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Mental health, What is... psychology series

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 Meg of Why Does bad advice happen to good… Continue reading What is… Kleptomania

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Mental health, What is... psychology series

What is… Malingering

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is malingering. Most of us living with mental illness end up spending quite a bit of time trying to act as though we're not mentally ill.  However, sometimes when there's sufficient incentive people will fake mental illness for… Continue reading What is… Malingering

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What is... psychology series

What is… Insanity?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is insanity. Wikipedia is always the first place I turn for this series, but I think the Wikipedia page for insanity could use some work.  It opens with: "Insanity, madness, and craziness are terms that describe a spectrum of individual and… Continue reading What is… Insanity?

Out of Mind, Out of Sight documentary film
Video reviews

Out of Mind, Out of Sight

I first heard of the documentary Out of Mind, Out of Sight when I saw it recommended on the Bipolar, Uninvited blog.  It sounded interesting, so I wanted to check it out. It's shot at an inpatient unit in a forensic psychiatry facility in Brockville, Canada.  All of the patients had committed a criminal offense… Continue reading Out of Mind, Out of Sight