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Psychology Around the Net: January 12, 2019

Are you ready to learn about simple, no frills self-care tips we can all follow? Why incompetent people have more confidence than you’d think they should? How men and women experience chronic pain differently? Well, good news! This week’s Psychology Around the Net has all that and more. The Free Self-Care You Should Be Doing Right Now: Setting realistic exercise schedules. Tackling one cleaning or organizing project at a time. Getting enough sleep. Extremely basic but extremely helpful self-c...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Women, Memory, Values, Research, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Confidence, Anxiety, Yoga, Men, Women's Issues, Chronic Pain, Men's Issues


Should You Ditch Your Therapist for an App to Treat Depression?

Today, when it’s becoming harder and more expensive to see a therapist face-to-face, people are looking for alternatives. I don’t blame them. More and more therapists are ditching accepting health insurance for payment, because companies continuously put up barriers to receiving payment. The payments themselves can be incredibly low, making it difficult for many therapists to make a decent living. This has driven up the cost of therapy to consumers, all the while making it more difficult to acce...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Bower, Disorders, Self-help, Depression, Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, ICBT, Internet Therapy, Internet-based Cbt, Lorenzo Luaces, myCompass Black Dog Institute For, Karyotaki E Riper


How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Chronic Pain Patients

“It is borderline genocide,” said DeLuca, 37. “You are allowing [chronic pain patients] to go home and essentially suffer until they kill themselves.” Last year, Lauren DeLuca went to the emergency room in the middle of the night, violently ill and in pain with a pancreatic attack. Despite the fact that she was passing out and vomiting profusely, DeLuca said that she received little help. “I was essentially turned away,” she told The Fix. “Everywhere [I went] I was being accused of lying, acc...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Cdc, Washington, Massachusetts, America, Disorders, Substance Abuse, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Publishers, Chronic Pain, Medications, Health-related, Webster, Deluca, Opioids


Psychology Around the Net: December 1, 2018

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at what you should ask yourself before you forgive someone, whether or not the #MeToo movement could hurt women’s health care, a new mental health care facility located in a Walmart, and more. Should I Forgive Him? Should I Forgive Her? Here’s What You Should Ask Yourself First: Forgiveness is often more about yourself than it is the person you’re forgiving (or not forgiving), and because of that, you might accidentally create a “problem” tha...
Tags: Psychology, Texas, Study, Research, Walmart, Disorders, Rebecca, Psychiatry, Substance Abuse, Culture, Women's Issues, OCD, Forgiveness, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Psychology Around The Net


NIMH’s Inaccurate Depiction of Depression Treatments

One of my life-long battles is to ensure that people get the most objective, useful information they can about mental illness and its treatment. It’s painful to me when I come across a popular website that misrepresents these illnesses or their treatment. So you can imagine my surprise when I reviewed the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) page on depression recently. This is a super-important page to get right, because it often appears as the number one or two search result in Google....
Tags: Psychology, Google, General, Disorders, Depression, Treatment, Policy and advocacy, Fda, John, Depression Treatment, Treatment For Depression, NIMH, National Institute of Mental Health, ECT


Facing Uncertainty Without Slamming the Panic Button

“This time, we are holding onto the tension of not knowing, not willing to press the panic button. We are unlearning thousands of years of conditioning.” – Sukhvinder Sircar This morning I awoke feeling uncertain about the direction my life was taking. Was it what I wanted in all areas? Was I right to be living where I wanted to, in London, away from family? Was I doing the “right thing” restructuring my business, and was I doing the “right thing” going away for two months next year? I’ve had ...
Tags: Psychology, London, Disorders, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Creativity, Spirituality, Sydney, Truth, Publishers, Reality, Anxiety And Panic, Panic, Tiny Buddha, Uncertainty


Accountable Care Organizations and the (Lack of) Depression Remission

The average rate of depression remission at twelve months for people not receiving any mental health treatment in this country is 53 percent. But in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), it’s only 9 percent. Mental Health America (MHA) wants to know why. ACOs were the first big innovation in the value-based payment movement. Here’s how they work: A group of providers get together and make a deal with an insurance company. If they achieve certain quality objectives and end up costing less than ...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Disorders, Depression, Publishers, Depression Screening, ACO, MHA, Mental Health America, Accountable Care Organizations, Twelve Months, Depression Remission, Mental Health America MHA


A Promising Therapy for Healing PTSD

When he left active duty, Brian Anderson, an Army Green Beret with 14 years of service, 33 months in combat and 3 Bronze Stars, started experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “I started questioning my existence, whether I was alive, thinking I was in purgatory and thought I actually died in Afghanistan and had to right everything that went wrong,” said Anderson. “I suffered from a lot of survivor’s guilt and was living in a real dark space. A lot of times it felt like...
Tags: Psychology, General, Disorders, Ptsd, Afghanistan, Treatment, Trauma, Military, Veterans, Taliban, Psychotherapy, Walter Reed, Calvin, Anderson, Mark, Kelly


The Hardest Part About Living with Depression

Depression is different for different people. Writer and author Therese Borchard once told me it feels like “being encased in a glass table in the middle of your living room, able to see what is going on, but claustrophobic and suffocating, wanting so desperately to get out, but being locked inside.” Author Graeme Cowan described depression as “terminal numbness.” For some people, depression is draining and exhausting. They feel their sadness on a cellular level. For others, like Cowan, they fe...
Tags: Psychology, General, Suicide, Disorders, Self-help, Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Thomas, Don, Kaufman, Cowan, Collison, Therese Borchard, Serani, Blanchfield, Candace Ganger


Ep 23: All About Mania: 2 Truths and a Lie Edition

 Mania has an odd place in our society. For people who have not experienced it, it’s seen has as exciting, productive, and desirable. For those of us who have been consumed by it, we are either thankful it isn’t depression or devastated by its impact. For most, mania is a dangerous symptom of mental illness and not something to be taken lightly. In this episode, Gabe & Michelle each share three stories about mania with two being the truth and one being a lie. Can you tell fact fr...
Tags: Psychology, Disorders, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Gabe, Mania, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, MICHELLE HAMMER, Schizophrenic NYC, Gabe Michelle


Psychology Around the Net: August 18, 2018

Happy Saturday! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers tech companies using persuasive design to get kids racking up more screen time, a new startup designed to help people find mental health care more quickly and affordably, how dating apps have the potential to be both helpful and hurtful, and more. Tech Companies Use ‘Persuasive Design’ to Get Us Hooked. Psychologists Say It’s Unethical: A new technique known as persuasive technology or persuasive design looks at how computers can ch...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, Kids, Teens, Sleep, Relationships, Pregnancy, Research, Disorders, Computers, Autism, Women's Issues, Children And Teens, Psychology Around The Net, Unethical, Pesticide


Unsure About Treating Your Bipolar Disorder, or Seeking Treatment Again?

You’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Or you suspect you have it. Sometimes, you feel a persistent, relentless kind of darkness. You feel like you can’t breathe. Or you feel numb. Hollow. You have zero desire to do anything. The smallest tasks feel burdensome. And other times, you feel on top of the world. You feel like you can stay awake for hours. And hours. And you do. You feel like you can work for hours. And hours, too. You feel extremely restless or irritable. You feel impulsive, a...
Tags: Psychology, Disorders, Self-help, Bipolar, Treatment, Bipolar Disorder, Inspiration & Hope, Manic Episode, Gabe Howard, Howard, Annapolis, Baltimore Maryland, Dougherty, Therese Borchard, HealthCentral, Borchard


People with Bipolar Disorder Share How They Started Treatment—and Why They Stick with It

Bipolar disorder is highly treatable, and yet so many people don’t seek treatment. Or if they do seek help, they later stop taking their meds or stop attending their therapy sessions. Or both. And then their bipolar blows up. Their mania spikes. Their depression sinks even deeper. Sticking to treatment is not easy. Medication has side effects. Therapy takes work. The illness itself can be stubborn, exhausting, confusing. It can all feel so frustrating. We wanted to know what led some individua...
Tags: Psychology, General, California, Disorders, Bipolar, Treatment, Johns Hopkins, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Oklahoma City, Gabe Howard, Martin, Howard, Dougherty, Therese Borchard, Elaina J Martin


How I Used Facebook to Overcome My Anxiety

More than the actual anxiety was the anxiety about the anxiety. I felt tremendous shame for having negative feelings at all. It was 3pm on a Tuesday, and I was sitting at my desk with my head on my keyboard; I was too revved up to sit still, much less concentrate on work. I was in the midst of a resurgence of my lifelong anxiety and couldn’t talk to anyone or even focus on anything. Months later, I would finally be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The diagnosis was a relief....
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Technology, Social Media, Disorders, Anxiety, Addiction, Recovery, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Publishers, Anxiety And Panic, Erica, The Fix


When You Can’t Afford ADHD Coaching

ADHD coaching can be incredibly transformative. It can help you better understand yourself, identify and harness your strengths, achieve your goals and build a meaningful, satisfying life. But depending on your budget, it also can be pricey. It’s absolutely worth the investment, but you might not have the funds available right now. So what can you do? For starters, it’s important to take a closer look at your budget, and reevaluate. Maybe you can spend less somewhere else. Maybe you can go wi...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Adhd, Success & Achievement, Adhd And Add, Disney World, COLUMBUS Ohio, Ned Hallowell, Organizing Solutions, Kotik, Terry Matlen, Matlen


