What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

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 a fellow blogger, so I wanted to take… Continue reading What Is… Kleptomania

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Malingering

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is malingering. Many of us living with mental illness spend quite a bit of time trying to pass as not mentally ill.  However, sometimes when there's sufficient incentive people will fake mental illness for secondary gain, and this… Continue reading What Is… Malingering

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Insanity in the Criminal Justice System

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 this particular Wikipedia page could use some work.  It opens with: "Insanity, madness, and craziness are terms that describe a spectrum of individual and group behaviors that… Continue reading What Is… Insanity in the Criminal Justice System

Out of Mind, Out of Sight documentary film
Mental Health

Out of Mind, Out of Sight: A Forensic Psychiatry Close-Up

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. NCRMD It's shot at an inpatient unit in a forensic psychiatry facility in Brockville, Canada.  All of the patients had committed a criminal… Continue reading Out of Mind, Out of Sight: A Forensic Psychiatry Close-Up