Mental Health, Spirituality and Life’s BIG questions

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Death and Dying, Depression, Development of the Self, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

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!

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mind-Body Interconnections: The Adrenal medulla

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You probably heard about the important role that the adrenal medulla plays in our bodies rapid responses to stressful situations, usually referred to as the fight flight response. What you may not be entirely clear on is how that area of the brain gets fired up or more specifically how that part of the… 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 »

Depresion and Stress among Clinical Psychologists

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Description: Are clinical psychologists significantly less likely to struggle with depression compared to the general population? What would you predict? On the one hand they are more aware of the issues related to depression and may be more inclined to take steps earlier and thus avoid struggling with the disorder on the other hand in… Read more »

Relative Efficacy of CBT versus Drugs for Treating Depression

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Description: If your physician told you that he or she thought you might be depressed and indicated that they could either provide you with antidepressant drugs or refer you for cognitive behaviour therapy which would you pick? Before answering have a look at this article and consider the research it discusses. Source: Talking Therapy as… Read more »