How to Use Anxiety to Your Advantage

We think of anxiety as something terrible and awful and wrong. We think it makes us weak and worthless, deficient and defective. And we keep our anxieties hidden like a shameful secret, telling ourselves regularly that we’d be mortified if anyone ever found out. Being anxious is like “a private prison we carry with us,” writes Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D, a licensed psychologist and anxiety expert in Washington, D.C., in her eye-opening book, Hack Your Anxiety: How to Make Your Anxiety Work for You i...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Books, General, Washington, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Anxiety, Worry, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Motivation And Inspiration, Marriage And Divorce, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement




Psychology Around the Net: January 28, 2017

As you read this, I’m hanging with friends in a cabin snuggled in the middle of snow-covered mountains, and I don’t feel one bit of guilt about it. Last week, I mentioned I was extremely busy with a work project. I was scrambling to finish the work (and still provide quality results) because it’d gone on too long. The project was a bigger beast than I’d anticipated, and it took three weeks longer to complete than I estimated. So, for roughly three weeks, I stayed glued to my laptop, which phys...
Tags: Psychology, Prisons, Memory, Research, Disorders, Self-help, Brain, Bipolar, Self-esteem, Personality, Canada, Bipolar Disorder, Mind, Houston, Women's Issues, Well-being


Why One Doctor Says Medicine Isn’t Enough for Recovery

A double-board certified addiction medicine physician believes that 12-step programs are a critical part of recovery. Russell Surasky, MD, who is board-certified in Neurology as well as in Addiction Medicine, is certainly well-versed in the pharmacologic treatment of addiction. And yet he is also a passionate believer in 12-step programs for his patients, calling them the “gold standard” when it comes to achieving stable recovery. For more on his treatment approach and philosophy, see below. ...
Tags: Psychology, Medicine, Disorders, Withdrawal, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Recovery, Alcoholism, Publishers, Counseling, 12 Step Programs, The Fix, Opioid


The Science of Preventing Dangerous Psychopathy

What makes someone a psychopath? Nature or nurture? And can we stop at risk children from growing up into dangerous adult psychopaths? One of the oldest queries in psychology — nature versus nurture — asks if what makes us who we are is predisposed by our DNA, or by life experiences. It is a pretty poignant question when it comes to psychopaths, who are estimated to account for up to 50% of all serious crimes in the US. Clinically known as anti-social personality disorder in the DMS-V, some ...
Tags: Psychology, London, Parenting, Parents, Children, Love, US, Research, Disorders, Teenage, Personality, Psychopath, Young Adult, Genes, Caregivers, Publishers


Psychology Around the Net: January 21, 2017

Happy Saturday, sweet readers! Finally, the weekend is here. That doesn’t mean too much to me, however, considering how busy I am with work — wait. I’m not supposed to say that because… …today’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at how creativity is born, some not-so-common habits to improve your life, and — yes — why saying things like “I’m so busy” might actually be a mindset more than a reality. Why Creativity Blocks Happen (and How To Overcome Them): Do you think creativity is a nat...
Tags: Psychology, Study, Memory, Habits, Creative, Research, Disorders, Stress, Brain, Depression, Mood, Creativity, Britain, Alzheimer's Disease, Plastic Surgery, Alzheimer's


5 Anxiety Warning Signs a Child Might Experience

Don’t miss these signs. Parents would know if their child is anxious, right? You’d probably see obvious signs, right? Your child would express all their fear and worries. They would be afraid all the time. You might think you would know the child anxiety symptoms, but sometimes it is not. Sometimes, parents miss it altogether. Unfortunately, anxiety isn’t always that obvious. Some children don’t vocalize their worries. They don’t show their fears. And anxiety isn’t on their parents’ radar. 3...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Parenting, Parents, Disorders, Anxiety, Anger, Child, Publishers, Worry, Anxiety And Panic, Children And Teens, Yourtango, Natasha Daniels, Don


Psychology Around the Net: January 7, 2017

Happy Saturday, lovely readers! This week’s editing of Psychology Around the Net brings you a sweet collection of mental health news and tips such as how your mental health effects your entrepreneurship, which country no longer classifies transgender as a mental illness, why using profanity might mean you’re an honest person, and more. Managing Your Mental Health as an Entrepreneur: An entrepreneur struggling with anxiety might have trouble making business decisions, one with depression migh...
Tags: Psychology, Celebrities, Students, Study, Integrity, Entrepreneurs, Research, Disorders, Stress, Carrie Fisher, Psychiatry, Lying, Substance Abuse, Creativity, David, Transgender


