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What is... psychology series

What Is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is oppositional defiant disorder. Oppositional defiant disorder in the DSM-5 Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is typically diagnosed by the early elementary school years.  In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), diagnosis requires at least six… Continue reading What Is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

book cover: Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis by Ashley L. Peterson
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 paperbackApple BooksGoogle PlayKoboMH@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 Psychiatric Diagnosis, the new book release from… 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

book cover: Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis by Ashley L. Peterson
Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Mental health bloggers needed!

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, I… Continue reading Mental health bloggers needed!

What Is Series... Insights Into Psychology on Mental Health @ Home
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

What Is Series... Insights Into Psychology on Mental Health @ Home
What is... psychology series

What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is personality trait vs. disorder. Personality traits 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… Continue reading What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

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?

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Mental health, Stigma, Video reviews

Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms.  Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness. One way this can happen is by pathologizing normal experience.  By this, I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make it seems as… Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience