia article).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voodoo_Science - 1-Jan-2006 - Hits: 560 - Rate This | Details