Psychosis, psychopathy, & other psych terms; they may sound similar, but have very different meanings
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Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

There's a lot of overlap in terms used in psychiatry/psychology-speak, and sometimes that can lead 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. Word roots… Continue reading Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

Book cover: Blackness Interrupted by Nicól Osborne and Tamera Gittens
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Book Review: Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters

Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters by Nicól Osborne and Tamera Gittens is a passionate call for greater recognition of Black psychology, which pertains specifically to the experiences and culture of African American people. The authors explain the multiple barriers that face African Americans contemplating higher education in fields like psychology. They explain the impact of… Continue reading Book Review: Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters

book cover: Reading Our Minds by Daniel Barron
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Reading Our Minds

Reading Our Minds by Daniel Barron, a psychiatrist and pain management fellow, explores the incorporation of Big Data to improve the practice of psychiatry. The idea of supporting psychiatric assessment with solid data is an appealing one, but many questions come to mind. I was surprised by an apparent blind spot of the author's that… Continue reading Book Review: Reading Our Minds

Mental illness stigma isn't funny
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Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

As an official Crazy Person, I'm all for laughing at ourselves. It makes the hard stuff a little bit easier. But when other people use stigma as an excuse to laugh at us, that makes this Crazy Person very unimpressed, because stigma isn't funny. Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC, seems to do a pretty good… Continue reading Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny

book cover: Nobody's Normal by Roy Richard Grinker
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Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness is written by Roy Richard Grinker, an anthropology professor at The George Washington University. Autism and cross-cultural psychiatry are listed as areas of expertise on his faculty page. He's the father of an autistic daughter, who he refers to a number of times throughout the… Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Double Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is double depression. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes used to describe the state when two types of depression (major depressive… Continue reading What Is… Double Depression

MH@H book review: The Collected Schizophrenias
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Book Review: The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang gives insights into her life with schizoaffective disorder and some of the major issues she's faced as a result. Want uses the term schizophrenias to refer to primary psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.  Her initial diagnosis was bipolar disorder, and it took 9 years to… Continue reading Book Review: The Collected Schizophrenias

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Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober

This post is by Doctor Getting Sober. Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas on Pexels.com Does a Diagnosis Make a Difference? My last post – The Retreat led to an interesting discussion about depression and anti-depressants in the comments section amongst fellow bloggers. I had been to my GP as I’m off work so needed a… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Munchausen by Proxy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is 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 DSM (the DSM-5) is factitious disorder imposed on another.  I'll use the… Continue reading What Is… Munchausen by Proxy

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph Nesse book cover
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Book Review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolutionary psychiatry to understand why mental illness persists, He explains that while the illnesses themselves aren't evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to them may have had evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of acknowledging both the good and the bad… Continue reading Book Review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings