A Gut Feeling About Stress? Yes Indeed!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, General Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the two post above it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting, perspective… Read more »

Does Rehab Work?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Attitude Formation Change, General Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Psychological Intervention, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: One of the most common treatments for drug and alcohol issues is rehab. It is likely you heard of one celebrity or another checking themselves into rehab in order to try and deal with substance issues. Rehab typically involves residential treatment in which the person goes and stays somewhere for a potentially extended period… Read more »

Pupil Responses to Angry and Sad Faces: Markers for Depression Relapse rates?

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Description: One of the largest concerns after the task of finding a treatment for depression that seems to relieve symptoms has been accomplished is wondering whether the individual will suffer a relapse of their depressive symptoms at some future point. Markers that could be used to monitor for the likelihood of relapse would be valuable,… Read more »

Wandering Minds: Linking Mental Adaptation and Disorder

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Description: What happens when you sit down, relax and try to let your mind just wonder? Do you think creative thoughts? Do you become anxious about things you have to get done in the near future? Do you use the time to organize your thoughts and plan your activities for the upcoming hours and days?… Read more »

Thought Suppression and Dreams: A Little Freud!

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Description: Many of the claims made by Freud regarding the structure of the human mind and especially his claims related to the role of the unconscious in our psychological makeup have not been supported by systematic research in the years since he first put the ideas forward. His theory of dreaming and in particular his… Read more »

PTSD in the Brain: A New Hypothesis

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Description: The experiences and factors that contribute to the production of symptoms of PTSD in individuals who are experience or observe traumatic events are reasonably well understood. What has remained a mystery however, is the general observation that people seem to vary in terms of how susceptible they are to developing PTSD. While it is… Read more »

Do We Effectively Identify and Treat Depression? Think Twice!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Classification Diagnosis, Depression, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Psychological Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: If you had a psychology course containing a section looking at the identification and treatment of depression then you are probably holding some version of the belief that the diagnosis and treatment of depression was a relatively straightforward and consistent matter. With that belief in mind read the article linked below and see if… Read more »

Job Satisfaction and Downstream Mental Health

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Description: If you have a job with which you report a very low level of satisfaction it is likely the case that that job is causing you stress and anxiety. What do you think the long-term effects would be staying in that job for 10 to 20 years? The article linked below talks about a… Read more »

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 »