Postpartum OCD: Beyond a “simple” hyper-vigilance of new parenthood

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Description: You have likely heard that the baby-blues or post-partum depression is a very real issue and concern. This is true. Postpartum depression is very much a form of real depression that is triggered by the hormonal and circumstantial changes associated with giving birth. Recognizing its signs and symptoms and treating it as we would… Read more »

Treating Depression, What’s Best: Or Is That a Fair Question?

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Description: Ok a pop-quiz! Name 5 treatment options for people diagnosed with clinical depression and then rank order them in terms of effectiveness. For a few extra points explain the mechanism by which your top three treatment actually effect symptoms of depression. Given the number of people who deal with depression and related issues each… Read more »

Good Worry: What Might That Be?

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Description: OK here is an exercise in hypothesis generation. Worry and the anxiety and stress potentially associated with it are all bad right? Well, think about possible ways in which worry might be of psychological benefit to us. How would you design a study (ethically) to test your hypotheses? Once you have your thoughts in… Read more »

Cerebellum, Brain Timing and Schizophrenia?

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Description: Quick pop-quiz! What does the cerebellum do? It is involved in producing smooth motor movement right (balance, equilibrium etc.)? Yes, right, but what else is it involved in? Well, how about schizophrenia? As our understanding of the neurological factors involved in psychological functions and dysfunctions expands we are increasingly realizing more clearly something neuroscientists… Read more »

Depression and Anxiety: Comorbidity or ?

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Description: You have probably heard the term comorbidity. It is defined as the extent to which two conditions or sets of symptoms appear together in the same person. Fear and anxiety, for example, often occur together, though we could say that may be because they are versions of the same thing. Personality disorders are also… Read more »

Heart Disease <=> Mental Illness?

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Description: Look at the title of the article featured in the link below.  Based only on the title, what do you think the article is about? Is it suggesting that heart disease also causes mental illness?… or is it that mental illness caused heart disease (perhaps through heightened stress pathways)?? Think about what hypothesis you…

How are Math and Anxiety Related?

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Description: Who said this: “the only way to overcome an inferiority complex about mathematics is to learn some”? It was a famous Psychologist (but it is not what they were best known for…). I will answer this question below, but first, think about this: do people develop anxiety about Math because they struggle with it… Read more »

Dogs and Psychology: How do they help?

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Description: Have you heard or did you already know from personal experience that spending time with one or more dog can be of psychological benefit? This is a good example of something that many people believe to be true (and it actually is true) but most people, if you ask them cannot provide a solid… Read more »

Mental Imagery Techniques for Managing Day-to-Day Emotional Events (oh and PTSD too!)

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Description: Mental Imagery training is used frequently as part of cognitive therapy approaches to helping people with PTSD related to exposure to traumatic events. Mental Imagery is also used in sports to assist athletes in focusing upon the components of peak performance. But can people be taught to effectively use Mental Imagery to reduce the… Read more »