Diagnosing at a Distance: What About Donald?

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Description: Here is a question: Is Donald Trump crazy? Before you answer the question think about it a little bit. Is this an appropriate question to ask? More pointedly, what should psychologists or psychiatrists think about from an ethical point of view before engaging in any sort of efforts to diagnose public figures like Donald… Read more »

Psychology, Human Experience and Films

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Description: In the past I blogged about articles discussing recent films that contain direct psychological content or themes that are relevant to psychology. In the article linked below there are brief discussions written by a number different people about not so recent films, but films nonetheless that have some fascinating psychological questions within them. Consideration… Read more »

Social Anxiety and Acts of Kindness: An Optimistic Intervention?

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Description: Some people experience high levels of anxiety when they have to engage socially with other people and with the world in general. What sorts of things do you think might help reduce their tendency to avoid social interaction? Think of these three possibilities that were tested in a research article discussed in the linked… Read more »

Drugs versus Talking: The Devil is in the Dichotomies

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Description: You have undoubtedly had some thoughts about and perhaps even some classroom discussion around the question of whether drugs are therapy (talking) are the best choice for treating mental illness. In a way that’s reminiscent of the classical debate about whether it makes more sense to focus on people’s brains or on their minds… Read more »

Social Media Use and Depression: Causality Questions

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Description: Think of a number of examples of “new stuff” the children and young adults are dealing with today that were part of the developmental experiences of their parents and grandparents. This would include things like social media and the Internet in general. Is a growing tide of research beginning to examine the effects of… Read more »

OCD: A look into the Brain

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Description: If you haven’t had to deal with any symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder it’s hard to imagine what it would feel like from the perspective of someone dealing with that experience. In the article linked below you can see how at the same time psychology and neuroscience or digging deeper into the brain using brain… Read more »

Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease and Light Therapy

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Description: The most poignant symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of previously consolidated long-term memories. The search is on for therapies that will, in particular reduce the impact of this particular symptom of the disorder. Read the article linked below for an overview of the way fiber-optic or light therapy may have a positive… Read more »

Mental Illness and Parent Blaming: Here We Go Again??

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Description: Psychologist Oliver James, in a recently released book entitled Not in Your Genes: The Real Reason Parents Are Like Their Children (2016), argues that there is no evidence for the claim that genetics plays any sort of role whatsoever in core disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression. The article linked below points out some… Read more »

Males, Depression and Self-Stigma

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Description: So here’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Canadians do not typically stigmatize depression are depressed individuals. The bad news is that males who are depressed or more likely to self-stigmatize or in other words to blame themselves and hold themselves to rather harsh standards in relation to… Read more »