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Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Released today – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis!

New book release! Making Sense of Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 Available today! Available on: Amazon as an ebook or paperback Apple Books Barnes & Noble Google Play Kobo MH@H Store (at a discounted price) The ebook version is available on all of these sites.  The paperback version is only available through Amazon. Making Sense of… Continue reading Released today – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis!

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Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Mental health

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

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Mental health, What is... psychology series

What is… Ultra Rapid Cycling

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

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What is... psychology series

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

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Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?

While many sources of trauma are time-limited, some 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. There are… Continue reading Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?