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 »

Self-Help with Social Stress: Getting Through 1st Year

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Description: The move to college or university from high school environment can be a difficult one. In particular, first-year students often struggle with different versions of social stress which are really focused on whether or not there to be able to measure up in their new learning environment. The article linked below talks about a… Read more »

Your Brain on City

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Description: How do you think living in a city, a large city, as opposed to a small town or in the country impacts your physical and mental health? From a genetic or sociobiological (long-term historical) perspective we are clearly not adapted to living in large urban environments. So what might some of the effects be… Read more »

Is “Everything Will Be OK” Good Advice for Anxious Children?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents.

Description: Imagine that a small child that you know is telling you that they feel anxious about some situation or upcoming event. Think about what you might say to them. If one of the things that you might say to them involve some version of telling them not to worry because everything will be okay… Read more »

Do We Effectively Identify and Treat Depression? Think Twice!

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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 »

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 »

Drugs, Behavioral Treatment and ADHD in Young Children: Either, Or, And

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues.

Description: Okay, quick, a good friend of yours says that their young child has been diagnosed with symptoms of ADHD. They ask you what you think they should do. Should they go to physician to see about medication for their child or should they try and find someone who can talk some about behavioural approaches… 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 »