What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Double Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is double depression, which comes at the suggestion of Meg of Where Good Advice Happens. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes… Continue reading What Is… Double Depression

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Kleptomania

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is kleptomania. Yes, kleptomania is actually a legitimate psychiatric condition.  It wasn't a condition I had anything more than passing familiarity with, but it came up in a conversation with a fellow blogger, so I wanted to take… Continue reading What Is… Kleptomania

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Folie à Deux

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: folie à deux Folie à deux is the more commonly recognized name for what the DSM-5 calls shared psychotic disorder.  It's a rare condition that involves shared delusions between two or more people who are in a close… Continue reading What Is… Folie à Deux

What's it like to go undiagnosed/misdiagnosed with mental illness?
Mental Health, MH@H Books

What It’s Like to Go Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed

Getting a mental illness diagnosis can be hard, but getting the wrong diagnosis or going undiagnosed can be even harder.  Here are a few excerpts from my soon to be published book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis on the subject of being misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. “It was frustrating, but my issues over the years haven't… Continue reading What It’s Like to Go Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Ultra Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is ultra rapid cycling in bipolar disorder. Rapid cycling and the DSM-5 Rapid cycling describes the frequency of switching between mania/hypomania and depression in bipolar disorder.  The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders… Continue reading What Is… Ultra Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What is… Melancholic Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is melancholic depression (melancholia). The word melancholia comes from the Greek for black bile, part of the ancient four humours medical belief system.  In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates first identified melancholia as a disease with various mental… Continue reading What is… Melancholic Depression

Why isn't complex PTSD in the DSM-5?
Trauma and PTSD

Why Isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM–5?

While some sources of trauma are time-limited, other occur repeatedly over prolonged periods of time.  The term complex PTSD is used to capture the profound psychological harm these people exposed to the latter have experienced, including changes in self-concept, problems with emotional regulation, distorted perceptions of the perpetrator, and impaired relationships with others. Diagnostic systems… Continue reading Why Isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM–5?