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Is High Functioning a Useful Descriptor for Mental Illness?

It's not uncommon to hear the term high functioning getting tossed around to describe people's mental health conditions.  But is it a term that's meaningful or useful? To clarify, I'm not referring to people describing their own level of functioning in a way that feels right for them.  I'm all for people using whatever language … Continue reading Is High Functioning a Useful Descriptor for Mental Illness?

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Maya Angelou quote: "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed."

What is… Social Isolation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is social isolation. Social isolation involves an objective removal from social contact and relationships, which may occur voluntarily or involuntarily.  The term perceived social isolation is used to include a subjective sense of loneliness.  While loneliness and social … Continue reading What is… Social Isolation

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Book Review: Reflections: My Mad Memoirs!

Looking for a distraction while you're self-isolating?  The description of Reflections: My Mad Memoirs! by indie author Kristina Bryson assures readers that: "If your life has been perfect then my memoirs will bore the pants off you. However, if you have been mentally battered and bruised by dysfunctional relationships, cursed by anxiety and panic attacks … Continue reading Book Review: Reflections: My Mad Memoirs!

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book cover: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley

Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is a self-help workbook that covers the major skills involved in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is considered the gold standard for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, but its usefulness is not limited to people with BPD.  DBT is … Continue reading Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

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