Psychiatric Diagnosis

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Explained (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Emma from Mental Health Matters writes about what it’s like to experience premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Hello, my name is Emma and this is a piece I wrote for my blog in 2018. Since writing this article, I have found a treatment that is helping me. I have a disease …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Folie à Deux (Shared Psychotic Disorder)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is shared psychotic disorder, also known as folie à deux. Folie à deux is the more commonly recognized name for what the DSM-5 calls shared psychotic disorder. It’s a rare condition that involves shared delusions between two or more …

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What It’s Like to Go Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed

Getting a mental illness diagnosis can be hard, but getting the wrong diagnosis or going undiagnosed can be even harder. Unfortunately, that’s something that a lot of people struggling with their mental health end up going through at one point or another. Here are a few excerpts from my book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is factitious disorder imposed on another, also known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy. While Munchausen by proxy is likely the name that’s most recognizable, the name for the disorder in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

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 at …

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Big Pharma & Psychiatry: Cozier Than They Should Be?

This is a follow-up to a recent post on why I think direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs is wrong. This post is going to look specifically at marketing by drug companies aimed at health care professionals. Primarily this relationship between Big Pharma and psychiatry involves targeting physicians, as they’re doing the majority of the prescribing. …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Narcissism & Narcissistic Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is narcissism, along with narcissistic personality disorder. You can find narcissism everywhere on the internet these days, although it’s not always used accurately. The term derives from Greek mythology and the story of Narcissus, who fell in love with …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Book Review: Lost Connections by Johann Hari

In Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari takes a stand against the idea of biological causation of depression and anxiety. I expected going in that I would disagree with what Hari had to say, but it surpassed my expectations. To start off, let me tell you …

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Mental illness stigma and pathologizing normal human experience

Mental Illness Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Experiences

Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms. Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness. One way this can happen is by pathologizing normal human experiences. By this, I mean inflating the significance of “normal” emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make it seems …

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