Mental illness stigma is a very real problem. Those of us living with mental illness usually aren't thrilled when people casually toss around mental illness diagnoses as adjectives, such as "she's so bipolar" or "he's so OCD" or "everyone's a little ADHD." (And you may have noticed this post make a brief appearance yesterday and… Continue reading Stigma Is Bad… Except for one Diagnosis?
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is obsessive compulsive personality disorder. When people say that someone is "a little OCD," chances are, what they're referring to has little, if anything, to do with obsessive compulsive disorder. What they're talking about is far more like… Continue reading What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's terms are antisocial and asocial. For some reason, I have a very clear memory of a moment shortly after my nursing career began. I was at work and was saying something about being antisocial. One of the psychiatrists looked… Continue reading What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial
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
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is narcissism. It seems like there's talk about narcissism all over the internet these days, so I thought I'd delve into it a little further. The term derives from Greek mythology and the story of Narcissus, who fell… Continue reading What Is… Narcissism