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What Is… Schema Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is schema therapy. Schema therapy was developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young in the 1990s. Kind of like dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), it’s based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but developed to address the needs of people who weren’t …

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What is... the five-factor model of personality

What Is… The Five-Factor Model of Personality (The Big Five)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is the five-factor model of personality. These factors are often referred to as the Big Five. Personality traits are characteristics that are stable across time and across contexts. The five-factor model includes five personality trait dimensions. These are: …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Complex Borderline Personality Disorder by Daniel J. Fox

Book Review: Complex Borderline Personality Disorder

Complex Borderline Personality Disorder by Daniel J. Fox is aimed at people who have borderline personality disorder along with a co-occurring mental disorder. It describes how these combinations can present and how to manage them. The co-occurring conditions that it addresses are bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, ADHD, and PTSD/complex PTSD. The author refers to BPD …

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Psychosis vs. Psychopathy (And Other Psych Terms)

There’s a lot of overlap in terms used in psychiatry/psychology-speak, and sometimes that can lead to the mistaken association of words that contain some of the same parts but actually mean very different things (like psychosis and psychopathy). This post will break down some of those words and word roots to hopefully add some clarity. …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: I Hate You Don't Leave Me

Book Review: I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me

I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Strauss is the new third edition of a book that was first published in 1989. It’s probably one of the more widely recognized books about borderline personality disorder (BPD). There was a note to readers at the beginning …

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What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is paranoid personality disorder. With this post on paranoid personality disorder (PPD), we’ve now covered all ten personality disorders in the DSM-5. PPD falls within the DSM-5’s cluster A (odd/eccentric) personality disorders. Symptoms People with PPD are distrustful …

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What Is… Borderline Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is borderline personality disorder. I’ve contemplated writing this post for a while, but I was somewhat reluctant because there are quite a few bloggers out there with borderline personality disorder (BPD), who can certainly tell it a lot better …

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What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is avoidant personality disorder. Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) falls within the DSM-5‘s cluster C of anxious/fearful personality disorders. It’s characterized by intense feelings of inadequacy and fear of social rejection, and avoidance is relied upon as a coping …

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What Is… Schizoid & Schizotypal Personality Disorders

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week we’re doing a 2-for-1 looking at schizoid and schizotypal personality disorder. Both schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders fall within the DSM-5‘s cluster A, which is the odd/eccentric cluster. Despite the similarities in names (it took me a long time …

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What Is… Dependent Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is dependent personality disorder. Dependent personality disorder (DPD) falls within cluster C, the anxious/avoidant personality disorders, in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). People with DPD believe they’re unable to care for themselves, and they …

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