Mental Health & Illness

List of some delusional themes in psychosis, e.g. persecutory, religious, grandiose, delusions of reference

Common Themes of Delusions in Psychosis

Delusions are a type of abnormal thought content that involve false beliefs that are firmly held despite evidence to the contrary. They are idiosyncratic and can’t be accounted for by a person’s culture, religion, or level of education. They’re considered a type of psychotic symptom, which can occur in the context of various illnesses, including …

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What's new in the DSM-5-TR? - cover of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

What’s New in the DSM-5-TR?

In March of this year, the American Psychiatric Association came out with the DSM-5-TR, the text revision of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Text revisions have changes that are less significant than the changes between editions, and the DSM-IV was also followed by the DSM-IV-TR. So, what do …

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Mental Health Benefits of Blogging: Updated Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who filled out my survey on the therapeutic benefits of blogging. I initially published results last weekend, but then decided to extend the survey and do an update today. In the end, there were 45 responses, although not everyone answered every question. There weren’t any major changes compared to the preliminary results …

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Ashley vs. the World

I win. I am decertified. I am leaving against medical advice. I’m going to go home, take some Seroquel, and sleep for a lot of hours. And then I will write a love letter to you wonderful people to tell you how amazing you are. It might not be ’til tomorrow because I need me …

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If You’re Going to Be Crazy, Might As Well Be Batshit

Things were going reasonably good… right up until they weren’t. So, the fun began when my psychiatrist was being a fucking pussy about ordering certain things for me. I had told him that I wanted him to do certain things, and provided research support to back it up. One thing was to order high dose …

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It’s the Weekend!

I’ve got 7 hour accompanied passes this weekend, which means more time to spend with these little people. Today is day 27 in hospital. It kind of feels like being in an alternate dimension that doesn’t move at the same speed as the rest of the world and isn’t in the same city as where …

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