Book reviews

Book Review: Triumph by Trepanation

Triumph by Trepanation is a short (47 page) book by Nina Rabinowitz that describes how she was able to find healing from an anxiety disorder. The book begins with her youth in a New Jersey suburb, and the expectation that she follow the standard "New York Jewish Roadmap" of what constituted acceptable life choices.  She… Continue reading Book Review: Triumph by Trepanation

What is... psychology series

What is… Anxiety vs. Worry

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are anxiety vs. worry. Anxiety and worry are both normal human experiences, but when severe they can be elements of mental illness.  Notably, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) features both of them.  People with high levels of neuroticism as… Continue reading What is… Anxiety vs. Worry

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Mental health

Evidence-based treatment of anxiety

In this post I'll take a look at some of the available guidelines for evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders.  While psychotherapies are extremely important in the management of anxiety disorders, this post will focus only on anti-anxiety medications.  The treatment guidelines I refer to come from the British Association for Psychopharmacology and the World Federation… Continue reading Evidence-based treatment of anxiety

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Mental health, Stigma, Video reviews

Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

Padrinan on Pixabay Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms.  Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness, and one of the ways this can happen is by pathologizing normal experience.  By this I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental… Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience