In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is oppositional defiant disorder, which was suggested by Josh of Recovering Porn Addict. 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 … Continue reading What is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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 Mental Health @ Home Store (at a discounted price) The ebook version is available on all of these sites. The paperback version is only available through Amazon. … Continue reading Released today – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis!
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
It's here... Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis was released on September 9. It's available on Amazon and other major ebook retailers. Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis aims to cut through the misinformation, stigma, and assumptions that surround mental illness and give a clear picture of what mental … Continue reading Coming in 2 Weeks! – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis
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!
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 by pathologizing normal experience. By this I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make … Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience