I'm currently working on my next book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. In it I'm peeling apart the diagnostic criteria for multiple different diagnoses to give a clearer, more reader friendly picture of what each illness actually looks like. Since the DSM criteria can never fully capture what it's like to experience a given illness, … Continue reading Mental health bloggers needed!
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: ultra rapid cycling in bipolar disorder Rapid cycling is a term used to describe the frequency of switching between mania/hypomania and depression in bipolar disorder. The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) … Continue reading What is… ultra rapid cycling
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: personality trait vs. disorder Wikipedia defines personality traits as "habitual patterns of behaviour, thought, and emotion" that are mostly stable across time and context. Some traits fall on a continuum, such as introversion/extraversion. It's unclear the extent to … Continue reading What is… a personality trait vs. disorder
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 through pathologizing normalcy. By this I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make it … Continue reading Stigma and the pathologization of normal