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Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Doctor Getting… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober

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Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Released Today – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis!

New book release! Making Sense of Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 Available today! Available on: Amazon as an ebook or paperbackApple BooksGoogle PlayKoboMH@H Store (at a discounted price) The ebook version is available on all of these sites.  The paperback version is only available through Amazon. Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, the new book release from… Continue reading Released Today – Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis!

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What is... psychology series

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

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Book reviews

Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolution to understand why mental illness persists.  He explains that while the illnesses themselves are not evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to these illnesses may actually have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of… Continue reading Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Why isn't complex PTSD in the DSM-5?
Trauma and PTSD

Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?

While some sources of trauma are time-limited, other occur repeatedly over prolonged periods of time.  The term complex PTSD is used to capture the profound psychological harm these people exposed to the latter have experienced, including changes in self-concept, problems with emotional regulation, distorted perceptions of the perpetrator, and impaired relationships with others. Diagnostic systems… Continue reading Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?

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Mental health

Mental Illness Continuing Education Resources

Health professionals are required to continually update their knowledge related to their field of practice.  One of the nice things about the digital age is that it's easy to access continuing education activities online, and many of them are available at no cost.  I freely admit that I'm a geek and I love learning new… Continue reading Mental Illness Continuing Education Resources

Mental health

A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

Like any field, psychiatry has its own collection of terminology.  Some of it is self-explanatory, but some of it isn't.  I believe that knowing the jargon helps to narrow the power gap between health care providers and patients, so I put together this glossary of common psychiatric terms.   Alexithymia: inability to identify and describe… Continue reading A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

Mental health

The Mental Status Exam (MSE) in Psychiatry

The mental status exam (MSE) is a framework for assessment that's used widely in the field of psychiatry.  Rather than being a one-time assessment, it is used on an ongoing basis to capture how a patient is doing on any given encounter (and I use the term patient to describe the role and not the… Continue reading The Mental Status Exam (MSE) in Psychiatry