Unexpected Issues Faced by First Year Post-Secondary Students

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Description: As students head off to university and college campuses next week (you may be one of them) think for a minute about what might be a BIG but unexpected issue that new first year students might have to (perhaps unexpectedly) deal with? A hint might be to think more closely about students who are… Read more »

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

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Psychological Intervention, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

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 »

Resist the Self-Help Craze: Resistance is NOT Futile!

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Spank your inner child! Well that may be an extreme sentiment but what are we to make of the thriving and, at times, overwhelming self-help industry of books, websites, television shows etc etc? Is there no pushback? Well, yes, there is. Svend Brinkmann is a Danish psychologist and philosopher (nice combination!) who has written… 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…

Care for Caregivers: Helping those Helping the Terminally Ill

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Description: Make a prediction. How are feelings of anxiety and depression related to caring for a terminally ill person or loved one? What proportion of people engaged in such care do you think show such symptoms? Once you have your hypotheses in mind have a read through the article linked below and see how your… Read more »

Gaming Depression: Playing your way to mental health

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Description: How might playing a tablet based game have a positive impact upon symptoms of late-life (post 60 years) depression? Before you read the article linked below think about the symptoms that are typically associated with depression. In addition to mood related issues (obviously associated with depression) what sorts of cognitive factors are associated with… Read more »

Mental Health, Spirituality and Life’s BIG questions

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Description: Off the top of your head what you think the relationship might be between spirituality and mental health? Certainly one possibility, for which there is research support, is that the involvement in a spiritual group provides a degree of social support which may be of assistance in coping with mental health issues. On the… Read more »

A Gut Feeling About Stress? Yes Indeed!

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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 »

Are Springing Forward and Falling Back Messing Us Up?

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Description: How do the time changes associated with the end (in the fall) and the beginning (in the spring) of daylight saving time affect you? Even if you don’t notice very many effects have you noticed ways in which these time changes seem to affect other people? There’s been a fair amount of research looking… Read more »