Stop Overeating by Learning How to Manage Your Energy

You can do it! Join me in my office as I consult with Sharon (name changed for privacy), a 32-year old unmarried woman with a history of depression and binge eating. When we first met, Sharon reported that while she’d had solid control of her eating habits for five years, over the last several months she experienced a major relapse. 7 Ways To Support Your Partner After A MAJOR Loss She said: “I don’t know what has happened to me. When I am eating I feel completely out of control. It’s like I...
Tags: Psychology, Energy, Youtube, Disorders, Personal, Mindfulness, Depression, Eating Disorders, Willpower, Overeating, Binge Eating, Publishers, Control, Health-related, Healthy Food, Yourtango


Carrie Fisher, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction & The People She Inspired

When Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday morning at age 60, she left behind a legacy of being one of the first and most vocal Hollywood celebrities and actors to speak openly about mental illness. Specifically, Fisher battled bipolar disorder and addiction throughout most of her life, but never was shy speaking about these demons, all the while never letting herself be solely defined by them. So while most of the world will remember her as Princess Leia — the fierce, independent heroine in the...
Tags: Psychology, Hollywood, London, General, Celebrities, Alyssa Milano, Los Angeles, Disorders, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Princess Leia, Bipolar, Afghanistan, New York Times, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder


Psychology Around the Net: December 24, 2016

Happy Saturday, sweet readers! I celebrate Christmas, which means today — Christmas Eve — I’m surrounded by friends and family and fortunately an extremely low number of gifts (our families decided to focus on the children this year, much to my delight). Over the years, I’ve become more and more aware of — and sad to the point of sobbing about — how our society has turned Christmas into a gluttonous commercial nightmare. To me, the holidays aren’t about tangible gifts and possibly putting onese...
Tags: Psychology, Grief, Study, Aging, Job, Research, Disorders, Mental Health, Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Social Isolation, Mental Illness, Employer, Caregiving, Caregivers, Helping


Psychology Around the Net: December 17, 2016

Happy Saturday, sweet readers! This week’s edition of Psychology Around the Net is extremely interesting, if I do say so myself. Keep reading for the latest on how pets can help people with severe mental illnesses, the new(ish) trend that’s ruining relationships (ever heard of “phubbing?” me either), how spirituality care can benefit medicine, and more. Pets Can Be Life-Changing For People Living With Severe Mental Illness: According to new research, people living with mental illness — espec...
Tags: Psychology, Energy, Work, Family, Technology, Money, College, Relationships, Pets, Women, Research, Disorders, Divorce, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety


7 Ways to Better Understand a Woman’s Postpartum Depression

Right now things are kind of confusing. No matter how well a woman plans out her pregnancy and the birth of her child, there’s one thing most never expect to happen — postpartum depression. Feelings of embarrassment, shame, or guilt cloud her thinking and are the number one reason why women with postpartum depression are too afraid to get help. For Every New Mom Who Feels Like She’s Completely Lost Herself Sadly, other mothers who have never experienced the debilitating impact of postpartum ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Parenting, Birth, Women, Pregnancy, Disorders, Depression, Mother, Exercise, Medication, Baby, Women's Issues, Motherhood, Guilty, Postpartum Depression


Psychology Around the Net: December 10, 2016

My neck of the woods had its first snow yesterday! It wasn’t anything major — just some steady flurries, really — but it lasted several hours and made me happy. I love the first snow of the season; it’s just…magical to me. It always puts me in a good mood. According to the forecast, it won’t snow any this weekend, but at least I got to enjoy it yesterday. Anyway, off to this week’s mental health news! Get ready for how the 21st Century Cures Act will affect mental health care, a list of essenti...
Tags: Psychology, Celebrities, Students, Children, Study, Sad, New York City, Habits, Insurance, Research, Disorders, Depression, Ptsd, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Treatment, Teachers


PODCAST: Why Does Depression Make Us Feel Guilt or Shame?

In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent discuss feelings of guilt surrounding a mental illness diagnosis.   Lots of us feel guilty about our diagnosis or our symptoms.  We feel badly for the effect it has on our loved ones, especially when they don’t sympathize.  Where does this stigma come from?  Why does society make us feel guilty for being sick?  Mental illness is something that happens to us, not something we do to ourselves, so why do we feel like failures?  How do we help our ...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Utah, General, Disorders, Depression, Bipolar, Pennsylvania, Penn, Vincent, Gabe Howard, Sacramento California, Gabe